Retail worry: Will wine, cheese tariffs hurt holiday sales?

NEW YORK (AP) — The tariffs the Trump administration is about to impose on wine, liquor and cheese from Europe couldn't come at a worse time for small retailers. "It's kind of scary ...

Businesses learn hard lessons when not prepared for disaster

NEW YORK (AP) — When Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, Carlos Melendez couldn't contact the staffers or customers of his San Juan-based technology firm, Wovenware. Me...

Lending money to staffers can cause problems for employers

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small business owners lend money to staffers who are short of cash before payday or who have unexpected expenses or crises. The risk bosses face is not getting paid back. ...

When employees need personal help, business owners respond

NEW YORK (AP) — When David Winters' staffers ask for financial help, advice or to borrow a company car, the answer is yes. "We have single working mothers, single working fathers, fo...

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...