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As merchants complain of Visa’s high swipe fees, experts weigh in on the company’s role in the retail market

In this article V MA BAC Americans are increasingly using plastic to spend their money, enabling Visa to grow its dominance in the credit and debit card space. People in the U.S. spent $6.7 trillion through credit and debit cards in 2019, up 88% from 2009, according to a 2020 report by HSN Consultants. Of …

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Here’s the budget this millennial used to save $100,000 by age 25

Having a strong safety net can make it easier to take big risks. For Tori Dunlap, founder of financial education company Her First 100K, that security came in the form of $100,000. Dunlap, 27, landed an entry-level marketing job after graduating from college and soon learned the corporate grind wasn’t for her. The Seattle resident, …

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Inflation, a labor crunch and the delta variant pressure restaurants heading into fall, survey finds

Ruby Bugarin owns two restaurants in California and is being hit by rising supply chain struggles and inflation. Courtesy: Ruby Bugarin Restaurants around the county were looking ahead to the economy’s reopening over the last few months, as Covid vaccines became more widespread and pent-up consumer demand was palpable. But headwinds from supply chain disruptions …

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FDIC teams up with Microsoft and Truist to create fund to invest in minority-owned banks

Jelena McWilliams, chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), speaks during a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. Al Drago | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. will unveil this week a new investment fund backed by corporate giants that …

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Democrats eye reforms to Trump tax break for businesses as part of $3.5 trillion spending plan

Phil Roeder Congressional Democrats are considering reforms to the 20% pass-through tax deduction as part of a $3.5 trillion federal spending package. Democrats’ proposal would phase out the tax break for business owners with taxable income exceeding $400,000, according to a discussion list obtained by CNBC. It would also make the tax cut available to …

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IRS had a backlog of nearly 8 million paper business tax returns in 2020 due to pandemic

Zach Gibson | Getty Images News | Getty Images The Covid pandemic caused a backlog of nearly 8 million paper-filed business tax returns at the IRS in 2020, according to a report issued Tuesday by a U.S. Department of the Treasury watchdog. That represents a 3,230% increase relative to the end of 2019, when the …

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Consumer protection agency looks to increase transparency for small business loans

Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a rule Wednesday to raise transparency around loans for small businesses. If finalized, the federal agency’s rule would require lenders to collect and report more data about credit applications from small businesses, including demographic and pricing data and reasons for which lenders deny a …

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Number of worker shifts falls in August as delta variant weighs on small businesses

Michael Lee | Moment | Getty Images There were fewer small businesses open and hourly employees working in August relative to July, indicating that the Covid-19 delta variant may be dampening the U.S. economic recovery, according to data from Homebase, which supplies employee scheduling software to employers. The number of employees working dropped 4% in …

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The Great Resignation has prompted many workers to seek better opportunities. Here’s what to think about before you quit your job

MoMo Productions | Getty Images More than a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, many American employees who have been working from home are itching to get moving again. But that doesn’t necessarily mean returning to the office. For many, it means finding new jobs. A survey released by Bankrate.com this week found that 55% of …

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Restaurants grapple with vaccine mandate policies in historically tight labor market

In this article YUM CMG MCD To mandate, or not to mandate? That’s the question facing down restaurant owners and operators during one of the most challenging hiring environments in decades. The Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, opening the door for workplaces to opt to require workers to …

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Uncertainty is back on Main Street as delta variant rattles reopening plans

In this article MNTV The rise of the delta variant, a highly contagious strain of Covid-19, is disrupting reopening plans across the country and introducing even more uncertainty on Main Street. Nearly six in 10 small business owners in the latest CNBC | Momentive Small Business Survey say the new threat is making them shift …

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Biden’s new SBA head on Covid loans and financial relief businesses can still get

Vice President Kamala Harris swears in Isabel Guzman as administrator of the Small Business Administration as husband Javier Guzman stands at her side at the White House in Washington, March 22, 2021. Kevin Lemarque | Reuters Isabella Casillas Guzman, the new Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, began her term under President Joe Biden …

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What Kevin O’Leary is telling every CEO to start investing in. It’s not blockchain

Jessica Brooks Any aspiring entrepreneur hoping to get “Shark” Kevin O’Leary’s attention with a business pitch better be able to answer this question: What’s the next big thing for small business? If you think it’s bitcoin or blockchain, guess again. The “Shark Tank” co-host and host of CNBC’s “Money Court,” which premieres Wednesday night, says …

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America’s small businesses still can’t find workers, but that’s not their biggest problem

The delta variant hasn’t significantly altered the outlook of America’s small business, but the conditions that the Main Street economy is operating under as it attempts to fully reopen are weighing on business owners across the country. Half of small business owners (50%) say it’s gotten harder to find qualified people to hire compared to …

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Main Street overconfidence: America’s small businesses aren’t worried about hacking

In this article MNTV A new survey conducted by CNBC and Momentive suggests that small businesses across the U.S. must be at little risk of being victims of a hack, or they are supremely overconfident about their place in the growing, national cybersecurity threat. For Main Street customers, not knowing the answer to that question …

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