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Exit Planning 101: What Do You Do When It’s Time to Go?

How do small business owners successfully get out of their business when the time comes?

There are nine possible ways to leave a business, and several alternative deal structures that can help the process be successful – even in difficult markets or industries. I won't go into each in detail.

Building Your Team for Success: Independent Contractor or Payroll Employee?

Hiring Payroll Employees is a BIG responsibility, requiring extra paperwork, costs, and complying with labor laws. They should be seen as a valuable asset to your company and, in return, you should be able to take care of them well.

You pay a “Company Share” (or ½) of their Social Security and Medicare taxes, which is 7.65% of their gross pay. You also pay Unemployment Insurance, which is at an experience rating – anywhere between 0% and 7% of their gross pay. You withhold the employee’s share and pay it when due. You also pay Worker’s Comp Insurance and maybe other benefits.

Farmers and Rural Business Leaders Drive Iowa’s Surge in Solar Energy

Farmers and rural business owners are among the leaders of Iowa’s recent growth in solar photovoltaics (PV). Washington County boasts the most solar installations in the state. Area legislators and Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, recently toured farm applications of solar PV in the county. The tour was the fourth in a series sponsored by the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association, Iowa Environmental Council, and Environmental Law & Policy Center.

Use of Food Stamps Rises in Burt County

The use of food stamps in Burt County (home to the Center's main Nebraska office) increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending, and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program.

The proportion of Burt County residents receiving food stamps hit 10% in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services. That’s an increase of 4 percentage points since 2007, the year the recession started.

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