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  • 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.

  • Taxes

    Even if you haven't finished — or started — filling out your tax forms, you've still got time to get your receipts in order and work the tax code to your advantage.

  • Rick Santorum's Sweater Vest: Boon to Tiny Manufacturer Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 10:38 AM ET
    Rick Santorum SC Primary

    While Rick Santorum withdrew from the presidential race Tuesday, his trademark garb will live on in the hearts and minds of knitwear enthusiasts, including Bemidji Woolen Mills, the tiny Minnesota-based manufacturer that has been racing since January to keep Santorum and his donors vested.

  • Ashton Kutcher Invests in Iowa-Based Dwolla Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 5:17 PM ET
    Ashton Kutcher

    Ashton Kutcher’s latest project isn’t in Hollywood, it’s in his native Iowa. The "Two and A Half Men" star has invested an undisclosed amount of money in Dwolla, a Des Moines-based startup.

  • Caine's Arcade: Sweat, Ingenuity and ... Boxes Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 2:08 PM ET
    Caine's Arcade

    Business owners looking for inspiration should look no further than Caine Monroy. His business, Caine’s Arcade, was built on sweat, ingenuity and cardboard boxes.

  • The Real Springfield Hopes to Cash In on 'Simpsons' Fame Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 11:59 AM ET

    As business owners in Springfield, Ore., become accustomed to the idea of being the star of a TV series, they are also trying to figure out what to do with their newfound fame.

  • Google

    New research shows that customers obtained through Google Ads are more valuable than originally thought. The study shows that customers acquired through Google search advertising have a higher transaction rate than customers acquired from other channels.

  • Inflation Fears Dent Small Business Optimism: Survey Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012 | 7:30 AM ET

    After six months of rising optimism, small business owners came back to earth in March, expressing concerns with inflation and rising prices in the latest Small Business Optimism Index survey from the National Federation of Independent Business.

  • Furniture Company's Revival Has Global Message Monday, 9 Apr 2012 | 9:42 AM ET

    More than three years after his factory closed its doors, Bruce Cochrane reopened them for a new venture, Lincolnton Furniture Co. Lincolnton is part of a small but growing trend called "reshoring" — a reverse migration of U.S. manufacturers from the Far East — mostly China — back to the West.

  • Obama Signs JOBS Act to Juice Economy, Spur Hiring Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 3:51 PM ET
    President Barack Obama signs the Stock Act.

    President Barack Obama has signed legislation that will help small businesses and make it easier for start-ups to raise capital.

  • President Obama Speech Signs the JOBS Act  Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 2:36 PM ET

    President Barack Obama signs the JOBS Act, which will make it easier for companies to go public and says, "the economy has begun to turn the corner, but still has a long way to go."

  • What Does the JOBS Act Do?  Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 1:49 PM ET

    President Obama will sign The JOBS Act into law today. Discussing reasons why this bill could lead to more investment scams, with Greg Smith, Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association general counsel and Brett Martin, Sonar co-founder/CEO.

  • Small Businesses Report Hiring Trend: Surveys Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    A survey fro PNC reveals that small business owners are more optimistic about their prospects than anytime since the fall of 2007, and 28 percent say they will hire full-time staff in 2012.

  • Still No Boom in Small Business Lending Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 7:15 AM ET

    Banks remain hesitant to lend, and when they do, they're asking for more information and toughening requirements. It's a trend that is stalling the pace of lending to smaller companies.

  • Baseball’s Greatest Attractions Wednesday, 4 Apr 2012 | 2:14 PM ET
    As the major league teams wrap up spring training and hit the road for the start of another baseball season, many fans are also ready to embark on their own baseball road trips. America’s favorite pastime offers a great lens through which you can see the country. While most recommended road trips will take you to major and minor league stadiums, we offer another kind of tour: businesses and nonprofit ventures that give you a different window on the game. And if you time your visit to these place

    While most recommended road trips will take you to major and minor league stadiums, we offer another kind of tour: businesses and nonprofit ventures that give you a different window on the game.

  • Pot Regulators Slashed in Colorado Wednesday, 4 Apr 2012 | 11:56 AM ET

    Applications for medical marijuana licensing in Colroado is down, forcing the state to trim its enforcement staff.

  • Small Business Job Creation On a Roll: ADP Wednesday, 4 Apr 2012 | 10:12 AM ET
    Job Search

    The monthly employment report released today from ADP shows that employment on small payrolls — those private-sector businesses with under 50 employees — increased by 100,000 in March.

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