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Private security patrols to begin near University of Oregon

Jan. 19, 2020 10:02 AM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Victimized by an attempted arson and break-ins, a local business owner and more than a half-dozen sororities near the University of Oregon campus are splitting the cost for unarmed security patrols. The patrols are in response to increasing concerns about lawlessness, including among...

Disaster loans: Closed Mississippi beaches hurt businesses

Jan. 17, 2020 5:21 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Low-interest disaster loans are available for small Mississippi businesses hurt by toxic bacteria that closed every mainland beach in the state during the summer. Those in adjacent counties in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana also are eligible. The federal Small Business...

In this Jan. 8, 2020, photo Marian Nixon poses for a photo at her home in Chicago. Nixon finds its easier for her prints, clothes and sketch books to be seen on Amazon rather than on her own website. But selling online presents challenges that can be hard, even impossible to overcome. She gets good reviews for her designs, but she's had bad reviews when something has gone wrong with shipping, which is out of her control. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Want to sell on Amazon? Businesses must weigh pros, cons

Jan. 15, 2020 10:43 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — While many small manufacturers and retailers believe Amazon is the place to be, Lyris Autran is forgoing the opportunity. Autran wants to keep the prices on her leashes, bowls and other products for dogs competitive. It costs money to sell on Amazon.com — a 15% fee on each sale and...

Program launches to assist rural residents in Vermont

Jan. 14, 2020 7:21 PM EST

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — An organization made up of some of the town’s most important movers and shakers - and funders - has launched a new funding arm to help local businesses through the NEK Prosper! umbrella. The group includes Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH), Northern Counties...

WV Dems to focus on small businesses, infrastructure in 2020

Jan. 9, 2020 1:21 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Democrats on Thursday said their 2020 legislative platform will focus on education, infrastructure, small businesses and social services. Democrats in the GOP-led statehouse detailed their “West Virginians First” agenda at a press conference marking the...

FILE - In this July 11, 2012, file photo, John Arensmeyer, CEO of the advocacy group Small Business Majority, poses for a portrait at the Small Business Majority office in Washington. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, known as the SECURE Act, won final congressional approval in the Senate last month and was signed into law by President Donald Trump. One of the bill's features makes it easier for small businesses to band together to offer 401(k) and other retirement plans.“ Most small businesses simply don’t have the funds or staff to offer and manage retirement plans,” said Arensmeyer. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

New law may encourage businesses to offer retirement plans

Jan. 6, 2020 3:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A new law expanding retirement plan options for small businesses may encourage more companies to offer the benefits to their workers. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, known as the SECURE Act, won final congressional approval in the Senate last month and was...

In this undated photo, a High Hills Elementary fifth-grader describes her food truck model display to Kona Ice of Sumter owner Daniel Palumbo on Shaw Air Force Base near Sumter, S.C. (Bruce Mills/The Item via AP)

Food truck design project teaches kids to be entrepreneurs

Jan. 4, 2020 12:02 AM EST

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) — Learning the ins and outs of starting a business used to be something students were not exposed to until at least high school. Two classes of fifth-graders at High Hills Elementary School on Shaw Air Force Base recently completed a two-week project designing food trucks...

FILE - In this July 18, 2019, file photo speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joins fellow Democrats and activists seeking better pay as the House approved legislation to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade _ to $15 an hour, at the Capitol in Washington. As of Jan. 1, 2020, there are higher minimum wages in a quarter of the states, and new federal overtime rules. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

2020 brings higher labor costs for small businesses

Jan. 3, 2020 6:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners have plenty of changes to deal with as 2020 begins — higher labor costs for many companies, and some owners will discover that they have to comply with new laws that aren’t on the books in their own states. As of Jan. 1, there are higher minimum wages in...

Congolese refugee sews herself a new life in Kansas City

Dec. 27, 2019 1:01 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Liliane Lemani’s infant daughter lay lifeless on the floor. A rebel in the Democratic Republic of Congo had slammed the child down and stomped on her tiny body. Lemani was 23, pregnant again and herself badly beaten. She’ll never forget what she saw that night, 14...

FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo Uber and Lyft drivers carry signs during a demonstration outside of Uber headquarters in San Francisco. A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Calif law will force small businesses to rethink staffing

Dec. 26, 2019 7:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing. The law puts tough restrictions on who can be independent contractors or freelancers rather...