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Getting a Jump on Holiday Sales

  By Barbara Weltman- There are still many weeks before the traditional last minute holiday shopping rush. Business owners are generally feeling optimistic in light of the waning pandemic. But this year is different; there may not be much last-minute activity. In fact, Small Business Saturday may not be all that great this year. There […]

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10 IDEAS FOR RE-ENERGIZING YOURSELF AND YOUR STAFF

by Barbara Weltman –  As the challenges of the pandemic continue and the hours of daylight get shorter, it’s understandable that you and your employees may feel fatigued, distracted, and perhaps mentally exhausted. Nonetheless, the company benefits when you and your employees are working at optimal levels and this can’t be done when you’re feeling […]

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ESCAPING FEDERAL TAX PENALTIES

by BARBARA WELTMAN –  Late with filing a tax return with the IRS? Didn’t correctly figure and pay what you owe? Did something you weren’t supposed to do? Don’t worry. While the tax law has multiple penalties in place to discourage and punish mistakes, there are many ways in which you can get them lifted. […]

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ADDRESSING THE RISKS OF A REMOTE WORKFORCE

by Barbara Weltman – When the pandemic began, remote work arrangements were the only option for some companies to stay in business. Now, remote work arrangements—full-time or hybrid—have become the norm, with many companies deferring return-to-office policy until 2022. Telework, as it used to be called, offers benefits for both employers and employees. The pros […]

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CYBERSECURITY TIPS FOR SHIELD ACT COMPLIANCE

BY SHANNON FLYNN –  There’s no denying that, year after year, cybersecurity risks tend to increase in number and complexity. New York joined the growing list of states enacting legislation to try and regulate the use of private, personal data. The New York Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act, known as the SHIELD […]

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PREPARE FOR DISASTERS AND EMERGENCIES

By BARBARA WELTMAN – September is National Preparedness Month, an observance created by the Department of Homeland Security. This year’s theme: “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” The theme for week one is “Make a Plan.” With the hurricane season underway as demonstrated by Hurricane Ida and disasters in Tennessee […]

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Business Intelligence: Tips, Trends and Support from Our Resource Partners

Reaching the Rising Global Middle Class, The Hill As consumers adopt a predominantly digital lifestyle, how can innovations in technology power the global economy and support the needs of the rising global middle class? SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan joined a panel led by Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large of The Hill on August 12, […]

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RUNNING BEHIND ON THOSE UPDATES? Some Tips to Catch Up

BY BARBARA WELTMAN – The pandemic has been such a strain on many small business owners that some matters have been pushed into the “do it later” file. Now’s the time to get up to date with various matters. It requires you to put in some time, but actions now can save you time and […]

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READOUT: THE STATE OF SMALL BUSINESSES AND STARTUPS IN THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

BY KAREN KERRIGAN –   On July 22, SBE Council hosted a virtual briefing: The State of Small Business and Startups in the Digital Economy. The nation’s leading small business experts, policy leaders, advocates and small business owners discussed the growth of the digital economy under COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, and the critical role technology played […]

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THE NEW FRONTIER: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, TAXES, AND MORE…IN SPACE

By BARBARA WELTMAN –  Living on the Eastern coast of Florida, I have the ability to view many of the space launches from Cape Canaveral. They are easily viewed from my driveway and are especially beautiful at night when the fiery exhausts contrast with the dark sky (being near the ocean there is very little […]

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