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Retirement plans for small business owners
Americans ages 55 to 64 are fast becoming entrepreneurs. In fact, the share of new entrepreneurs in that age group grew from 14.3 percent to 23.4 percent from 1996 to 2012, according to the 2013 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. And if you're among that group of entrepreneurs who are trying to save for retirement while building your business there's a plethora of plans from which to choose, including SEP-IRAs, SIMPLE-IRAs, SIMPLE 401(k)s, small-business owner 401(k)s, traditional 401(k)s, money purchase plans, profit-sharing plans, and defined benefit plans. But which retirement plan might be best for you?
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Do-it-yourself tactics for small business marketing
Run a small business? Chances are, you're not just the boss. You're also the chief marketing officer. It's tough being both the CEO and CMO, but you're not alone. How are you planning to spend your limited time on digital marketing? If you're like your peers, on email marketing, hoping for word-of-mouth and social media.
Employers: Is Facebook a friend or foe?
By Julie Bernhard
With Facebook's 10-year anniversary coming Feb. 4, many can't even imagine what life was like without it. What started as a college kid meet-up is now the world's largest social network, boasting 1.15 billion users, according to CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, and a company value of over $100 billion. Aside from the obvious, there isn't much censorship in the social media realm. It's also really easy to believe that the information is seen by your "friends" only, but at the end of the day, it's still the Internet. What you post could hurt you, and believe it or not, employers want to know your status.
Best ways to market a small business effectively
To the world, yours may be a small business, but to you, it's the culmination of a very big dream. In today's competitive marketplace, your ability to attract and keep customers is just as important as the goods or services you provide. Want to get ahead? A little imagination and the key strategies below can help get you from small to not-so-small in no time.
A new paradigm for older workers
By Michael J. Berens
Results of a recent Gallup study show that large numbers of baby boomers plan to continue working well past the current average retirement age of 61 and even the traditional retirement age of 65. This is both good news and bad news for organizational leaders: good because older workers are valuable employees, bad because many organizations don't know what to do with older workers as they seek to increase opportunities for talented younger employees. Traditionally, retirement has been a mechanism for turning over the labor pool. But for many baby boomer workers, retirement is not the enticing prospect it once was.
The best back-office software for small businesses
Businesses are fundamentally about money: making money, managing money, and paying money to employees or other businesses. Every business needs to stay on top of its finances. Back in the day, actual humans using actual pieces of paper took care of accounting, payroll, benefit enrollment, expenses, reporting, and all the other nitty-gritty, tedious, yet critical elements of running a business. Software-as-a-service is changing how businesses of all sizes manage their finances.
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- Off the Wall Soccer, Calif., celebrated 20 years of operation!
- Round Rock Sports Center, Texas, held its grand opening event on Jan. 28.
- UBU Sports (artificial turf provider) was interviewed for an article in USA Today on how old tires find new life in turf.
- The Sports Facilities Advisory (industry consultant) reported that the businesses of sports and sports tourism continues to rise.
- Cireon (solid-state lighting provider) joined USIndoor as a corporate member providing LED lighting systems.
- Total Sports Experience, N.Y., hosted the Northeast Regional Quidditch Championship.
- Plex Indoor Sports, S.C., opened a 20,000-square-foot trampoline park.
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2014 Conference and Trade Show
Registration is now open for the 2014 Conference and Trade Show! Individuals and exhibitors can sign up to attend this year's event in Louisville, Ken. This year's conference includes the Certified Arena Operator class as well as the popular facility bus tour. And don't forget to sign up for the post-conference celebration at Churchill Downs!
SCORE4 survey for facility operators
Be sure to take our current facility operators survey! Answer four quick questions about sports tournaments, and look for the results in an upcoming issue of the E-Insider!
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