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 ...

How to create a good culture for your small business

NEW YORK (AP) — While the culture or atmosphere at any business can be critical to attracting and retaining top workers, it needs to be a focus for small business owners who can't offer the kind of sa...

Small business cultures need to evolve along with work force

NEW YORK (AP) — Meloney Perry once worked at a traditional big law firm with a formal, corporate atmosphere, and knew she wanted a different culture at her own firm. "I learned the '...

Faced with tariffs, US companies must weigh alternatives

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses contending with higher tariffs on Chinese imports must determine the best way to mitigate the damage to their profits after the duties rose to 25% from 10% last Friday...

Tariffs force businesses to strategize to preserve profits

NEW YORK (AP) — Faced with the Trump administration's 25% tariff on imports from China, Ruth Rau is looking to other countries to manufacture baby and toddler toys. "No one domestica...

Trying to market a small business? Here's where to get help

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners who are in the dark about how to market their companies can get help and training, some of it at low or no cost. Here are some options: — Market...

Oops! Small businesses are vulnerable to marketing mistakes

NEW YORK (AP) — When Tom Scarda heard about a franchise opportunity called Super Supper, he fell in love with it. He was so confident that he and his business partner decided against researching the c...

National Small Business Week events being held May 5-11

NEW YORK (AP) — National Small Business Week is largely a publicity and cheerleading event during any presidential administration. The Small Business Administration traditionally has used it as a show...