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8 small business tax preparation mistakes to avoid
U.S. Small Business Administration
Tax time brings with it a sense of urgency and pressure, and mistakes inevitably follow. Tax deductions go unclaimed, paper trails go awry and costly surprises can result. Here are eight of the most common tax preparation mistakes that small businesses make, plus some tips for mitigating them.
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Smart window changes color with weather
Weather could power the next generation of smart windows. Researchers have created glass that tints by harvesting energy from wind and precipitation. The approach offers an alternative to other smart windows powered by batteries, solar panels, and even standard power outlets. "The innovation ... represents a new kind of renewable energy source," says Liming Dai, a nanomaterials engineer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, who was not involved in the research.
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Construction employment drops by 1,000 jobs in March
Construction Equipment
Construction decline by 1,000 jobs in March but is still up by 282,000 jobs compared to March 2014, as the sector's unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.
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Keeping hand injuries in check
Occupational Health &Safety
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics delivered some holiday goodies, as well as a few lumps of coal, on Dec. 16, 2014, when it released data on non-fatal lost-time occupational injuries and illnesses during 2013. The overall incidence rate fell to 109.4 cases per 10,000 full-time workers that year, down from 111.8 the year before, and the median number of days away work also fell from 9 to 8. That's the good news.
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Combating slow payment (and nonpayment) in the construction industry
By Nate Budde
Most of the time, invoices get paid. In the vast majority of cases, invoices are paid well before they age enough to cause a significant worry. Despite this, however, there is an entire industry of credit and financial managers who are dedicated to helping companies manage, and ultimately collect, those problem invoices. Typically, these parties are focused on two distinct areas of concern with respect to credit management: getting invoices paid faster and reducing the number of invoices that are written off as uncollectable.
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5 questions to ask before marketing your business
Business 2 Community
Marketing is a key part of every successful business, but small business owners and startup founders seem to choose the spray and pray method, which is a waste of time and money. First, remember that your marketing activities and goals should support your business goals. What results are you hoping to get by marketing your business?
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Employers: Avoid getting placed in OSHA's SVEP hall of shame
Recently, OSHA levied a $1.76 million fine and a Severe Violator Enforcement Program placement against a national furniture manufacturer after determining that more than 1,000 injuries occurred at one of the company's plants over a three-and-a-half-year period. While the fine amount alone is extraordinary, perhaps an even greater consequence of the manufacturer's predicament is its placement in OSHA's SVEP. As many employers already know, the SVEP is designed to focus OSHA's enforcement attention on what it considers to be the worst violators of federal health and safety standards.
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