Some tips to help small business owners manage change

NEW YORK (AP) — While change at small businesses can come in a variety of forms, owners can improve their chances of success by being strategic and empathic with staffers. Denise Rou...

Changes in your business? You should plan, talk to staffers

NEW YORK (AP) — As Nick Haschka bought four small horticultural businesses over the past two years, he had to help his new employees navigate almost constant change. "They've had to ...

Hot market for businesses looks to cool, survey finds

NEW YORK (AP) — The years-long hot market for businesses may start to cool, perhaps as soon as this year. That's the finding of a survey of brokers and advisers who help owners and buyers complete sal...

Married and co-own a business? Some advice from veterans

NEW YORK (AP) — Business owners who are also romantic partners can find it takes a lot of adjusting to work together, and for some, being together 24/7. Angie and Ryan Snow, who own ...

Couples learn how to be romantic and business partners

NEW YORK (AP) — Debbie and Gary Douglas sometimes need to remind each other, this is your business partner talking. In business together for 16 years, the Douglases have found that b...

At a loss about lost deductions? IRS website has some guides

NEW YORK (AP) — The new tax law has eliminated or limited some popular business deductions including those for entertainment expenses and interest on loans and credit lines. Tax professionals predict ...

Ouch! Some business owners may be shocked by lost tax breaks

NEW YORK (AP) — As small business owners compile their income tax returns, they may have an unpleasant surprise — some popular business deductions have disappeared or been reduced under the new tax la...

Tips to help small business owners choose a marketing method

NEW YORK (AP) — The growth of the internet and social media has changed the way small businesses market themselves — the variety of online marketing channels allows businesses, whether they serve cons...

Beyond social media: Businesses find other ways to advertise

NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Knoll thought social media sites like Facebook would be the best places to advertise his brand-new home cleaning service. Then he had an epiphany. "Put yourself ...

Employee? Independent contractor? How to keep it legal

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners who want to use independent contractors need to be sure these workers really aren't employees. Federal and state government agencies are on the ...

Forgoing staffers, many businesses turn to freelancers

NEW YORK (AP) — It hasn't been lost on small business owners that Uber and other ride-sharing services are enormously successful without having employees doing the work. It's one of the reasons why sm...

Small business optimism showing early signs of slippage

NEW YORK (AP) — The fears of a slowing economy that sent stocks falling the past few months may be spreading to small business owners who have been quite optimistic in recent years. ...

How small businesses can cope with the government shutdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses affected by the government shutdown are contending with either a drop in revenue or their inability to get help from federal agencies, or both. A look at what some own...

Small business revenues fall as govt shutdown persists

NEW YORK (AP) — Baked by Yael isn't getting its usual flow of customers who stop in after visiting the nearby National Zoo; the popular Washington, D.C., tourist spot remains closed by the government ...

Tough income tax filing season ahead? Tips to make it easier

NEW YORK (AP) — The new tax law, and in particular a new deduction aimed at small business owners, is making this income tax filing season more complicated than usual. The deduction ...