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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 […]

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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 […]

Double click for fitness

One in four dieters are using online weight loss websites as a diet plan, the highest percentage in six years, according to a recent survey of 16,000 online dieters by Tampa, Fla.-based Marketdata Enterprises Inc. Those using a brick-and-mortar weight loss center fell 6.8 percentage points during the same six-year period. In general, more dieters […]

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