How much?

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5 things you should know about your commercial property’s tax assessment Scott Carlson’s restaurant on Eighth Street in West Des Moines has done well in the first two years since it’s been open. It was one of the first new businesses to open and stay … Continued

How much?

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5 things to know about your commercial property’s tax assessment When James and Debbie Stephens opened their tax notice, they found that the assessment of the value of their Johnston auto repair business and automotive dealership had increased by $36,000 — from $426,000 in 2015 to … Continued

Who can benefit from Continuing Education?

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Learn how ongoing training can improve you and your employees. Amy Seidelman takes a few minutes to scan through almost every email she receives to see if there’s an opportunity for her team to receive free training, awebinar or other professional development opportunity. … Continued

Creating an operating plan

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4 answers to questions about this vital business document for your small business Nan Earll records her baked goods and candy store’s income and expenses two to three times a week. While she doesn’t have a strict budget, Earll knows which products do well, … Continued

Creating an operating plan

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4 answers to questions about this vital business document for your small business Most experts agree that a budget, specifically an operating budget, is a critical component to being in business. “If you’re a new business getting ready to start, you want to have a budget … Continued

Help Wanted

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Learn how to utilize apprenticeships, internships, on-the-job training and more Iowa’s 2.8 percent unemployment rate is the lowest in more than a decade. That’s good news for many but bad for businesses that struggle to find and retain workers with fewer people in need … Continued

Help Wanted

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Learn how to utilize apprenticeships, internships, on-the-job training and more Iowa’s 2.8 percent unemployment rate is the lowest in more than a decade. That’s good news for many but bad for businesses that struggle to find and retain workers with fewer people in need of employment. The … Continued

Data collection

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Small-business owners should proceed with caution when collecting and storing information about customers When customers rent inflatable units from Arthur McCarthy’s business, they automatically receive a promotion for a rental for the following year. It’s one way McCarthy uses his customers’ personal data to keep in touch … Continued

Data collection

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Small-business owners should proceed with caution when collecting and storing information about customers The owners of Heartland Soles, a relatively new shoe store in Johnston, have discovered the value of collecting their customers’ basic information and purchase history. “It’s really helpful for when customers come … Continued

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