Where Do Payroll Taxes Go? CPA Michael Borenstein Breaks ’Em Down

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Typical payroll check stubs include five key withholding categories, from income tax to disability insurance. Where do all these deductions end up? Which ones are employers responsible for? The Intuit Small Business Blog asked Michael J. Borenstein, a Los Angeles-based Certified Public Accountant, to give us the low-down in laypeople’s terms. ISBB: What payroll taxes [...]
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CloudFlare Founder on "Supercharging" Websites and Her Soaring Success

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Michelle Zatlyn (pictured) is a go-getter, in every sense of the word. Armed with a degree in chemistry, she worked for Google and Toshiba, earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, launched two successful startups, and then co-founded the website-protection service CloudFlare in 2009. This fall, the Huffington Post cited Zatlyn as one of 18 [...]
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Giving Thanks to Your Customers and Employees

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It’s customary during the holidays to reflect on the past year of our lives and to acknowledge the people who’ve supported us. For small-business owners, this means taking a few minutes out of our busy schedules to give thanks to customers and employees. Here are some suggestions. For Customers: Write thank-you notes. A short, original [...]
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R.U.B. BBQ Pub's Randy Yono on Starting Up During a Downturn

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Randy Yono had a hunch that, despite the recession, his family’s concept for a new barbecue restaurant and sports bar in downtown Detroit would work. He and his brothers set up shop just one block from Tiger Stadium and two blocks from Ford Field — and, within 18 months of opening, his instincts proved right. [...]
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Adobo Nation's Michelle Valeriano on Adding Video to Your Online Marketing Mix

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Michelle Valeriano has worn many hats over the course of her career. The former model and video jockey is now a video producer, a TV hostess, and the founder and CEO of marketing consultancy Ampliphi Media. She currently focuses on video production, taking advantage of her deep industry knowledge, passion for creative marketing, and ties [...]
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Making a Killing with High-Quality Pest Control

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Many people get the creeps just thinking about the ants, spiders, termites, or rodents that may come to infest the walls, basements, or attics of their homes. That’s good news for Mike English, operations manager, and his crew at The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control. For more than 30 years, the company has thrived on [...]
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Julia Hartz Undercuts Big Ticket Sellers with Eventbrite

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After a career in development at MTV and FX networks, Julia Hartz has become one of the most visible women in technology in Silicon Valley. The co-founder and president of Eventbrite, a 5-year-old online-ticketing service, is now a sought-after panelist and keynote speaker at conferences on social commerce and entrepreneurship, such as SXSW and 2011 [...]
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Why Bike-Sharing Programs Are Good Business

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Amy Harcourt and Kurt Wallace Martin are life and work partners who’ve turned their passion for cycling into a consulting business. Bikes Make Life Better helps companies provide bicycle sharing and commuting programs for their employees. We recently asked Harcourt why she and Martin launched the business, what challenges they face, and how they work [...]
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