Small Business is our Business

Archive for December, 2012


Starbucks and McDonald’s top the list when the company is paying.  An analysis of  6 million business travel transactions in 2012 by Certify, a travel expense and management company, found the average Starbucks bill was $7.54 and McDonald’s was $6.73.


Long Island Nonprofits Feeling the Pinch

The Ninth Annual Long Island Nonprofit Survey conducted earlier this year by Cerini & Associates reveals a very challenging environment for nonprofits.  Some of the key  findings include:

*5% are in the process of merging with another organization

*19% are considering a merger

*4%  are considering ceasing operations

*8% of nonprofits are eliminating some programs for 2013

*With contributions decreasing, nonprofits are  increasingly charging fees for services(32%)—-up from 11% a year earlier

*34%  reported a decrease in the number of  volunteers

The survey also covers nonprofit demographics, their use of social media , salaries,  and compliance information  with the New York’s Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act of 2010.

This survey can be found in the Business Reference collection in the library,

Fewer Veterans Starting Businesses

In 2011 veterans made up 6% of all new entrepreneurs compared to 12% in 2000, according to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity by Veteran Status: 1996-2011.  Why the decline?   Forty-eight percent (48% ) of veterans leaving military service between 2004 and 2006 participated in the Montgomery GI Bill funding college/trade school education.     Although the SBA provides bank loan guarantees to veteran-owned businesses, that only goes so far. Traditional sources of funding continue to be extremely tight.  In 2013 the U.S. military will begin a program,  Boots to Business, an entrepreneurial program for outgoing service personnel.


The percent of cell phone owners who have downloaded apps is rising quickly. The Pew Research Center since 2009 has been monitoring this in their Internet & American Life Project.

September 2009     22%

May 2010                  29%

August 2011             38%

April  2012               43%


65% of Americans Choose a Better Boss Over a Raise

A survey of 1,000 U.S. workers sponsored by Michelle McQuaid , an expert on workplace relationships and author of “Five Reasons to Tell Your Boss to Go F**K  Themselves!  How Positive Psychology Can Help You Get What You Want, found 65% would rather have a better boss than a pay raise.  Quite a vote of no confidence.  Other findings from the survey include:

*31% of employees feel uninspired by their boss

*15% feel miserable and bored

*60% say they would do a better job if they got along better with their boss

*55% believe they would be more successful in their career if they got along better with the boss

In the same vein, the American Psychological Association in a study earlier this year found three in four employees(75%) say their immediate boss is the worst part of their job.

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