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Small-Business Exporters, Allies Push for Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

Working on a contract to distribute his body care products in South Korea, Peter Radtke realized he needed the Export-Import Bank to complete the deal.
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Shark Tank’s Daymond John Surfaces With Digestible Tips for Entrepreneurs

Posted In INFLUENCER INSIGHTS

“The only thing that is fundamental is finance,” the 45-year-old mogul told the crowd. “You take affordable next steps and you do what you love.”
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Will a Proposed Sick-Day Law Have You Reaching for Aspirin?

Posted In HR LAWS AND REGULATION

For small and growing businesses, President Obama’s plan to require employers to provide up to seven paid sick days a year is nothing to sneeze at.
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How the House from “A Christmas Story” Spawned a Small Business

Posted In BUSINESS PROFILES

Sometimes, the quirkiest things can spark a novel business idea. Like a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a now-classic holiday film. That lamp, along with an ill-fated turkey and other rib-tickling reminders of A Christmas Story, beckons tens of thousands of visitors a year to A Christmas Story House, tucked away on a side [...]
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How to Sign a Shopping Center Lease and Not Get Mauled

Posted In OFFICE AND EQUIPMENT

Drive around any large shopping district and you’re likely to see competing businesses within a stone’s throw of each other -- sports bars, jewelry stores, coffee shops, and more. So, why would any small-business owner want to pay higher rent at a mall? “Having that traffic at a high-performing mall is very important to build [...]
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How One Family Newsstand Stays Afloat Despite Industry Decline

Posted In BUSINESS PROFILES

Read all about it: America’s newsstands may be down for the count, but don’t count out Jim and Carol Sturges, owners of The City News in Wooster, Ohio. According to the Alliance for Audited Media, single-copy sales of 386 U.S. magazine titles fell 11 percent year over year for the last six months of 2013. [...]
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How FamilyStickers.com Jumped in Through the Rear Window

Posted In MONEY

It may be the biggest American on-road phenomenon since the creation of the interstate highway system. Spreading as fast as kudzu along U.S. roadways, stick figure decals depicting family members stuck to the rear windows of SUVs and minivans have become  even more common than “Baby on Board” placards. “They’re all over the place. It’s [...]
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Overtime Overhaul Could Add to Small-Business Overhead

Posted In HR LAWS AND REGULATION

President Obama recently directed the U.S. Labor Department to modify its regulations affecting overtime, opening the door to extra pay for millions of American workers. Among the regulations up for review is the cut-off salary for the so-called “white-collar exemption.” This rule currently permits employers to deny overtime pay to salaried workers who earn $455 [...]
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