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One-Third of Small Businesses Worried About U.S. Trade Policy

While optimism among small business owners may be high, that doesn't mean that there aren't causes for concern. Take, for example, the United States' trade policy that has resulted in several tariffs being enacted against imports from numerous nations and, in turn, tariffs imposed on outbound U.S. goods. Now the latest...

IRS Offers More Guidance on Pass-Through Business Tax Break

One of the less talked about but potentially lucrative aspects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that passed through Congress last year was a 20% tax deduction for pass-through businesses. Meant to give sole propreitorships and the self-employed a tax break similar to what larger corporations saw with the...

Survey Finds Small Business Optimism at a New Record High

Just when you thought small business optimism couldn't climb any higher, a recent study finds it's actually grown once again. In fact the latest rise has pushed optimism to a new record high. Of course, as we've discussed before, this good news comes with some bad. This latest small business optimism...

Chase Study Delves into Small Business Life Expectancy 2

Everyone knows that starting a small business is a risky proposition. No matter how good a business idea may be, certain factors both in and out of your control could doom your venture within a matter of months or years. At the same time, small businesses are a vital part of...

New Surveys Show Entrepreneurial Aspirations are High

A pair of newly released surveys show that the entrepreneurial spirit of America is as strong as ever. Not only do a number of individuals report wanting to open a business but the vast majority of those that have taken the leap declare that they're living the American Dream. Moreover...

Americans' Confidence in Small Business Slips But Stays High

In the perceived battle between small business and big business, it's clear which side most Americans place their trust in. Often referred to as the "backbone of the U.S. economy," a new survey shows that more than two-thirds of consumers show high confidence in the country's small business. As for...

Amazon Boasts Small Business Benefits of Prime Day

Starting at noon on July 16th and extending through July 17th, Amazon will celebrate its annual Prime Day sale. Billed as a Black Friday equivalent exclusive to members of the site's Prime service, this will be the fourth iteration of the retail holiday. While past events have proven popular among deal-seeking...

Ranking the Best and Worst States to Start a Business In 3

The success of your small business can be impacted by a number of factors — some of which you can control and others that you can't. Towing the line between those two categories is what state you choose to open your business in. While you may just assume setting up...