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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


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


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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Frustrated with event ticketing? New ventures try to help

In this photo taken Friday, June 21, 2019, FlipTix workers load a ticket printer in their tent at the entrance to the Clusterfest comedy event in San Francisco. The company's application lets people who leave a venue early sell their ticket and lets someone who wants the remainder of the ticket buy it. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Event organizers hoping to eliminate ticket scams and huge markups in the secondary market are increasingly turning to companies that use technology to allow fans to buy and resell their tickets while putting caps on prices. Partnering with such companies allows event organizers to take control of the resale of their tickets. Fans who can’t go can return their tickets, ...

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Tips to help small businesses find the staffers they want

Signs for employment opportunities are posted at an exit ramp off of Interstate 79 in Pennsylvania in this file photo. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Small business owners who compete with large companies as well as each other for job candidates find they need to be creative to get the staffers they want. Some have given up on online job boards and develop their own strategies. Here’s what they do: Never stop recruiting. Many owners are always on the lookout for people who look like a ...

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Small businesses learn hard lessons when they’re not prepared for disaster

In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo destroyed communities are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. Despite the potential for hurricanes and other natural disasters, many small business owners don’t prepare for the worst, leaving them to learn during a crisis what they should have done differently. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

When Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, Carlos Melendez couldn’t contact the staffers or customers of his San Juan-based technology firm, Wovenware. Melendez learned a lesson that would help his business during the next storm, that disaster preparedness includes being able to communicate with people when the emergency is over. He quickly signed up with an online messaging ...

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University of Nebraska team creates cornfield robot system

In this June 20, 2019 photo, a robot, created by a team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is shown measuring physical characteristics of a corn plant at the Greenhouse at Innovation Campus. (Emily Haney/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

Plant science students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are still taught to phenotype by hand, wading into muddy fields to record the differences in physical characteristics between varying corn hybrids with a small set of tools and a pen and notebook. But like the rest of 21st century life, technology is on track to render humans obsolete. A team of ...

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A quick how-to guide for businesses preparing for a downturn


Forecasts of slower economic growth during the second half of the year have many small business owners turning more cautious. While economists’ predictions aren’t dire, owners who remember the lessons of the Great Recession are nonetheless becoming even more careful about increasing their risks than they have been in recent years. Here are steps owners take when they’re uneasy about ...

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