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How to Keep Your Small Business Safe and Healthy

Posted by James W. Creenan | Feb 06, 2024 | 0 Comments

As a small business owner, you care about the well-being of your workers and the success of your business1. But did you know that having a safety and health program can help you achieve both goals? A safety and health program is a set of policies and practices that proactively prevent workplace ...

2024 Brings New Corporate Reporting Requirements

Posted by James W. Creenan | Dec 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

We wish to inform you of two significant changes impacting the obligation of companies like yours to file annual reports with government agencies. Congress adopted the Corporate Transparency Act mandating the reporting of beneficial ownership information ("BOI") by most companies.  Basically, CT...

USDOL Publishes Updated EEO Poster

Posted by James W. Creenan | Nov 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

The United States Department of Labor recently updated its poster.  Here is what you need to know, courtesy of the USDOL website: Every employer covered by the nondiscrimination and EEO laws is required to post on its premises the poster, "Know Your Rights." The notice must be posted prom...

PA Revises Tip Rules for Service Industry

Posted by James W. Creenan | Aug 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

The PA Department of Labor & Industry revised its regulations applicable to the service industry work force.  Here are the five key points: An update to the definition of "tipped employee," adjusted for inflation since 1977, that increases the amount in tips an employee must receive monthly f...

How to Start Your Business Year Strong

Posted by James W. Creenan | Jan 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

It has been a tough couple of years for many small businesses, but, as the adage goes, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Small businesses that survived the challenges of 2020 and 2021—the worst pandemic in US history, a nationwide labor shortage, supply chain volatility, and rising infla...

Getting the Most from Your Hobby

Posted by James W. Creenan | Jan 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

There are some activities we engage in outside of work strictly for personal reasons, with no thought of ever profiting from them. You might, for example, enjoy photography, hiking on the weekends, or collecting classic records. There is no monetary gain—and no expectation of making a profit—fro...

Impact of Tax Reform on Small Businesses

Posted by James W. Creenan | Sep 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Now that it's tax season, you may be concerned how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted in December 2017, will impact your small business. The reforms represent the most sweeping tax overhaul in 30 years and could have a positive impact on your business's bottom line—but they may have left you feel...

Record Keeping for Your Business: What's Required?

Posted by James W. Creenan | Aug 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Whether you are just starting up a new company or have a business that has been in operation for a while, good record keeping is an essential part of running your business. You are responsible for establishing an effective system to store and maintain your business records whether your small busi...

Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Business

Posted by James W. Creenan | Aug 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

Cybersecurity is a growing concern for businesses, and small businesses are not immune from the threats posed by cybercriminals. Don't be complacent because your business is small: Almost half of all cyberattacks in the U.S. are directed at small businesses. In recognition of this serious problem...

SBA Announces PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal

Posted by James W. Creenan | Jul 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

The US Small Business Administration just announce the new PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal.  The link is here:  https://directforgiveness.sba.gov.   Applications can be submitted starting August 4, 2021. The SBA also announced its Interim Final Rule on PPP forgiveness: PPP Interim Final Rule - COVID ...

4 Steps to Ensure the Enforceability of E-Signatures

Posted by James W. Creenan | Jul 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

More and more, transactions between small businesses and their customers, vendors, and service providers occur online rather than on paper. Yet some feel uneasy about the enforceability of these electronically-signed documents. Is an electronic signature as valid as a conventional handwritten sig...

Business License and Permit Requirements

Posted by James W. Creenan | Jul 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you are starting a new business, it is important not to overlook federal, state, and local business license and permit requirements. Almost every business, even one that is home-based, is required to obtain some form of license or permit in order to operate legally. Failure to do so can lead t...

Dealing with Negative Online Reviews of Your Business

Posted by James W. Creenan | Jul 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

You've worked hard to build your small business. Nothing is more frustrating than negative online reviews, particularly if you feel they are unjustified or have been posted in bad faith. There are several steps that you can take to prevent your business's reputation from being damaged by unfavora...

What You Need to Know about Family and Medical Leave

Posted by James W. Creenan | Jun 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Federal law has required certain businesses to offer family and medical leave for decades. An increasing number of states have also enacted or considered passing laws requiring businesses to offer family and medical leave. For small businesses, these laws have distinct pros and cons. This article...

What is the Difference Between an LLC and an LLP?

Posted by James W. Creenan | Jun 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you are starting a new business, the type of business entity you decide to establish will have an impact on the extent of personal liability, how the business is taxed, its management, the level of formality required, and many other factors. There are a wide variety of options, which can make ...

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