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Study: Employees Offered Child Care Are Healthier, More Productive

Despite higher upfront costs to employers, employees with kids are less stressed and more productive when their employers offer child and dependent care services, according to new research reported by AOL Small Business. The study — conducted by the consulting practice at Watertown, Mass.-based Bright Horizons Family Solutions, which provides employer-sponsored health care, and Jamie … Read More »

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Survey: Business Plans Double Chances of Success

Entrepreneurs who write business plans are twice as likely to grow their businesses, according to a new survey by Palo Alto Software reported by AOL Small Business. Having a business plan doubled a company’s chances of obtaining investment capital — 36 percent of companies with plans received money, compared to 18 percent without one. Similarly, … Read More »

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Watch Out for SBA Loan Scammers

When it’s tough to get a bank loan, scammers pop out of the woodwork with offers to “help.” Recently, the Small Business Administration warned business owners about a spike in complaints they’ve received about SBA loan fraud. A particular target is apparently the SBA Express loan, which offers loans up to $350,000, Entrepreneur.com reported. Here’s … Read More »

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Tax-saving Moves for Small Businesses

If you’re a shareholder in a successful closely held C corporation, you know this year’s federal income tax rate structure is favorable to your cause. If your company pays you a dividend this year, the maximum federal income tax rate will be only 15 percent. The same 15 percent maximum federal rate will apply to … Read More »

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Tax Law Change Could Hit Small-business Owners

LOS ANGELES – An urgent tax-extender bill that’s stuck in the Senate would ensure that unemployment payments aren’t cut off to some jobless workers, plus prevent a cut to doctors’ Medicare payments. But, as its name implies, the bill also would extend quite a few tax breaks, reported MarketWatch. Those provisions include the teacher’s $250 … Read More »

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Senate Eases Impact of Bill’s Tax Increases on Small Businesses

Senate Democrats trying to pass a bill that extends many popular but expired tax breaks have softened two tax increases that had aroused concerns among some small-business supporters. But that was not enough to save the revised measure from a threatened Republican filibuster on Thursday night, The New York Times reported. The American Jobs and … Read More »

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