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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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Seven reasons to export

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While many small businesses are in survival mode during the current economic downturn, there are still strategic decisions that can be made today which may have a positive impact on this year’s bottom line. Small businesses account for 30 percent of all U.S. exports — a staggering $500 billion per year. The fastest growing segment… Continue Reading Seven reasons to export

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Small businesses need proper tools to create jobs

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The message from President Barack Obama is clear: we must give small businesses the tools they need to create the jobs America needs. Small businesses are the biggest engine for job creation, having created nearly 65 percent of net new jobs over the last 15 years. However, in this tough economic climate, small businesses still… Continue Reading Small businesses need proper tools to create jobs

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More insurance bang for their buck

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If insurance plans cost more, small businesses want more Small businesses say they are being shortchanged by their health insurance companies. A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report shows businesses expect more from their insurance companies — They want more information, more technology and more health and wellness. Premiums continue to rise — particularly in the small group… Continue Reading More insurance bang for their buck

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University of Colorado at Colorado Springs economist and instructor Fred Crowley is looking for small businesses that want some free advice. Senior finance students, taking the Case Study Class, Finance 410, are ready this semester to analyze a small business’ operations and help take it to the next level. “It’s a capstone course for finance… Continue Reading Students offer analysis for local businesses

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Small business hiring up during 2009

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Despite the recession and 10 percent unemployment, some small businesses were hiring last year. The SurePayroll’s monthly small business score card shows that hiring increased 3.4 percent during 2009. Most of the new employees were contract workers during the early part of the year, but the survey showed that more of the month-over-month hiring increases… Continue Reading Small business hiring up during 2009

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