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Small-business owners say national paid sick leave wouldn’t hurt their bottom line

Small-business owners say national paid sick leave wouldn’t hurt their bottom line

Republican arguments against laws that guarantee paid leave for workers often hinge on the notion that the policy would damage small-business owners, the backbone of our society. But what happens if you ask the small-business owners what they want? A new survey comfortably debunks the myth: Almost two-thirds of small-business owners support a national policy for paid medical and family leave.

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“A super majority of small-business owners do support—have continued to support—a national paid-leave policy,” says Dawn Huckelbridge, director of Paid Leave for All, the nonprofit that conducted the survey. The results appear to conflict with the widely held public perception that small businesses may be opposed to the policy, which would require businesses to give paid days off to workers for things like illness, bereavement, or parental leave. For many reasons, Huckelbridge says, the reverse is true. She contends that a paid-leave policy can help small businesses stay competitive and sturdy their bottom lines. “It helps with productivity and performance and profitability,” she says. “It makes for a happier worker, and there’s less turnover.”

Paid Leave for All started in December by bringing together various groups that had been advocating for a national leave policy, to align their goals and resources. The organization partnered with Main Street Alliance, a network of small-business owners that aims to give that community a voice on public policy issues. The survey respondents consist of 600 owners of businesses with up to 49 employees; the poll also deliberately over-samples racial minorities, by including 100 Black business owners and 100 Latino, Asian American, or Pacific Islander owners. About half (48%) of the respondents say they do not currently provide any type of sick, family, or medical leave.

From a public health standpoint, the coronavirus crisis has reinforced the advantages of—and dire need for—policy

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New Survey Finds Nearly Half of Small-Business Owners Don’t See a Need for Physical Stores (Infographic)

New Survey Finds Nearly Half of Small-Business Owners Don’t See a Need for Physical Stores (Infographic)

An August survey of 500 small-business owners found they’re instead focusing on digital sales.

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Despite the challenges of the past seven months, stories of resilience abound as business owners adapt to changing customer demands. Though surveys at the beginning of the pandemic indicated small-business owners thought things might be beyond hope, that’s slowly started to change. 

A survey by website and marketing solutions provider Bluehost released last week asked 500 business owners with fewer than 100 employees how they’ve transitioned online, adapted to ecommerce and adjusted their outlooks on future pain points, obstacles and potential opportunities. Not surprisingly, business owners cited their biggest concerns revolve around securing new customers, the continued economic impact of the pandemic and lower consumer demand. 

Related: Nearly Half of Business Owners Think the Changes They’ve Made During the Crisis Will Be Permanent (Infographic)

Despite those concerns, 72 percent of small-business owners say they’re optimistic, and a similar percentage acknowledge how important a digital presence and ecommerce will be as they adjust to life post-pandemic. Perhaps most surprisingly, those business owners surveyed don’t see a return to brick-and-mortar in their futures: Nearly half (48 percent) say they see no need for a future store, and only 20 percent plan to reopen a physical location in the next year. 

Related: How the Behavior of Job-Seekers Has Changed Since February (Infographic)

Read through the infographic below for more information from the survey. 

Related: According to His Tweets, Bill Gates Is Way More Stressed Out Than Elon Musk (Infographic)

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Arsenal Owners Lend Big Financial Hand To Close Partey Deal

Arsenal Owners Lend Big Financial Hand To Close Partey Deal

KEY POINTS

  • Arteta needed infused funds to complete the Partey deal
  • Atletico unhappy with Thomas Partey deal
  • Arsenal management throwing full support to Arteta’s vision

Arsenal FC finally got Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid although the process of doing so was not easy. As most know, the Gunners were strapped for cash and had to unload some of its players for it to push through. But it turns out that Mikel Arteta needed to make a special request from the owners to close the deal.

Among the players who had to be let go include Matteo Guendouzi, Mesut Ozil, Sead Kolasinac and Mohamed Elneny. Unfortunately, funds from potential transactions involving any of these players were deemed not enough. Hence, Arteta needed to ask owner Stan Kroenke for additional funds to close the Partey deal, The Athletic reported.

Arsenal owners approved the request of Arteta, refinancing the club’s current debt and also providing funds to complete the transfer. It was proof that management has faith in Arteta’s vision.

To recall, Arsenal pulled off the deal on the last day of the transfer deadline. The Gunners made the push, meeting Atletico’s $58 million fee to activate the release clause for the 27-year-old defender. But in a report from ESPN, it appears Los Indios was not happy with Partey with the way the last-minute deadline transaction went.

Atletico was informed of the deal roughly half-an-hour before the transfer deadline. It turns out that representatives from Arsenal were at their Madrid headquarters at the time to exercise the release clause. In all, Los Indios may have felt they were pressed to a corner and not given ample time to make a stand.

Also, the fact that Atletico had tried to make multiple offers to keep the Ghanaian player. But similar to past pitches, Partey

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How Small Business Owners Are Conquering Their New Reality

How Small Business Owners Are Conquering Their New Reality

Entrepreneurs are a special breed, but 2020 has challenged them in ways no one could have imagined.

From supply chain interruptions to the sudden halt of foot traffic in retail stores, restaurants, and hotels, business owners have been forced to rethink their business models and discover new ways of engaging with customers, suppliers, and employees.

Despite these challenges, a new survey from Chase Ink reveals that many small business owners have successfully pivoted their business models to serve current customers and attract new ones. The survey of more than 1,000 small business owners, covering a wide range of industries, paints a picture of entrepreneurs finding new, creative ways to both market and sell their products and services, while maintaining and even growing their companies through turbulent times. 

E-commerce has been a driving force for this growth. In fact, 19 percent of the Chase Ink survey respondents reported they began selling products online or shipping to customers for the first time in 2020, and 35 percent said the pandemic would have forced their business to close if it weren’t for e-commerce.

So, what does the increasing reliance on e-commerce mean for small business owner costs? 27 percent reported that the majority of their business expense increases since last year were related to shipping to customers, whereas 24 percent reported that the majority of their spending expense increases were from e-commerce platforms.

Beyond e-commerce, digital advertising has become an increasingly essential component for small business owner marketing strategies. 48 percent of survey respondents said that social media has become a more important part of their business this year, with 26 percent reporting that the majority of their spending expense increases since last year stemmed from social media advertising. Many small business owners are investing in search engine advertising as well, with nearly

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