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Survey looks to shed light on door and window industry
Door and window manufacturers can see how they measure up against the competition by participating in a Building Industry Advisors, LLC, survey about how they did during the 2013 calendar year.
The investment banking firm set a May 15, deadline for the return of completed questionnaires, which will be compiled for the Door and Window Industry Benchmark Survey.
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How Obamacare impacts small business transactions
The Huffington Post
The factors a small business has to consider with respect to the Affordable Care Act can change quite dramatically if its workforce grows beyond 50 full-time employees. This can occur over time as a result of the natural growth of the business but can also happen rapidly and unexpectedly as a result of a business transaction. In this article are three tips that any small business owner considering a business transaction should keep in mind to ensure that there are no unexpected Obamacare surprises as a result of the transaction.
What the US economy really needs to recover
A recent uptick in employee earnings has some experts saying the economic recovery, during which income gains have gone almost entirely to affluent Americans, is beginning to trickle down. Such a rise is critical not only to lifting economic growth in the short term, but sustaining the robust consumer spending that the U.S. economy needs to thrive.
February housing, inflation data help dollar, ease tension over US economy
The U.S. Dollar has been one of the worst performing major currencies in 2014 as the combination of the Federal Reserve withdrawing stimulus and inclement weather culminated in the perfect storm for short-term weakness in the world’s largest economy. Yet as more recent data has come in, it seems the slowdown was more related to an interest rate shock – higher rates deterring investment and spending – rather than "just" the weather.
US home construction fell in February but permit applications up
The Associated Press via The Salt Lake Tribune
U.S. home construction fell for a third month in February, but in a hopeful sign, applications for building permits rose to their highest level in four months.
Builders started work on 907,000 homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in February, the Commerce Department said recently. That was down a slight 0.2 percent from January, when construction had fallen 11.2 percent. The declines have been blamed in large part on severe winter weather in much of the country.
A dozen deductions for your small business
Small-business tax rule No. 1: don't mess with the IRS. But that doesn't mean you should cheat yourself. Take every legal deduction you can. Here are a dozen that even savvy small-business owners and entrepreneurs sometimes forget.
Top CEOs more optimistic about economy, but worry about slow growth
Los Angeles Times
Top U.S. chief executives are more optimistic about the economy than they were three months ago, but warned that growth still was below normal and required national policy changes, according to survey results released recently.
Participants expect the economy to expand at a 2.4 percent annual rate this year, up from a projection of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter, according to the Business Roundtable's CEO Economic Outlook Survey.
US homebuilder confidence edges higher in March
The Associated Press via Daily Reporter
U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the housing market edged higher this month, reflecting improved demand for new homes as the traditional spring home-selling season ramps up.
But the outlook for sales of single-family homes over the next six months dimmed slightly as builders continue to grapple with a shortage of skilled workers, ready-to-build land and rising building materials costs.
4 ways a small business can scale to profitability
Downfalls like not being a profitable venture, startups shutting their doors or even bankruptcy are often caused by a lack of knowledge or a willing ignorance amongst small business owners.
“If the owners really knew what they were doing wrong, they might have been able to fix the problem,” entrepreneur and business speaker Jay Goltz told The New York Times. “Often, it’s simply a matter of denial or of not knowing what you don’t know.”
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