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  • Politicizing gas prices fuels small business owner frustration.

  • Smashburger Sees 'Not so Hot' Lending Market: CEO Friday, 9 Mar 2012 | 1:28 PM ET

    Diners going to Smashburger restaurants expect to pay a little more for a meal that is made to order. Smashburger's potential franchisees can expect to spend a little more, too.

  • Nevada Panel Approves Business License Regulations Friday, 9 Mar 2012 | 11:58 AM ET
    debt collector

    Regulations sought by the secretary of state to limit business license fee exemptions for some home-based businesses were approved Thursday by a Nevada legislative panel.

  • Open sign in window

    For entrepreneurs venturing into the small business territory, launching a franchise can offer security through national brand recognition, economies of scale and access to proven formulas for success. A new report lists six franchise industries with promising outlooks.

  • Feb. Jobs Report Preview     Friday, 9 Mar 2012 | 6:20 AM ET

    A forecast of what the non-farm payroll numbers will reveal about the state of the recovery, with JJ Kinahan, TD Ameritrade and David Kelly, JPMorgan Funds.

  • Gym Lets Footwork Create Smaller Carbon Footprint Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 5:36 PM ET

    When visitors to the Energia Gym in Hadley, Mass., put their feet on the pedals of the Spin bikes, they are reducing their carbon footprint at the same time by generating electricity.

  • Hollywood Has a Corner on Caffeine Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 2:55 PM ET
    Hugh Jackman

    Celebrity coffees are just a fraction of the overall market. Still, the trend of celebrities working with high-quality roasters to make coffee for a cause is helping small coffee farmers and charities.

  • House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Help Startups Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 1:34 PM ET

    Showing that they can on occasion work together, House lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a package of bills making it easier for small businesses and startups to raise the capital they need to grow and hire new workers.

  • Manufacturers Pay a Bounty for Skilled Workers Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 9:57 AM ET
    Welder

    America's manufacturers are struggling to find enough qualified workers. Over the last two years the number of manufacturing job openings in the U.S. has more than doubled, and some companies are offering signing bonuses.

  • In Quest to Create Jobs, Some States Get Creative Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | 3:28 PM ET
    Trucks on roadway.

    More than four years after the start of the Great Recession, state lawmakers have few options left to stimulate economic activity. With little room for new spending or tax cuts, several have turned to more imaginative, sometimes quirky, proposals to encourage job growth.

  • Steve Case

    As the House begins debate on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (‘JOBS’ Act), one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs, Steve Case, is urging members to “seize the moment”.

  • Whether your company is big or small, whether you handle protected data or not, whether you have a few customers or millions, a data breach could cripple your company. Now is the time, before a breach, to put your digital security protections and plans in place in order to survive.

  • More Businesses Selling Themselves to Employees Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 4:12 PM ET

    The number of companies that are 100 percent-owned by employees have grown significantly in the past two years. Known as ESOPs, or Employee Stock-Owned Plan, these programs give employees a financial stake in the company.

  • 'Sent From my iPad' Gains as Small Business Signature Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 12:54 PM ET
    Black and white versions of the new iPad 2.

    The iPad has become popular among business owners, who are replacing computers and cash registers with the portable, less-expensive tablets. Many are anticipating what they will do with the newest version, expected to be announced at an Apple event March 7.

  • Mass. Governor Overhauling Business Regulations Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 5:02 PM ET
    Government Regulation

    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says his administration has streamlined or eliminated dozens of regulations affecting small businesses as part of what he calls the largest overhaul of the state rules in 15 years.

  • Here are four truths of retailing that any small business owner can use to compete against the onslaught of big box stores and chains.

  • Business Owners Wary of Flat Tax: Survey Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 2:25 PM ET
    Taxes

    The majority of respondents to the Small Business Authority Market Sentiment Survey said they are against paying a flat tax. And 55 percent they do not understand their returns, but sign off on them, anyway.

  • Entrepreneurship on the Rise     Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 7:48 AM ET

    Weighing in on the fervor for entrepreneurship and why New York City is the hottest area for entrepreneurs right now, with Alan Patricof, Greycroft Partners founder/managing director.

  • Thefts of used cooking oil from restaurants have risen as the price of gas has increased.

    From California to Maine, thefts of used cooking oil are on the rise across the U.S. — driven by the rising price of oil that make biofuels more cost competitive with fossil fuels.

  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Consumers Friday, 2 Mar 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    Family- and owner-operated restaurants can expect to profit from a resurgence in demand in the next five years as consumers shake off the lingering effects of the recession, a new report says. But they will need to adapt to changing consumer preferences to stay competitive with their larger chain competitors.

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