Author Archives: JOYCE M. ROSENBERG

Slower manufacturing likely drag on small business optimism

The growing evidence of a slowdown in manufacturing is likely contributing to the dip in small business optimism that began early in the year. Continue reading

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How to lower chances of employee theft: 5 things to know

Small businesses can reduce their chances of employee theft or limit their losses by implementing technological controls and checks and balances in their daily operations. Continue reading

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Small business optimism takes a dive as revenue growth eases

Small business owners’ optimism has taken a deep dive in the first quarter as companies’ revenue fell along with owners’ expectations for their future sales. Continue reading

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7 things small businesses should do when fighting inflation

As labor and other costs rise at small businesses, owners need to look across their companies for ways to protect their profits. Continue reading

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Rising rates, slowing home sales expected to hurt remodelers

General contractors and other small businesses in the home remodeling industry can expect revenue to slow in 2019, the result of rising mortgage rates and sluggish home sales. Continue reading

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Business sales have healthy gain, prices up over 11 percent

As demand for small businesses increases, so do their selling prices, a sign that owners are reaping the rewards of keeping companies lean and healthy since the recession. Continue reading

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Owners upbeat about economy, have more doubts about revenue

Although small business owners are upbeat about the economy’s prospects, they aren’t as optimistic about their own revenue. Continue reading

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Post-disaster, business owners find varied paths to recovery

As small business owners in Hawaii and California start cleaning up after Hurricane Lane and wildfires, they’ll find there’s no one formula for recovery. Continue reading

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Get Started: Owners upbeat despite higher rates, prices

BRUSHING OFF CONCERNS Rising interest rates and prices for oil, gas and other commodities are a growing concern for small business owners even as they feel more confident about the economy. Continue reading

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Small business dilemma: Raise prices or absorb inflation?

Higher energy prices and borrowing costs make it more expensive than last year for Bill Savickas to operate his wholesale produce business — especially since it’s hard to pass the increases on to his customers. Continue reading

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Business survivors: AP revisits owners from recession years

They are business survivors — owners whose small companies withstood the Great Recession that forced thousands of others out of business. Continue reading

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Get Started: Survey finds businesses vulnerable to disaster

LEAVING THEMSELVES VULNERABLE Most U.S. small businesses aren’t prepared to cope with a disaster, severe weather or the absence of most of their workers. Continue reading

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Learning curve: Hard lessons for businesses in hurricanes

Harvey, Irma and Maria have taught small business owners that disaster planning is more than just evacuating and trying to mitigate physical damage — it’s also about the “what ifs.” Continue reading

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Businesses far from the devastation can feel storm’s impact

Small businesses with customers or suppliers along the Gulf Coast and in Florida are feeling the financial impact from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Continue reading

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Past disasters show a long recovery for small businesses

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, an antique store needed more than six years to fully recover. Continue reading

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Get Started: Construction firms struggle to find workers

CONSTRUCTION JOBS GO BEGGING Construction firms are having a hard time finding workers and expect the situation to persist over the next 12 months. Continue reading

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Waiting, watching: Business owners worry about Harvey damage

With the animals sent to safety before Harvey hit, the owners of CityVet in Houston kept watch on their empty practice by security camera, hoping not to see floodwaters rush in. Continue reading

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Get Started: After downturn is a good time to start business

BAD ECONOMY, GOOD TIMING The best time to start a business may be right after companies crash and burn. Continue reading

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Small business lending: Is glass half-full or half-empty?

Is the glass of small business lending half-full or half-empty? Banks and government data point to a recovery in small business loans since the recession, with loan figures nearly back to their 2008 levels. Continue reading

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