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Black Friday sales trends 2012 vs Black Friday 2011: Thanksgiving hours add boost

If this year’s Black Friday sales are any indication of a recovering economy, then the U.S. is on its way up. Statistics this year are skewed, however, due to extended shopping hours with record sales starting on Thanksgiving Day. The … Continue reading

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Election 2012: What will an Obama second term mean for the small business owner?

Now that election 2012 is over, pundits have begun speculating as to what an Obama second term will mean for the small business owner. Many worry about the impending fiscal cliff, which was set in motion last year when the … Continue reading

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Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (PPACA) — Obamacare — Boon for small businesses

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) known informally as Obamacare, has owners of small businesses worried about costs and compliance issues. As a result, most are delaying expansion and hiring decisions until after the first of the year. … Continue reading

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Non-profit healthcare Co-Ops receive funding: Big benefits for small businesses

Last month, seven non-profit organizations received the first round of low-interest loan funding to help them set up and maintain a Consumer Oriented and Operated Plan (Co-Op). Non-profit healthcare Co-Ops will be able to offer health plan benefits through state … Continue reading

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Something old, something new: Small business trends 2012

After the roller coaster ride that was the 2011 economy, small business owners are understandably hesitant to explore new strategies in 2012. Yet, experts advise that decision-makers pay heed to small business trends such as: the impact of social networking, … Continue reading

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Get to know Small Business Saturday! It’s coming into its own this second year

Started just a year ago by American Express, Small Business Saturday has taken on a life of its own. The intent is to encourage people – in the wake of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – not to forget to … Continue reading

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Focus on credit unions may benefit small business

No doubt driven by the rise in bank fees, the latest consumer movement inspired by Occupy Wall Street was the Bank Transfer Day held on November 5, 2011. Thousands have moved their accounts to credit unions, and it remains to … Continue reading

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