• STARTUPS
    A little-known startup that has quietly amassed 100,000 Wall Street users just scored a big investment

    REUTERS/Toby Melville OpenFin, a startup that helps electronic trading firms build their desktop applications, has raised $15 million in funding Backers include JPMorgan, high-speed trading firm DRW, and VC firm Euclid Opportunities The firm wants to become what iOS and Android is to the mobile application world You might have heard of high-speed market maker […]

  • SUCCESS
    Small Business Wellness Programs and Return On Investment (ROI)

    It’s relatively agreed upon that reducing health costs is the top reason for small business wellness programs. I recently wrote about implementing wellness programs as a way to reduce overall company health care costs. However, the costs that come with it are often a barrier for organizations – especially for smaller businesses. According to the […]

  • STARTUPS
    Steve Cox of Oracle: Cloud’s Lure is Return on Investment

    Small Business Trends: Can you tell us a little about your role at Oracle and your personal background? Steve Cox: Sure, I have been with Oracle Accelerate Global Programs for Oracle, focusing on two programs for applications with midsize customers, Oracle Accelerate and Oracle Business Accelerators. I joined Oracle in 1997 as a consultant and […]

  • SUCCESS
    American Express Offers Incentives for Tech Investment

    Investment in your business, particularly in new technology, can be critical for growth. Recent data indicates capital expenditures — buying needed business assets that will see more than a year of use — have dropped 35 percent since 2007. Fortunately, there are still opportunities to make those investments in new technology that can add to […]

  • STARTUPS
    Etsy IPO Crafted to Seek $100 Million in Investment

    Etsy is planning to go public. The online marketplace site announced that it had filed IPO paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to begin the process of opening its stock to the public. In the filing, Etsy says it hopes to raise $100 million in the sale of its stock with the IPO. Etsy […]

  • STARTUPS
    Get Ready for Lower Capital Investment Expensing

    The amount the U.S. tax law allows businesses to deduct in a year for investments in new property, equipment and computer software is falling. From 2010 to 2013, businesses could deduct up to $500,000 in investments in a single year instead of depreciating that investment over time. But this year, due to changes in the […]

  • ENTREPRENEURS
    Demanding a Return on Investment From Business Travel

    How do you choose when to travel, and when not to, for your business? Let’s take, for example, attending a conference.  Let’s say you see a conference you would like to attend.  Better yet, let’s say an employee comes to you requesting approval to attend the conference. Now the conference may be worthwhile simply as […]

  • NEWS
    39% of Small Businesses Get a Return On Investment From Social Media

    Thirty-nine percent (39%) of small business owners are seeing a return on investment from social media.  That is according to a recent survey by Manta, released just last week. Manta, an online small business community, surveyed more than 1,200 of its members to generate its quarterly Small Business Wellness Index, where these findings are from. […]