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  • SBA’s size-standards update turns 8,400 companies into small businesses

    The Business Journals | June 18, 2014

    More than additional 8,400 businesses will become eligible for Small Business Administration loans and government contracting programs for small companies as a result of the agency...

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  • U.S. small business, jobs data bolster growth picture

    Reuters | June 17, 2014

    The U.S. economy has decisively turned the corner with small business confidence hitting its highest level in more than 6-1/2 years in May and the number of jobs available rising to pre-recession levels in April. The brightening growth picture was further boosted by another report on Tuesday...

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  • House Approves Permanent Tax Break for Small Businesses

    PBS | June 16, 2014

    The House voted Thursday to make permanent a generous tax break that makes it easier for small businesses to buy new equipment and improve their property, part of an election-year showdown over a ...

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  • What Every Startup Business Needs to Know About IRS Regulations

    B Plans | June 12, 2014

    Have you ever heard the saying, “Asking for forgiveness is easier than asking for permission?”  Whoever said that must not have been talking about the IRS. In my experience helping hundreds of small businesses get up and running, I’ve found that prevention is the key to avoiding unwanted...

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  • 3 reasons the cloud may be right for you – and your business

    Philadelphia Business Journal | June 11, 2014

    There's plenty of news trending about the cloud these days. Software giants Microsoft and SAP announced an agreement to expand their global partnership by ...

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  • Live Report from Facebook’s First “Fit” Event for Small Businesses

    Small Business Trends | June 10, 2014

    Facebook’s first “boot camp” for small business owners was held earlier this week. The event took place at Skylight Clarkson Square in New York City and Small Business Trends was in attendance. Although Facebook has done smaller events for years, this one kicked off an official nationwide...

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  • Small Business Advice: How to Survive Rising Health Care Costs

    The Washington Post | June 9, 2014

    Small business owners have a lot to consider when it comes to employee benefits. Health care costs have been rising steadily, and with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, many small firms may see a further increase in their premiums. Nevertheless, employers know that robust benefits...

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  • Square adds invoice payments to Register service

    ZDNet | June 6, 2014

    Payments startup Square announced that sellers using its Register service can now send customers payment notifications via a new invoice feature. Square says Invoices eliminates the need for sellers to track down customers and take payments over the phone, since the invoice is sent directly to...

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  • Data breach alert: Small retailers are especially vulnerable

    Consumer Reports | May 27, 2014

    If you’re more worried about becoming a victim of a data breach at a big national retail chain than in your local mom-and-pop store, think again. More than half of the small businesses surveyed by the Ponemon Institute in 2013 had experienced a data breach, while only one third had notified...

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  • PCI SSC offers free security webinar for SMBs

    The Examiner | May 15, 2014

    Any small business or entrepreneur dealing with credit card numbers should be well aware of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standard, which provides guidance for merchants and payment card processors on how to protect customer data and meet regulatory guidelines. Today, May 15, the PCI...

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