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Forced to adapt, businesses rethink how they make money

NEW YORK (AP) — Many business owners are changing the way they make money as they attempt to recoup revenue lost to the coronavirus outbreak. The changes can look subtle; for example, when owners of clothing stores decide to beef up their internet...

 

Back to work, owners make changes so workers feel safe

NEW YORK (AP) — Before the coronavirus outbreak, furniture deliveries at Sunnyland Outdoor Living meant two employees sitting side-by-side in a truck. Now, one will be driving the truck while the second follows in a car. And when Sunnyland's worker...

 

Managing remote workers? It takes more than the latest apps

NEW YORK (AP) — Nicolas Vandenberghe's company has 42 staffers scattered among 36 cities in 15 countries. As technology makes it possible for people to be in constant touch while working remotely, businesses like Chili Piper are becoming the norm....

 

Signs point up for small manufacturers, home remodelers

NEW YORK (AP) — Recent economic indicators point to an easier time ahead for small manufacturers and companies in the home remodeling industry. A decline in the home repair and remodeling market that began in the first quarter of 2019 is projected...

 

Want to sell on Amazon? Businesses must weigh pros, cons

NEW YORK (AP) — While many small manufacturers and retailers believe Amazon is the place to be, Lyris Autran is forgoing the opportunity. Autran wants to keep the prices on her leashes, bowls and other products for dogs competitive. It costs money...

 

Calif law will force small businesses to rethink staffing

NEW YORK (AP) — A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing. The law puts tough restrictions on...

 

'If I could do it over' _ businesses learn from experiences

NEW YORK (AP) — April Oury started her physical therapy practice 14 years ago wanting to give all aspects of her business the same focus and attention to detail she gave patients — even when it came to choosing paint colors or an internet provide...

 

Out of flowers? Flour? Businesses contend with supply crises

NEW YORK (AP) — When heavy rain pelted Central America, Shane Pliska couldn't get shipments of taupe-colored roses he needed for clients' weddings. "Of course, this was the season when everyone wanted champagne- and gold-themed weddings, and the...

 

Business owners help employees deal with emotional problems

NEW YORK (AP) — An employee is severely depressed and unable to complete a task. Or has mood swings and outbursts, unnerving colleagues and disrupting the workplace. These are some of the hardest situations small business owners and managers can...

 

Get Started: IRS warns that tax season brings security risks

TAX SEASON AND CYBERSECURITY While cybersecurity should be a year-round concern for small business owners, income tax filing season can bring some particular risks, according to the IRS. The agency says it has gotten an increase in reports of...

 

As health premiums rise, small businesses seek alternatives

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses are getting notices about their premium and coverage changes for 2018, and some are making adjustments because of that. The changes vary depending on the state where a company is located, how many employees it has...

 

At risk?: Equifax hack has businesses uneasy about security

NEW YORK (AP) — The Equifax breach is reminding small business owners that they may be vulnerable to cybercriminals. Companies that provide security and other technology services to small businesses say they've had an increase in calls from...

 

Employer-based health coverage likely to stay awhile

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get your insurance through your employer? The ongoing political turmoil around "Obamacare" all but guarantees you'll still be able to do that. Ask Walt Rowen, whose business is etching glass but whose experience managing...

 

How vacationing business owners cope with being unreachable

NEW YORK (AP) — While hiking in the Himalayas for three weeks, Mike Scanlin had no cellphone service much of the time and no way to charge his phone. Running his business — a one-man operation — became a very sporadic proposition. It was a calc...

 

Small food makers wonder about Amazon-Whole Foods impact

NEW YORK (AP) — Among the many questions being asked about Amazon's intended purchase of Whole Foods is one from small and medium-sized food manufacturers: How might this deal affect me? The unknowns include whether Amazon might change the grocery...

 

Small businesses in clean energy sector still hope for best

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners who install solar panels or help customers use clean energy don't seem fazed by President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, saying they expect demand for their services...

 

Ready to serve: Businesses find vets are dedicated, capable

NEW YORK (AP) — Clinton Smith hires veterans because he knows military service has helped them become dedicated and hard-working staffers. "When you say, 'I need you to do this right now,' they get it done and get it done well," says Smith, a forme...

 

If you build it, they'll stay; boomers remodel their homes

NEW YORK (AP) — If you build it, they will stay. The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are expecting robust growth in the next few years, thanks partly to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes. Home remodelers...

 

Community banks hopeful as lawmakers target financial rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Community banks and small businesses are optimistic about changes the Trump administration and Congress have promised to laws that tightened supervision of the banking industry after the 2008 financial crisis. The number of small,...

 

Bigger tax breaks, new health care options on tap for 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Each year, business owners can count on changes in tax law and other rules. For 2017, small businesses are getting a bigger deduction for equipment purchases, and those that aren't required to provide health insurance will have an...

 

Get Started: Get ready to compile health insurance forms

HEALTH INSURANCE FORMS With the arrival of tax reporting season, many small businesses that offer health insurance to employees must file documents detailing the coverage with the IRS, and must also give copies to their staffers. At look at the...

 

Get Started: Women-owned businesses struggle with financing

WOMEN AND FINANCING Women who own businesses struggle more with getting financing than small company owners in general, according to a survey by researchers at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet...

 

Time to set limits: Business owners suffer tech overload

NEW YORK (AP) — Three years into being a business owner, Becky Davis knew she needed to break the hold technology had on her. Davis, a marketing and management consultant to other small business owners, was so immersed in emails, texts and social m...

 

Get Started: Contract bill heading for passage by Congress

SMALL BUSINESS LEGISLATION Legislation to improve federal contracting opportunities for small businesses appears close to passage in Congress, which has included the measures in a spending bill for the Defense Department for the current fiscal year....

 

Get Started: Workers may get raises after overtime ruling

Employees at some small businesses can still expect changes in their pay or work hours starting Thursday, even though a federal judge has blocked the Labor Department's overtime rules from going into effect. At other companies, meanwhile, owners...

 

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