Small Business News for August 04 2017

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A winning formula: When small businesses give back

Small business owner Ciara Stockeland credits her success to weaving her business into local communities. Third-generation entrepreneur Ciara Stockeland, 38 – the daughter and granddaughter of window salesmen – always knew she wanted to own a small business. “When you give back, it reminds you that small businesses are what make cities and American culture so vibrant,” Stockeland said. “There’s something fantastic about that.” Stockeland’s model of socially responsible business is just one example of the many ways small business owners embed themselves in their communities. According to the Allstate/USA Today Small Business Barometer, almost half of small business owners contribute to local charities or do community service close to home. “Everything that’s good for the community is good for your business,” said Steve Blume, 62, owner of an Allstate Insurance agency in Bellevue, Tenn., and director of membership for his area’s chamber of commerce. “It’s the responsibility of every business to be a part of the community and contribute to it.” “I’ve always lived by the philosophy that our goal was that our business would do well so then we could do good in our communities,” Wright said. Small business owners rise above those obstacles using their love and commitment to their communities as the driving force. “Being part of the community gives me and my business that human quality that’s so important,” said Alison Doner, 37, owner of an Allstate Insurance agency in Cincinnati. By aligning the ways they give back with their business mission, Le said, they’re able to make sure, “People register exactly what it is we’re all about.” For small business owners, waking up every morning and loving what they do is a dream come true. View the Allstate/USA TODAY Small Business Barometer, a comprehensive profile of the small business environment across the nation and in 25 of its largest cities. It combines a survey of nearly 2,800 small business owners with federal data to create eight key indicators and an overall measure.
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A third-party seller forwarded the email to CNBC and said these policies “Will totally crush small businesses that fulfill their own orders.” Online forums are already lighting up with angry sellers. On the topic of returnless refunds, one merchant said, “In other words, customers get things from us for free! Is this a joke?” Another said, “Amazon is going to assume that a buyer would NEVER lie about the reason for the return so they don’t have to pay for it.” Yet another: “So, now, those `semi’ honest buyers are being encouraged to join the rest of the full fledged `scammers’ at our expense.” Amazon also charges a premium for use of its return labels, so it’s forcing merchants to pay more for a service they don’t necessarily want. Some sellers noted in the forums that Amazon is allowing them to exempt a certain number of items from the automated returns process. Amazon confirmed in a statement that sellers can “Receive exemptions to have specific inventory excluded” and said that the returnless service is optional. “These new features allow sellers to reduce time and costs associated with returns while providing customers with an easy and efficient return experience,” the company said in an e-mail. The statement also said that the rules only apply to in-policy returns and the company disputed the notion that it charges a premium for return labels. It’s no secret that Jeff Bezos’ first, second and third objectives are to please Amazon customers, giving them more stuff at the lowest prices and at faster speeds. Those upgrades come at the expense of sellers, who often build their businesses on Amazon and have few other places to generate revenue. The latest policy changes are directed at sellers who choose to fulfill orders themselves instead of using Fulfillment by Amazon. Amazon is making every effort to provide the same experience for customers regardless of whether the products they buy come from Amazon or a third-party merchant. By starting in October, Amazon can get the process rolling in time for Cyber Monday and the all-important holiday rush.
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Small Business Index

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Small Business Saturday

Why should we not celebrate the spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurship, as exemplified by small business owners who take the risk of following their dreams? After all, it’s a common thing for politicians to talk about supporting Main Street over big business, and how small business owners often face greater hardships than larger companies. Since Small Business Saturday is held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day, it falls right during the peak shopping periods of the year. Celebrating Small Business SaturdayYou may be wondering how to celebrate Small Business Saturday since it is possible that you might have been lead to believe that small businesses are a thing of the past. Some small business owners find that Small Business Saturday is a great time to run marketing promotions, as they can further capitalize on the increased foot traffic, and on their online traffic. If your small business does not have a Facebook page nor any other online presence, you should seriously consider taking Small Business Saturday to go ahead and do that.
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Opening a small business requires careful consideration of your market, a firm business plan, and the discipline to protect what is most important to you at this time-your financial capital. Through the office of the Small Business Concierge and the Small Business Builder, you will be connected with the resources necessary to help you accomplish your goals. Resources to Build Your Business Behind every good business is a solid business plan. Columbus is nationally recognized for its wide variety of free business resources that will assist you in crafting a sound business and marketing plan, finding the right employees, obtaining financing, and how to properly account for your business. Your Specific Business Roadmap Starting your own business in Columbus just became a lot easier.
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FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

“Do it your own way; find your own path. I never had a conventional business plan – I had an idea, a goal and I carved my own way.” – Grant winner Mary Lynn Schroeder, In Blue Handmade. Read about the experiences of fellow small-business owners – we’ve collected stories, tips, and plenty of other helpful resources from entrepreneurs like you who love following their dreams.
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Small Business Taxes: The Virtual Workshop

This workshop is constructed so that the first three lessons… What You Need to Know about Federal Taxes. The final four lessons… What You Need to Know about Federal Taxes. Because this is a virtual workshop, you can choose the lessons that apply to you. Throughout these lessons, you’ll hear from small business owners like yourself, and we hope that by watching these owners learn. Lesson 1 – What you need to know about federal taxes and your new business Lesson 2 – What you need to know about Schedule C and other small business taxes and tax forms Lesson 3 – How to file and pay your taxes electronically Lesson 4 – What you need to know when you run your business out of your home Lesson 5 – How to set up a retirement plan for yourself and your employees Lesson 6 – What you need to know about federal taxes when hiring employees or contractors Lesson 7 – How to manage payroll so you withhold the correct amount from employees Lesson 8 – How to make tax deposits and file a return to report your payroll taxes Lesson 9 – Hiring people who live in the U.S. but who aren’t U.S. citizens.
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