What Health Care Reform Means for Your Business

ABC Online and On Your Side Check out our NEW EZlocal Premium listing! Receive a featured listing on EZlocal.com, enhanced business profile, top search engine submission, and local SEO consultation to get your business found online with our new EZlocal Premium. Are you listed yet?Health Care ReformWhat Health Care Reform Means for Your BusinessThe sweeping health-care bill passed by the House of Representatives Sunday, and now headed for President Obama's desk, promises a sea change in the way that small business owners purchase and provide health insurance for themselves and their employees. CNNmoney.comHealth Care Reform [Read Full Article]


Top 10 Tax Tips I Didn't Know

Tax time for small businesses is typically very stressful. With the April 15 deadline approaching, now is the time (if you haven't already) to get started on preparing your taxes. While researching for this week's tax tips and blog, I came across many tax tips that I didn't know about. Check out my Top 10 Tax Tips! File Your Tax Return for Free - The IRS Free File program provides free federal income tax preparation and electronic filing for eligible taxpayers through a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance LLC, a group of private sector tax software companies. Free tax preparation and filing via online software is available to anyone with a 2009 Adjusted Gross Income of $57,000 or less. If that’s you, head to the IRS website and choose from a list of approved tax preparers, and get started. If you aren’t sure which preparer to use, ans... [Read Full Article]


Consumers Do Homework Before Buying This Holiday Season

Government, Politics, and the Economy Is It Too Early to Start Thinking About a Rebound? It may not feel like it yet in your town or in your industry, but there are indications that things are getting better. NYtimes.comManagement and OperationsHow to Not Go Out of BusinessStart by studying how your best customers interact with your brand and its competitors, then brainstorm ways to address any shortcomings. BusinessWeek.com Management and Operations [Read Full Article]


Small Biz Tip: Money Management: Going Green

Tips from July 3, 2009 The Small Business tips today will be about how going green will save you money. Converting computers, printers, and copy machines to "hibernate" mode will save your business hundreds of dollars when the electric bill rolls around.  Not only are you saving money, but you are saving power by keeping your machines on, but in a state of hibernation. According to the Energy Star website, a compact fluorescent light bulb saves $30 over its lifetime and will pay for itself in 6 months! It uses 75% less energy and lasts 10x longer than an incandescent light bulb. Xerox found that 45% of paper printed in the office is tossed by the end of the day. Eliminate unnecessary printing and save your business hundreds of dollars per year by ordering fewer reams of paper and ink cartridges. Disposable coffee cups contribute to unnecessary waste. Spending $2 for coffee mugs with your office logo not only provides cheap... [Read Full Article]


The Myth of “Green” Jobs

I am a sportsman. I spend a lot of time out in the forests and plains, and like all sportsmen—hunters, fishermen—I care deeply about the environment (hunters have done more to preserve our wilderness than any other group), so when I hear about the US going green, I take notice. President Obama has been talking about a green future for America ever since the election; a future where sustainable technology, renewable energy, plenty of great jobs with high pay and generous benefits would be the rule and not the exception. His rhetoric leads one to believe that the rising green tide will raise all of our boats and that we are about to enter a utopian era of eco-happiness. A Couple of Questions about Green Jobs I have a question: What, exactly, is a “green job”? I mean, unless you have a company that specifically creates eco-friendly products in an eco-friendly way, or you work in... [Read Full Article]


Small Biz Tip: Going Green: Printing and Materials

Tips from Wednesday, April 8, 2009 The Small Business tips today will be about going green with efficiency in the office. Refill your ink cartridges instead of buying new. When you have to get rid of them though, choose to recycle. When you have to print, utilize both sides of the paper: duplex printing helps us use fewer trees. Reuse misprints as scratch paper and/or shred for packing materials. If you don’t do either, then recycle it. Print only when absolutely necessary. Keep digital records. Email. Store things online. Daily Overview: If it’s necessary to print then make sure to refill, recycle and reuse. [Read Full Article]


Small Biz Tip: Going Green: Car Emissions

Tips from Monday, April 6, 2009 The Small Business tips today will be about how your small business can go green by reducing car emissions. Telecommute. If the job can be easily done from home and you or your employee can be productive, do it! When telecommuting isn’t possible, use public transportation as much as possible. If public transportation and telecommuting aren’t possible, car pool as often as you can. Encourage the 4-day work week! Four 10 hour days instead of five 8 hour days reduces gas consumption considerably. Daily Overview: Less time in the car means less pollution in our air. Be an influence and encourage these practices http://bit.ly/14vx4 Additional Thoughts As a small business owner you have influence. Encourage your employees to reduce their car’s emissions. Spending less time in your car and u... [Read Full Article]


Richardson Named Obama's Commerce Secretary

Government and Economy Obama Names Richardson as Commerce Secretary New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has been chosen to join the Obama administration as Commerce Secretary, President-elect Barack Obama announced Wednesday at a press conference. Fed: Economy Darkens Heading into HolidaysWASHINGTON (AP) - The country's economic picture has darkened further as Americans hunkered down heading into the holidays, forcing retailers to ring up fewer sales and factories to cut back on production. [Read Full Article]