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Small businesses need help with labyrinth of state, local laws

Annie Venditti, vice president of operations at clothing retailer American Rhino, stands for a photograph in the store, in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

When American Rhino, a retailer inside Boston’s Faneuil Hall, expanded to an unused space on the landmark building’s second floor, the company discovered the labyrinth that is local laws and ordinances. “There were lots of twists and turns — you really don’t know what’s going to happen next,” says Annie Venditti, the company’s vice president of operations. “You learn by ...

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Small business owners still have time to save on 2019 taxes

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With a little over one month to go in 2019, small business owners should think about purchases or investments that make good business sense and will give them a break on their taxes. Owners with available cash and a wish list should consider what equipment they need. Or, do they want to create a retirement plan or make a big ...

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Veterans can get entrepreneurial help from government and private sector

In this file photo, visitors to the Pittsburgh veterans job fair meet with recruiters at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

For many people who leave military service, the next logical step is becoming an entrepreneur. There are federal, state and private sector resources for veterans to help them learn about operating a business, and, when their companies are up and running, get financing help, mentoring and government contracting opportunities. Entrepreneurship is appealing to many veterans; more than 6% of all ...

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Report: Women company owners say they’re not taken seriously

In this file photo, commuters walk through a corridor in the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York. Women business owners can find it hard to be taken seriously even as their companies grow into multimillion-dollar enterprises. That’s the finding of a report released last week by Babson College and Bank of America that analyzed the challenges women encountered as they were building their companies.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Women business owners can find it hard to be taken seriously even as their companies grow into multimillion-dollar enterprises. That’s the finding of a report released last week by Babson College and Bank of America that analyzed the challenges women encountered as they were building their companies. Rather than doing a traditional survey to compile their report, the researchers who ...

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Market for small businesses cools further, according to report

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, the sun rises behind Main Street in Plains, Ga. The market for small businesses cooled further during the third quarter as fallout from trade wars made companies look less appealing to buyers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The market for small businesses cooled further during the third quarter as fallout from trade wars made companies look less appealing to buyers. That’s the finding of a quarterly report analyzing small business sales released by BizBuySell.com, an online marketplace for companies. BizBuySell.com counted 2,454 small businesses sold during July-September, down 8.6% from 2,685 sold in the same period last ...

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Small businesses increasingly a target for cybercriminals

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While small and mid-sized businesses are increasingly targets for cybercriminals, companies are struggling to devote enough resources to protect their technology from attack. That’s one of the findings of an annual survey of companies released by the Poneman Institute, which researches data protection, and Keeper Security, a manufacturer of password protection software. The survey found that 76% of the 592 U.S. companies ...

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Businesses having a harder time getting credit, survey finds

Small and mid-sized businesses are having a harder time getting credit and that’s having an impact on their plans to hire. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Small and mid-sized businesses are having a harder time getting credit and that’s having an impact on their plans to hire. Those are findings of a quarterly survey of small businesses released Monday by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet Corp. The third-quarter survey questioned 752 small and mid-sized businesses, with some of the ...

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Businesses find ways to deal with late-paying customers

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In the first few years after Julie Mullen and Elizabeth Grace launched their public relations firm, they found it was hard to get some clients to pay. The co-owners of The Buzz Agency didn’t require clients to pay up front, and checks were the only form of payment the company was set up for. Some of their clients, who included ...

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