startupnation.png

Small-Business Organizations You Should Get to Know

Posted In LOCAL

Whether they’re cheering for the underdog or standing firmly behind the little guy, small-business organizations, associations, membership programs, and advocacy groups provide valuable support, resources, and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. We suspect you’re already familiar with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), an independent federal agency that helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses. Here [...]
iStock_000001475620XSmall1.jpg

6 Reasons Your Small Business Should Offer a 401(k) Plan

Posted In EMPLOYEES

Most people realize that, in the 21st century, we all have to accept more responsibility for saving for our own retirement. According to a Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey, nearly 50 percent of small-business owners are concerned that they won't have enough money to retire. And what about our employees? They’re going to need [...]
prizes.png

5 Small Business Contests Worth Entering This Summer

Posted In MONEY

If you haven't entered a small business contest or nominated a fellow small business in a competition, you're missing out on more than just funding, technology prizes, or free business help. Competitions and contests are a great way to create visibility, increase brand awareness, and network with other small business owners. Of course, the fat [...]
iStock_000016069139XSmall.jpg

7 Ways to Use Online Video to Market Your Small Business

Posted In MARKETING

If your small business hasn't jumped on the video marketing bandwagon yet, research and statistics suggest it's time to put your products, business, or yourself out there for the video-enthused world to see. Cisco reports that internet video now accounts for 40 percent of consumer web traffic, and by the end of 2015, internet video [...]
iStock_000015160336XSmall.jpg

The Pros and Cons of Having a "Christmas in July" Sale

Posted In MARKETING

Forget the flip-flops, summer blockbuster movies, and high humidity -- it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. After all, there are only 158 shopping days left until the big day. "Christmas in July" sales are hardly a novel marketing tactic. In fact, they date back to 1940, when a film of the same name [...]
iStock_000009911885XSmall.jpg

7 Reasons Your Small Business Should Accept Mobile Payments

Posted In GETTING PAID

No reason to mince words: Offering mobile payments makes it easier for your customers to give you money. Mobile payments are changing the way business is done, and many small business owners are realizing that it's time to embrace a technology that's redefining commerce. From expanding sales to becoming more sustainable, here are seven reasons [...]
iStock_000012146973XSmall.jpg

1099 Contractor vs. W-2 Employee: A Decision Guide

Posted In EMPLOYEES

Regardless of the industry or size of the business, employers are responsible for the correct classification of their workers. Failure to correctly classify a worker as an employee or independent contractor can make the mistaken employer responsible not only for the worker's back employment taxes, but also penalties, warns the IRS. And the IRS is [...]
paul-dorie.jpg

Turning a Passion for the Islands (and Coffee) into a Business

Posted In BUSINESS PROFILES

Drive-thru java shops are usually seen in big cities where coffee house giants such as Starbucks open them up to speed up service for their coffeeholic, commuting customers. However, small, entrepreneur-owned coffee shops like Island Bean Company are successfully competing with the big boys. Dorie and Paul Schwendeman of Pittsburgh, Penn. are owners of the [...]
Advertisement