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...

Small businesses not keeping with larger companies in hiring

NEW YORK (AP) — While job growth in the U.S. has been steady over the past year, the gains are slow and erratic at small businesses. Reports last week show the disparity between over...

Don't go! Surging business sales make staff retention a must

NEW YORK (AP) — Offers of training and stock in their new employer weren't enough to keep four out of his five staffers when Dennis Chow sold his information technology firm in 2016. ...

Post-disaster, business owners find varied paths to recovery

NEW YORK (AP) — 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. The same dis...

Back from vacations, a good time to beef up cybersecurity

NEW YORK (AP) — As people return to work after summer vacations, it's a good time to make sure everyone in the company is sensitive to the need for computer security. Here are some basics that owners ...

Lawsuit protocol: Call attorneys, but take time for business

NEW YORK (AP) — When a small business is involved in a lawsuit, an owner's concern can't only be about winning or losing — it also has to be about making sure the company stays on track. ...

Fourth quarter looking good for small, independent retailers

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest retail sales report from the government augurs well for small and independent retailers for the fourth quarter, with one possible snag: the impact of trade tariffs. ...

Turnover: Preventing it and dealing with the aftermath

NEW YORK (AP) — A tight labor market and a shrinking pool of talented workers make "I'm quitting" some of the most dreaded words a small business owner can hear. Staff turnover is a ...

New law may force small businesses to reveal data practices

NEW YORK (AP) — A Rhode Island software company that sells primarily to businesses is nonetheless making sure it complies with a strict California law about consumers' privacy. AVTEC...

Paid sick leave may be incentive, complication at businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — Rod Holmes opted for simplicity when Chicago's paid sick leave law took effect. He wanted to avoid the headache of calculating how much sick time staffers at his digi...

Flip side of home sales drop: It helps remodeling businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — Small companies whose success is tied to the remodeling business are looking healthy even as home sales drop. Two reports last week showed that the housing market is ...

Mea culpa: A business should own up to customer service flub

NEW YORK (AP) — Erika Wasser and her staffers arrived for a big appointment — hair and makeup for a bridal party of 11 — to realize someone had goofed and the salon space they share in a Miami hotel w...

Next generation: Business owners mentor their heirs apparent

NEW YORK (AP) — As small business owners contemplate retirement, many are thrilled to have the chance to teach their children or other relatives how to run their companies. There's p...