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  • Disney

    The chairman of Disney’s movie studio, Rich Ross, wrote in a note to his staff Friday that he is stepping down and the role is no longer “the right professional fit for me.” Ross ran the studio for just two and a half years, and now is cleaving under the cloud of a massive bomb—"John Carter."

  • Small Biz Tax Cuts: Moot, Except as Political Fodder Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 2:08 PM ET

    No one expects Rep. Eric Cantor’s proposed 20 percent tax cut for small business owners to get any farther than the House. But that's not the point. This is purely a "he-said, she-said" moment where both parties take every opportunity to point out how the other side doesn't support small business.

  • Why Did VC Investment Fall Off a Cliff? Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 1:07 PM ET
    Burning Money

    It seems like every week we see another VC-backed company go public and the stock soars — most recently, Splunk stock jumped 109 after going public. With such profitable exits, one would expect venture investors to clamor to pour money into startups. But in fact, the opposite is the case.

  • Hatch Detroit, is a contest where the public votes on the best storefront-retail idea for the city, with the winning applicant receiving $50,000 to help get their business off the ground.

  • Many great ideas start with a bottle of wine, but most don’t amount to much. But for two brothers-in-law, an idea led to an invention and the start of a new business: a dog exerciser called Dog-O-Band.

  • Do-it-Yourself Doctor Reduces Cost of Surgery Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 2:17 PM ET
    Neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas Melin

    A two-person surgical team has created a new, inexpensive bone-grafting device without having to go to big pharma.

  • Are These the Seeds of an Entrepreneurship Bill? Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 11:34 AM ET

    The Senate Small Business Committee, chaired by Senator Mary Landrieu, is working on the early iterations of what may become a landmark bill for entrepreneurs.

  • Matt Kozlov, CEO of Moonshark

    Kozlov is CEO of Moonshark, a new start-up set to release its first titles in the summer. His firm is being incubated at CAA, best-known for its muscle in getting huge paydays for its A-list talent roster in movies, TV shows, music and sports.

  • From left to right, Sandy, David, Jeffrey and Kenny.

    Jeffrey Braverman left his Wall Street investment banking job to return to his family's New Jersey nut business. Was he crazy? Maybe, but he's also built a successful online business for the family-owned company.

  • Inflation Poses Big Problems for Small Businesses Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 10:25 AM ET
    Inflation

    Don't be misled by reports that inflation is tame. For small business owners, it's a threat to profits and expansion plans.

  • Forget Tax Breaks, Cut Regulation Instead: Small Biz Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 7:50 AM ET
    Man signing tax form

    As House Minority Leader Eric Cantor prepares to present his tax cut legislation to the House today, small business owners say that while tax cuts are a step in the right direction, what is  really needed is reduced regulations.

  • Dick Clark Remembered: Host, Producer, CEO Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 6:01 PM ET
    Dick Clark

    Dick Clark may have been best known for hosting "American Bandstand" and ABC’s "New Year’s Rockin’ Eve," but he also was a hugely successful TV producer, and in many ways revolutionized TV production.

  • 'Taxes Will Be Resolved Through Election': Cantor Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    Eric Cantor

    In anticipation of his proposed tax cut for small businesses being squashed in the Senate, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he expects the debate over taxes to be resolved with the presidential election.

  • More Women are Making — and Enjoying — Beer Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 11:14 AM ET

    From the rise of female brew masters to the growth of women's tasting groups, women are becoming much more than a pint-sized part of the brewing world.

  • Once Seen as Risky, Banks Rethink Franchise Loans Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    The Consumer Bankers Association will announced today a standardized lending “template” for working with franchisees that should speed up, and strengthen, the relationship between banks and franchisees.

  • Next Instagram-Size Acquisition Could Be Tumblr Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 10:00 AM ET
    Tumblr

    Tumblr, which launched in 2007, has raised a total of $125 million in venture funding. As of last September it was valued at $800 million. Considering Instagram’s $1 billion price tag, Tumblr could be worth even more.

  • Sole proprietors may be on top of it in terms of getting their taxes done, but they may be cheating themselves: According to data compiled from online accounting solution Outright.com, business owners are neglecting to report mileage expenses on their tax returns.

  • Fransmart

    For the first time in history, it may be considered frugal to eat out!

  • Next Big Thing: Arrival of the Robots     Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 5:40 PM ET

    Colin Angle, iRobot Corp. CEO, discusses recent advances in "app ready" robot services for health care, retail, and the security industry. Also, the outlook for domestic and international growth, with the Fast Money traders.

  • A Negative Lexicon For Positive Customer Relationships Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 3:30 PM ET

    No brand is complete until a brand-appropriate style of speaking with customers is in place at all levels of the enterprise. Which is why developing a consistent style of service speech is so important.

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