ADP: Overtime Rules: Where Are They Now?

In May 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a Final Rule that would have increased the minimum salary required to be exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). However, just before the rule was to take effect, a federal judge temporarily blocked the DOL from implementing the rule. Here is an…read more

Never Ask These 10 Questions

 By HR Solutions Blog Team  Hiring Sometimes employers’ seemingly harmless questions can be problematic. They may violate certain laws or get in the way of a productive and engaged workforce. Here are 10 questions to avoid in the workplace: #1: “Money is tight. Do you mind working off the clock for a little while? We’ll make it…read more

Is There A Reason Your Small Business Ads Are Not Working?

Is your business growing slower than you think it should? Do you suspect its slow pace might have something to do with ineffective marketing? Most entrepreneurs feel their business should be growing faster, but few know how to isolate the problem. Today we’re going to fix that. The elements that affect the growth of your…read more

Top 12 #Entrepreneur #Advertising Mistakes to Avoid

Spending all your money on advertising but getting no results? Find out whether you’re guilty of committing one of these huge blunders. Q: I’ve spent a ton of money advertising in lots of different media, but it doesn’t seem like I have much to show for it. Can you tell me plainly and simply how…read more

5 Rules for #Entrepreneurs & Small #Business Startups and

Entrepreneurship is the art of finding profitable solutions to problems. Every successful entrepreneur, every successful businessperson has been someone who’s been able to identify a problem and come up with a solution to it before somebody else did. If you want to start a business, read these five tactics for finding entrepreneurial success: Find a…read more

An Entrepreneurs Love Hate Relationship With Groupon

As entrepreneurs we utilize the tools in front of us to get exposure for our business. Forbes previously reported that Groupon may be the fastest growing company ever.  This is a company that has “tipped” and you can expect to read a lot more about it in the mainstream media as we get closer to the…read more

Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Award For Safety Excellence

I got an email this morning inviting me to apply for the Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Award For Safety Excellence. Normally I don’t go out of my way to seek awards because I typically view them as some form of self-aggrandizing validation.   This one is a little bit different to me. I am in a high risk…read more

Costa Oil – 10 Minute Oil Change

When I took over Quick Change in Harrisburg I was simply happy to be self-employed, it wasn’t until later I had aspirations to create a brand. After I opened my 5th store, it became obvious that the smart move would be to rename the stores under one uniformed name. This helps for a myriad of…read more

ADP: 10 FAQs on Minimum Wage, Overtime, & More

10 FAQs on Minimum Wage, Overtime, & More Posted by HR Solutions Blog Team on February 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM During our recent webcast, Compliance Resolutions for a Better 2017, we received a number of questions on overtime, exempt vs. non-exempt status, and pay equity. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions…read more

How-To: Raise Money – Asking Your Friends For Money To Start A Business

Looking to raise capital for your new business? Start by approaching the people who know you best. If your face appeared on the 10 o’clock news, how many people would say, “I know that person”? The list is probably longer than you think–and more than you’d imagine could be prospective investors in your business. Making…read more

How-To — Buy an Existing Business: Asset-Based Loans

Use your assets — like accounts receivable and inventory — -to help you land funding. What It Is: Asset-based loans are usually from commercial finance companies (as opposed to banks) that are offered on a revolving basis and collateralized by a company’s assets, specifically accounts receivable and inventory. Appropriate for: Companies that may be rapidly growing, highly leveraged, in…read more

How-To – Buy an Existing Business: Asset-Based Loans

Use your assets–like accounts receivable and inventory—to help you land funding. What It Is: Asset-based loans are usually from commercial finance companies (as opposed to banks) that are offered on a revolving basis and collateralized by a company’s assets, specifically accounts receivable and inventory. Appropriate for: Companies that may be rapidly growing, highly leveraged, in…read more

8 HR Compliance Trends to Watch in 2017 (By ADP)

ADP is a vendor of mine and I get good stuff from them all the time. This is part of the reason why it is on the higher end for payroll services. Here for your enjoyment is a nice 2017 list of things to look for in HR for owners and operators. 8 HR Compliance…read more

How-To Buy A Business: Equipment Leasing

What It Is: Equipment leasing is basically a loan in which the lender buys and owns equipment and then “rents” it to a business at a flat monthly rate for a specified number of months. At the end of the lease, the business may purchase the equipment for its fair market value (or a fixed…read more

How-To Buy an Existing Business: Microloans

When you need only a little cash to grow, it’s time to check into microloans. Definition or Explanation: The Microloan Program was developed by the SBA in 1992 to increase the availability of very small loans to small-business borrowers. It achieved permanent status in 1997. The program uses nonprofit intermediaries to make loans to new…read more

How-To Start A Business: Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

So you’re not “bankable” according to traditional rules–your community may still have resources to help fund your business. What It Is: CDFIs primarily provide loan financing to businesses in areas that need economic development. CDFIs make loans that are generally “unbankable” by traditional industry standards. Appropriate for: Startup to established companies that can demonstrate the…read more

How-To: Startup Financing

What It Is: Startup financing is the initial infusion of money that advances an idea or an intention into something tangible. Appropriate for: Any business Supply: Even though it’s everywhere, it’s sometimes difficult to find. Best Use: Commencing initial operation to the point where outside investors can see and feel the venture, as well as…read more

Should I Start a Coupon Biz? Q&A

Q: I am interested in producing targeted coupon books for my community. Do you have any further research on this topic? A: The web is affecting the local coupon business in several ways. First, it can help you distribute your coupon books. Someone entering a city name and the word “coupon” into a search engine…read more

3 Pointers for Choosing a Business to Start

Q: I love kids and would like to start a service-oriented business. My head hurts from trying to decide what to do…children’s day care, after-school care, exercise gym, summer camp. Could you give me some advice? Mel Miami A: You’ve made a great start by identifying the types of businesses you’d like to own. Here…read more

Should I Start a Coupon Biz? Q&A

Q: I am interested in producing targeted coupon books for my community. Do you have any further research on this topic? A: The web is affecting the local coupon business in several ways. First, it can help you distribute your coupon books. Someone entering a city name and the word “coupon” into a search engine…read more