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New year will bring new laws and regulations for small businesses

In California, the new rules include limits on the ability of businesses to check the credit reports of workers and job seekers. Nationwide, tax deductions for equipment purchases will be sharply reduced.

Small-business owners will be greeted Jan. 1 with dozens of new laws and regulations.

In California, they will include new mandates concerning employees, including a partial ban on checking the credit reports of workers and job applicants.

And it’s no surprise that there are changes at the federal level too.

Here’s a guide to some of the new laws and regulations set to go into effect in 2012.

  • Federal Taxes changes
  • New federal accessibility  rules
  • New California laws

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In 2011, Entrepreneurs Snag Victories in Washington

Despite the partisan bickering that kept Congress from accomplishing much in 2011, small businesses and entrepreneurs managed to eke out a few victories in Washington, D.C., this year.

1. Repeal of the 1099 paperwork requirement

2. Repeal of 3 percent withholding for government contractors

3. Small Business Innovation Research compromise

4. Startup America launched

5. Free-trade agreements passed

Five Mistakes Preventing You from Standing Out at Networking Events

If you feel like you’re not getting your time or your money’s worth, it could be because you’re not leveraging the opportunity well enough. And the good news is it might not be all that hard to improve your ROI.

The first thing you’ll want to do is check if you’re guilty of the five most common mistakes people make introducing themselves while at networking and social events. After all your answer to the age old question – “what do you do?” – can either create an opportunity to stand out, attract attention, and get referrals or be a boring snooze and lost opportunity.

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