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

  • CEOs Fear Lacking Talent in Coming Years Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 11:27 AM ET
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    Even with high unemployment rates, finding the right talent can be a major challenge for CEOs. That's the finding of a new poll, which found that while 47 percent of CEOs expect to see growth in the next three years, only 30 percent of CEOs feel they will be able to hire and retain the right talent needed to handle that growth.

  • A Report From the Front Lines of Entrepreneurship Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 11:09 AM ET
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    The spouse of an entrepreneur reports that when someone decides to start a company, they take the entire family along for the ride.

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

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

  • When Starting a Business, Delegate, Delegate, Delegate Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
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    Many entrepreneurs fall into the trap of thinking that no one can do a job as well as they can. But a business can't grow without successful delegation. But delegating often turns out to be easier said than done. There are three common mistakes that entrepreneurs can make when delegating.

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

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

  • Looking for the Cool Crowd? There's an App for That Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 12:20 PM ET
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    You show up at a bar, wait in line and finally make it past security, only to find that the place is wall-to-wall people — none of them your type. What if you could take the guesswork out of going out?

  • Chinese Copycats Challenge US Small Businesses Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 11:31 AM ET

    SylvanSport founder Thomas Dempsey learned last summer that a product similar to one he'd patented was being made in China when a customer sent him a link to a Chinese company's website.

  • The Brewery That Brought Beer Back to Brooklyn Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 11:01 AM ET
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    A century ago, Brooklyn had 48 breweries within its borders. But they slowly moved out of the borough, with the last two breweries closing their doors in 1976. Then, in the mid-1980s, beer came back to Brooklyn.

  • 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?

  • Unique Neighborhood Coffee Shops Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:36 AM ET
    Whether dark roast, light roast, with milk or black, no matter how you take your morning cup, you are part of a worldwide community of java drinkers that have made coffee one of the world’s top-traded agricultural commodities.For as many coffee drinkers as there are in the country, it seems there are just as many coffee shops, from international chains to the coffee house on the corner. It’s those neighborhood Coffee appliance maker Krups created its Best Brew Awards in 2011 to honor the best sm

    This year, voters chose 10 shops from across the country to receive the Best Brew Award. Find out who the winners are.

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

  • Is SaveLocal a Better Deal Than Groupon? Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 10:29 AM ET
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    Groupon, LivingSocial and other daily deal Web sites have by most accounts been a mixed blessing for small businesses. Can a new service, called SaveLocal, offer the benefits of online deal promotion while minimizing the costs?

  • Office Betting 'Madness' Not Limited To Sports Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 10:07 AM ET
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    It's no secret that people bet on sports at work, but a new poll reveals that's not the only thing they're betting on. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, employees have also admitted to making all manner of work-related wagers.

  • PayPal's Offline Service Hits its 'Sweet Spot': CEO Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 3:27 PM ET
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    Small business "has been the sweet spot" for online bill paying service PayPal and its parent eBay from the beginning, eBay CEO John Donahoe told CNBC. Now the company is introducing a new form of PayPal to businesses with "offline channels," he said.

  • Nose Job Doc Has Viral Video Investigated Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 12:30 PM ET
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    Michael Salzhauer, a Miami cosmetic surgeon and small-business owner, has a nose for inviting controversy. The so-called Dr. Schnoz has produced a rock video about rhinoplasty called "Jewcan Sam," and it's a hoot if you like your advertising on the broadly ethnic side.

  • Cash On Hand, Small Firms Get Ready to Spend: Study Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 12:03 PM ET
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    The discipline mid-size companies have developed since the financial crisis to maintain and grow cash reserves bodes well for future growth. That’s one takeaway from a new American Express/CFO report, which surveyed 325 senior finance executives about their top financial challenges.

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