Check your tax forms for errors and avoid fines for 2013

(BPT) – Tax season will be here before you know it and businesses everywhere want to handle their reporting quickly, efficiently and on time in order to avoid the penalties and fines associated with missed deadlines. In recent years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased its penalties for misfiled or late tax forms. As […]

Who needs a 1099 or a W-2?

(BPT) – As the year winds down, it is time to start thinking about recent tax changes and how they affect you, especially if you run a small business. But keeping tax details straight is tough – even for those who live and breathe the industry. One of the most common questions during this time […]

Best business investment for 2014: Fueling employee engagement

(BPT) – Do your employees feel personally connected to the organization they work for? Would they recommend your workplace to others? If the answer to any of those questions is “no,” you’re far from alone. Employee engagement is way down, so low that a recent study found that two-thirds of the U.S. workforce is not […]

Three big ways small-business owners can save on taxes

(BPT) – If you own a-small business, every dollar matters – especially when it comes to taxes. Whether your business-is a partnership or corporation, Uncle Sam offers some sizeable deductions to-lower your liability, allowing you to put those dollars toward capital and-employees. Easy-to-use-tax preparation solutions have become-an increasingly popular way for small-business owners to-navigate-deductions and-tax […]

How using outdated technology can impact the reputation of a small business

(BPT) – Smart business owners know how important it is to preserve their company’s reputation, but many may not realize the extent to which their current and potential customers care about the technology they use. According to a recent survey, more than 90 percent of consumers said they would – or would consider – taking […]

Five Key Deadlines to Help Small Businesses Avoid IRS Headaches

(BPT) – The adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure still rings true – especially for businesses preparing for tax season. If you oversee your company’s filing requirements, knowing what is due and when can save you and your employee’s penalties, time and stress. Every year, January’s arrival means two […]

Small Business Pre-holiday Planning Tips

(BPT) – Financial optimism is on the rise, but data shows that many small business owners are still trying to turn the corner. In fact, according to Capital One’s Spark Small Business Barometer, while small businesses across the country are expressing optimism about the national economy and expect to see continued improvement in financial performance […]

Small businesses go leaner, more effective with technology tools

(BPT) – While the Great Recession convinced many big corporations to improve efficiency and reduce spending, small businesses have historically known the value of operating “lean and mean.” Many have never had another option, and have always had to accomplish more with less. Fortunately, technology is making it easier than ever for small-business owners to […]

Think mobile: marketing tips for local businesses

(BPT) – No doubt about it, mobile technology is transforming the way consumers live and businesses operate. Today nearly 5 billion people use mobile phones around the world, with 1 billion of those phones being smartphones. According to research conducted by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Americans check their smartphones more than 150 […]

Choosing the Right Model for Your Small Business Dream

Millions toil away in their office cubicles, dreaming of owning their own piece of the American dream. Meanwhile, many entrepreneurial thinkers are using rough economic times as the catapult for making their small business dreams come true. With so many types of business models available, it can be hard to determine which one is the […]

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