Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Leone named SBA county business owner of the year | News, Sports, Jobs - Maui News

Leone named SBA county business owner of the year | News, Sports, Jobs - Maui News

Leone named SBA county business owner of the year | News, Sports, Jobs - Maui News

Posted: 16 Apr 2019 09:46 AM PDT

Angela Leone of Maui Leones LLC was named Maui County small business owner of the year for 2019, a top honor in the 32nd annual Small Business Administration Small Business Awards for Hawaii.

Leone, who operates as Coconut Condos, will be recognized at a gathering from 3 to 6:30 p.m. May 3 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki. The event precedes National Small Business Week from May 5 to 10 and honors 29 Hawaii award winners.

Ross and Anna Scott of Sunshine Helicopters on Maui were honored with the 2019 SBA Entrepreneurial Success Award for Hawaii. It is presented to individuals who own and operate a business that started as a small enterprise and, with SBA assistance, grew to a much larger business entity that now exceeds the size classification of a small business.

Leslie Wilkins, president and CEO of the Maui Economic Development Board, was named state Small Business Advocate for Women in Business.

Ray Michaels of Maui Plumbing captured the SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Maui County. The award is presented to individuals who have shown the likelihood of success during a minimum of three years of operation and ownership of a small business before reaching the age of 35.

Rolf Klein, CEO, and Alvin Bongolan, COO, of Hawaii Energy Systems of Aiea, Oahu, have been selected as the 2019 Small Business Persons of the Year for Hawaii by the SBA Hawaii District Office. Hawaii Energy Systems will represent the state in Washington, D.C., at the celebration of National Small Business Week, beginning May 5.

For more information on Small Business Week and SBA Awards presentations, contact the SBA Hawaii District Office by email at hawaiigeneral@sba.gov or by phone (808) 541-2990.

Scottsdale business owner accused of arson, vandalism at own store - KTAR.com

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 05:40 PM PDT

James Richard Waller (Scottsdale Police Department Photo)

PHOENIX – A metro Phoenix business owner was arrested Sunday on suspicion of setting his store on fire and vandalizing surrounding property.

James Richard Waller, 75, was charged with arson of an occupied structure and criminal damage, the Scottsdale Police Department said in a press release Monday.

Scottsdale Police and Fire responded to a call at a shopping center at the northeast corner of Pima and Pinnacle Peak roads at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Firefighters and the store's sprinkler system put out a fire at High Desert Rugs and Furnishings.

The store was also defaced with spray paint, as were surrounding businesses and vehicles.

Investigators found evidence indicating Waller, owner of the rug store, was responsible for the vandalism and fire.

No other details were made available.

Digital Trends Every Business Owner Should Know About - Forbes

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 05:00 AM PDT

With digital taking over most traditional methods of marketing and communications for all businesses, it's important to be connected to web users. There are many ways to make a connection, such as through storytelling, a 24-hour chatbot or automated contact service on your website. How you choose to engage should leave users feeling satisfied that you have their best interests at heart at all times.

With the right systems in place, online communication tools can answer common questions as well as direct people to the correct information and relevant pages. Artificial intelligence is changing the way businesses communicate with their audiences. The beauty of online chatbots is that they act like a chameleon, tailoring the information they provide to offer the ideal user experience. This technology is helping to create genuinely personalized sites that provide a unique experience, depending on the individual using it.

The Importance Of Web Optimization

Modern business journeys begin online, and one particular area that continues to grow is mobile. Over the past few years, mobile traffic has continued to exceed desktop traffic, which is why it's vital to keep up to speed with current digital marketing trends and ensure online content is optimized for all platforms. If mobile platforms aren't fully optimized, it's estimated that 70% of customers fail to complete their transactions. Not only is digital the future, but mobile-optimized websites are essential.

Having The Right Presence

Everyone knows that to promote their brand, they need a web presence. However, not everyone necessarily has the skills or knowledge to do this effectively. A static website is basic; each page is simply coded using HTML and displays the same fixed or static content to every user, and many view static web design as dated. However, it offers simplicity. Static websites are safe, they tend to load quickly and can be made cost-effectively.

A few years ago, static websites were on the decline, but their upsurge just demonstrates that trends come and go, encouraged by the evolution of modern-day technology. These developments can be utilized to both entice and engage new and existing users when applied accordingly. This is only one of the reasons as to why it's important to look to the future for ideas and inspiration to stay ahead of the competition.

Social Media

The web industry is slowly but surely changing, with marketing increasingly moving toward social media. Why? Because social media platforms have the potential to reach huge audiences and can be a cost-effective way to communicate or sell — especially Instagram. However, this won't change the importance of the web industry. This is because the majority of social media profiles link users to websites for further information. This can be a tremendous asset as it allows vital information to be condensed in a user-friendly manner, moving away from the old-fashioned way of communicating with too much information and screeds of content. Simple is beautiful.

In terms of understanding your audience, both on a website and social media, a shift in analytics is slowly taking place with data moving toward a more user-centric model. This change will help developers and designers take a more holistic approach, and we may even see an increase in the use of Google's RAIL model, which breaks down the user's experience into four fundamental interactions: response, animation, idle and load. This type of approach will provide developers with a structure for their performance tests as well as setting benchmarks based on a user's experience. We are seeing traditional methods of advertising such as PPC and AdWords decreasing in popularity and, instead, the budgets that were previously used for these are now being invested in social media advertising.

Moving Forward

The digital world is forever changing, and where the size of applications and websites was once a major focus for developers, it's starting to take a back seat. In recent years, applications have notably grown in size, but because every byte is precious, developers are focusing on making their applications as small as possible.

It's vital for all businesses, big or small, to keep their eye on the ball when it comes to digital trends. After all, most of us fundamentally rely on the power of digital and its everchanging dynamics.

Cobb business owner prepared, filed fake tax returns, feds say - Atlanta Journal Constitution

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 06:32 PM PDT

A Cobb County business owner has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges allegedly he prepared and filed false tax returns that claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in refunds. 

Thomas Holmes was arraigned Friday before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Janet King following the April 10 indictment on 22 counts in connection to an alleged four-year scheme laid out by prosecutors. 

According to BJay Pak, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Holmes owned and operated TKO Tax Pros, a tax preparation business, in Austell. From 2013 to 2017, he prepared and filed thousands of returns for his clients.

On many of the returns, Holmes allegedly provided false information such as business losses and itemized deductions, according to Pak's office. This resulted in the returns claiming thousands of dollars in refunds the taxpayers were not entitled. 

When the Internal Revenue Service issued those refunds, Holmes allegedly kept a portion of the money for himself and paid the balance to his clients. The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges the Austell resident made hundreds of thousands of dollars for his business. 

"Citizens expect tax preparers like Holmes to accurately prepare and file their returns," said Pak. "His alleged abuse of the tax system for financial gain undermines public confidence in the system. We have dedicated resources to combat this kind of theft, and we will aggressively prosecute those who believe they can file false tax returns, thereby cheating everyone else."

The case is being investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation division. 

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Business owner looks forward to Russell St. completion - NBC Montana

Posted: 15 Apr 2019 09:29 PM PDT

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The Pink Grizzly greenhouse has been serving Missoula for over 60 years, but the business took a financial hit over the last year. They're situated right next to ...

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