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December 13, 2012
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  • How a tax hike could affect small-business owners
    If a tax hike is used as part of the government's plan to avoid the "fiscal cliff," that could be a problem for small-business owners such as David Curliss. "What it absolutely means is less cash for growth in my business," he said. "In the worst-case scenario, it means we let someone go or have to reduce benefits." President Barack Obama wants to raise rates on high-earning individuals as part of a "fiscal cliff" deal. Obama has noted the overwhelming majority of small businesses would not experience a tax hike. ABC News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Curbing health insurance costs is a key concern for employers
    A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota found that 49% of employer respondents cited health insurance cost containment as a main health-related concern, followed by 35% who cited decreased productivity. Obesity, stress and lack of exercise were found to be the top three health conditions that worry employers. Alex Alonso of SHRM said that "the advantages of having a healthy, fit workforce are likely the reason why more than half of organizations currently have wellness programs." (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • How to prepare your 2013 marketing strategy
    As you look ahead to 2013, you can refine your marketing efforts by maintaining an active LinkedIn profile, fine-tuning your company's website and sharing your knowledge on your blog, Deborah Shane writes. It's also a good idea to attend conferences and to use Twitter and Facebook to build your brand. Small Business Trends (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Last-minute tips for reducing your tax bill
    The end of the year is rapidly approaching, but it's not too late to minimize your tax bill, Bonnie Lee writes. You can write off certain costs associated with launching your business, and you might also be able to deduct expenses that you incur while throwing holiday parties for your employees or customers, she notes. Fox Business Small Business Center (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to lead like a Zen master
    When someone presents you with an idea, you should take a deep breath and wait 24 seconds before letting yourself criticize it, Cue Ball CEO Tony Tjan says. If you can manage 24 seconds, then try 24 minutes. "Then if you become a Zen master of optimism, you could wait a day and spend that time thinking about why something actually might work," he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Deadline is tomorrow; have you reserved your spot?
    If you are planning to attend BSCAI's 2013 CEO Seminar, Jan. 17 to 19, at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa and have not yet registered, then you need to do so today. The deadline to book your room and receive discounted registration is tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 14. Don’t miss out on this intimate, three-day gathering that provides BSC CEOs and leaders with success-driven education focused on effective leadership, key business growth strategies, and high-impact tactics. Why pay more when you can pay less? Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Complete analysis of the $78 billion commercial contract cleaning and maintenance services market
    This 2012 Marketdata study examines the business, which encompasses janitorial services, pest control, window cleaning, carpet/floor cleaning, parking lot maintenance, security, HVAC/facilities management, and more, is very competitive, comprised of 906,000 mainly small operators, including 48,400 franchised outlets. This study traces industry size, growth, segments, structure, end-user demand, and operating rations -- receipts for 1987-2010 actual, 2011-2012 estimates, and 2016 forecasts. The U.S. Commercial & Residential Cleaning Services Industry 2012 is now available on the BSCAI Marketplace. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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