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‘I couldn’t tell my parents I had started a business’

  Shoko Takahashi is a rare example of a female boss in the Japanese bio-tech sector. The founder and owner of Gene Quest, she says her parents would not have approved of her starting her own business, so she didn’t tell them for six months. As part of the BBC’s Jumpstarting Japan series – meeting the Asian giant’s young entrepreneurs Read More


20 Small Business Ideas in the Growing Cannabis Industry

The cannabis industry is growing fast. And that means there are plenty of potential business opportunitiesavailable for entrepreneurs who are interested in this expanding niche. Serge Chistov, Chief Financial Advisor for the Honest Marijuana Company and president and founder of Serge Import LLC spoke to Small Business Trends in a phone interview about all the possibilities. Chistov explained, “It’s a lot like any other Read More


Do You Need a License for a Home Business? Maybe

Recently I applied for and obtained a home business license. Didn’t know you needed a license to run a business out of your home?  Neither did I, until recently. My journey of discovery started when I relocated my small business from Ohio to Florida. I decided to seek certification from the state of Florida as a woman-owned business. While completing Read More


Federal Vs. State Regulation: Are Small Businesses Getting Caught in the Crossfire?

The small business landscape is changing with the wave of deregulation proposed and implemented by the administration of President Donald Trump. To understand how all this is affecting small businesses, it’s important to recognize the regulatory balancing act between the federal government and the states, says ComplyRight, a firm specializing in helping small businesses navigate a variety of compliance issues. Generally, Read More


Federal Vs. State Regulation: Are Small Businesses Getting Caught in the Crossfire?

The small business landscape is changing with the wave of deregulation proposed and implemented by the administration of President Donald Trump. To understand how all this is affecting small businesses, it’s important to recognize the regulatory balancing act between the federal government and the states, says ComplyRight, a firm specializing in helping small businesses navigate a variety of compliance issues. Generally, Read More


5 Tax Deduction Secrets You Should Know Before Your Next Business Trip

Most small business owners travel out of town on business. Some do this frequently; others only occasionally. Either way, the cost can mount up. Certify reported that the average annual cost of a business trip in the U.S. is $949 for plane tickets, hotel fees, and other expenses. Being able to deduct travel costscan provide significant financial relief for a small business. However, Read More


Railways must exit catering business and focus on managing train services

India’s 163-year-old State-owned transporter has clearly been unable to fix its catering business as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pointed out in a report tabled in Parliament(AFP) A TV flash about a nail or a lizard found in a meal served to a train passenger is usually followed by a predictable official drill: Portentous announcements on termination of Read More


Mall Gone: Teavana Tea Stores Are Going Out Of Business

Starbucks announced Thursday that it will close all of its 379 Teavana stores, and most will be gone by spring 2018, making the tea shop the latest victim of the collapse of mall-based retailing. There were clear signs of trouble. In April, Starbucks Chief Financial Officer Scott Maw told investors, “Over the last several years, many mall-based retailers have been Read More


Accor boosts Onefinestay home-sharing business

Accor, the French hotels group, is bolstering its presence in the home-sharing market by bolting new acquisitions on to its Onefinestay brand to tackle the threat posed by Airbnb and other online booking services. Accor, Europe’s largest hotelier by room numbers, acquired Onefinestay, the UK-based luxury home rentals site, in a deal worth up to €148m last year. On Wednesday, Accor plans to Read More


How AI Is Already Changing Business

Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT Sloan School professor, explains how rapid advances in machine learning are presenting new opportunities for businesses. He breaks down how the technology works and what it can and can’t do (yet). He also discusses the potential impact of AI on the economy, how workforces will interact with it in the future, and suggests managers start experimenting now. Brynjolfsson Read More