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Business owners optimistic, but slow to hire

Submitted by SurePayroll Nationwide, SurePayroll Scorecard data shows hiring in March was down  0.2 percent from the prior month, but paycheck size remained flat. Despite this, optimism among small business owners was 70 percent, the first time optimism has reached 70 percent since May 2011. When small business owners were asked about their hiring plans moving forward in 2012, the SurePayroll’s […]

Economic outlook mixed: Kauffman Foundation survey

Submitted by the Kauffman Foundation (KANSAS CITY, MO.) April 3, 2012 — Despite remaining generally confident about the prognosis for their own businesses, startup company owners sent mixed signals about their overall economic outlook for the next 12 months, according to the 2012 second quarter Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman […]

Businesses lean on technology to cut gas usage

By Ann Meyer Fibrenew franchise owner Ivar Vankemenade has lessened the brunt of the recent spike in gas prices by relying on technology to help him shave pennies here and there. His Global Positioning System diverts him around traffic jams en route to repair leather upholstery on-site for customers, while an app tells him which […]

Crowd-funding would provide diversification of capital

The ability to attract small amounts of capital from many different investors through crowd-funding platforms could lessen the pressure from larger investors that entrepreneurs often have to balance against the long-term interests of the company.

How one founder braced for the competition

What do you do when a competitor the size of Starbucks Corp. comes out with its own version of your product? Robert Stiller, the founder and chairman of Green Mountain Coffee Rosters in Waterbury, Vt., which makes the Keurig coffee brewer and K-Cup coffee, decided to hedge his bets by selling $66.3 million of his […]