Is Obama Listening to American Business?

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Government, Politics and the Economy

Velazquez: Reduce the Burden on Small Business

House Committee on Small Business chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), is asking for changes in the healthcare reform legislation being developed that would reduce the tax burden on small businesses.

Business Leaders on Obama

Top US executives say that President Obama has been accessible and willing to listen. On the other hand, they have to wonder whether he is actually heeding their advice.

Report: SBA Must Improve Disaster Loan Program

According to a new GAO report, the SBA needs to take additional steps to reform its disaster loan program, get more information out faster and sooner and improve the application process.

Management and Operations

Communications Gaps: Men and Women

In the best of times, men and women just communicate differently, and when you throw office politics, power struggles, and work challenges into the mix it can get even more difficult. Here are a few differences between men and women's communication styles at work.

The 8 Leadership Qualities that Matter Most in the Real World

The vote is in, the economy has spoken: A new breed is in order, the old breed has failed and needs to evolve. If Dr. Sheila Murray Bethel, author of "A New Breed of Leader: 8 Leadership Qualities that Matter Most in the Real World," has her way, this evolution will happen soon.

Legal Issues

Wellness Programs Have Their Own Legal Issues

You want to lower your healthcare costs by implementing a wellness program. That is all well and good, but you need to be careful when asking employees about personal habits because it could land you in court.

Taxes and Financial Issues

US Businesses Set to Take a Major Tax Hit

According to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, the total average tax rate on business income in the US would rise by almost 6% in 2011 as a result of tax plans currently under consideration by Congress and the Obama administration.

Technology Issues

4 Small Business Website Mistakes

While most small businesses do a good job of establishing their Web presence, there are many websites that would be more successful but for some very common mistakes. Here are the four most common.

Hackers May Exploit Adobe Vulnerability

Cybercriminals may have an open door to your computers by taking advantage of a newly discovered vulnerability in Adobe's Flash video player and Acrobat Reader.

Health, Benefits and Labor Issues

Recruiting: As Sourcing Disappears, Employers May be Open to Discrimination Charges
With recruiting staffs running on fumes and vast numbers of workers applying for every open position, employers are cutting sourcing down to dangerously low levels.

Healthcare Overhaul May Advance with Cost Cut

It appears that Democratic leaders in Congress have quelled a rebellion among the Blue Dogs over the pending healthcare reform legislation, giving the measure some momentum in both the House and Senate.

Branding, Sales and Marketing

Media Buying: Big Opportunities for Small Businesses
Ad purchase opportunities abound for small businesses. From video ads to do-it-yourself placements, the marketing outlook for this market is looking bright.

5 Profit-Crippling Internet Marketing Mistakes

Are your online marketing efforts generating the traffic to your website that you want but you are still not getting as many new orders as you had hoped for? You may be making one of these common mistakes.