Internet Sales Tax Raised Again

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A series of discussions is ongoing about whether or not states should tax sales on the internet or other types of sales. Some issues to consider is the economic status of your state. Many are broke. Some are not. So what options are on the table for each state to consider when trying to determine how they can generate some positive revenue? This issue is addressed by a “panel of experts” in an a lengthy article you may find interesting since it also targets probably one of your favorite online retailers – Amazon.

READ ON: SILIVE

Verizon Free Small Biz Webinar

Verizon is offering a small business webinar  on Febrruary 10 entitled “How To Develop A Business Plan for free. The webinar is scheduled to last for one hour and includes a 45 minute presentation and 15 minutes of Q&A.

Source: VERIZON SMALL BUSINESS CENTER

Business Plan Competition

If you are located anywhere near the central coast area in California and looking to start a business, you might want to check out the Business Plan Competition in Central California by Marina Technology designed to help people start up companies and create jobs.

WATCH THE VIDEO ON – YOUTUBE

OR GO DIRECTLY TO THE WEBSITE – 2010 MARINA TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

Tech Insurance for Your Company

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A new suite of insurance products specifically targeted toward

smaller technology companies has been announced by Hub

International – a U.S. insurance broker.

The new integrated suite will offer options and enhancements

normally only offered large corporations. Developed in cooperation

with CNA, the plan will include coverage for a variety of technology

sectors including internet and telecommunications.

Options for coverage will include management liability, comprehensive

general liability, worker’s compensation, umbrella coverage and more.

Additional coverage for personal, automobile, electronic data liability,

and more is available as well. Both Hub and CNA believe that middle market

companies are in need of such coverage and have teamed up to provide such

companies a viable insurance solution.

Source: TMC


Hire Interns for Your Business

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Urban Interns is a new website that aids small businesses by
bringing interns and small business owners together. Interns
are becoming an ever growing attraction in the job marketplace.
And small businesses can benefit by hiring interns. But Urban
Interns also offers access to temporary workers and part-time
workers as well. And with current employment statistics at an
all time high, there couldn’t be a better time for a website like this.

Not surprisingly, many of the popular listings are related to social
media. Both small business owners and members of the site who
seek employment are finding good success in the recruiting
process at Urban Interns. If you are a small business owner,
you might want to check them out. Urban Interns

Source: Inc.com

By J.J. McCorvey; Edited by Clint Davis

Pay Up or Your Computer Dies

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Hijacking computers pays! In a technique dubbed “ransomware”,

computer criminals generally send spam emails to try to trick unsuspecting users into buying “products” or warning them of the need to “update” their account information.

But now, the FBI  has a warning against new software programs they call “rogueware.” These clever thieves claim that their program will find viruses on your computer and then they offer you the option to “clean” your computer for only $50. So far, internet users have paid approximately $150 million for such scams.

PC criminals are finding new ways to get unsuspected users to pay up and they’re not trying to hide it much anymore either. They often make claims using messages in their programs that say something like, “Google recommends that you install this…” or “Microsoft warns that you should allow this feature be turned on”, then suddenly they make it look like your computer is infected with 500 viruses. Next thing you know, you can’t access your information because the criminal(s) encrypted it and now they demand that you pay them a ransom for your information and promise to “release” your information so you have access to it again.

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself if you determine that your computer may be infected. Read the tips at MSNBC

Written by Bob Sullivan; Edited by Bill Sorensen

HotJobs Sells for $225 Million

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Today, Monster announced it will buy Yahoo’s HotJobs portal for $225 million in cash. With so many Americans looking for work, Monster believes closing the deal will put them in close

competition to CareerBuilder.com

Monster already provides about one-third of online job postings in the U.S.A. One thing is not sure is if Monster will now cut jobs in order to save additional money from the deal. The deal

should be finalized around the end of the third quarter. Monster’s most recent quarterly results matched expectations at a net loss of about $2.1 million. But still just ahead Wall Street expectations.

Written by Nick Zieminski; Edited by Bill Sorensen

Source: Reuters

Apple iPad for Schools in Georgia?

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Georgia Senate voted 65-5 to qualify e-readers as textbooks among other computer hardware. According to the bill, school districts would have the option to offer modern alternatives for disseminating digital information.

This only makes sense since textbooks are currently undergoing digital transformation and can be downloaded to electronic devices.

Supporters of the measure believe this would help students learn faster and better since information would be more readily available.

Others charge that Georgia state funds are already under strain and that the state will spend $45 million on new textbooks alone. Still, the majority of statewide education organizations support the bill.

Written by Ernie Suggs; Edited by Bill Sorensen

Source: AJC


Bank Lending Revamp Coming?

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SOURCE: CBS MARKETWATCH – WALL STREET JOURNAL


Miller Casts 4 Small Businesses in Super Bowl Ad

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Miller Beer Showcases 4 Small Businesses in Super Bowl Commercial

Source: YouTubeFox News


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