To help small-business owners pay their workers, manage their tax liabilities and avoid potential IRS fines, Intuit recently launched an online payroll service. The software, which costs $30 per month, takes a number of burdensome steps out of the payroll process by calculating earnings, payroll taxes and deductions from a list of employee work hours.

By downloading the service, employers can print paychecks and use a direct deposit feature to facilitate payday procedures. The program will features alerts for payroll taxes, fills in federal and state forms automatically, and comes with an E-Pay service for submitting tax payments.

To learn more about the service and access a free three-month trial, go to A video tutorial is available at

Dress for Success

As more workplaces adopt a casual dress code, gauging the appropriateness of clothing styles for different business occasions can be tricky.

In September, the Protocol School of Washington is offering a three-day seminar called "Business Image Coaching" that includes tips on building a wardrobe, avoiding common image mistakes, dressing for company events and packing for a business trip, among other topics. The event will provide everything from general pointers on projecting the right image, to rules as specific as checkers versus stripes.

The course takes place Sept. 5-8 in McLean, Va., and costs $4,900 for U.S. and Canadian students, and $7,400 for international students.

To register, go to or call 877-766-3757. Deadline for registration is Aug. 21.

Staying on Track

West Bloomfield, Mich.-based Mentoring Success Group is offering a series of one-day business seminars, to be held in September and October in Las Vegas, Detroit and Austin. The goal of the events is to help small businesses stay competitive in a struggling economy by identifying their areas of strength and ways to set themselves apart from competitors.

Attendees can choose three seminars from an extensive list that includes “Cost-Conscious Marketing for Small Business,” “Optimizing Your Website for More Traffic and Better Conversions,” and “Using Technology as a Competitive Weapon.”

The $295 attendance fee includes seminars and meals for the day, as well as 30-day access to Mentoring Success Group’s Performance Analysis Engine. Register for the event at