Dozens of small-business owners and associations spoke up this week at a meeting of New York City's Small Business Committee urging passage of the Small Business Survival Act. The measure is intended to create a more business-friendly negotiation environment for negotiating commercial property leases.
Middle-schoolers in the Triangle, N.C., area are signing up for elective classes in wacky makeup and crazy costumes, African drumming and freestyle rap. Educators say the unusual courses invigorate learning by presenting material in innovative ways.
Texas could slash property taxes by one-third and still generate nearly $6 billion a year for schools by replacing the old corporate franchise tax with a new one, raising the cigarette tax and tapping the state's growing surplus, says the head of a finance advisory panel. The Legislature will take up the group's plan during a special school finance session starting April 17.
With the increasing likelihood that the bird flu will eventually reach the U.S., businesses need to be able to reward employees for staying home when they are sick and should be prepared to have as much as 40% of their work force out of the office, according to health experts. The H5N1 avian virus is spreading to a new country nearly every day, and if the virus mutates into a form that easily infects people, it could spread globally within weeks, government advisers said.