Shop Talk Blog
Posted on September 19, 2014
Over the next few months, small-business owners should be paying attention to topics such as health care, Internet security and new technology. Here’s a breakdown of five important issues:
1. Health care: Small business owners who bought employee health insurance policies before the end of 2013, sidestepping the law’s requirements for a year, could pay between 10 percent and 20 percent more when it’s time to renew, says Michael Stahl, chief marketing officer of HealthMarkets Inc., a broker based in North Richland Hills, Texas. They'll also have to decide on plans. Policies issued under the law have significant changes including the requirement that pre-existing conditions be covered. Some owners may decide it’s better if workers purchase their own government-subsidized coverage on health insurance exchanges.
Companies whose coverage took effect Jan. 1, 2014 and complied with the law could see increases between 5 percent and 10 percent for 2015, Stahl says. Not all small-business owners will have to make these decisions this year. Employers with 50 to 99 workers have until 2016. Companies with fewer than 50 workers are exempt.
Posted by Colin Campbell on September 18, 2014
City leaders are mulling regulations on storefront windows that allow more signs than an earlier proposal, but some business owners and council members still think they go too far.
Posted on September 16, 2014
Ian Bremmer, an expert on global politics and risk management and president of Eurasia Group, will present the keynote address at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce 126th Annual Meeting tonight.
Posted on August 13, 2014
Women small-business owners are invited to a free event Tuesday intended to help them navigate and tap into federal contracting opportunities.
Posted by Kara Bettis on August 5, 2014
Together with BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, ShopTalk hosted a panel of four small business CEOs.
Posted by Virginia Bridges on July 25, 2014
Philip Morrow, inventor of a silk necktie company Hocoo, was the second company in line to try out for ABC reality television show “Shark Tank” in Greenvile on Thursday.
Posted by Virginia Bridges on July 16, 2014
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