Get Ready Businesses: Some Filing Due Dates Are Changing

Thanks to recent legislation, the due dates have been changed for some information returns and related statements and for some business tax returns. Here's what you need to know. Two Laws Are Responsible for the Changes 1. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act.Enacted on December 18, 2015, the PATH Act extended or made permanent a number of "tax extenders" (provisions Continue Reading

Avoiding Digital Disruption While Heading toward the Future

Digital disruption is described as the changes that occur when new technologies and businesses models have a negative effect on existing goods and services. Despite some activity, many companies are lagging when it comes to transforming to take on the challenge. Technologies Taking Hold A recent example of digital disruption is Uber, the smartphone ride-hailing app. If you're not familiar Continue Reading

Loan Applications: Put Your Best Foot Forward

Need a loan to start or expand your business? Nearly a decade after the financial crisis of 2008, many banks remain hesitant about loaning money to start-ups and small business owners. Stricter lending policies often make applying for financing a nerve-wracking and time-consuming process. Here are some ways to give your loan application a leg up on other applicants. Understanding Business Continue Reading

Building the Workforce of Tomorrow Starts Today

Attracting and retaining qualified employees is a top concern for U.S. businesses, according to the Duke University / CFO magazine Global Business Outlook survey for the first quarter of 2016. Each year, thousands of positions go unfilled, often because job applicants don't have the requisite skills or training. Here's a closer look at this issue and some ways proactive employers are tackling Continue Reading

Industries that Could Be Booming as the Baby Boomers Age

The Baby Boomer generation -- a population "boom" of nearly 80 million people born from 1946 to 1964 -- has been affecting consumer market trends for decades. Now they're ushering in a new wave of trends as they transition to the next stage of their lives as retirees, grandparents and mentors. But as consumers, their attitudes and buying habits are often unlike those of preceding Continue Reading

Meet Gen Z: The Future of Your Business

Consider including in your five-year business plan an image of the people you will likely be hiring then -- keeping in mind that "Generation Z" will be your entry-level hires. Insight into Digital Natives The study found that Gen Y and Gen Z don't rely on technology as much as you might think. Fifty-three percent of Gen Zers prefer face-to-face communication over technology, Continue Reading

How to Prevent a Struggling Business from Crumbling

Once upon a time, Crumbs Bake Shop was the sweetheart of New York City. It started in 2003 as a mom-and-pop bakery on New York's Upper West Side and eventually grew into the nation's largest cupcake retailer, peaking at 70 stores. In 2010, Crumbs was included on Inc. Magazine's list of 500 fastest growing companies. In 2011, it was acquired for $66 million by a holding company that took the Continue Reading

Think the ACA Thresholds Don’t Apply to Your Business? Not So Fast

The Obama Administration's most recent change to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may have given some employers the wrong impression. With this modification, employers with 50 to 99 employees now have until 2016 to comply with the "Shared Responsibility" provisions of the law. Some employers -- especially those who are close to the threshold of 99 employees -- may be surprised to learn they are not Continue Reading