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3 key lessons for franchising your business

  By Shelly Sun Guest columnist I was a 30-year-old vice president in a multibillion dollar company on a steady career track when I discovered that life had other plans for my husband, JD, and I. His grandmother became ill and we needed to find care but had a difficult time finding a quality solution. […]

Employer survey forecasts higher pay, staffing

“The survey shows employers’ optimism both for the overall economy as well as their own businesses,” said Mary Lynn Fayoumi, president and CEO of the Management Association. “As executives continue to manage their organizations through the challenging economy, most plan to trim costs by focusing mainly on process improvement initiatives during 2012.”

Obama’s address short on small business

“NSBA had hoped that broad tax reform—and not just those taxes focusing primarily on large, multinational companies—would have been mentioned, given that the overwhelming majority of small business owners pay taxes at the individual income level.”

State of the Union addresses key small business concerns

“We’re also pleased the president focused on the need for small businesses to compete on a level playing field with big business. To thrive, small businesses need an economy that works for everybody.” — John Arensmeyer, Small Business Majority

Foreign-based IPOs on U.S. exchanges to face more scrutiny: BDO survey

Submitted by BDO USA LLP With Asian accounting scandals putting off some investors, fewer experts are predicting foreign-based initial public offerings will pick up  in the coming year than in previous years, according to a survey by BDO USA, a leading accounting and consulting organization. About one-third of capital markets executives at leading investment banks said the percentage of foreign-based […]