2023 Advanced Textiles State of the Industry Report

June 1st, 2023

At the start of each year, Specialty Fabrics Review surveys its readers to learn about current trends and business challenges and opportunities, to take a snapshot of our industry. As anticipated, inflation, the supply chain and hiring remain the top concerns, but revenues are up and growth plans are in the works for most respondents. […]

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For small businesses, the pandemic triggers a season of uncontrolled experiments

August 1st, 2020

If you read any business news, you can’t avoid the headlines ruminating on the long-term effects of the pandemic on industry and the workplace: “How has coronavirus changed consumer spending?” “Will the COVID-19 pandemic accelerate automation?” “Can we just work from home forever?”  There are a lot of opinions out there—but not a lot of […]

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Business owners expect growth

February 9th, 2018

SCORE, the Washington, D.C.-based mentoring organization that assists America’s small businesses, has released new survey data that shows entrepreneurs remain optimistic about business growth in 2018. However, small business owners also expressed a few areas of concern around policies that favor large businesses, difficulties in finding qualified workers and struggles to provide desirable salaries and […]

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Small Business: 10 Big Mistakes to Avoid in a Crisis

December 1st, 2016

Small business owners put themselves in financial risk by not being prepared for the inevitable crisis. Failing to properly insure a company from revenue losses that follow operational downtime is a huge mistake, and could force a business to shut down permanently. Learn how to protect your assets and develop a resilient organization on Tuesday, […]

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ASTM International launches year of the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

February 5th, 2016

ASTM International, a standards development organization, launched the “Year of the SME: Small Business in Action” at its first major meeting of 2016. Throughout the year, ASTM will emphasize how input from small- and medium-sized enterprises is crucial to creating high-quality technical standards. ASTM will highlight advantages SMEs gain by being members, including ASTM’s consensus-driven […]

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National Small Business Week Awards seek nominations

January 6th, 2016

Nominations for the 2016 National Small Business Week Awards are being accepted online until 3:00 p.m. ET on Jan. 11. Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week, May 1-7, 2016. National Small Business Week recognizes entrepreneurs and small business owners for their outstanding achievements through various awards. National Small Business Week award categories […]

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SBA hosting webinar on EMV chip card technology

September 23rd, 2015

Migrating away from outdated credit and debit cards that use magnetic stripes, U.S. credit card companies have set Oct. 1 as the date for the national adoption of cards embedded with microchips. This technology, known as EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa), is a safer form of payment for buyers and sellers, as the cards are nearly […]

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SCORE releases infographic on recruiting, hiring trends

April 17th, 2015

New statistics on how small businesses find new employees and keep them happy. Small business mentoring organization SCORE has released an infographic displaying new statistics that report on how small businesses are finding new employees and keeping them happy. According to the data, 42 percent of small business owners cite hiring new employees as a […]

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SHOP introduced to U.S. House of Representatives

August 1st, 2008

According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), of the estimated 47 million Americans without health insurance, more than 28 million are small business owners, their employees and dependents. The Small Business Healthcare Options Program (SHOP Act, H.R. 6210) has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) and Phil […]

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Small Business Health Options Program to help businesses

June 1st, 2008

The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), introduced by senators Durbin, Snowe, Lincoln and Coleman, is designed to help small businesses that now employ about 13.5 million workers who are uninsured. Key elements of the legislation: It would provide small businesses with tax credits to help them afford premium costs; help control costs by offering […]

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