Category Politics

How to Negotiate the Trade War If You’re A Small Business

Let’s talk taxes: not a favorite subject and one which may have adverse consequences for small business. Especially that tax called a tariff. Tariffs are taxes levied on imports or exports by a country. The USA adds a 10% tariff to iPhones imported from China, and then China adds a duty to USA exports like […]

Small Business Meets the #MeToo Issue; It can Happen to You

The current Federal law protects employees from harassment, sexual or otherwise. This law applies to companies with 15 or more employees. Small businesses with less than 15 employees cannot afford to ignore harassment either. It’s costly to the budget and morale. The #MeToo movement and recent scandals focus a spotlight on harassment, and it’s implications […]

An Update on Facing the H-1B Gamble

April 1 is April Fool’s Day. For businesses seeking to hire specialty talent from other parts of the world, it’s tossing your hat in the ring for an H-1B Visa day. The lottery for H-1B visas opens the first business day of April. Some small businesses see an effect of President’s Trump changes to this […]

Will Your Business Benefit from Accepting Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency sounds a little creepy and mysterious. Not something a small business wants to tackle. But as virtual currency matures, it offers small business’ opportunities especially those selling to consumers. One advantage of this new currency includes lower transaction fees. Payments are direct from customer to the business. No go-between is taking a bit off […]

Legislating and Employee Scheduling Mix and Mingle

Predictive scheduling coined a new word, clopening, or when an employee closes up at night and opens the next morning. I’m not sure how to pronounce it. It’s a sure thing that predictive scheduling is heading your business’ way. Right now, businesses in the retail, food service and hospitality industries are affected by this trend. […]

Possible Changes to Come to Tech Industry Hiring with H-1B Visa Challenges

The current presidential administration has recently shown signs of making significant changes to the way H-1B visas are awarded, potentially impacting the hiring practices of tech companies large and small. The H-1B visa program is designated to provide work visas to highly skilled workers from abroad, and is primarily used to bring in scientists, engineers, […]

The FCC Enters Round Two Against Robocalls

Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, last week called on wireless and landline phone carriers and robocall infrastructure companies. His point? It’s time to get proactive about blocking robocalls. Consumers¬†on the Do Not Call Registry¬†don’t want to report violations after the fact. They want to eat dinner uninterrupted by automatic phone calls. In […]