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  • Community Banks A Better Partner For Business: Opinion Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 2:33 PM ET

    Small businesses across the nation represent the belief that hard work and ambition will result in success. The financial crisis saw those dreams washed away. Now, as small businesses owners and entrepreneurs take steps toward recovery, they should seek out their local community-based financial institutions.

  • Retailer Grows Up, Along With His Business Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 12:46 PM ET

    Bryce Phillips named his store Evo, short for evolution. And that's how he thinks about his business: always changing to stay relevant. His company evolved from a one-man shop selling merchandise from liquidators at the age of 12, to a full-fledged business with 120 employees.

  • Mom and Pop Investors Propping Up Home-Buying Market Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 10:23 AM ET
    Rent

    Mom and pop investors are snapping up homes and condominiums to rent out all over the country. They're capitalizing on a confluence of events: depressed home prices, rising rents and strong rental demand. They buy cheap, collect rent to cover costs, and hope to cash out when home prices recover.

  • Startup Rate At Lowest Point On Record Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 10:03 AM ET
    Open sign in window

    The Great Recession and its aftermath may have a lasting effect on entrepreneurship, as the rate of unemployed people starting businesses has hit an all-time low, according to a report by outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

  • Building a 'Honey Badger' Empire Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 12:26 PM ET
    Mario Lopez with Randall, Author of

    Honey Badger don't care. But its creator does — and he's hoping he can build a business around the most fearless mammal on earth.

  • Crowdfunding: We Don't Need No Stinkin' VCs Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 11:58 AM ET
    Jellyfish in tank

    Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are just scratching the surface of a big funding void. The Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act would let small, savvy companies tap into a large pool of small investors by selling them unregistered securities sold on the Internet, giving small businesss owners more access to capital, more quickly.

  • Love and Marriage and ... Running a Business? Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 8:41 AM ET
    Randy Rubin and Craig Rubin

    Many men and women across the nation claim that their spouse their best friend. In our case, as husband and wife, we’re not only best friends, but co-founders of a textile business. And we’re not the only ones — According to the National Federation of Independent Business, 1.2 million small businesses nationwide are owned by husband-and-wife teams.

  • NFIB: Small Business Confidence Inches Up Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 7:33 AM ET

    The Small Business Optimism Index rose an ever-so-slightly 0.1 points in January, marking the the fifth increase in a row.

  • Mobile Apps Save Small Businesses Time And Money Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | 3:52 PM ET
    Apple's iPhone 3Gs

    Small businesses that use mobile apps to help manage their operations are saving more than 370 million of their own hours and over 725 million employee hours annually, according to a study by the Small Business and Entrepreneur Council.

  • Small Businesses Split on Obama Budget Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | 2:40 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama's 2013 budget proposal, released today, follows through on some of the promises he made in his State of the Union address last month to help small businesses create more jobs, and reduce barriers to manufacturing in the U.S.

  • 5 Ways Co-working Helps Small Businesses Succeed Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | 12:58 PM ET

    The co-working movement is has emerged as a viable happy medium between telecommuting and working in a traditional office space. And by using designated co-working spaces, small business owners can help their businesses to grow.

  • Neighborhood Taverns Disappear from Chicago Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | 10:51 AM ET
    Bar Shelf

    Neighborhood taverns, which for generations were cornerstones of Chicago's ethnic communities, are being squeezed out by the economy, gentrification, changing tastes and city regulations that make it more difficult to operate in residential areas.

  • FyrFlyz Lights Up New Toy Company Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | 10:22 AM ET
    Marty Abrams

    Joel Rosenzweig was looking for something that would keep 140 kids entertained at his son’s bar mitzvah. The entrepreneur had been working on a idea — an LED light-up toy that special light effects — and decided to take advantage of this ready-made focus group.

  • Blue Ivy Gets Trademarked by Beyonce and Jay-Z Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 1:24 PM ET
    Jay-Z holds his four MTV Video Music awards in Miami, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004. Jay-Z won Best Rap Video, Best Direction in a Video, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

    About a month after the world started buzzing about the baby name Blue Ivy, parents Jay-Z and Beyonce are applying to get the moniker trademarked. An approved trademark could give them the rights to transform Blue Ivy from tiny baby into billion-dollar brand.

  • Pauley Perrette's Southern Bakery a Hit in Manhattan Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 1:02 PM ET
    Pauley Parrette in NCIS

    Along with being the star of one of the most popular procedurals on television, NCIS actress Pauley Perrette also found time to launch Donna Bell Bake Shop, featuring southern specialties from her mom's recipe files.

  • Investing in the Fountain of Youth Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 12:02 PM ET

    What if "getting old" wasn't really "getting old?" What if aging—at least the physical deteriorations that accompany it—was something that could be prevented? It's a lofty idea, but it's one that a new breed of biotech start-ups, scientists, and prominent investors are beginning to tackle.

  • LinkedIn Raises Profile Among Business Owners Thursday, 9 Feb 2012 | 5:43 PM ET
    LinkedIn

    LinkedIn hits the 150-million-users mark, with more small business owners using it to source leads and customers.

  • The Secret (Working) Lives of Traders Thursday, 9 Feb 2012 | 4:05 PM ET
    Oil traders on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange, New York.

    Many traders are entrepreneurs in other businesses outside of Wall Street and financial services. They're leading secret lives off the trading floor, creating new ventures in varied fields from mobile apps to real estate.

  • Taking Back Your Business Thursday, 9 Feb 2012 | 12:48 PM ET

    There has been an increased interest in entrepreneurs buying back their companies. The reasons usually seem straightforward: the companies are worth less now, other investments for the money you made offer little return, and for many people the desire to be back running a company is stronger than ever.

  • Are Floppets the Next New Toy Craze? Thursday, 9 Feb 2012 | 11:44 AM ET
    Floppets Flip Flops

    Ilyse Brainin, creator of Floppets, knew she had a hit toy on her hands when she sold one every minute during two days at the Chicago Toy Fair.

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