Small Businesses: Take Part In All 3 Shopping Holidays

November 21, 2014 | Rachel Bailey | 0 Comments

In recent years, the infamous hype that surrounds the Black Friday shopping day has heightened. It’s gone from anxious caffeine-induced shoppers scrounging for the best deals at 4 a.m. to quite the controversial topic as some stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day.

Let’s not forget about Cyber Monday. This has essentially become the online version of Black Friday…minus the craze.

Small Business Saturday is no doubt a huge day for small businesses as well. So the question becomes, is it important for your business to participate on all three days?

Tags: Small Business Tips, holiday marketing, small business saturday

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Obamacare To Be Reviewed By Supreme Court Again

November 19, 2014 | Mitch Geiger | 0 Comments

On November 7, the Supreme Court added another case involving the Affordable Care Act to its docket.  The Court announced that it would review King v. Burwell, which will decide the fate of premium subsidies to buyers of health insurance.

The issue is whether the program of tax credits applies only in the health insurance exchanges set up by sixteen states and not in federally facilitated exchanges in thirty-four states.

Tags: aca, affordable care act, Supreme Court decisions, compliance, obamacare

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6 Ways to Prepare Your Retail Store for this Holiday Season

November 17, 2014 | Taylor Gordon | 0 Comments

The National Retail Federation predicts a 4.1% growth in sales in November and December which is up from last year's 3.1% increase at the same time of year.

If accurate, it will be the first time since 2011 that holiday sales increased more than 4%.

That's nothing to sneeze at! This highly positive sales prediction calls for some serious preparation. Read on to find out ways to prepare your small business for this holiday season's sales rush.

Tags: small business, holiday marketing

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The Big Influence of Small Business

November 14, 2014 | Jessica Kornfeind | 0 Comments

The value of small businesses can be underestimated because of their size. We're here to prove that that is a mistake. As the Small Business Saturday holiday is just a few short weeks away, now is the perfect time to take a look at why these companies are so important.

Tags: Small Business Tips, small business saturday

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Inspire Permanent Work Mentality from Temp Employees

November 12, 2014 | Rachel Bailey | 0 Comments

Employees are the influential factor that make every company unique. As your business continues to grow, it’s possible that you’ll need extra help on projects that arise or preparation for the holiday season.

While hiring a full-time employee might not be in the budget, contracting a temporary worker could be your best bet. In fact, this employment option is becoming increasingly popular. U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.15 million temporary and contract workers per week in the second quarter of 2014. 

The challenge then becomes how to keep temporary workers motivated to perform their best. Help them work efficiently and enthusiastically, despite their probable short-term employment.

Tags: small business owners, human resources, Small Business Tips

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Small Business Grants: Attainable or Pipe Dream?

November 10, 2014 | Taylor Gordon | 0 Comments

We've all seen books or websites that give us hope that free money exists to fund our small business through an abundance of grant programs.

But is it true?

In some cases, yes. In many cases, no. While there are programs in place to promote small business growth, not all are completely free or realistically attainable. Additionally, applying for grants can be a tedious and expensive process.

Plus, competition is fierce.

Nevertheless, there are viable grant options that you may want to consider just to make sure you're not missing out. Read on to find out where to locate them and how to decide whether pursuing a grant is the right funding option for your business.

Tags: small business, grants, funding

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Uncovering Potential ERISA & NDT Compliance Concerns

November 07, 2014 | Jessica Kornfeind | 0 Comments

Offering retirement and benefit plan options is one of the best things you can do for your employees. It’s also one of the most important things job seekers desire when choosing a company to work for. 

However, compliance concerns can cause headaches for any business owner. To make matters worse, audits are becoming more frequent and business owners are receiving penalties if they aren’t fully compliant.

Is your business at risk? It’s important to examine requirements put into place regarding your retirement and benefit plans, such as ERISA and Nondiscrimination Testing (NDT). Good news for you, we’re here to cover it all.

Tags: benefits administration, compliance, ERISA, Nondiscrimination Testing

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4 Ways to Get the Most out of Small Business Saturday

November 05, 2014 | Rachel Bailey | 0 Comments

November 29th could be be the date that changes the scope of your business.  November 29th could bring hundreds of new customers crawling into your storefront. November 29th could be the day that your small business hits it big.

That’s because November 29th is Small Business Saturday. If you’re not fully prepared, you could be missing out on a huge opportunity for not only new sales, but lasting relationships, community growth and brand awareness.

Your participation doesn’t have to be stress-inducing or involve some in-depth marketing campaign, but it can serve as a catapult into your holiday growth strategies.

Tags: Small Business Tips, small business saturday

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We Mustache You About Movember

November 03, 2014 | Rachel Bailey | 0 Comments

Ahh, November. Just as the trees are transitioning into perfect shades of orange and the air is turning as crisp as the apples in your cider…you may start noticing a lot more men adorned with a specific type of facial hair. The iconic mustache. What this represents is so much more than just channeling your inner Captain Hook and showing off your whiskers.

Tags: community, movember

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Changes to Commuter Benefits in San Francisco Bay Area

October 31, 2014 | Mitch Geiger | 0 Comments

Beginning this fall, employers with 50 or more employees in any combination of nine San Francisco Bay Area counties have to come into compliance with the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (CBP).

PrimePay can offer a qualified transportation plan that complies with two of the four San Francisco ordinance options required to be offered while still complying with all federal requirements.

The original state bill from 2012 only authorized the SF Metro Transit Commission (MTC) to create a regional ordinance they didn’t create anything until this year. The MTC this March (March 19, 2014) approved a pilot program that may be extended to as long as four years. This is not a permanent requirement at this time and is still being developed. 

The requirements are as follows:

Tags: compliance, commuter benefits

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