Small Business


A gauge of U.S. small business confidence rose to a 12-year high in December as optimism about the economy intensified among business owners following the November election, the National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday.

The group's index of small business confidence rose to 105.8, its highest since December 2004.

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An index of small business employment growth inched up as Main Street America added jobs at a steady pace this month.

The Paychex IHS Small Business Jobs Index rose 0.02 percent from July to a reading of 100.70, in line with the year-to-date average for 2016.

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Ohio battle: Manufacturing may sway this swing state [0.03]

Posted on March 15, 2016, 5:06 p.m. by Small Business @ [source]

As Ohio voters cast ballots in Tuesday's presidential primary, the economy — specifically manufacturing jobs — will be front and center on many voters' minds.

Lamoncha and other regional manufacturers have worked hard to anchor jobs in the area despite offshoring trends and lower wages in China and elsewhere.

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Main St.: Trump for president! [0.21]

Posted on March 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Small Business @ [source]

What's driving small-business owners to the voting booths? According to John Swanciger, CEO of Manta, a social network for small-business owners, "there are issues squeezing small-business owners from every side — the economy, taxes and health care.

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Good news on franchise growth for 2016 [0.08]

Posted on March 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Small Business @ [source]

Despite worries of an economic downturn, one sector is poised for another year of solid growth in 2016, according to one study.

Bolstered by trends including acceleration in business spending, the franchise industry is set to grow by 1.7 percent in 2016, according to the study by the International Franchise Association.

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10 ways to earn good money in less time [0.32]

Posted on March 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Small Business @ [source]

Want a high-paying gig but not the restrictions that come with a full-time job?

You're far from alone, and there are many part-time jobs out there that offer flexibility and good pay.

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The #1 city for starting a small business [0.05]

Posted on March 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Small Business @ [source]

Owning your own business can be tough no matter where you live, but choosing an entrepreneur-friendly city can make a big difference in achieving success. For the 2015 list, 95 U.S. cities were ranked on 11 metrics, including ease of starting a business, tax codes, and training and network programs.

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How to fight cyberthreats — on the cheap [0.10]

Posted on March 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Small Business @ [source]

When it comes to defending against cyberattacks, a common strategy includes investing in costly hardware and software products, and then shoring up both frequently.

Nearly 70 percent of respondents said their company is using cloud-based cybersecurity services, according to PwC's Global State of Information Security Survey 2016.

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Success is in the blood: One family's story [0.18]

Posted on March 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Small Business @ [source]

It wasn't long before his son started coming to work with Victor to learn the ropes.

What Paul saw stuck with him as he went on to launch Lazer Park with a partner in Times Square in 1990.

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From geisha beauty rituals to millions in sales [0.15]

Posted on March 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Small Business @ [source]

While interning at big beauty companies during her time at Harvard Business School in 2005, Tsai developed acute dermatitis as she tested various products. She took oral and topical antibiotics and steroids that got her skin under control, but doctors said her skin was permanently sensitized.

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Elf on the Shelf's success secret: Ignore haters [0.10]

Posted on March 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Small Business @ [source]

Here's some advice to new entrepreneurs from the twin sisters who make The Elf on the Shelf: Never give up.

They didn't know what to do with it," said twin sister Chanda Bell, co-CEO on the creative side of their company.


Without years of business experience behind him, Casalena had to teach himself how to build a company, step by step.

Looking back at the very hands-on strategy he used, Casalena said, "It's bumbling through everything, in a way.

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At age 59, Lichty is more than twice the age of some millennial entrepreneurs.

Most workers of all age brackets have experienced lower entrepreneurial activity in recent years, except for those ages 45 to 54.

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Every small business has something that makes it unique, and showcasing this is crucial to continued success, one branding expert says.

Melissa Dawn Simkins, author and president of brand consultancy Velvet Suite, said that while entrepreneurs are focused more on the successful execution or performance of their business, branding gets left on the back burner.

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You don't become the first African-American woman to own a billion-dollar company overnight. The journey of ACT-1 Group founder and CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd began during the battles over civil rights.

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The old adage "Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations" plays out all too often, but with some planning, families can boost the chance of avoiding a similar fate.

In many cases, an older generation starts with nothing, works hard and amasses wealth.

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A fancy pitch and an elaborate business plan will only get you so far with these investors.

Instead, it boils down to this: How quick do you want to get rich?

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Regulation and government red tape have long plagued Main Street. That's why they are taking on small business regulations like Wisconsin's "cookie ban," as well as a seemingly labyrinth of licensing laws for a variety of occupations.

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Start-up prices may be falling even faster [0.09]

Posted on March 14, 2016, 9:40 p.m. by Small Business @ [source]

Tech stocks have recouped a good chunk of their early year losses, but the damage in the private market has been done, so says the head of Salesforce Ventures.

The revenue multiples investors are paying for late-stage software investments have dropped by between one-third and 40 percent since the frothy days of 2015, said John Somorjai, executive vice president of corporate development at and the venture group.