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Small Businesses Increase Head Count

Small businesses across the United States added 102,000 jobs in October, up nearly 10 percent from September. This increase is the second six-figure number in the past year and marks the second-straight month of growth since the summer slump. Small …

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Canadians Spend More on Home Improvement

Canadians are spending less on entertainment and dining and dedicating more discretionary income to travel and home improvement. According to a report from Moneris, a provider of payment processing solutions, “Purchases at home improvement stores rose by 8.49 percent over …

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Make Payroll a Priority as the Year Ends

While 2014 is coming to an end, tax season is quickly approaching. Independent retailers must make sure their stores’ financials are in check and begin preparing year-end reports. There are many cost-cutting advantages for small business, so review the following article that provides …

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True Value Announces Third Quarter Results

On Monday, Nov. 3, True Value Company reported gross billings of $466.4 million for the quarter ending Sept. 27, 2014, up 2.4 percent or $10.8 million, from $455.6 million for the same period a year ago. Revenue was $350.6 million, …

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PRO Group, Bostwick-Braun Award New Scholarship

One employee at a PRO Hardware store will soon be learning more about retail management and leadership development thanks to some help from the Denver-based PRO Group, Inc. and Toledo, Ohio-based Bostwick-Braun. Anthony Wilkerson, assistant manager at Burkhardt PRO Hardware …

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First-Time Buyers Face Obstacles

The amount of first-time homebuyers in the market is rather small compared to previous years. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), “the share of first-time buyers fell to its lowest point in nearly three decades and is preventing …

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More Gifts to Give, More Money to Spend

Consumers are increasing their gift-gifting this year, according to Deloitte’s 29th annual holiday shopping survey. This optimistic outlook has been shared with other analysts, but Deloitte details all aspects in its 32-page report. Below is a brief overview of the findings …

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