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...

State of small business more mixed than administration says

NEW YORK (AP) — As Small Business Week approaches, the nation's smallest companies in the aggregate are by many accounts doing fairly well. They're not, however, thriving en masse in direct response t...

3 things business owners should do when hiring their teens

NEW YORK (AP) — When small business owners hire their teenagers, they should be ready to treat their new staffers like any other employees — and be ready for some additional parent/child friction when...

Parent? Boss? Business owners who hire their teens are both

NEW YORK (AP) — When Susie Carder gave her daughter Amanda a summer job in her business coaching company, the teenager knew office gossip was forbidden. On Amanda's second day, Carder caught her in th...

Want that first customer? Do research, don't undercharge

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small business owners are so anxious to get their first customers or clients that they'll underprice their products or services, and end up in relationships that are not only unpr...

New business owners find it's a mistake to work for free

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a situation many new business owners land in — they're so anxious to find customers and clients that they work for little or no money. Or take on projects they don't like. ...

Businesses develop strategies to cope with hiring freezes

NEW YORK (AP) — Signs of a weaker economy have led some small business owners to cut back or freeze hiring. Many were already working with lean staffs, remembering the lessons of the Great Recession, ...

Uneasy about the economy, some businesses hold off on hiring

NEW YORK (AP) — Samantha Martin does most of the annual hiring for her public relations firm in the first quarter. But not this year — clients worried about a slowing economy are cutting their budgets...

5 strategies to help small business owners battle burnout

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners can struggle with burnout when they try to do too much by themselves and for too many hours in a day. Those who have found themselves burned out have developed st...