Friday, August 22, 2014
Top Entrepreneur News

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

LinkedIn, where employers and job seekers find each other, is just as good for people seeking entrepreneurial opportunity.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:38:00 -0500

Drones are becoming more prevalent and dangerous than ever as regulatory talks by the FAA seemingly stall.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Gathering an audience to hear your message is the original social media marketing. Don't assume you can't afford it.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Adopt a proactive approach with these eight tips.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:45:00 -0500

The International Franchise Association claims Seattle's new minimum wage law discriminates against franchisees, and says it's all one labor union's fault.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Be up front with customers about what you do and how much it will cost, and consider romantic relationships with co-workers very carefully.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

News of the week business owners need to know.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:53:00 -0500

As rumblings of a PayPal-eBay split resurface, former PayPal exec Keith Rabois thinks there is a simple solution.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Leverage the power of the champions of new technology at your company to address the resistors of change.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

The M-KOPA Solar system is literally lighting up a cleaner, greener -- and safer -- future for one remote region of the world.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Don't let sticker shock keep you from building your own development team. Outsourcing is often not the bargain it seems.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Stay on top of issues before dissatisfaction spirals out of control, leading to a drop in productivity and revenue and exits.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:17:00 -0500

This startup has entered an elite and growing group that has raised seven figures on the popular crowdfunding site.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Share stories about the projects that stand apart for you and your business.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:39:00 -0500

Sleep tight. The furniture is already assembled and you get to keep the sheets.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:35:00 -0500

While the majority of people are watching their weight, a surprising number say they stop counting calories when dining out, a new study says.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Raising capital is perhaps the most difficult challenge any entrepreneur faces in starting a business. Here are a few tips to make it less daunting.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Hardware and software sales soared during the second quarter, riding new gaming consoles from Microsoft and Sony.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

The Samsung Chromebook 2 is light and built for conducting business on the fly.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:35:00 -0500

Rumor has it Apple fans might have to wait even longer for both highly anticipated products.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Customers are the life blood of any business. Here are a few tactics that will help companies generate leads without breaking the bank.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:05:00 -0500

The live TV-streaming service will have to continue its fight at the district level.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Set awkwardness aside with these three tips.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:52:00 -0500

Just in case you were wondering.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Aloft leads the pack in the tech-savvy select-service hotel category.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:17:00 -0500

Culture can be a wonderful selling point to attract new employees and customers. But it might also be a cultural hegemony as corrosive as saying you only want a third of your workforce to be women.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

The way your office is set up not only plays a role in company culture but also how employees function. Choose carefully.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Just because salespeople are often away from the office – either working remotely or in the field – doesn't mean they don't want to be involved in company culture. Here is how to make sure your salespeople don't feel isolated.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:02:00 -0500

With 21 franchise locations in seven states, John Russell understands that just because different locations are under the same brand doesn't mean they are identical.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Studies on the best paying careers are all over the map. Turns out there are lots of ways to achieve financial security.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

It’s your responsibility to translate your message into values and priorities that the intended receiver can readily relate to.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

If you focus on creating structure, you’ll be amazed how much you can accomplish.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Uncorrected errors of judgment cause more business failures than lack of financing or market upheaval.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0500

Jealousy creates disconnection, which can only harm the prospects of a growing firm. Here's how to turn around that dynamic.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Try these techniques to shine among social media savants.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Be vigilant in cultivating a team of excellence.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

A vast increase in available suffixes will benefit businesses niche and large, as well as a few billion Internet users who don't speak English.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

The focus on building a gleaming Internet presence should never distract from the irreplaceable importance of looking people in the eye.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

The video feature is a free and powerful tool for marketing.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

One way to combat falling into terrible habits is to focus on thinking outside of the box.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

This page, which introduces you and your product to website visitors, can bring in new customers to your business if done well.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Happy clients will not only buy more from you, they'll tell their friends.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:15:00 -0500

If your company is expanding and adding new staffers, here's four steps to start them off on the right foot.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:01:00 -0500

A new feature within Google Now offers users the ability to ‘Find alternate flights’ in the event of cancellation or delay.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

"Unplanned downtime'' is so costly and common, there is no excuse for not having a plan to quickly be back in business.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Before you reach out to a public-relations firm, make sure you answer these three questions.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

If your startup has started to stagnate after a couple of years, look no further for the cause than your leadership.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:44:00 -0500

Increase employees' productivity and protect your company's data with these tips for building a safe 'bring your own device' plan.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Try these five tips to break your streak of throwing money at problems in the hope that they improve or go away.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:06:00 -0500

For the first time, the accelerator program is actively recruiting startups outside the tech space.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Even though these staffers haven't started a company (yet), recognize their enterprising spirit.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

A serial entrepreneur shares his insights on creating an organization that rocks.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:29:00 -0500

The shipping giant's retail franchise was hit by a malware attack, potentially jeopardizing customer's identifying and financial information. Here's what you need to know.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

For better returns, should you invest in businesses engaged in social responsibility, or those on the opposite end of the spectrum?

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:43:00 -0500

iPhones might soon be able to determine when and where a car has been parked, and then guide absentminded drivers back to their vehicles.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Important life and business lessons gleaned from an early 20th century poet.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

This tip will de-clutter your brain and help you get down to business.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:45:00 -0500

His home is in Chicago, his office in New York. Offerpop’s marketing head, Kevin Bobowski, talks about how he makes the most of his time in -- and out -- of the office.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Startups are notorious for having long hours, a lot of bumps in the road and many projects occurring simultaneously. When times get tough and your team is down, here are seven ways to keep them motivated.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:15:00 -0500

Don’t let your product’s launch get in the way of building your business.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

The risks may be high, but the rewards can be splendid, both monetary and intangible.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:56:00 -0500

After becoming an Anago franchisee in Florida, Gloria Columna became the franchise's sole master franchisee in Puerto Rico, where she grew up.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

To err is human, entrepreneurs included.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:15:00 -0500

Don't let these common roadblocks slow down your startup's progress.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Staying competitive following Amazon's announcement of its first mobile card reader, Square unveils new features.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Jim Koch launched the Boston Beer Company from his kitchen table in 1984. Now, 30 years later, the leader of the craft brewing movement is doing more than $700 million in sales. Here’s what he learned about starting up.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

An entrepreneur's passion must be tempered by one question. Will anybody buy the product?

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

A few basic things that can take your newsroom from pretty good to great: mobile optimization, multimedia, speed, and a few other features.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

No one can be certain what social-media gambit will go viral but the mania for dumping icy water on each other offers helpful pointers.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Execute these low-cost strategies to get your business off the ground immediately.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0500

Affordable, streamlined and closing in on 1,000 locations – can Chris Rondeau turn Planet Fitness into a mega-chain of McGyms?

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Ready to share insights on a topic you're well versed in? You may fortify your company's reputation as well as your personal brand.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

If there is one thing that holds people back each day from achieving high levels of success, it is fear. Here are a few ways to get past this emotion.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

People working remotely can save an entrepreneur time. It's up to you to screen and manage them to suit your needs.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Don't let scary headlines keep you from pursuing opportunity overseas. Arm yourself with information and some basic precautions.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:03:00 -0500

Blake Mycoskie will keep a 50 percent stake in the social-good shoe startup he founded.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Big, splashy, entirely-original ideas are great but entrepreneurs do something important, and prosper, just making life easier for people.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:45:00 -0500

The law grants executors precisely the same access to digital information as they would possess for comparable physical documents.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Tracking your progress is important to self-improvement, but beware letting others be the referee.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:12:00 -0500

Users can now use videos shot outside of Vine to use on their account.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:12:00 -0500

The physical act of turning pages may help us recall plot events, a new study finds.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

If you're looking for new customers, look no further than the people already using your product.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Used improperly, the web can be a black hole -- one in which you dump tens of thousands of dollars without results.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:15:00 -0500

It's the bane of your work life. That crucial idea you have isn't being heard by a particular someone. Here are some tips on how to follow up.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

When a valued employee leaves, it upsets the team and feels like getting dumped. But turnover happens when you hire smart, talented people.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Banish awkward office buzzwords and use these instead.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0500

It's just like obscenity. You can recognize jerks but the definition is hard to put into words. It's even harder to keep them out of your business.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

While executives and marketers rely on a whole lot of applications, software services and platforms to seal the deal, they may be underutilizing this secret weapon.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:43:00 -0500

Up until now, your timeline was limited to tweets and retweets from people you follow. But that's all changing.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:43:00 -0500

Uber's recent hiring is a wakeup call to those idealistic enough to believe they don't need to fight City Hall.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Recruiting top performers for your company can multiply its success.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:18:00 -0500

The ridesharing company has released a feature that allows third-party companies like Trip Advisor, Starbucks and United Airlines to embed the Uber service into their own mobile applications.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

When entrepreneurs just need to bring on temporary employees for short-term projects, what is the best approach -- 1099 or W2?

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

"People don't get rich by tip-toeing in with $100 investments all over the place."

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:42:00 -0500

Lemonis Fischer's $6.5 million bid for the cupcake chain went unchallenged by the public, meaning the final sale of the company is less than a week away.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Collect as much information as you can on your target market so you can create a rich statement and experience.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With his startup SwiftKey, Jon Reynolds is breathing new life into the act of typing on a keyboard.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With his startup Kiip, Brian Wong is connecting consumers with brands by rewarding engagement.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With his startup Everlane, Michael Preysman is cutting out the middleman markups from high quality fashion.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With her startup Getaround, Jessica Scorpio is connecting individual car owners with renters.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:50:00 -0500

It's been a strange week in video game land, particularly on the front of the unfortunate war between gaming fans and the gaming press, which is reaching new levels of insanity. All this week, every forum thread I read is decrying the state of the gaming press. My Twitter feed, [...]

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:34:00 -0500

Production delays are alleged to have hit the iPhone 6 and place question marks over its release and availability.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:58:00 -0500

Susan Fiorella shares the story of her son’s battle against a neglected disease called hydrocephalus as Dr. Pearl examines the economic realities of medical research funding.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:35:00 -0500

  It's a "media intifada," notes Gary Weiss, an old colleague and one of the world's top business investigative reporters. He is referring of course to the ongoing war in Gaza, where journalists working for American news outlets have, he says, “become part of the Hamas war machine.” As more than a [...]

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:42:00 -0500

As readers of this column know, I tend to favor the political and policy positions put forth by President Barack Obama and his administration. That is not to say that, in the effort to provide an honest accounting of my opinions on the issues of the day, there have not been [...]

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:13:00 -0500

Depending on where you live, $100 can buy you $85 worth of goods or $115. And the most expensive state and metro area is not what you think!

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:59:00 -0500

The Green Bay Packers take the top spot on our list of The NFL's Best Fans.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

"Spending money was the theme, but it’s made me conscious that what I spend my time, energy and money on is interchangeable.... It’s a spiritual outcome, which I didn’t expect at all."

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

VideoThe Internet is alight with the Ice Bucket Challenge, a silly joke that's being shared on social media by billionaires. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg dumped a bucket of ice on his head. He was followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who, in a playful video, built a contraption to do [...]

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Whole Foods Market sells wonderful fresh food, but they also sell homeopathic remedies and nutritional supplements, promoting them with little more than hand-waving claims about "immune support." For real medicine, go somewhere else.

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Where Less Tax Burden Flow - Chaldean Businesses Go
By David Najor :: Monday, December 22, 2008 :: 18607 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance, Government & Society

California, USA – Chaldeans in California grow worrisome as the state’s debt skyrockets.  “They will tax the people to death in this state,” says Abrahim Bajoka, owner of an Arco Gas Station.  “Tax! Tax! Tax!  The more money they take from us the less we can grow, hire new people, or buy new products to sell.  This is basic business.  What is wrong with this state?”

Bajoka’s aggravation is not rare.  Taxpayer groups in the “Fruit & Nut” state are also fuming and vowing to go to court to initiate a referendum to halt nearly $10 billion in recent tax increases Democrats passed in a secret special session last Thursday. 

Lawmakers across the nation are shocked at the extraordinary parliamentary maneuver.   California Democrats circumvented a constitutional provision requiring a two-thirds vote in the state legislature to raise taxes by using their simple majority. “What they are telling small business owners is that we don’t want you in our state,” says Bajoka.  “The hard workers get taxed and the lazy get fed.  This is all wrong.”

So which are the best low-tax states welcoming new business leaders and encouraging economic growth?  Just follow the trail of Chaldeans….

Chaldeans are wisely picking the low tax states to expand their franchises or establish new businesses.  Lower taxes gives businesses more cash to spend exploring new business ideas, product lines, marketing, and research.  Kicking less money up to Uncle Sam also helps business owners better cope with changing estimations of expenses due to regulatory fuel and energy costs. 

Bajoka says that whatever taxes a business is required to pay will simply be passed to the customers by increasing the cost of products.  However, higher prices means less buying, which means less production and manufacturing or a slowing of the economy.  “Customers will buy less.  They can’t afford as much because government forces the prices to go up.  This is not the time to raise taxes.” 

Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge reported a study that shows Americans will spend more on taxes in 2008 than on food, clothing, and housing combined. The report went on to say that in 2008, Americans worked 74 days to pay their federal taxes and 39 days more to cover state and local levies.

Outside of leaving the country, the most one can do about Federal taxes is vote the right people into office.  But the state and local tax burden varies considerably by location. The most expensive state and local taxes are typically sales and excise taxes (14 days' pay), property taxes (12 days' pay), and income tax (10 days' pay).

U.S. News cranked recently sifted through more than 2,000 U.S. places to find locales that have relatively low taxes but also offer amenities important to small business owners like a reasonable cost of living and fine recreational and cultural choices. Many of the low-tax havens have no state sales tax, like Billings, Mont., or no state income tax, like Sioux Falls, S.D.

There's nothing like zero tax to make your business dollar go further. 

Chaldeans are well aware of one low-tax retirement gem, Stafford, Texas, a suburb of Houston.  The place has been booming with new businesses because of the suburb’s move to entirely eliminate its property tax in 1995. Texas is also one of seven states with no income tax. (The others are Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming.) Stafford also has the lowest sales tax in the Houston area.

Chaldeans are also moving to Florida and Las Vegas.  The business-friendly tax structure of the states has kept the states doing amazingly well in comparison to states like Michigan, Illinois, and California are drowning.  Both Florida and Nevada have slashed government budgets instead of taking the short-term easy way out and tax residents and businesses. 

There is one state the our native desert dwellers have yet to invade.  The most tax-friendly state for businesses is Alaska. The geographically largest state in the union is the only one without any kind of income or sales tax and pays residents to live in their state.

Alaska residents with at least one year in the state receive annual Alaska Permanent Fund dividends. The state’s governor was able to secure an incredibly high payout for Alaskan residents of $3,269 in 2008, but even more typical dividends have been nothing to scoff at, ranging from $827 to $1,964 over the past two decades.

Who knows maybe Chaldeans will venture out into polar bear country?  Michigan Chaldeans won’t have much of a problem dealing with the frigid winds, snowy roads, and icy car doors - not as long as they keep the tea warm.