If you have a business idea and would like to see it get off the ground, come to Beginning Business with SCORE, part of our Back to Business School series, on Thursday, September 20 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.
- Franchising 101 — Tuesday, September 18, 7:00-8:30 PM — with franchise owner George Lytle
- Beginning Business With SCORE — Thursday, September 20, 12:00-1:00 PM
- WordPress to Webpage — Tuesday, September 25, 12:00-1:00 PM — advertise with a free website
- Tweeting for Business Success — Thursday, September 27, 12:00-1:00 PM — with Mike McClure, president of Social Media Club Detroit and Executive Creative Director at The Yaffe Group
Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are more than just social networking sites. They're also a great way for businesses to market their products, connect with customers and create a dialog regarding their services. Get started by checking out the following books.
Get connected: the social networking toolkit for business by Starr Hall, Chadd Rosenberg
Facebook marketing: an hour a day by Chris Treadaway, Mari Smith
This program has been discontinued
The Canton Public Library and Canton Economic Development have teamed up to help our community "check out" Canton businesses. It works like the very popular Museum Adventure Pass program. Local businesses supply special offers that you can check out from the library with your library card. Use the passes to save on goods and services throughout Canton.
If your business is interested in participating in this program, please contact Canton Economic Development at (734) 394-5182.
Small business owners and individuals who are self-employed have lots of questions and concerns about taxes. The IRS Tax Calendar has a wealth of tax tips, contact information and handy schedules. The IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center has links for everything from publications and forms to helpful newsletters.
This month's seminar includes inspirational success stories from Michigan business owners. The Strategies of Success series will resume in the fall.
There are many expenses in owning a small business. Although not every expense can be used as a business deduction, certain portions of car, travel, business use of your home, entertainment and gift expenses can be claimed. Knowing which expense is deductible and keeping good records is vital. For a specific lists of deductions, see Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift and Car Expenses and Publication 535, Business Expenses.
Today's tip is to keep good records for success. By keeping good records, small business owners can:
- Monitor the progress of their business
- Prepare their financial statements
- Identify source of receipts
- Keep track of deductible expenses
- Prepare their tax returns
- Support items reported on tax returns