Small businesses still struggle to find enough workers | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Some small businesses are still struggling to hire qualified workers, even as Americans return to the US job market in droves. Hiring and retaining employees remains the top challenge for small businesses, according to a survey of 1,100 businesses by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Voices out last week. Ninety percent … Read more

Japan’s Geisha Turn To TV Gigs, Curry Ads to Revive a Declining Art

KYOTO, Japan—On Christmas Day last year, three dozen geisha danced, sang and talked before several hundred guests at a luxury hotel in Japan’s ancient capital. Their ancient sisters would have been shocked. For centuries, Kyoto’s geisha reserved their art for a moneyed few behind closed paper doors. Dressed in ornate kimono, they danced in customary … Read more

Here’s a Look at Some Numbers Behind Elon Musk’s Bid to Acquire Twitter

I have an urgent message for Elon Musk: When the number 58,008 is turned upside down on a calculator, the 8s looks like Bs and the 5 a bit like an S, yielding an informal anatomy term that gets a laugh from young schoolboys every time. Rhymes with “tubes.” It’s a potential game-changer for the … Read more

A retired nurse lost $43,000 to bitcoin — watch out for red flags online

A New York retired nurse lost $43,000 of her life savings to bitcoin scammers, after transferring the money to them through a malicious computer pop-up – an unfortunate reminder to be vigilant when it comes to your money. Retirement Tip of the Week: Be careful of what sites you trust, and if a pop-up or … Read more

Atlassian Puts Easy-to-Use Coding Tools in Hands of Business People

Atlassian Corp. a maker of business-productivity software, is leaning on automation and easy-to-use computer coding tools to give its workers more control over the applications they use in areas like finance, sales and marketing—without going through information-technology departments. “Our bots are seeing excellent career growth,” Archana Rao, Atlassian’s chief information officer, said on Wednesday at … Read more

Opinion: College net-price calculators can be wildly off — these 3 simple changes would make them more accurate

The best way to figure out how much you have to pay for college is not to go by the sticker price. Instead, it’s to go by a college’s net price, which is often much lower. That’s because the net price tells you how much you have to pay to attend a particular school after … Read more

Business, Highway Lobbies Fight Gas-Tax Holidays

WASHINGTON—Construction and business groups are trying to hold back a wave of state and federal gas-tax decreases that they say could jeopardize much-needed road and bridge improvements, including projects to be funded by last year’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law. The US Chamber of Commerce, in a letter sent to members of Congress on Monday … Read more

Millennial Money: Should you invest in a friend’s business? | Local Business

By KELSEY SHEEHY NerdWallet Ben & Jerry’s was started by childhood best friends. Four grad school buddies founded Warby Parker. A long friendship-turned-partnership brought Clear to TSA security lines across the US A shopping trip between two pals launched size-inclusive clothing brand Universal Standard. Yes, stories of successful business partnerships between friends exist. But for … Read more

XPO Logistics Sells Intermodal Business to STG

XPO Logistics Inc. sold its North American intermodal segment for about $710 million, further unwinding a sprawling transportation business built up through a decade of acquisitions. The sale to freight and warehousing provider STG Logistics Inc., which XPO said was completed Thursday and was announced Friday, brings Greenwich, Conn.-based XPO closer to its goal of … Read more

Yale professor monitoring companies still doing business in Russia ups the ante by highlighting those that are now ‘digging in’

The Yale who is monitoring companies that are still doing business in Russia following its unprovoked invasion ofte Ukraine has upped the by reclassifying the list into five categories with the fifth titled “digging in” — or defying public demands for exit. Some 39 companies, including Koch Industries Inc., packaging company Ball Corp. BLL, +1.94% … Read more