Looking to manufacture overseas? Here are some tips

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners who want to manufacture their goods overseas may find it's a daunting prospect, and a venture that has many unexpected pitfalls. Some tips to make the process eas...

Businesses find problems, pitfalls in making goods overseas

NEW YORK (AP) — Danica Lause manufactured knitted hats in China for four years and struggled the whole time. "I was unable to achieve the level of quality control our brand requires ...

A quick how-to guide for businesses preparing for a downturn

NEW YORK (AP) — Forecasts of slower economic growth during the second half of the year have many small business owners turning more cautious. While economists' predictions aren't dire, owners who reme...

Already cautious businesses grow even more wary about hiring

NEW YORK (AP) — Corri Smith is planning to hire a full-time project manager for her public relations firm and make her part-time assistant full-time. But she has a wary eye on the economy. ...

New state, local laws affecting business take effect July 1

NEW YORK (AP) — With the arrival of July 1, many states and municipalities have new laws and regulations in effect affecting small businesses. While statutes in jurisdictions outside a company's locat...

Businesses must strategize to compete with online prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Business owners whose online competitors charge less — sometimes, dramatically less — need to strategize to make sure they survive. Anyone running a business is likel...

Cut-rate prices online: shoppers' win, businesses lose

NEW YORK (AP) — A bride-to-be looking for a gown online can find dresses with trains and lace for well under $300. Go into a local bridal shop, and the average price will stretch into four figures, ta...

Some succession planning basics business owners need to know

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small business owners don't plan for what will happen to their companies after their deaths, even though their businesses could be at risk of shutting down if they die suddenly. ...

Uncertainty can follow grief when small business owner dies

NEW YORK (AP) — When Jim McLaughlin died suddenly from a heart attack at age 64, his family assumed they would have to close his homebuilding business. He'd made no plans for someone to succeed him at...

Need export help? Here are some small business resources

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners who are interested in exporting, or who need education and assistance about issues like tariffs, can get information or assistance online or from federal, state o...

Back-and-forth trade moves leave businesses uncertain, wary

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Schwager is wondering whether it truly makes sense to sell his company's cheese outside the U.S. Schwager's company, Sartori, faced potential retaliatory tariffs...

Starting the process: How to get a small business certified

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small businesses can take advantage of contracting and other opportunities from large companies and federal, state and local agencies. They must qualify for certain categories, su...

How LGBT owners boost chances to win big business contracts

NEW YORK (AP) — In the early days of his information technology company, Sam Lehman looked for ways to differentiate his business from its many competitors. As he searched online, Le...

Small businesses concerned about local infrastructure issues

NEW YORK (AP) — The priorities that small business owners place on infrastructure improvements can depend on what industry they're in, but many are most concerned about the infrastructure in their are...

Crumbling roads, spotty internet trouble small businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — Every hour that one of The Advance Group's trucks is stuck in highway or bridge traffic, it costs the moving company around $200. And with 40 trucks trying to get into Manhattan daily ...