labor dispute hurting businesses

Labor Dispute Threatens Businesses

A labor dispute is threatening to shut down ports and bring the already faltering West Coast shipping industry to a standstill, according to James McKenna, Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Maritime Association. In all, 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle could close in as little as 5 to 10 days if an agreement isn’t
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IRS Rules Changing

IRA Rules Changing

As tax season approaches, many small businesses are focused on the possible impact of the Affordable Care Act on this year’s tax bill and, ultimately, their bottom lines. The one-year reprieve from the so-called employer mandate expired at the end of 2014, and employers with 100 or more employees now must provide acceptable employee health
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New Data Breach Law?

  In the wake of an historic number of data breach incidents at American companies in 2014, President Obama is set to endorse a new law, the Personal Data Notification & Protection Act, that will give companies 30 days to report a data breach to consumers. The law is an attempt to consolidate the nearly
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Ex-Im Bank and Small Businesses

Is Ex-Im Bank Needed?

In October 2014, Congress, with a hefty dose of encouragement from Boeing Corporation and President Obama, approved a 9-month reprieve for the embattled Export-Import Bank in Washington D.C. Charged with backing loans for foreign corporations that buy U.S. products, the Ex-Im Bank has been the brunt of increasingly vehement attacks this year from Congressional Republicans,
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Talk to Your Customers

With Black Friday and Small Business Saturday securely in the past, it’s crunch time for small businesses who plan on cashing in on America’s holiday spending spree. Although most business already have their holiday strategy in place, there’s still room for some last minute tweaks to help you end the year on a positive note
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Net Neutrality and You

This week, President Obama came out strongly in favor of absolute net neutrality, much to the chagrin of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, who has been working on a very different idea behind closed doors. Wheeler favors “hybrid” Internet rules, which critics say will give broadband providers far too much leeway and are far
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