2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 53.5 […]

Attract Young People with the New Auto Careers Website

The Auto Care Association has launched a new auto care careers website, www.autocarecareers.org, to educate young people about, and attract them to, careers in the auto care industry. The website has resources and information highlighting the variety of professional positions, fast growth potential and dynamic career paths available in the auto care industry. Highlights of […]

Have You Looked At Your Credit Card Rates Lately?

Each year, as you sit down to review your books and see how this year matches up to the year before, add in a review of your credit card processing merchant account. Take the December statements for 2013 and 2012, and do an apples-to-apples comparison on your rates, miscellaneous fees, and total sales reported for […]

“Free” posters that cost $295? Businesses are confused

Below is a news release from Washington Department of Labor & Industries Tumwater – Scores of businesses are contacting the Department of Labor & Industries to report they have received an official-looking letter that implies they must buy required workplace posters or face fines. L&I did not send the letters, but wants to remind companies that […]

Sources of Reliable Health Care Reform Information

WAIA wants to help you keep connected to various sources of reliable information that will help you keep your business up to date with Health Reform in general and specifically in the state of Washington. Here are a number of Web site links to trusted organizations with up-to-date information on the implications of Healthcare Reform. […]

DOL Issues Model Exchange Notice and Sets Compliance Deadline

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, individuals and employees of small businesses will have access to insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance exchanges (Exchanges). Open enrollment under the Exchanges will begin on Oct. 1, 2013. ACA requires employers to provide all new hires and current employees with a written notice about ACA’s Exchanges. […]

NRF website sorts through health care reform requirements

A National Retail Federation website is a good resource for companies, large and small, working to plan and comply with expected national health care reforms.

Five Survival Tips

Five Survival Tips for Entrepreneurs By DIANA RANSOM From smSmallBusiness.com What do you do when sales are down and your credit’s been slashed?  You rethink your business. Because of the ongoing credit crisis, banks are becoming even more reluctant to extend lines of credit to small-business owners.  And the sluggish conditions aren’t expected to improve […]

Expertise Available for Small Business

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTISE FOR STARTUP AND ESTABLISHED BUSINESSES Seattle SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, is the non profit resource sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The mission of SCORE is to provide business assistance for both existing and start up business owners. SCORE’s counseling and training programs are well known in the […]