Looking for holiday party tips for a diverse workforce? Heidi LaFleche, a contributing writer for Monster.com has put together a list of useful tips for a successful holiday business party.
Her list of tips include:
- Accommodate Diverse Palettes
- Invite The Family
- Don’t Mix Religion With Business Celebrations
- Allow employees To Opt out of Company Holiday Events
Read the entire article.
Want more tips, read Emily Post’s etiquette for the New Office Party online.
The Baton Rouge chapter of S.C.O.R.E., Service Corps of Retired Executives, has over 35 years of experience assisting small businesses in the Baton Rouge area.
65 retired Executives offer FREE counseling to start-up businesses on subject such as:
- Developing a Business Plan
- Human Resources
- Webpage Design
- Accounting Basics
Visit their website at www.scorebr.org and
- Learn about upcoming business seminars
- Print FREE financial planning documents
Baton Rouge SCORE Chapter 141
7117 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Do you want to conduct business in foreign countries and have questions such as:
- What are the procedures?
- What documents and/or licenses will I need?
- How much will it cost?
- How long will it take?
Doing Business.org has answers. Direct your browser to the Starting A Business section, select a country, and discover the steps required to start a business there. Use other buttons and the provided list of countries to learn procedures for:
- Hiring employees
- Obtaining licenses
- Paying taxes
- Dealing with property
Notice each procedure is described with a statistic showing the amount of time required and approximate dollar cost.
The tropics are alive. Hurricane season 2005 taught us the value of having a workable emergency plan. Use www.ready.gov. to create an emergency plan for your business.
Need additional tips?
- Sign up for email, pager, and cell phone emergency alerts.
- Create a Business To Go Box which includes:
- Insurance information.
- Bank information, checkbooks, and account numbers.
- Client contact list.
- Employee contact list.
- Vendor contact list..
- Computer back-up files..
In a July 11, 2006 press release, the Louisiana Department of Economic Development outlined steps to develop a business emergency preparedness plan. One of the steps is to create a Business To Go Box. Read the complete press release.
Start, Grow and Discuss your business ventures with StartupNation.com.
Learn from experts how to transform your business idea into a commercial reality with the free resources at StartupNation.
StartupNation users can:
- Follow 10 easy steps to starting a business.
- Watch and listen to on demand seminars on growing your business.
- Join online forums and discuss small business topics.
- Download and print sample business plans.
- Subscribe to a free weekly email newsletter.
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Disasters can strike your business any time. A sound emergency preparedness plan can help protect assets, diminish damage, and put your business on the road to recovery.
Ready.gov, the official website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is a one-stop source for emergency preparedness planning tips.
At Ready.gov users can follow step-by-step suggestions to create a sound emergency plan. The following materials can be downloaded, printed and made available to employees.
All materials are FREE!
Where to find it on the Internet: point your browser to www.ready.gov and click on “Ready Business“.
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The 2006 hurricane season starts June 1 and ends November 30. The Internal Revenue Service has prepared publications with useful information in the event a hurricane or other natural disaster affects your business.
Publication 2194B has a checklist of important documents needed when requesting IRS assistance after a natural disaster. Publications 547 outlines special IRS rules that apply when reporting a loss in a “Presidentially” declared disaster area, and Publication 584B contains worksheets to calculate business losses resulting from a disaster.
The publications are available as free downloads from the IRS website, www.irs.gov.
Publication 2194B – Disaster Losses Kit For Businesses
Publication 547 – Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts
Publication 584B – Business Casualty, Disaster, and Theft Loss Workbook
Form 4684 – Casualty and Theft
All forms and publications are in the PDF format and should be compatible with the latest version of the Adobe Reader.
Business establishments that serve food, beverages, and/or alcohol must file certain documents with local government agencies in East Baton Rouge Parish. Some of the frequently asked questions when opening a new business that sells food or alcohol are:
Where do I pay local and state sales taxes?
Who do I contact for occupational license information?
Which office do I contact for information on zoning?
Where can I get a license to serve alcohol?
The Baton Rouge Parish Government Website’s “Checklist for Starting a New Business” has the answers to these questions and more. The list is a directory of federal, state and local government agency contacts that collect required fees for licenses, permits, sales taxes and unemployment compensations taxes. Along with address, phone and fax number, a useful “What You Will Need” list is provided for each agency listing.
How do I find this useful checklist?
Point your Internet browser to the following link: http://brgov.com/Dept/finance/checklist.htm
Reading Louisiana’s major newspapers online is easy using Newsbank. The Newsbank database provides users with full text access to eight daily Louisiana newspapers. including, The Advocate (Baton Rouge), Times Picayune (New Orleans), Daily Advertiser (Lafayette), and The Times (Shreveport).
Two New Orleans area business publications have been added to the Newsbank title list; they are, CityBusiness North Shore Report, coverage starts with April 2002 – current, and New Orleans CityBusiness, March 2001 – current.
Newsbank offers basic keyword and advanced searching. The advanced search feature permits users to search publications such as The Advocate by headline, lead paragraph, author/byline, or all text. Additional options for searching a publication by date include selecting a specific date, a range of dates or all years of availability. Users can also browse a specific issue by selecting the date from the short display list or, entering a specific date in the available search box.
Access to Newsbank is available at all branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library or, by linking to Newsbank from the Business & Career Connection page and then authenticating with your East Baton Rouge Parish library card.
Reference USA offers demographic search tools that are useful for business planning and market research users. Users can find all businesses, or those by a specific Standard Industrial Classification number (SIC), within a 20 mile radius.
When searching the Business section of Reference USA, whether by company name, geographic area – zip code, city, parish, or Metropolitan Statistical Area; or a business type search – Yellow Page Heading or SIC; the detailed listing page provides the user with two additional demographic searching options. For example, if a search is conducted for “grocers – retail” in a specific zip code area, and the user clicks to the detail listing of any retrieved entry, a search option at the bottom of the page allows for additional searching either by all businesses, or SIC within a radius of 1/10th of a mile to 20 miles.
To access Reference USA, click on the Other Databases link located to the left on the Business and Career Connection homepage, use your East Baton Rouge Parish Library card number to authenticate, and select Reference USA from the database list.