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Realizing the Dream of Entrepreneurial Success

Entrepreneurship is strong in North America. The U.S. and Canada have the highest levels of entrepreneurial activity in the world. If the thought of working for yourself and following your dream is appealing, here are seven important questions to consider: Do you have the personality traits to run a business? You’ve probably heard that entrepreneurs […]

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America’s Hidden Weakness

New White Paper Spotlights the Shrinking Labor Force in a Growing Economy; Current Trend Defies Precedent, Is Uniquely American Express Employment Professionals recently released a new white paper exploring the challenges and causes of America’s chronically low labor force participation rate. The U.S. labor force participation rate has continued to shrink, even in a growing economy. […]

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5 Signs You’re Ready to Start Your Own Business

In today’s digital economy, the tools to start a business have never been more accessible. And lately, more businesses are popping up than ever before. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, nearly 14% of North Americans were involved in starting or running businesses in 2014. Compared to the 7.6% seen in 2010, more and more […]

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New Survey: Does Minimum Wage Hike Help or Hurt?

Over 1/3 of Businesses Would Reduce Hiring If Wage Raised To $10.10. More Favorable View of Wage Hike Than in 2014 Express Employment Professionals recently released a new study on raising the minimum wage and its effect on businesses, employees and the unemployed. In March of 2015, Express Employment Professionals surveyed 837 business owners, HR professionals, […]

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A Safety Net … or a Trap?

Express Employment Professionals recently released a white paper exploring government benefit programs and their impact on employment. The paper seeks to answer four pressing questions: Are people abusing the disability insurance program? Are unemployment benefits prolonging unemployment? Are welfare benefits creating a “low-wage trap?” Have other programs become inefficient and counterproductive? These questions have taken […]

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The Results Are In: 52% Want to Own a Business, But Don’t Know Where to Start

For our June question of the month, we asked readers if they’ve ever considered starting their own business, and with 52% of the votes, “I’d like to start my own business, but I don’t know where to start” was the most popular answer, followed by “I’m already a business owner” with 20%. “I’m in the […]

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Increasing Minimum Wage: Employer vs. Employee Perceptions

Recently, Express Employment Professionals released the results of a national survey of employers about the proposed increase in minimum wage. According to the results, if the minimum wage were raised to $10.10 an hour, 38% of employers who currently pay employees minimum wage say that they would have to let some employees go to cover […]

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