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Study Finds Women Are Less Likely To Receive Loans

A study conducted by Biz2Credit finds that businesses owned by women are more likely to be turned down for loans. Bloomberg Businessweek reports Biz2Credit analyzed 14,000 loan applications from the last six months of 2012. Out of those 14,000 applications, women-owned businesses were 15 to 20 percent less like to receive approval for a small … Continue reading

Carlisle Is Looking For Its Next City Administrator And School Superintendent

Carlisle is in the process of hiring a new city administrator and school superintendent. “Those are positions where, at least if you were in business, you would want someone who is business friendly,” city clerk administrator, Neil Ruddy said. “The city position would have more of an impact on businesses than the school district, but … Continue reading

Views On Property Tax Reform In Iowa Are Split

In a forum Monday, local governments and business leaders found themselves divided on the different proposals for property tax reform. Reforming property tax is an important issue for business owners, who pay a majority of property taxes. The Des Moines Register reports local governments favored the Iowa Senate’s plan. Under this plan, property tax rates … Continue reading

Carlisle’s 5-year Plan Means Improvement For Businesses

The City of Carlisle held a public hearing Monday about its proposed five-year improvement plan. The Carlisle Improvement Plan (CIP) helps the city council plan future city projects.  According to city clerk administrator, Neil Ruddy, several projects proposed in the plan would directly affect small business in Carlisle. The RISE Project: The Revitalize Iowa’s Sound … Continue reading

Saving Merchandise Can Cost You

Do you have seasonal merchandise you didn’t sell? Thinking about packing it up and saving it for next year? Stop right there!  Holding on to merchandise in hopes of being able to sell it at it’s original sale price can hurt your business. IowaBiz warns saving merchandise can cost businesses more money to store than … Continue reading

Learn, Grow and Succeed With Small Business Workshops

The Warren County Economic Development Corporation (WCEDC), Indianola Chamber of Commerce, Simpson College Enactus, Right Teaching  and Etc!Graphics have partnered together to bring small businesses and the self-employed various free small business workshops in April. Funding for the Learn Grow Succeed workshops came from Simpson College Enactus and WCEDC. The organizations involved plan to hold … Continue reading

Tax Tips and Tricks

Tax season is a stressful time for most Americans, but it can be even more so for the self-employed and small businesses. USA Today has some tax tips and tricks to help take the edge off of tax preparation and help you save. 9 Tax Tips for the Self-employed: 1. Remember you didn’t pay taxes … Continue reading

Iowa House Approves Bill to Lower Income Tax Rates

Iowa lawmakers approved a flat tax and rebate bill 53-46 on Wednesday. The Des Moines Register reports the bill combines two of House Republicans top legislative priorities. Originally, the bill only provided for the creation of an optional flat income tax.  Tax filers would have the option to pay a 4.5 percent rate on their … Continue reading

Local Business Weighs In On Digital Tip Jar

While digital tip jars are making a start in New York coffee shops, one local business says it has no need for one. Melanie Abbott, owner of Uncommon Grounds Coffee House & Deli in Indianola, says she is already taking tips from customers paying with debit and credit cards. “I just have them write (the … Continue reading

House Committee Proposes Small Business Tax Reform

The House Ways and Means Committee proposed ideas Tuesday for small business tax reformation. Forbes reports committee Chairman Dave Camp (MI-R) is the main backer for reforming small business taxes. The Committee’s proposal includes: expanding current tax benefits and changes to the structure of current taxes for small and medium businesses. First under Section 179, … Continue reading

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