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22 Thursday Jun 2017

The Impact of Professional Employer Organizations on Business Growth Potential

Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) are for more than just employees. PEOs are designed to get employers out of the employer business, so that business owners and executives can focus their energies entirely on core, revenue-generating activities. But with the emphasis on transactional and legal responsibilities, it’s sometimes easy to forget the business outcomes that PEOs can help produce. 

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18 Tuesday Oct 2016

What Woman- and Minority-Owned Businesses Need to Know

Small businesses and start-ups owned by women and minorities can face some steep hurdles in the marketplace – sometimes shockingly so. Consider this: according to a White House fact sheet, fewer than 3% of companies that receive venture capital funding have a female CEO. Fortunately, small businesses helmed by women, minorities and other disenfranchised groups do have potential access to some resources to help overcome intrinsic disadvantages like that venture capital funding issue. Read More »
07 Wednesday Sep 2016

Why are Small Businesses Being Targeted with Penalties and Lawsuits for their Retirement Plans?

A new trend has emerged in government oversight of retirement plans like 401(k)s, and it’s not good news for small to midsize business owners. In fact, this couldn’t come at a worse time: a 2015 survey found that 67% of small business owners (SBOs) plan to increase their company contribution to employee 401(k) plans; and 30% of SBOs who don’t offer retirement plans currently, plan to do so in the future. Read More »
16 Tuesday Aug 2016

Balancing Small Business Ownership with a Family

One of the biggest challenges facing any small business owner or entrepreneur has nothing to do with their business: it’s making sure their personal, non-work lives and relationships can still thrive despite the amount of time and energy they pour into their work. Here are some tips to help foster healthy family relationships. Read More »
04 Wednesday May 2016

20 Record-Keeping Tips for Small Businesses

We are a civilization swimming in information. By 2020, the digital universe will contain as many digital bits as the physical universe contains stars. Doubling in size every two years, the data we create and copy annually will reach 44 trillion gigabytes. Read More »
13 Wednesday Apr 2016

Gamification in Small Business

Game mechanics, or gamification, is very popular in business circles right now. It’s easy to dismiss as just the latest business fad, particularly given that the name itself seems to suggest something light-weight. Read More »
16 Wednesday Mar 2016

Get Your Small Business Staff to say ‘Thank Goodness It’s Monday’

Would it surprise you that many people find work less stressful than home life? "When we looked at the difference between home and work in terms of their cortisol levels — that biological marker of stress — we found that people's cortisol levels were significantly lower at work than they were at home," researcher Sarah Damaske told NPR. Read More »
22 Monday Feb 2016

The Growth Stages of a Small Business

We’ve previously advised small businesses to evaluate whether “that startup mentality [is] what your small business needs.” Ultimately, we advised business owners to attune their approach to running their business to the needs of their business. But what does that mean at different stages of a small business’s growth, and how can small businesses use HR to help power their growth? Today we’ll look at those questions. Read More »
20 Wednesday Jan 2016

Is the Startup Mentality what Your Small Business Needs?

The startup approach to small business is taking the world by storm, but is it the right way to approach your business? Startups are defined by their flexibility, their ability to adapt fast and adopt innovative, visionary business strategies. That sounds great, right? Hold on. Read More »
06 Wednesday Jan 2016

5 Reasons Why Startups Use PEOs

While there may be a lot of reasons businesses choose to outsource their HR functions with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), these are the top five reasons startups use PEOs. Read More »