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April 13th, 2021 by

by BARBARA WELTMAN- As part of the CARES Act last year, Congress created a new tax credit to incentivize employers to keep workers on the payroll during the pandemic. The employee retention credit is an offset to certain payroll taxes; it is not an income tax credit (although there is a similar income tax credit […]

April 12th, 2021 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Back in 1819, Chief Justice John Marshall summed up the straightforward economic problem with taxation in nine words: “the power to tax involves the power to destroy.” Over two hundred years later, far too many politicians have ignored this eloquent expression of an economic truth, as most recently evidenced by President […]

April 9th, 2021 by

UPDATED April 9, 2021   By Karen Kerrigan- The effects of the COVID-19 have hit small businesses especially hard. Of course, certain state and local governments continue to place restrictions on business activity and public mobility. Sluggish demand continues to impact revenues, which is taking a toll on jobs and business viability. Let’s hope that mitigation […]

April 8th, 2021 by

Buy Online, Pickup In-Store is Here to Stay! by Rieva Lesonsky- We’ve talked often about how COVID-19 changed consumer behaviors—likely permanently.  Buy Online, Pickup In-Store (BOPIS) is one of the shopping habits the pandemic impacted. According to a survey, commissioned by Package Concierge®, a provider of automated locker solutions, and conducted by Hanover Research, the […]

April 6th, 2021 by

by Raymond J. Keating and Karen Kerrigan- Just in case you doubted what antitrust laws and regulations are ultimately about in the end, consider that a small coalition of business groups, according to The Wall Street Journal, is calling on government to effectively dictate what lines of commerce is allowed to enter, as part […]

April 1st, 2021 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Well, that didn’t take very long. Various politicians and special interests are back to attacking the pharmaceutical industry. Let’s quickly review the facts: First, a deadly, global pandemic breaks out. Second, as COVID-19 hits, spreads, and takes hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S., far too many politicians stumble, bumble […]

March 31st, 2021 by

REPRINTED with permission from the Alibaba Insights newsletter. by Karen Kerrigan- One of many things to celebrate during Women’s History Month is the seismic growth in women’s entrepreneurship that has made our global economy more vibrant and inclusive. Women are running or have started approximately 250 million small businesses across the world. In the U.S., women […]

March 31st, 2021 by

by Rieva Lesonsky- Will a new surge in consumer optimism improve your business’s bottom line? Chain Store Age reports consumer sentiment is at its highest level in a year, as people anticipate the arrival of their COVID-19 stimulus checks and the increase in the number of Americans getting vaccinated. Richard Curtin, the chief economist, Surveys of Consumers, […]

March 23rd, 2021 by

By Karen Kerrigan– In recent posts on our Small Business Insider blog, Rieva Lesonsky’s Trendcast highlighted the exciting growth and various trends in e-commerce. The significant increase in e-shoppers age 65 and above and the upsurge in the “stay-at-home” category of goods and products being purchased online offer tremendous opportunities for small businesses and new […]

March 22nd, 2021 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- Congress has formed an antitrust posse to go after so-called “Big Tech.” And part of the justification – or at least what’s being stated – is to help out small businesses and innovation. But are small businesses and so-called “Big Tech” friends or foes? I explored this topic […]

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