Joyce M. Rosenberg, Ap Business Writer Updated 9:33 am PST, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 FILE - This Oct. 23, 2018 file photo shows HealthCare.gov website on a computer screen in New York. Small business issues often win bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but given the divisions in the incoming 116th Congress, advocates for companies have low expectations. less FILE - This Oct. 23, 2018 file photo shows HealthCare.gov website on a computer screen in New York. Small business issues often win bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but given the divisions in the incoming ... more Photo: Patrick Sison, AP Photo: Patrick Sison, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 FILE - This Oct. 23, 2018 file photo shows HealthCare.gov website on a computer screen in New York. Small … [Read more...] about Expect 2019 to be quiet in Congress — for small business
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Innovation, evolution and regulation, this contributor predicts, will be the three major themes to carry small businesses and startups forward into 2019. Ed Cowle Published 10:30 am CST, Friday, December 21, 2018 Photo: Aklionka | Getty Images Photo: Aklionka | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Aklionka | Getty Images 'Innovation' is Hot, Hot, Hot! Expect More of It in the Small Business Sector in 2019. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery This past year, 2018, has been a very good one for innovation. We've seen the blockchain boom, the increase in low-code and no-code app development, the start of the rollout of 5G technology and AI and AR: All came … [Read more...] about ‘Innovation’ is Hot, Hot, Hot! Expect More of It in the Small Business Sector in 2019.
An initiative to boost business for shops in the Falkirk area takes place tomorrow as December rolls around and the run up to Christmas begins. Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has offered his support for Small Business Saturday, which encourages people to shop locally and support their local businesses.Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday saw an estimated £748 million spent in small businesses throughout the UK on the first Saturday of December 2017.Figures from the Scottish Government show there are 3675 small enterprises across Falkirk district, contributing over £1.45 million to the local economy.Through the Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme, over 2490 small businesses across the Falkirk area will benefit from a cap to their business rates bills for the next four years.The planned expansion of the scheme means local businesses, including hotels, will see rates capped at a maximum of 12.5 per cent in real terms each year until April 1 … [Read more...] about Shop local and support Falkirk’s Small Business Saturday
By: David Prosser 30/11/2018 The government is belatedly raising awareness of its new digital tax drive for small businesses.The arrival of an innocuous-looking letter from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) this month will have been an unexpected headache for thousands of small businesses. The HMRC missive was a reminder of the launch of the first part of “Making Tax Digital” (MTD) on 1 April 2019: from that date, every business registered for VAT – any firm with an annual turnover of more than £85,000 – will be required to file its VAT returns using specialist accounting software. There are a series of problems with the initiative, prompting calls for its delay, not least from the House of Lords economic affairs committee, which has just published a damning report into the launch. One issue is that most of the promotion has focused on the accounting sector and software providers, rather than small businesses themselves. As many as 40% of … [Read more...] about HMRC: making tax taxing for small businesses
By Martha Groves | CALmatters PUBLISHED: November 26, 2018 at 6:30 am | UPDATED: November 26, 2018 at 6:30 am When Ghuan Featherstone was poring over options for a paternity leave before the recent birth of his fourth daughter, he liked what he heard from a human resources representative at the Inglewood general contracting company where he works. Under a new California law, he would be eligible to take as many as 12 weeks of unpaid leave to bond with his newborn, with the guarantee that his job as a project superintendent would be waiting for him when he returned. When baby Serenity was born in late October, Featherstone, 48, concluded that he could not afford to take unpaid time. Instead, he and his boss at Curtom-Dunsmuir negotiated a compromise. Featherstone would take vacation time before the birth, then three weeks of fully paid paternity leave — a kind gesture on the part of his company, not dictated by state or federal law — before returning to work this week. … [Read more...] about California’s ‘job killer’ family leave bill is now law for small business. Here’s how it’s working out