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February 21, 2020

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about half of small business employees do not have access to the same quality work-based retirement plans as workers at large employers.

That has now changed with the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. This bipartisan measure benefits every working American saving for retirement while also providing small business owners and their employees with new tools to level the retirement-planning playing field and close the retirement gap for the half of our nation’s workforce engaged in and employed by small businesses.

With record-low unemployment increasing competition for small businesses recruiting and retaining talent, the SECURE Act makes a career in small business more attractive by opening access to a wide range of retirement programs to those working in the small business sector.

 

The centerpiece of the SECURE Act — Open Multiple Employer Plans — allows small businesses to pool their resources to offer a retirement plan to workers that is cost effective and simpler to administer, while making it easier for small firms to provide economic security in retirement to their workers, and better position small businesses to recruit and retain a skilled workforce.

Moreover, small businesses are now eligible for a tax credit for creating a retirement plan for employees’ participation. Anyone working at least 1,000 hours in a year (about 20 hours per week), or three consecutive years of at least 500 hours, will be able to participate under the law.

SOURCE: wvnews.com, 1/26/2020

February 21, 2020
February 21, 2020

In 1964, AT&T, the most valuable company in the United States, had 758, 611 employees; Microsoft employs just 144,000. Instagram had just 13 employees when Facebook acquired it for $1 billion in 2012.

 

February 21, 2020

This year’s CES – the consumer tech industry’s biggest annual showcase – revealed the best and “weirdest” of the latest tech products.

 

  • Prinker, a temporary tattoo printer: This new device makes temporary tattoos mobile for spontaneous people who don’t want to commit to forever ink. The handheld printer can apply cosmetic-grade ink to the skin in black or color just by quickly passing it once over the chosen body part. Images are selected from a companion app. While the final product doesn’t smudge or fade much, it does wash off easily with soap...
February 21, 2020
  • Male dung beetles haul 1,100 times their body weight.
  • Elephants have been observed removing tranquilizer darts from friends, or tending to their wounds.

 

SOURCE: New York Times book review of Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and the Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion by Gene Stone, 1/12/2020

February 21, 2020

This year, 2.05 billion global buyers will be online. Many first-time e-commerce founders struggle with whether to keep their products native to their site or add them to Amazon because of the it upfront investment of time and money to build out the advertisements, sites, and funnels.

 

Aside from the laundry list of tasks you must complete to start an e-commerce business (legalities, domain name, building a website, marketing the product), here are a few tips that can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful e-commerce...

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