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Labor Picture May Brighten in 2012

Labor Picture May Brighten in 2012

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Last year was bleak for many small businesses, but sales, along with hiring, appear to be on their way up. Here's a look at some of the factors that could affect staffing plans -- for betteror worse -- in 2012.
January 4, 2012 in Hiring Center
Will Burgers and Big Gulps Save the Economy?

Will Burgers and Big Gulps Save the Economy?

Consider this look at the impact franchised businesses have on the U.S. economy -- and how doughnuts may be just what we need to rebound from the recession.
January 3, 2012 in Franchises
Franchise Industry to Grow in 2012 -- Report

Franchise Industry to Grow in 2012 -- Report

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The coming year will see modest growth for the franchise sector, according to the International Franchise Association's annual forecast for 2012.
December 19, 2011 in Franchises
Why One Investor is Banking on Vets

Why One Investor is Banking on Vets

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Former Army major turned entrepreneur describes why he thinks veteran-owned businesses are a worthwhile investment.
November 11, 2011 in Startup Financing
Will Repealing the 3% Withholding Tax Help Businesses Hire?

Will Repealing the 3% Withholding Tax Help Businesses Hire?

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Eliminating a planned tax on government contractors is viewed as good news by business groups. But will it spur the hoped-for hiring?
November 11, 2011 in Tax Center
Five Resources for Turning Vets into Entrepreneurs

Five Resources for Turning Vets into Entrepreneurs

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For the men and women of the U.S. military, starting a business in this economy can be tricky. Here are the government programs that aim to help veterans strike out on their own.
November 11, 2011 in Startup Basics
Obama 'Can't Wait' To Help Entrepreneurs

Obama 'Can't Wait' To Help Entrepreneurs

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The Jobs Act didn't pass muster with Congress, so Barack Obama has issued some proposals without legislation. See what's in the works for small businesses.
November 1, 2011 in Startup Financing
Are Small Businesses Really Big Job Creators?

Are Small Businesses Really Big Job Creators?

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Small businesses create most of the jobs, we've often been told. But is it true? See which two types of businesses have been adding jobs, according to new data.
October 28, 2011 in Startup Basics
Why Some Small Businesses Are Occupying Wall Street

Why Some Small Businesses Are Occupying Wall Street

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Small business owners have long panned practices like bailing out giant companies and paying inordinate sums to Wall Street bankers. But now, they're doing something about it.
October 19, 2011 in Legal Basics For Startups
Intuit Program Awards Grants to Help Spur Local Jobs

Intuit Program Awards Grants to Help Spur Local Jobs

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Need a nudge to hire a new employee? The financial software company is offering funding to small businesses that create jobs.
October 18, 2011 in Financing
New Plan Asks Entrepreneurs to Sound Off on Immigration

New Plan Asks Entrepreneurs to Sound Off on Immigration

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To help stimulate the economy, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to tap industry experts and entrepreneurs for advice.
October 14, 2011 in Finding Ideas
Jobs Bill Breakup: What Will Entrepreneurs Push For?

Jobs Bill Breakup: What Will Entrepreneurs Push For?

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The Senate spiked President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act. Now the question is: What may be salvaged from the bill that could still help small business?
October 12, 2011 in Tax Center
Cities Should Market Their Problems to Entrepreneurs

Cities Should Market Their Problems to Entrepreneurs

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For small towns across the U.S. to grow again after the worst recession since the Great Depression, here's a suggestion: Ask entrepreneurs for help.
October 11, 2011 in Business Ideas
Don't 'Occupy Wall Street,' Start a Small Business

Don't 'Occupy Wall Street,' Start a Small Business

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While some block sidewalks on Wall Street and elsewhere, other unemployed citizens are going in a more productive direction: They're starting businesses.
October 10, 2011 in Business Ideas
At LinkedIn Town Hall, Entrepreneurs' Questions Go Unanswered

At LinkedIn Town Hall, Entrepreneurs' Questions Go Unanswered

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In the President's LinkedIn Town Hall, Barack Obama answered many questions about how to help the unemployed. But some small-business owners say he didn't discuss their needs enough.
September 27, 2011 in Growth Strategies
Obama Asks for Entrepreneurs' Questions on LinkedIn

Obama Asks for Entrepreneurs' Questions on LinkedIn

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President Barack Obama is currently taking questions on LinkedIn. The request brought more than 700 comments within hours, and lots of them aren't very polite.
September 23, 2011 in Growth Strategies
Some Jobs Act Proposals Make Headway

Some Jobs Act Proposals Make Headway

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Even as Congress considers which if any of the President's jobs measures to pass, some of his proposals are already gaining traction.
September 15, 2011 in Financing
What the Jobs Act Would Hold For Small Businesses

What the Jobs Act Would Hold For Small Businesses

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Between cutting payroll taxes and speeding up payments to federal contractors, the President's latest plan to boost jobs, if passed, would also give a lift to small businesses.
September 9, 2011 in Tax Center
Are We on the Verge of a Small-Business Hiring Boom?

Are We on the Verge of a Small-Business Hiring Boom?

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A new study shows 40 percent of small business owners plan to make a hire in the next six months. Could this be the start of a turnaround in unemployment?
September 9, 2011 in Human Resources
What a Payroll Tax Holiday Could Mean for Employers

What a Payroll Tax Holiday Could Mean for Employers

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President Obama is expected to propose offering to trim the amount of payroll taxes employers pay. Here are five things business owners can expect if it passes.
September 8, 2011 in Tax Center
Six Ideas for Immediate Job Creation: Will They Work?

Six Ideas for Immediate Job Creation: Will They Work?

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How can we get the economy back on track and create jobs? Here are six ideas from the President, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others.
September 5, 2011 in Growth Strategies
Under-30 Treps in the Washington Spotlight

Under-30 Treps in the Washington Spotlight

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The question of how to help small-businesses boost sales is so divisive that many are now looking to the young for answers.
July 13, 2011 in Grow Your Business
Franchise Slashes Fees to Spur Jobs

Franchise Slashes Fees to Spur Jobs

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Anago Cleaning Systems founder David Povlitz is lowering the price for its master franchises to $35,000 to help promote self-employment.
July 11, 2011 in Franchises
How to Hire Workers for Crummy Jobs

How to Hire Workers for Crummy Jobs

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Need someone for a task that would make even Mike Rowe blanch? When working for you isn't a dream come true.
July 8, 2011 in Hiring Center

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