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  • 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.

  • More States Looking to Tax Online Sales Thursday, 9 Feb 2012 | 10:15 AM ET

    Proposed legislation would force online retailers to start collecting sales taxes in a growing number of states.

  • Ask most entrepreneurs about the policies that affect them most, and they’ll tell you it’s those made by states and localities. Sometimes they’re good ones. Sometimes, though, bad policies can inhibit entrepreneurship.

  • These Problems Mean You're Doing Something Right Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 1:39 PM ET
    Uncommon Service - Frances Frei | Anne Morriss

    Sometimes friction is a sign that you’re doing something exactly right. And sometimes it’s a serious red flag. How can you tell the difference between an unhealthy and healthy business? These four “problems” may actually be signs of a healthy business.

  • Can Anybody Be an Entrepreneur? Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 11:50 AM ET

    The short answer is that anybody can, but quite honestly, not everybody should. Becoming an entrepreneur has less to do with what you know and what your experiences are, and everything to do with what you are willing to do to succeed.

  • Small business optimism is growing, according to a survey released today by Wells Fargo Gallup. The survey, which interviewed 600 small business owners in early January, found an increase in expected revenue, hiring and access to credit in the coming year. It's among several surveys of small businesses released in the past weeks that indicate small business optimism is on the rise.

  • Fifth Time's a Charm: Winning a Government Contract Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012 | 2:05 PM ET

    Dealing with the government is not something most business people put high on their lists of things they enjoy. But there’s a reason that small business owners are willing to put so much into learning the inner workings of the federal government in an attempt to win contracts: The government pays on time.

  • Cracking the Code to Boost Business Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012 | 11:07 AM ET

    Even though the use of QR codes is growing, can they really be used to grow a small business? Some small business owners seem to think so. Here are some innovative ways that entrepreneurs have been using QR codes to grow their businesses.

  • Chinese shipping containers

    Small and midsize businesses, with limited resources and staff, may see exporting as a hassle. But that mindset is starting to change, as e-commerce sites make it easier than before to get products affordably marketed and distributed to consumers overseas. The Obama administration, as part of its goal to double U.S. exports to $3.15 trillion by 2015, is also working to remove export barriers.

  • Hack Days: Not Just for Facebookers Monday, 6 Feb 2012 | 11:08 AM ET
    Facebook

    Facebook's youthful founder, Mark Zuckerberg, penned a letter about the fundamental mission behind his multi-billion dollar brain child. "The Hacker Way," he writes is central to how Facebook does business.

  • Kreece Fuchs

    The entrepreneurs behind Better Wold Books started a profitable business by doing good — they collect and sell books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide.

  • Actor Bryan Batt's Backup Plan: Retail Friday, 3 Feb 2012 | 2:03 PM ET
    Bryan Batt

    Knowing that the fortunes of an actor are anything but reliable, Bryan Batt, who played Sal Romano on 'Mad Men,' had already established a rewarding side career. In 2003 he opened Hazelnut, a home accessories and gift store, in New Orleans.

  • While today's job numbers for January show an increase of 243,000 jobs, a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business for January show no gain in hiring among small business owners.

  • Hoboken To Snooki: Go Back to the Shore Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 | 4:44 PM ET
    Nicole Polizzi

    What's the reality for small businesses when a reality TV show comes to town to film? That's the question that was hotly debated among Hoboken, N.J. small business owners and residents the past few weeks as producers of the hit reality TV show "Jersey Shore" sought permission to film a spin-off series there.

  • Hiring Contractors Without Getting Into Trouble Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 | 1:37 PM ET

    Business owners say that independent contractors can be helpful when companies try to increase operations while retaining the flexibility to cut back if necessary. But if not used effectively, they can increase costs without producing the desired results.

  • Small Business Is Borrowing? Then It Must Be Spending Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 | 2:53 PM ET
    Stack of U.S. hundred-dollar bills

    Two recent surveys say demand for loans among small businesses is up. If small businesses are borrowing, they must be spending. We asked members of our Small Business Council to fill us in on whether they are planning to spend in 2012, and if so, what they plan to buy.

  • Five Reasons to Improve Your Cash-Flow Forecasting Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 | 12:40 PM ET

    By knowing exactly what cash you have coming in and going out and when those transfers occur, you ensure you have enough cash to continue operating from day to day. At its most basic level, cash-flow forecasting helps a business survive.

  • Small Business Drives Job Growth in January Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    ADP announced that 170,000 jobs were created in the month of January, and that growth was largely driven by small business hiring.

  • A California start-up is turning car sharing into an easy way to make a few extra bucks.

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