Month: December 2013

U.S. Small-Business Owners: Mixed Expectations for 2014

Owners most concerned about getting new business and the economy by Frank Newport PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. small-business owners are slightly more negative than positive as they look ahead to the new year. Twenty-eight percent say they are less optimistic about their business’ future going into 2014 than they were going into 2013, while 23%… Read more »

Strategies: Questions to ask potential business partner

Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY12:25 p.m. EST November 29, 2013 What you don’t learn can hurt you in the long run. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Consider carefully why you want or need a partner Find out whether the person’s goals, work style and values fit yours You have more legal leeway to ask probing questions of potential partners… Read more »

Low Wage Workers Getting Older

The New York Time’s The Minimum Wage and the Laws of Economics has some really interesting age related data on low wage workers, which they define as earning less than $10 per hour. As the chart below (from the article) shows, low wage workers have been getting older and better educated. One only has to visit a… Read more »

Top 3 Small Business Health Insurance Alternatives for 2014

Christina Merhar It’s that time of year when small businesses are looking at health benefits for 2014 and evaluating options. During this renewal season, small businesses are in an interesting position. Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees are notmandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to offer traditional health insurance by 2015. And because of the… Read more »

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2014

Below is our 7th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.  2013’s trend list isavailable here. To see earlier lists, click on the year: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009,2008. Our overall economic outlook for 2013 is for solid if moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 2.5% to 2.75%.  We expect hiring and the job market to continue to improve with… Read more »