BUSINESS BRIEFS | Federal SBA plans webinars
The Small Business Administration will present webinars Wednesday and Jan. 22 to help small businesses navigate the 8(a) business development program. The hourlong webinars will begin at 2 p.m.
Beanie Baby billionaire seeks to avoid jail for tax evasion
H. Ty Warner, the billionaire creator of Beanie Baby plush toys, asked a U.S. judge to give him probation, not prison, for evading taxes on secret Swiss accounts that held as much as $107 million.
In technology, 2013 was a more amazing year than you think
If you go by the headlines, the iPhone 5S and Google Glass were the big technology stories of 2013, and Twitter's IPO was the event of the year. But look again, at the stories we missed. So much happened, in fact, that I believe we have set the stage for the transformation of entire industries.
States should rethink big tax breaks to companies, economists say
As good jobs have become harder to find, states have approved bigger economic handouts to attract or keep individual companies. New economic research suggests that's often not a good idea.
THOMAS YOUNG | Gas fuels debate on ‘minerals’
Got gas? Not the kind that Tums gets rid of, but the kind that sits under your real estate and makes you rich?
Well, first we have to decide whether that kind of gas is a mineral or not.
BUSINESS BRIEFS | Vale Wood official earns national award
Carissa Westrick, director of business development at Vale Wood Farms in Loretto, received national recognition with the “40 Under 40 in Agriculture Award” given by Vance Publishing Corp.
Portage eatery finds new owner
A popular Portage eatery, which has been closed since January, has found new ownership – and new life.
Ruby Tuesday agrees to $575K settlement in case involving Altoona, Indiana locations
The restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. is paying $575,000 to settle a federal age discrimination lawsuit over five locations in Pennsylvania and one in Ohio.
Reservations about taxes: Why a 2009 law hasn’t stopped illicit cigarette deliveries
When Congress passed a law in 2009 effectively banning mail-order deliveries of cigarettes, it was expected to snuff out entrepreneurs on New York’s Indian reservations who were selling millions of cartons, tax-free, to consumers in high-tax states.
But the law, called the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act, didn’t stop everybody.
NICK MASSEY | How to work out the 'math' of retirement
If you are one of the 78 million baby boomers rolling into retirement in the next 20 years, you might want to sit down and do a little math. Retirement is a lot more complicated than it used to be.
So, before you quit your job and venture into the next stage of your life, stop for a minute to consider a set of numbers that could make the difference between retiring comfortably and well, not so much.
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