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June 27th, 2024 by

by Rieva Lesonsky –  What’s in store (literally and figuratively) for this year’s holiday shopping season? Salesforce just released its 2024 holiday shopping predictions. Consumers are buying less (but paying more due to inflation and, in my opinion, a bit of corporate greed) and seeking value. In a recent post, Salesforce named its five top holiday […]

May 4th, 2024 by

by Barbara Weltman –    The prevalence of remote work, which grew substantially during the pandemic, is obviously not going away. In 2024, 65% of companies offer remote work arrangements. This includes hybrid work—some hours at the company and some remotely. It’s well established that employees prefer to have remote work options, with 66% believing it should […]

April 18th, 2024 by

by Barbara Weltman –  April 22 is Earth Day, which started in 1970 as a day to raise awareness of environmental issues. This year’s theme for Earth Day is “Planet vs. plastics,” with a goal of a 60% reduction in plastic production by 2040. Whether you’re a climate change activist or just someone concerned about […]

March 18th, 2024 by

by Barbara Weltman – Data breaches—from hackers or insiders—can leak sensitive information about customers and employees. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)’s 2023 Business Impact Report, 73% of small business owners experienced a data breach or cyberattack in the past year. If this happens to you, are you liable? What do you do? FTC […]

February 29th, 2024 by

By Barbara Weltman – Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, when asked in a case to explain his test for obscenity, said “I know it when I see it.” The same question can be raised with respect to an independent contractor: what’s the test? Unfortunately, the answer is more complicated than the one for obscenity. There […]

February 19th, 2024 by

By Rieva Lesonsky –  What types of branded content (content from companies) do consumers engage with on social media? This is especially important to know these days with so many social platforms that are saturated with content. According to O’Dwyer’s Daily PR News Blast reporting on the newly released data from Sprout Social’s 2024 Content Benchmarks Report, consumers […]

November 9th, 2023 by

by Rieva Lesonsky –  The National Retail Federation (NRF) just released its holiday spending forecast—and the news is good for the nation’s retailers. Holiday spending will likely hit record levels from November 1 to December 31—growing between 3% and 4% to a total between $957.3 billion and $966.6 billion. And online shopping (which is included […]

October 27th, 2023 by

by Barbara Weltman – The employee retention credit (ERC), a credit created during COVID-19, ended on September 30, 2021 (December 31, 2021, for startups), but it’s still alive. How can that be? The reason: The deadline for submitting refund claims has not expired. Many employers claimed the credit, and a number of these are still […]

October 24th, 2023 by

For more information, trends and reports about the metaverse, visit SBE Council’s METAVERSE BUSINESS ALLIANCE. by Raymond J. Keating – When it comes to transformative moments in industries, the creation of entirely new industries, or technological advancements within or across sectors, two things can pretty much be counted on. First, one or more entrepreneurs have driven […]

October 19th, 2023 by

by Rieva Lesonsky –  Are you ready? A few weeks ago, we shared the advice of retail expert Bob Phibbs, who told retailers to get their holiday merchandise on the shelves now to capture a significant share of consumer spending. But that doesn’t mean shoppers won’t be cramming into your stores on the more traditional […]

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