Getting wise to the rise of “smart” buildings

If your business is considering upgrading its facility, or moving to or constructing a new one, be prepared to encounter “smart” buildings. A smart building is one equipped with sensors that gather and track information about energy usage. With this data, the building’s energy consumption can be more accurately tracked and regulated to lower costs.…

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Do your long-term customers know everything about you?

Most business owners would agree that selling to existing customers is easier than finding new ones. Yet many companies squander potential sales to long-term customers because they don’t create awareness of all their products or services. Learn everything you can about your best customers’ missions, plans and operations. Also, instruct your sales staff to regularly…

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6 last-minute tax moves for your business

Tax planning is a year-round activity, but there are still some year-end strategies you can use to lower your 2018 tax bill. Here are six last-minute tax moves business owners should consider: 1) Postpone invoices. 2) Prepay expenses. 3) Buy equipment. 4) Use credit cards. 5) Contribute to retirement plans. 6) Qualify for the new…

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Family businesses need succession plans, too

Those who run family-owned businesses often underestimate the need for a succession plan. But you can’t assume an ownership transition will go smoothly just because everyone involved is family. Some family members may want to continue with the business; others may want to sell it. A thorough succession plan will answer questions about future ownership…

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Tax reform expands availability of cash accounting

The cash method of accounting offers greater tax-planning flexibility, allowing some businesses to defer taxable income. Under the TCJA, if your business’s average gross receipts for the previous three tax years are $25 million or less, you generally will now be eligible for the cash method for federal tax purposes, regardless of how your business…

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3 ways to get more from your marketing dollars

In a strong economy, some companies cut back on marketing while others overspend on it. A better approach is to get more from your investment so you can cut back or ramp up as prudent. Start with digital marketing: Use search engine optimization, social media and Internet-only deals to improve customer focus. And don’t assume…

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Taking the hybrid approach to cloud computing

Many businesses struggle to decide whether to use a public cloud computing solution or invest in a private cloud. Why not both? Under the hybrid approach, a company sets up an infrastructure that uses a public cloud for accessing apps and storing less sensitive data while relying on one or more private clouds to store…

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Reduce insurance costs by encouraging employee wellness

The safer your workplace, the less likely you’ll incur high workers’ compensation premiums. But think about the impact of employee wellness on other insurance costs, too. From a physical well-being standpoint, a formal wellness program can encourage healthier life choices and thereby reduce health coverage costs. In terms of mental health, providing the right training…

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