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May 6th, 2021 by

BY BARBARA WELTMAN You gotta eat, right? But when it comes to meals, what’s business and what’s personal? If it’s personal, nothing is deductible, but if it’s a business meal, how much is deductible? The federal income tax rules are very confusing and were made more so by a temporary change under the American Rescue […]

May 4th, 2021 by

Eric Groves, CEO of Alignable, doesn’t mince words about the PRO Act: “Just as small business owners are starting to feel more optimistic about surviving the COVID Crisis, certain legislators in Washington are plotting to crush them once again — this time with what we’re calling the ‘PRO Act Virus.’” A recent Alignable survey of […]

April 29th, 2021 by

by RIEVA LESONSKY- Unlike most TrendCasts, this doesn’t address a “hot” market or business opportunity. But trends that affect remote workers are a vital issue for most small business owners, so this survey from Zippia caught my eye. The State Of Remote Meetings shows that many employees are getting burned out on virtual meetings, especially those with cameras on. […]

April 27th, 2021 by

UPDATED April 27, 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 22nd, 2021 by

by BARBARA WELTMAN- Long before climate change entered the vernacular, environmentalism was alive and well. Earth Day started more than 50 years ago to raise awareness of environmental dangers; the annual celebration continues today. (Those of you old enough will remember the PSA featuring the crying Native American.) The theme for Earth Day this year […]

April 22nd, 2021 by

by RIEVA LESONSKY- How green is your business? It’s Earth Month, which is an excellent time to take stock of your business operations and up your green business practices. Why is that important? A survey taken a few years ago shows most Americans would pay more for eco-friendly products, including 58% of Gen Z, 61% […]

April 21st, 2021 by

by RAYMOND J. KEATING- The impulse to heavily regulate particular businesses, industries or sectors tends to spring from politics, special interest influences, and/or economic confusion, rather than from sound economics. That has long been the case with antitrust regulation, including the current antitrust drive in Congress against leading U.S. technology firms. After a series of […]

April 16th, 2021 by

by KAREN KERRIGAN- In a recent Idea of the Day® courtesy of Barbara Weltman’s Big Ideas for Small Business®, a new report unveils what small businesses are searching for online.  CenturyLink has put together an interactive map that breaks down the most frequently asked question per state. Most of these questions relate to “how to” […]

April 15th, 2021 by

SMALL BUSINESS INSIDER by KAREN KERRIGAN- Since his ascension to the Ranking Member position on the House Small Business Committee, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) has been a strong and engaged voice for entrepreneurs and small businesses. In addition to his bipartisan leadership in advancing the recent PPP extension bill signed by President Biden, he is […]

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 […]

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