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Entrepreneurs’ confidence improves: Amex

Entrepreneurs’ confidence improves: Amex

Small business owners’ top priority is maintaining their current business and sources of revenue (32 percent) and as a result they have adopted a “wait and see” approach for growth plans.

IPO market recovers from summer doldrums

IPO market recovers from summer doldrums

Press release submitted by PricewaterhouseCoopers NEW YORK – Oct. 2, 2012 – The continued strength in the equities markets, a healthy registration pipeline, a decrease in market volatility and the second largest U.S. IPO of 2012 are all expected to support increased IPO momentum into the fourth quarter, according to IPO Watch, a quarterly and […]

JOBS Act to benefit IPO market, but beware of scandals: BDO Survey

 Submitted by BDO USA Chicago, IL – Capital markets executives at leading investment banks have conflicting views of the recently enacted JOBS Act, according to new study by BDO USA LLP, one of the nation’s leading accounting and consulting organizations. A narrow majority (55 percent) of investment bankers believe the JOBS Act will be successful in increasing […]

Investment bankers predict flat growth in IPOs

Submitted by BDO USA CHICAGO – According to a new study by BDO USA LLP one of the nation’s leading accounting and consulting organizations, there is little agreement among capital markets executives at leading investment banks when asked to forecast U.S. initial public offerings (IPOs) during the remainder of 2012. The bankers are relatively evenly divided among those that predict […]

Business Owners Are Politically Active But Misunderstood: Survey

  Despite being among the most politically active, small business owners say they are misunderstood and often overlooked by lawmakers, according to a study released today by the National Small Business Association, a nonpartisan nonprofit. About 97 percent of small business owners surveyed said they vote in national elections, while voter turnout overall was 57 […]

Fast growing women-led firms employ 27,000

Fast growing women-led firms employ 27,000

BrightStar Care, a Gurnee, Ill.-based staffing services firm owned by Shelly Sun, was named the fastest-growing woman-led business in North America in April. The Top 50 women-led businesses, which were ranked by Women Presidents’ Organization and American Express Open, generated a combined $4 billion in revenue in  2011 and employed 26,883 workers. The number of […]

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 […]

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Kauffman study indicates Internet’s impact on startup longevity

Submitted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Oct. 20, 2011 — The Internet’s profound effect on how U.S. businesses operate is even more pronounced among young companies, according to a research report released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The study, “Casting a Wide Net: Online Activities of Small and New […]

Some employers to drop health insurance when exchanges launch

The advent of government-mandated insurance exchanges could spur some companies to drop insurance for their workers, according to an Associated Press report published in the Chicago Sun-Times. About 20 percent of companies responding to a July survey by benefits consulting firm Towers Watson said they were uncertain what benefits they would offer after 2014, when health insurance […]

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