Giving to charity is easy -- and can be a great marketing tool. But claiming donations on your taxes is more complicated. If you want to claim a business tax deduction for your charitable giving, you’ll need to do some planning before writing the check. Find a Qualified Charity If you want a tax benefit [...]
It seems every day there's another story about a successful startup cashing in on the latest tech trend. And yet for every success story, there are far more examples of failed attempts trailing in its wake. The fact is that running a startup is tough work. The glamorous success stories are few and far between, [...]
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 [...]
Sometimes small-business owners feel invisible compared to more established brands. But when it comes to cyber crime, your business is just as visible -- and vulnerable -- as any Fortune 500 concern. Nearly one-third of all cyber attacks in 2013 targeted companies with fewer than 250 employees. Not only are small-business owners less likely to [...]
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Using a pop-up business model, the Depressed Cake Shop works to spread awareness of mental illnesses worldwide. Local bakers from London to Kuala Lumpur donate cookies and cakes — often frosted in somber tones — that sell for $3 to $5 each. The temporary shops operate out of art galleries or empty storefronts, preferably in [...]
Malware, phishing emails, and other online scams tend to draw the most attention these days when it comes to keeping your company secure. But plenty of con artists who target small businesses go old-school, using the phone, mail, or face-to-face interaction to find their marks. To avoid becoming the next sucker, sharpen your fraud-detection skills by looking [...]
Somewhere in Fiji, someone is devouring a meal made with Bone Suckin’ Sauce, a lip-smacking and award-winning product exported by Ford’s Gourmet Foods of Raleigh, N.C. When former real estate appraiser Phil Ford re-created his mother’s recipe for barbeque sauce nearly 30 years ago, he never dreamed that today it would be sold in the South [...]