Tips for reducing the risk of trouble during a company party

NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday party at a small business can be fraught with legal problems if staffers or guests drink too much. If they engage in sexual misconduct or are involved in accidents of any s...

Thinking of partnering? Some tips for business owners

NEW YORK (AP) — When small business owners want to take on partners, the selection process needs to be carried out thoughtfully and deliberately. The wrong choice can doom not only the partnership, bu...

Bound to fail: Poor choices can ruin business partnerships

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a year after Courtney Jackson launched her clothing business, she took on a partner to help manage the company's growth. A month into the partnership, something was wrong. ...

Interested in association health plans? Here are some tips

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners interested in buying insurance through an association health plan should tread as carefully as they would with any kind of health care coverage. ...

Business owners can team up on insurance, if state allows it

NEW YORK (AP) — As small business owners shop for 2019 health insurance, some will for the first time have the chance to join forces and buy cheaper insurance — depending on which state they're in. ...

Warring staffers? Some strategies for restoring the peace

NEW YORK (AP) — When staffers at a small business can't get along, many owners find that telling them "cut it out" doesn't necessarily work. Owners need to get involved when there's ...

Company owners need to step in when staffers can't get along

NEW YORK (AP) — When four of Zach Hendrix's staffers couldn't get along or even speak to one another, he tried talking, cajoling and negotiating with them. But nothing worked. He cou...

Facing bias as a female business owner? Here's what to do

Women business owners who encounter gender discrimination from investors, customers or others often are taken aback initially. But over time they develop strategies to deal with painful and awkward si...

3 strategies for companies concerned about Amazon wage hike

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's plans to pay all its U.S. employees at least $15 an hour is putting pressure on small business owners, even those who aren't retailers directly competing with the huge company...

Women business owners find ways to deal with gender bias

NEW YORK (AP) — Many women business owners say they've encountered gender discrimination from potential investors, customers and employees who don't grasp the reality that a woman can be a CEO, trial ...

Here today, ghosting tomorrow _ workers just disappear

NEW YORK (AP) — All seemed to be going well with Randolph Rice's new receptionist. She asked for more responsibilities and got them, and said she was happy. Then, two months into the...

Small retailers upbeat about 4Q but tariffs make some uneasy

NEW YORK (AP) — Sales are so strong at women's clothing company Leota that owner Sarah Carson is asking manufacturers for more inventory for the holidays, a change from last year. Le...

5 things for businesses to know about disaster recovery

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small business owners whose companies were hit by Hurricane Florence are embarking on an uncertain path to recovery. First, they need to assess the damage to the...

NLRB proposes new joint employer standard

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has rewritten its joint employer standard, a move that would ease the rule's impact on companies including franchise owners and businesses that subco...

Delegate, delegate? It's not so easy, business owners say

NEW YORK (AP) — When a business is large enough that the owner must delegate decisions and tasks — even to trusted employees — it can be difficult to cede control. Experts say people...