the ceo magazine, small business
Jenn Boutwell, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Alliances, Sage

Every single year, thousands of people make the decision to apply for internships. Whether it’s for the learning experience, school credit, or a desire to get a foot in the door with a certain company—internships are in high demand. For small businesses looking for a way to attract qualified college students to their company, or to save a little money by eliciting entry-level help—an internship program can be a beautiful thing. 

the ceo magazine, small business
Thomas P. Rood, Paycheck Independence Day

Many people will tell you that if you want to get rich, you have to start your own business.  According to the SBA Office of Advocacy, in 2009 there were over 27 million businesses in the United States.  It appears a lot of people want to get rich.

Once you take the plunge and start your own business, what is your chance for survival?  According to the SBA, 69% of new firms started in 2000 or later survive at least two years and 51% of those firms survive at least five years.  In the short-term, your chances for survival are actually quite good.

the ceo magazine, tax strategies
Anis Blémur, Owner & Manager, AB Consulting & Accounting Services

Being a business owner you know that traveling comes along with the job. With these tips and tricks it will ensure that every business trip is a tax-deductible vacation. First, make all your business appointments before you leave for your trip. Most people believe that they can go on vacation and simply hand out their business cards in order to make the trip deductible. Wrong. You must have at least one business appointment before you leave in order to establish the "prior set business purpose" required by the IRS. 

This is National Small Business Week.The celebrations, seminars and promotion are in full swing. As a Board Member of the National Small Business Association (NSBA) and Chair of the Small Business Association of Michigan’s PAC, I know how important it is to support and promote small business. There has been a lot of hype this week, so I thought it might be a good time to stop and consider the state of small business in America.

It’s that time of year. Requests are pouring in to my company to sponsor golf outings, make charitable donations, buy gala tickets and attend award luncheons. I don’t know about other business owners but it seems like I could be at an event every day. I also notice that I keep running into the same people at these events. It made me stop and think. If you own a business you are a target because everyone assumes that you have the means to help. These requests for support are generally from very worthy organizations but you simply can’t support all of them.



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