Florida consumer confidence drops across-the-board in June

Floridians have turned more pessimistic, especially about where the national economy is headed this year. Overall, consumer sentiment statewide fell 1.9 points in June to 98.3 from a revised figure of 100.2 in May, according to the monthly index released Tuesday by the University of Florida. For the first time in nearly two years, all five components that make up the index declined. The three components representing the expectations of…

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How Important is Accounting… Really?

Accounting isn’t sexy… it’s not exciting… it’s just necessary. But what if I told you, as a small business owner, it’s the MOST important part of your business? Don’t believe me? Think about it; no matter what you make, what you sell or how you sell it, you will have no idea how you are doing without proper numbers.  You need to have accurate numbers to know how much stuff you…

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4 Reasons Being a “Control Freak” is Holding You Back

I hear it all the time, “Well, of course, you HAVE to be a control freak to stay in control, right?…” Generally, This thinking appeals to business owners who; 1. Don’t know how to find high quality, high performing staff and have unconscious trust issues (I can’t trust anyone to do the job properly). 2. Have a big ego – and need to be seen as the almighty great leader…

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How to Prevent Fraud in a Small Business

Small businesses are the most vulnerable to occupational fraud and abuse, according to the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). In its 2002 Report to the Nation on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, ACFE cites that the smallest organizations, 100 employees or less, suffered higher median losses than did the largest organizations (10,000 employees or more). While the largest companies suffered losses of $97,000 on average, small businesses’ losses averaged $127,500 based on…

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7 Keys to Becoming an Effective Leader

Follow these leadership tips to turn your business into one that consistently outperforms the competition. For many businesspeople, the last thing you want to worry about (or do) is managing people. You want to get out there and meet customers and create awesome products and bring exciting new opportunities through your front door. But unless you’ve hired people to take on the task of managing your employees, then you’re still on…

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Are You a Small Business Owner With Back Taxes?

The stress of owing the IRS money can be crippling. The IRS can place a lien on your property or even levy your bank account. For whatever reason, you’ve gotten into a tough situation but how do get out? Here are a few options the IRS offers to help. 1. Offer in Compromise (OIC): With an OIC, you offer the IRS an amount of money to settle your tax debt.…

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Tax Cut and Jobs Act – Guidance needed as Sec. 199A appears “poorly defined”

House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Richard Neal, D-Mass., has asked the Treasury and the IRS for guidance on the tax code’s new passthrough deduction. In a May 1 letter, Neal asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter, for clarifying guidance on Code Sec. 199A. Passthrough Deduction The new Code Sec. 199A, enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97), provides a 20 percent deduction…

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