Budget for bigger expenses

Required EMV technology for card reader terminals and likely minimum wage hike to $15 an hour are on the way.


Business Council expects  $15/hour minimum wage

Expecting that the $15 an hour minimum wage it opposes will be approved in 2016, the New York Business Council is already planning mitigation measures to insert into the law. Ideas include small business tax cuts and special rules for youths seeking entry level jobs.


SBA drought relief help for more than farmers

Farm operations and other upstate entities (including not-for-profits) affected by the drought that began June 1 are eligible for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The disaster declaration covers Albany, Columbia, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties in New York.


New website search engine available free

Having a search function is essential for a website that’s more than a single page. Swiftype installs with a few lines of code—copy and paste—and gives customers the info they’re after quickly and painlessly.

Swiftype’s free service covers sites up to 500 “documents” (webpages) and includes 1,000 searches a month. With good site navigation and a good site map, I suspect most small business sites would qualify for the free rate.


Email is the Swiss Army Knife of marketing

If your business’s email list isn’t one of its most valuable assets, chances are you are missing out on a lot of business.  Learn what email can do.


Running late for Oct. 1 switch to chip tech?

The Small Business Administration says the majority of small businesses still haven’t upgraded their payment systems to terminals equipped to accept EMV chip cards, leaving the small business—not the credit card company—liable for fraudulent uses of cards at their businesses after October 1. The SBA’s next webinar on the switch to chip card technology is tomorrow, Sept. 22, at 2 pm. Click to register.


Tax code changes proposed to aid farmers

US Sen. Charles Schumer introduced federal tax code legislation designed to match depreciation with the life of agricultural machines, such as tractors. The changes would allow farmers to buy new equipment sooner.


Learning opportunities coming up

Syracuse Food Justice Symposium, “Taking Back Our Health through Community Gardens and Urban Agriculture,” Oct. 2-3 in Syracuse.

“Making the Most of Your Woods,” workshop for woodland owners on/near the Rensselaer Plateau, Oct. 17 in Poestenkill.

“Introduction to Lean-to Maintenance,” Sunday, Oct. 4, 10 AM–2 PM, at Elm Ridge Lean-to near Windham.


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