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Ever Wonder Which States Are the Best for Business?

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Starting up a new business is always a risky and formidable endeavor, but some states make it easier for entrepreneurs to set up shop than others. In December 2013, The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council released a report that ranked states based on one major criteria- how helpful they are to small business owners. The…
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Five More Startup Myths Debunked

Previously, we reviewed five startup myths and unfortunately (at least!) five more need debunking. You can check out the first article here. Innovating and running a company is challenging, and capturing your valuable assets plus making sure you are getting everything in writing is overwhelming too. Some of the five myths below apply at any…
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Five Startup Myths Busted

Startups love to get stuff done. As an entrepreneur I live to tick stuff off my list. However, the number of “housekeeping” tasks can be overwhelming. Sadly, skipping steps that are not as sexy as product development and customer focus groups hampers your chance for success. You run the risk of losing, or not being…
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Taxes, (Un)Explained: The Best Things in Life Are Tax-Free

If there’s one thing even most Republicans and Democrats agree on, it’s that the tax system should be “fair,” if for no other reason than people then feel better about paying their due, and theoretically, at least, cheat less. Unfortunately that taxes should be “fair” is one of those inch-deep accords, since as soon as…
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My Big Fat Greek Tax Problem

Last week’s blog contained this amazing stop-the-presses Newsflash: Americans don’t like paying taxes! I know that comes as a shock, but go lie down and put a cold compress on your head, and in a few days, or maybe a week, you’ll get over it. Besides, there is apparently a country that dislikes paying taxes…
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Tax 101: Q&A with a Tax Attorney (Part 2)

Last week we quizzed our readers on how well they can explain the tax codes related to their personal return. This week we have a similar question: How well do you understand the tax codes related to your business? More than half (54%, to be exact) of all U.S. sales are from small businesses. Just…
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Simple Workplace Solutions to Make Your Employees Happy

Communication is key to any relationship, even ones at work. One of the simplest ways to bridge the gap in communication between employee and employer is through your very own human resources (HR) department. A 2013 survey titled Human Capital Management’s Employee Disconnect: A Global Snapshot, conducted by ADP Research Institute, revealed an extreme disparity…
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Court Rules Corporations Have No Mind or Soul

It’s like those science-fiction movies where some huge monolithic entity has humanity under its collective alien “thumb.” Then one day, some individual makes a small defiant gesture that stirs a welling in the soul; and humanity arises and reasserts itself once again. Only in this case, the setting is the courtroom; it’s humans versus corporations;…
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Infographic: The 2015 State of Small & Medium Businesses

On January 20th, President Barack Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address to a joint session in Congress as well as to millions of Americans gathered around the television—all in anticipation to hear our country’s top concerns, national priorities, and future plans. Taking note from the White House itself, twice a year, we…
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Unhealthy Business Practices Impact Health Supplements

For 51 weeks of the year, Americans hate advertising. They DVR programs to avoid it, employ software to block it, and otherwise gripe about how advertising is ubiquitous, boring, insulting to their intelligence, manipulative, cynically targeted to children, duplicitous, and disruptive. Then comes the Super Bowl, and we eagerly preview ads. We tune into the…
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