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Time Saving Tips

Time is one of the most important assets small business owners seem to lack. As an owner, you do so much more than your average employee. Small Business Trends has 50 tips to help save as much of your precious time as possible. Check out the following top ten. 1. Set Goals: Create a detailed … Continue reading

Cut Small Business Expenses, Save Big Money

Want to save money but don’t know where to start? Most of your money in your small business goes toward expenses. Employee pay, inventory and rent expenses are the biggest money eaters. Small Business Trends let’s you in on some tips to cut back your expenses and put more money in your savings account. Payroll … Continue reading

Forbes: 9 Tips To Attract “Rockstar Talent”

Looking to attract some awesome talent to your business? Not sure where to start? Forbes reports that it’s all about your company’s culture and work environment. Here nine tips to help you attract  the “rockstar talent” you are looking for. 1. Begin With Values: Your values are your brand. If your values are lousy, your … Continue reading

Senate Passes Economic Development Budget Bill

The Iowa Senate passed an economic development budget bill worth $78.5 million 26-24 Democrats on Wednesday. The Des Moines Register reports Democrats said the bill would support Gov. Branstad’s efforts to create 200,000 jobs across the state. Senate File 430 would equal an increase of $40.8 million to spending in the current state budget year … Continue reading

Honesty Pass It On

Customers want answers to their questions more than information about your business. Honesty can end up being the best policy for your business. The Huffington Post reports how honesty save one man’s failing pool business. Marcus Sheridan’s business, River Pools and Spas, was floundering. Several customers had cancelled jobs worth $50,000 a piece. He was … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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