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Healthcare Benefit Set to Take Effect

The sweeping healthcare bill signed into law by President Obama earlier this year will roll out slowly over the next several years, but one benefit for employers will arrive on June 1. The $5 billion Early Retiree Reinsurance Program federal subsidy will help employers cover healthcare for retired workers ages 55 to 65, who are … Read More »

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Survey: Most Employees Want to Work from Home

So much for company culture. A new survey finds that a majority of employees would prefer to work from home at least some of the time, AOL Small Business reported. According to Microsoft’s 2010 U.S. Remote Working Research survey, 62 percent of employees express interest in working remotely, yet more than half of their companies … Read More »

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Small Businesses Hit Harder by Audits

Although tax day has come and gone, small businesses increasingly may face a follow-up by Uncle Sam, according to a new report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Since 2005, the IRS has cut back the number of hours spent auditing large corporations with more than $250 million in assets by 33 … Read More »

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Respect: You Have to Earn It Before You Get It

The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s signature line, “I don’t get no respect,” always garnered a few good chuckles. As a leader, however, if you find yourself in this same predicament, it’s no laughing matter, wrote Michael Feuer, co-founder of OfficeMax, in his column for SmartBusiness. Most executives usually try to do the right thing. They … Read More »

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What The CARD Act Means for Businesses

At the end of last year, the interest rate on Susan Moriarity’s Visa business card from Chase was about 13 percent. A bit high, she thought, but her law firm in Santa Barbara, Calif., was busy. Then, in January, when business slowed, Moriarity began to carry a balance — and her interest rate climbed to … Read More »

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Lawmakers Battle Over Best Way to Help Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – House members clashed Friday over whether Congress should use $30 billion from a bank bailout program to help small banks assist small businesses or allocate it to the Small Business Administration to make loans, MarketWatch reported. Arguing that small businesses continue to face major challenges obtaining credit, Herbert Allison, assistant Treasury Secretary for … Read More »

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