Yelp’s New Ad Products Can Increase Engagement “38 Percent”…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Gene Marks / August 5, 2019

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them? 1 — Yelp’s new ad products can increase potential customer engagement by 38%. Yelp—one of the most prominent review sites—recently rolled out several new ad products. This roll-out gives small business owners the opportunity […]

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The 7-Step Health Care Plan for Small-Business Owners

Mark J. Kohler - Forbes / July 31, 2019

Discover how to maximize your health-care benefits, reduce costs and get tax benefits to boot. Over the past few years, I’ve created and implemented a comprehensive health-care strategy with hundreds of clients. My strategy involves using a coordinated attack of maximizing your health-care benefits, reducing costs and getting tax benefits to boot. It consists of seven […]

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Quick Take: Your Primer on the CASE Act & Protecting Small Business

July 29, 2019

Fill me in: This week, illustrators, photographers, writers, entrepreneurs, and other small business owners in the creative industry will visit with lawmakers and administration officials in Washington, D.C. in support of a bipartisan solution for Main Street businesses to defend their intellectual property. While the American system of copyright law was designed to protect the […]

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Data protection 101: Why you need security awareness training

Raj Patel - Plante and Moran / July 18, 2019

Your organization has anti-virus software, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems. Isn’t this enough to protect your vital information? The simple answer is no. Despite all the security hardware and software used in your organization, one of the most important factors in data security is human behavior. Uninformed users can jeopardize an entire system, oftentimes unintentionally, […]

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Why Michigan Could Become A Startup Powerhouse

Pete Wilkins - Forbes / July 17, 2019

Michigan’s unicorns demonstrate a fertile startup ecosystem with unlimited opportunities. A couple weeks ago, StockX became the state’s newest in a quickly-growing cohort of unicorns, which includes two other startups that also earned the elite status this year. In February, OneStream Software announced that it had not only become a unicorn but that it is […]

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Small Business Administration Announces New Funding Opportunities for Small Business Research

July 16, 2019

The Office of Advocacy is pleased to announce new funding opportunities for small business research. The Office of Advocacy periodically funds economic research on small business issues, and is currently seeking research proposals in six areas: bank formation, cybersecurity, population dynamics, entrepreneur demographics, veteran entrepreneurship, and miscellaneous small business topics.  For more information, go to […]

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Uncertainty Climbs Among America’s Small-Business Owners

Nancy Moran and Ryan Haar - Bloomberg / July 9, 2019

Uncertainty among America’s small-business owners rose to the highest level since March 2017 — and the fourth-highest on record — in June as sales and earnings trends softened, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. The group’s gauge is based on six questions — including whether the next three months will be a good […]

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Need Help Choosing a Business Structure?

US Small Business Administration / July 2, 2019

Choose a business structure The business structure you choose influences everything from day-to-day operations, to taxes, to how much of your personal assets are at risk. You should choose a business structure that gives you the right balance of legal protections and benefits. Your business structure affects how much you pay in taxes, your ability to […]

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Michigan Chamber Stands Up for Job Providers By Opposing State House Democrats’ Job-Killing Tax Hikes

Michigan Chamber of Commerce / June 26, 2019

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement in response to legislation being pushed by Michigan House Democrats to increase infrastructure funding on the backs of job providers. Earlier this year, House Democrats proposed increasing the personal income tax by 97 percent on individuals and small businesses owners who make over $75,000 per […]

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