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Small business hiring slow, likely to remain so, reports say

Dec. 9, 2019 10:34 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two reports last week show that small business hiring still lags behind the strong job growth reported at larger companies, and that owners are unlikely to increase their staffs significantly in 2020. Payroll processor ADP said its customers with up to 49 employees added 11,000 jobs in...

Holidays bring phishing scam surge aimed at small business

Dec. 4, 2019 1:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The email looked legitimate, so Danielle Radin clicked on the link it contained, expecting to have her products included in a holiday gift guide. “I instantly regretted it,” says Radin, owner of Mantra Magnets, a website that sells wellness products. “It took me to some...

Tips to help small business owners avoid phishing scam

Dec. 4, 2019 10:35 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Phishing scams that infect a computer and potentially allow hackers to invade bank and other accounts are highly preventable — but it takes eternal vigilance on the part of computer users. Even small business owners or employees who think they’re careful about clicking on...

Elon Musk tells jurors insult provoked ‘pedo guy’ tweet

Dec. 3, 2019 10:05 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk testified Tuesday that he was being insulting, not literally calling a British cave diver a pedophile when he lashed out on Twitter and ended up in a defamation lawsuit from the man who helped rescue a dozen boys and their soccer coach from a flooded Thailand cave last year....

Survey: Higher number of small businesses hurt by tariffs

Dec. 2, 2019 1:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A growing number of small business owners say the Trump administration’s trade tariffs and policy are hurting their companies. That’s one of the findings of a Bank of America survey of owners taken during July and August and obtained by The Associated Press. Forty-four percent...

Ballroom dancers say immigration clampdown hurting business

Dec. 2, 2019 9:29 AM EST

ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — When no Americans replied to her ads seeking a dance instructor, studio owner Chris Sabourin looked overseas. But she was stymied again by a federal tightening of visa application rules she and others contend is hampering the ballroom dance industry. Sabourin had to eventually give up...

Online shoppers boost small business sales

Dec. 1, 2019 2:16 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Shoppers, many of them using smartphones, spent $3.6 billion buying online from small businesses on Saturday. Adobe Analytics, which tracks online sales, says that’s up 18% from a year earlier. Adobe reports that holiday season sales are on track to grow 14.9% from 2018. Small...

Judge keeps California law on utilities paying fire damages

Nov. 27, 2019 8:13 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal bankruptcy court judge on Wednesday rejected Pacific Gas & Electric’s latest attempt to change a California law requiring utilities to pay for the devastation from wildfires ignited by their electrical equipment. The decision issued by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis...

Providing a unique experience is retailers’ holiday strategy

Nov. 27, 2019 11:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As Amy Witt prepared for the grand opening of her Dallas clothing store, she read up on the demise of thousands of chain stores this past year so she wouldn’t repeat their mistakes. “Big box retailers are selling 20,000 square feet of, what? Stuff. There’s no...

On the Money: Making gift wrap sustainable

Nov. 27, 2019 10:06 AM EST

Growing unease about waste has some Americans rethinking wrapping paper. Gift wrap is still a huge business. U.S. sales of wrapping paper climbed 4% to $8.14 billion last year, according to a recent report by Sundale Research. But sales of reusable gift bags rose faster, the company said. Sundale said it’s...