The Pulse on the Economy and Capital Markets: May 16–20, 2022

At a glance Investors are growing more concerned about stagflation versus inflation when it comes to the financial markets and economy. Risk assets like US stocks and cryptocurrency saw steep declines last week, while government and investment-grade bonds and commodities moved higher. Not only is inflation affecting consumers, but it is also impacting major retailers…

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The DOL Delivers Final Ruling on Reinstated 80/20 Rule

At a glance The main takeaway: The Department of Labor reinstated the 80/20 Rule on “dual jobs” as well as introduced the 30-minute rule, which is set to impact business owners who employ tipped employees. Impact on your business: While tip-generating work is done for specific customers, employers will need to determine a method to track a…

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City of Atlanta Announced a CPA Statement is Required for Restaurants to Renew their Alcohol License

At a glance The main takeaway: The City of Atlanta has decided to move forward with the compliance of ordinance 10-106(c) which would require restaurants to provide a CPA statement to renew their alcohol license. Impact on your business: Many restaurants are still struggling post-pandemic and a sales audit can take considerable time and cost, especially for…

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The Pulse on the Economy and Capital Markets: Nov 1 – Nov 5, 2021

At a glance: Overall markets continued their impressive streak higher with smaller companies leading the way. The infrastructure bill is already benefitting smaller companies as US-focused small company stocks excelled last week. The strong jobs report highlights workers are coming back at about 20 percent higher than expected likely due to Covid-related support ending in…

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How to Attract and Retain Talented Employees with a Top Benefits Package

At a glance: Competition is hot: The labor market is more competitive than ever, as more employees leave their current positions to seek higher-paying, growth-focused opportunities. Stand out in the market: Employers can separate themselves from the crowd and attract the best employees by leveling up their employee benefits packages and perks. Get an expert’s perspective: Partner with…

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Tax Update: New Guidance on New York’s Pass-Through Entity Tax Credit

At a glance The main takeaway: New York State just recently provided some additional guidance on its pass-through entity tax credit, including eligibility, election periods and estimated payments, among other areas. Impact on your business: It’s important to understand the key nuances of how the credit works, especially if you are an eligible partnership or S corporation.…

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4 Financing Options to Expand Your Business Post-COVID

At a glance: Opportunities abound: There are plenty of financing opportunities on the buy-side for aspiring business owners hoping to expand or purchase a new venture. Find the right fit: The appropriate financing avenue depends on your professional relationships, financial standing and record, and industry, among other competing factors. Move forward with confidence: In order…

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2020 Outlook: Medical is Still a Solid Bet for Retail Owners and Investors

In 2020, market savvy healthcare providers will continue their migration away from traditional medical campuses to retail centers and malls. The continuation of this trend is good news for commercial real estate owners and investors struggling with the brick and mortar retail bust. Benefits for Retail Owners Increased foot traffic: The number of year-round healthcare-related…

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3 Ways to Use Retail to Diversify Your Restaurant Business

The public is spending more money at restaurants than ever — but it’s not always on dining. A milestone was reached in 2015 when the U.S. Census Bureau reported that restaurant industry sales (15 percent of all retail purchases) topped grocer sales (14 percent) for the first time ever. The USDA also reported an unprecedented shift…

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Experienced Restaurant Owners Have Options for Growth Capital

Experience is a tough teacher, as any business owner will tell you. But experience also brings with it new opportunities, including access to a wider world of financial options for restaurateurs looking to expand. As we discussed in a recent blog on start-up funding for new restaurant owners, opening up a business for the first…

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