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  • Gene Simmons' Family ... Restaurant? Yes, It Rocks Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 10:56 AM ET
    From left to right Dave Furano, Gene Simmons and Michael Zislis.

    Rocker Gene Simmons and two partners are opening a family restaurant and pub called Rock & Brews in a Los Angeles suburb next month, and they are planning others.

  • More Wings, Please — Signs Small Biz Is Improving Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 6:56 AM ET
    Buffalo Chicken Wings

    The evidence may not be a big economic report like gross domestic product or factory orders in a region, but small businesses have their own indicators that the economy is improving.

  • Small Business Administration

    The Small Business Administration is teaming with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to support Hispanic small businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • Senate Votes to Move Ahead on Small Business Bill Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 1:46 PM ET

    Legislation making it easier for small businesses to raise money survived a test vote in the Senate on Wednesday, increasing the chances it could emerge as one of the few bipartisan bills to pass Congress during this election year.

  • U.S. Workers Would Rather Be Freelancers, Entrepeneurs Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 11:58 AM ET

    U.S. workerswant to be successful, and some even want to be the boss one day. What they overwhelmingly don't want to be are corporate executives.

  • A Report From the Front Lines of Entrepreneurship Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 11:09 AM ET

    The spouse of an entrepreneur reports that when someone decides to start a company, they take the entire family along for the ride.

  • NYSE, Biz Groups Create Startup Mentoring Program Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 9:56 AM ET
    NYSE

    The New York Stock Exchange and three groups that work to help startups are launching a program designed to help smaller companies create jobs. The goal is to help smaller companies expand, and in the process create new jobs.

  • Have 15 Cents? The Post Office Wants Your Business Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 9:49 AM ET
    Postal worker

    On Tuesday, the USPS launched a new marketing campaign to promote “Every Door Direct Mail,” a shipping service for small businesses with postage rates starting at 14.5 cents per piece.

  • For Better Or For Work by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

    This author and wife of a successful entrepreneur writes, "The biggest illusion about entrepreneurship is that it is a solo activity."

  • 11 Celebrities Hit by the Taxman Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 4:51 PM ET
    It’s not tax time just yet, but it’s looming uncomfortably on the horizon. The conscientious among us have already filed their tax forms or are in the process of doing so. The rest of us hem, haw and put it off until the last minute.Apart from the punctual and the lackadaisical, another category of taxpayer exists: The taxpayer who, for one reason or another, has failed to accurately disclose all of his or her earnings. Sometimes this is a simple mistake. Sometimes it’s the accountant’s fault. S

    Some celebrities, including Lauryn Hill, fell out of good standing with the IRS, and paid dearly for it. Read ahead to see some of the celebrities who just didn’t get that return in on time.

  • Swinging for the Fences in Business Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 4:33 PM ET

    Business people are prone to many of the same unhelpful behaviors and mindsets as underperforming athletes, which prevent both groups from being at the top of their game.

  • Haircut Index: Economy Grows as People Keep it Short Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 1:09 PM ET
    Woman getting haircut

    If you are looking for one more indication that consumers are spending again, consider this: Hair salons are seeing an uptick in business as people schedule more haircuts — and we’re not talking the Greek bondholder kind.

  • SXSW 2012: 8 Crucial Takeaways Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 10:51 AM ET
    SXSW logo

    Another South by Southwest Interactive has come and gone. The scores of entrepreneurs, investors and technologists who migrated to Austin, Texas, for five days in mid-March offered up loads of insight, including this: Don't launch at SXSW.

  • Amazon Sells $10 Cards for $5 to Lure Customers Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 3:57 PM ET
    amazon.com

    Amazon.com will be selling $10 gift cards for $5 on Tuesday to people who visit AmazonLocal.com, the online retailer's answer to deals sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial.

  • Do Mobile Apps Really Move the Needle on Sales? Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
    Apple's iPhone 3Gs

    Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. own smartphones, and 30 billion apps have been downloaded globally. But, does that mean that every business needs its own app to bring in customers?

  • James Southerland #43 of the Syracuse Orange celebrates with his teammates after a point against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

    March Madness can be the bane of an employer's existence as employees research their brackets and sneak scores at work in between spreadsheets. But if you're a boss, think twice before you go making a big crackdown: The madness could actually be good for productivity!

  • Hot Start-Ups: Business Creation Drops     Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 1:54 PM ET

    The 16th Annual Kauffman Startup Index of entrepreneurship activity reveals startups declined 6% in 2011 vs. 2010.

  • A view of the podium onstage at the 2012 SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

    The myth of SXSW's ability to turn startups into business powerhouses grew along with the crowds. For small businesses and startups who want to use the event to launch a company or impress investors, is SXSW a worthwhile investment or just a cool place to hang out?

  • Are Cupcakes Still a Sweet Spot for Business? Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    Hummingbird cupcake

    A handful of big-name players within the cupcake industry are betting that America’s cupcake obsession will continue as they embark upon ambitious expansion plans.

  • False Profit, Dan Abrams & Josh Zepps

    Tired of crying about the economic crisis and recession? Yeah, Dan Abrams, Josh Zepps and Jeff Michalski thought so. So they're trying to raise money on Kickstarter for "False Profit," a mockumentary on who's to blame for the economic crisis.

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