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Westone’s expansion, and growth, into the music products business has been unexpected. Continue Reading Hearing-aid maker making it big in music industry

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Stocks rose for a while last week but small-business confidence hasn’t caught up, not by a long shot. Business owners remain pessimistic and it didn’t help that the Federal Reserve trimmed its latest projections for gross domestic product. GDP, it said, would rise in a range of 3 percent to 3.5 percent this year. That’s… Continue Reading Small-business owners pessimistic on economy

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stepped up pressure on Monday to get banks to boost lending to the nation’s small businesses, a critical element to spurring the economic recovery and reducing unemployment. Bernanke and other regulators have urged banks since February to increase their lending to smaller companies. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have complained that… Continue Reading Fed looks for ways to aid small business lending

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Getting loans flowing more normally to creditworthy small businesses will help the economic recovery, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said today. Small businesses – more so than big companies – rely on bank loans to expand operations and hire. Small businesses usually help drive job creation during recoveries but credit clogs have hurt hiring. Lending… Continue Reading Bernanke pushes loans for sound small businesses

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Come 2012, small business owners can expect a 1,250-percent increase in the volume of paperwork associated with new federal regulations regarding 1099-form reporting, says the National Association for the Self-Employed. That certainly isn’t welcome news for small business owners, but it might not be so bad for accountants, who are likely to be hired to… Continue Reading Form 1099 paperwork to increase 1,250%

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Greece covers an area slightly smaller than Alabama. Nonetheless, this small nation bordering on the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean seas has had and continues to have a big impact. The Greeks gave us the Olympics; the foundations of philosophy through Socrates, Plato and Aristotle; and the beginnings of democracy. For good measure, the New Testament… Continue Reading Lessons from Greek financial crisis are being ignored

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The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance for small businesses to determine whether they are eligible for the health care tax credit under the Affordable Care Act. The guidance explains that small businesses that receive the state health care tax credits may still qualify for the full federal tax credit. And, the guidance allows small… Continue Reading IRS answers small biz questions about Affordable Care Act

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The risk of small-business owners being audited by the Internal Revenue Service has increased dramatically. As unsettling as that might sound, the IRS’ bark may be worse than its bite, because what hasn’t risen dramatically are the number of audits that have yielded any more dollars for the IRS. Nonetheless, the government has increased the… Continue Reading Report: IRS increasingly targeting small businesses

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The 5th annual Veterans Small Business Conference will be held on May 13 and 14 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. Sponsored by the Colorado Small Business Development Center, the event includes two full days of workshops and 24 sessions from which to choose. The workshops will be presented in three tracks: Back to Basics, Building… Continue Reading Veterans small business conference set for May

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Government contract workshop set

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Southern Colorado business owners and managers are invited to an April 6 government contract procurement workshop at the Denver Federal Center on April 6. The workshop will update and assist those interested in learning how to compete for, and win, government contracts, and is being hosted by Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet. Work sessions… Continue Reading Government contract workshop set

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