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Small Business News | Microsoft launches AI assistant, SMBs combat surge in cybersecurity, Jan. 31 tax deadline

This week, on ASBN Small Business News, anchor Shyann Malone brings you up to date with the latest tools and resources now available for small to medium-sized businesses.

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Microsoft Copilot is now availalbe to small business owners through their organization's Microsoft 365 account.Microsoft Copilot virtual assistant now open to small businesses, individuals
Small business owners can now access the artificial intelligence-powered Microsoft Copilot virtual assistant through their Microsoft 365 Business Premium or Business Standard subscriptions. Microsoft Copilot is a generative text platform giving users the ability to receive detailed answers to queries or create content based on specific inputs. Read More 

Small business owners are facing a surge in cybersecurity threats but remain vigilant and proactive in regard to their digital safety.Small business owners combat surge in cybersecurity threats
Cybersecurity remains one of the top concerns for entrepreneurs as the number of small businesses impacted by a digital attack hits 44%. That data comes from online security platform McAfee in collaboration with Dell Technologies, who conducted a survey of 700 company owners, managers, and leading I.T. professionals across six countries, including the U.S. Read More 

Employers working with at least one independent contractor must ensure compliance to avoid penalties. Jan. 31 is the last day to submit wage statements, independent contractor forms to IRS
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a reminder to employers that the deadline for submitting wage statements and independent contractor forms is January 31. Employers must file their copies of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, with the Social Security Administration by January 31. Read More 

Americans submitted 5.5 million business applications in 2023, marking the third consecutive year of record-breaking growth.SBA celebrates record number of business applications in 2023
Americans submitted 5.5 million business applications in 2023, an all-time high marking the third consecutive year of record-breaking growth. According to Census data, the number of business applications filed in 2022 and 2021 reached 5.3 million (third-highest) and 5.4 million (second-highest), respectively. Read More 

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for ASBN. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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