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German business confidence hits eight-month high in March
German business confidence rose to its highest level in eight months in March, as optimism continues to grow about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy, the Ifo economic institute said Wednesday. The Ifo institute's closely watched business climate index rose to 107.9 points this month, its highest level since July 2014, the think tank said in a statement. "Companies were more satisfied with ...

bluArc Announces Comprehensive Business VoIP Service
bluArc, Canada’s number one hosted business phone and internet services provider, announced today that it will now offer a comprehensive Business VoIP Solution as part of its service offering expansion.

Business community mixed on Alberta budget
Alberta tabled a budget today that will cost residents $1.5 billion in extra taxes, while still running a deficit of $5 billion. The reaction from the business community is mixed: relieved that there was no increase in the corporate tax rate, and concern that Albertans will have less disposable income in a time when the economy is weak. The lobby group was dead opposed to the introduction of a ...

Business Plan University gives birth to over 2,000 new small businesses
LEHI, UTAH -- The prophetic excuse "it's who you know" has officially been challenged by its sibling concept: "it's what you know". That seemingly deceased plaintiff, which was the ...

Weak U.S. business spending data points to tepid first quarter growth
U.S. business investment spending plans fell for a sixth straight month in February, likely weighed down by a strong dollar and weak global demand, leading economists to further lower their first-quarter growth estimates. The Commerce Department's durable goods report on Wednesday was the latest data to suggest economic growth braked sharply early in the year, in part due to bad weather and a ...

Bento for Business Launches Prepaid Commercial MasterCard Solution Built Specifically for Small Businesses
Bento for Business , which provides financial solutions that fit small businesses, announced today that it has launched its prepaid commercial MasterCard solution designed for small businesses that depend ...

SBIA Seeks Regulatory Relief for Small Business Investors
The Small Business Investor Alliance , the leading association for lower middle market private equity funds and investors, took its concerns on duplicative regulatory burdens to Capitol Hill this afternoon.

Axway and ING to Host Webinar Covering File Transfer in the Digital Business Landscape
In today’s hyper-connected business world, governing the flow of data is key. More than 30 percent of critical business processes in large organizations across the globe are dependent on file transfer solutions.