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Self-employed legislation introduced to permanently deduct self-employed health insurance costs
NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed is enthusiastic in its support of H.R. 886, America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2013, introduced by Representatives Jim Gerlach and Ron Kind, which provides for a permanent deduction for several key small-business tax deductions, including the health insurance deduction for the self-employed, a longstanding legislative priority of the NASE.
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Your employees and word-of-mouth marketing
The Wall Street Journal
Startups face unique challenges that are a reflection of their size, budget and resources. One of the most common issues startups face is getting their messages out in the market. If most of your funding is in development, you're left to work with what you have, but what you have is an incredible untapped resource of passionate colleagues and employees who care just as much about the success of your startup as you do. This is where partnering with employees and turning them into powerful brand advocates truly represents a creative and unique solution.
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Wells Fargo tops for small business loans across US in 2012
Baltimore Business Journal
Wells Fargo was the largest lender to small business nationally in 2012, according to a report issued. Eight other banks made SNL Financial's list, including Bank of America and M&T Bank. Wells Fargo had $32.8 billion in small business loans in 2012 making it the leader nationally.
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Twitter gives small businesses more advertising options
PCWorld
Twitter is beefing up its self-service ad platform to give smaller businesses more targeting and analytics tools to reach potential customers on the site. With the advanced advertising interface, small businesses can, among other things, see a more granular breakdown in campaign reporting. That means that companies will be able to see how different users engage with Promoted Tweet and Promoted Account campaigns by device, location, gender and interest.
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Are baby boomers more entrepreneurial than Gen Y?
SmartPlanet
We might often believe that the next generation are more tech-savvy than baby boomers and, as the job market remains fragile, more and more young people entering the workforce look towards being their own boss. But is this entrepreneurialism a generational trait and do workers in different generations believe they are more entrepreneurial than other age groups?
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Self-employed can save with 9 tax tips
USA Today
Filing taxes can be a source of dread for self-employed Americans. The trick is not to see the tax code as bureaucracy meant to confound you but a tool to give your home-grown business a leg up. You can deduct a host of expenses if you keep good records and know what to look for. Here are nine tax tips for both making your 2012 returns less of a headache and a bit more financially advantageous.
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Some small businesses choose to self-insure
Kaiser Health News via USA Today
NorthBay Adventure is just the kind of small business that could be expected to buy medical insurance for workers under health act rules taking effect in 2014. While Comfort sees the decision to self-insure as a freedom of choice, savings and what's best for the company, others see it as a threat to the Affordable Care Act.
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Retiring boomers drove acquisitions of small businesses
The Business Review
A national survey found retiring baby boomers were the main reason why businesses valued at less than $50 million were put up for sale in the fourth quarter of 2012. The study was done by the International Business Brokers Association, M&A Source, and Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management.
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