Strength of Nature Global president Mario de la Guardia discusses his great success in the multicultural haircare market.
Mario de la Guardia, president of Strength of Nature Global, oversees an ever-growing empire that boasts 10 brands in the multicultural market—all produced in the company's 250,000-square-foot facility in Savannah, Georgia. With 200 employees and a presence in dozens of countries worldwide, there's no denying de la Guardia has a finger on the pulse of his target consumers, African-American women and Latinas. In fact, thanks to recent acquisitions of three brands from Unilever, his business is now expanding to a second shift, operating 16 hours per day to meet demand.
"My grandfather had a terminal disease. We were prepared for the loss, says Ronda Wilkin, CEO of Beauty Bus Foundation. "However, six weeks before his death, my grandmother passed away from the stress of being the caregiver. Grandma never saw any of her grandchildren married or met any of her amazing 12 great-grandchildren. No one was ready for the cost of this disease to be both grandparents."
Here's a roundup of tax law changes and how they'll affect your business this year.
If you've been paying attention to the comings and goings in Washington, D.C. in recent years, you know that tax law changes have been a major—and often heated—topic of discussion. While federal lawmakers have yet to reach a so-called "grand bargain" that would involve substantive tax and entitlement reform, there still are a number of key tax law changes that will impact businesses in 2014. In fact, many of these changes are significant. The Internal Revenue Service estimates the total time required to comply with the new tax laws to be in excess of 1.1 million hours.
Swipe fees are relatively small charges that banks impose on every credit and debit card transaction. Considering how many credit and debit card purchases there are, swipe fees add up quickly for retailers, consumers and credit card companies. According to a 2013 study prepared for the Merchants Payments Coalition, “Americans made an estimated 25.4 billion credit card purchases in 2012 with a total value of $2.4 trillion.