The 5 Biggest Challenges Our Startup Culture Must Overcome

It’s a pretty good time to be an entrepreneur. Startup funding is abundant. Stories of successful entrepreneurs make headlines on a daily basis. Technological innovation has opened the door to countless opportunities, and more free resources are available to prospective entrepreneurs than ever before. All in all, given the support of our capitalist values and the […]

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ARIZONA: Unemployment rate tumbled in January

Arizona employers made smaller job cuts in January than usual, helping send the state’s unemployment rate tumbling. Over the past year, Arizona has added more than 78,000 jobs, enough for 3 percent growth in that time. That is well ahead of the nation’s 1.9 percent growth rate in the past 12 months and closer to Arizona’s […]

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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting an Online Business

Starting an online business begins with filling a need and building credibility, but the factors that go into making your online business a smashing success don’t stop there. While the barriers for setting up a company are low, the majority of people starting an online business fail largely due to mistakes that seem obvious in […]

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The Top 10 Ways to Avoid an IRS or State Audit

This time of year, tax returns are on all of our minds. We may want to shop for a “bargain” by taking a write-off (or write-offs) that may be a little too aggressive or questionable. We may want to save the most we can and not pay Uncle Sam any more than we need to. But at the same […]

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Retirement Savings for Small-Business Employees

Saving enough money for retirement can be tough for anyone. But often it’s particularly difficult when you work for a small company. One out of every three American workers lacks access to a employer-sponsored retirement plan, including more than half of employees at firms with fewer than 50 employees, according to “Building a 21st Century […]

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14 Ways to Make a Memorable First Impression

You Need to Be Creative in How You Introduce Yourself How do you want someone to remember you? Sometimes you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Here are 14 ways to be memorable. How many times have we heard it? First impressions count. We all want that first impression to be […]

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Obama to Urge Easing 401(k) Rules for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON — President Obama will propose in his 2017 budget new rules that would make it easier for small businesses to join together to form 401(k) retirement plans for their workers, even if the businesses are in different industries, administration officials said Monday. The officials said that the proposal, if accepted by the Republican-led Congress, […]

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No Business Too Small to Be Hacked

Just as the holiday shopping season neared, a toy company, Rokenbok Education, was navigating a nightmare situation: Its database files had been infected by malware. Online criminals had encrypted company files, making them unusable, and were demanding a hefty ransom to unlock the data. Rokenbok, a California-based company that uses building blocks and even robotics […]

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4 Steps to Better Protect Your Ideas

Of the scores of items that VCs review, the one that they often care most about — after a solid business plan, of course — is intellectual property (IP). It’s a startup’s most valuable asset, and the companies that bake IP protection into their businesses from the start make for more attractive investments. But IP is more […]

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