Handling payroll can be a hassle, but several products and applications can make the process easier for small firms, writes Cynthia Boris. Paychex and ADP both offer mobile app versions of their payroll solutions. Other options include Zenefits, which can cut down on paperwork for businesses with high turnover, and Snap Payroll, which helps businesses that write payroll checks by hand.
Mike Roylos, owner of a restaurant in downtown Portland, Maine, is offering 5 cents this week for each cigarette butt removed from the city's streets. Roylos and a city councilor who is supporting the campaign say they hope the initiative will catch on and others in the area will donate to cigarette cleanup. Business owners in Portland are responsible for removing cigarette butts in front of their shops.
Black and Hispanic entrepreneurs tend to rely more heavily on their own money when launching their businesses than whites do, according to a new Kauffman Foundation research paper commissioned by the Small Business Administration. Black and Hispanic business owners are less likely to seek loans and are less likely to get funding if they do apply, the research shows.
Cause marketing is taking off, according to the 2012 Edelman "goodpurpose" study, with almost half of all shoppers saying they've bought products from brands that support good causes. More than half of those surveyed said they wanted to see companies doing more to spur green innovation and to address big societal issues. "If you're even thinking about hitching your company's wagon to a cause, you should take the time to review all sections of the report," writes Cynthia Boris.