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Here are the top 5 trends, factors and events that will shape your business in 2012.
Poll results from the December Small Business Authority Market Sentiment Survey, released today, reveal that independent business owners are optimistic about the economy heading into 2012.
Pamela Meyer heard a lecture at her Harvard reunion that ended up inspiring a new business: teaching business people how to spot liars.
In a small business you gather a lot of clutter during the course of a year. When I worked by myself, all this stuff could become paralyzing. Here's how to feel more organized heading into the New Year.
Business owners take note: An eventual recovery is on the horizon, and the time to prepare and improve your company for future growth and success is now.
A small company has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, accusing the online giant of patent infringement, fraud and coercion.
Mitt Romney, well aware of the Christian conservatives aligned against him, is devoting special attention to voters who he thinks should be natural supporters: businesspeople who appreciate his private-sector experience and his focus on the economy.
It has been another tough year for many small businesses. One in four, according to the National Federation of Independent Business, believes the biggest problem is weak sales. Here are five businesses that hung on as long as they could, but had to close their doors in 2011.
Today's trends become tomorrow's realities. And while trends are intriguing to learn about for their own sake, they should abe an important component of your strategic thinking and planning for your small business as you head into 2012.
Restaurants that have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this year, including Friendly’s, Chevys, Sbarro and Perkins, barely bringing in enough cash to cover basic expenses. Yet they somehow keep hanging on — leaving too many restaurants chasing after scarce dining dollars.
Small businesses saw a slight improvement in the economy in November, according to just-released survey results from The Small Business Authority. But whether that confidence in growth continues remains to be seen, said Barry Sloane, president and CEO of Newtek Business Services.
With dogs substituting as children in many families, doggy day care is an industry that is growing despite the flailing economy. Owners spent an estimated $51 billion this year on their pets, including $3.65 billion on services such as boarding and grooming.
Like most years, 2011 presented challenges to small businesses. Let's look back at some of the most significant trends and happenings affecting small companies this past year.
Increasingly, consumers are bombarded with questions at the checkout counter. In a down economy, merchants not only want to impress customers with attentive service, they are also using sophisticated "business intelligence" software to boost their bottom lines, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
If you need another indicator about the state of the economy and consumer finances, look no further than your local pawn shop. spacerBusiness is booming, Las Vegas pawn shop operator Rick Harrison, star of the "Pawn Stars" reality television show, told CNBC Friday.
Heading into 2012, we're still facing a challenging economy, but it almost doesn't matter because there are so many ideas for savvy startups and business owners to capitalize on. Here are three to watch in the new year.
A few tips to help you decide whether a particular franchise is the right investment for you.
There's a pent-up pipeline of entrepreneurs who have put off selling their small businesses in recent years because of the economy. Now that many of these companies have at least one year of profits, they are more attractive to potential investors.
Faced with soaring unemployment rates, many returning Iraq and Afghan war veterans are taking matters into their own hands by starting their own businesses.
Sure, small businesses care about taxes: who pays, and who gets a break. But Washington needs to pay attention to bigger issues, such as stemming the out of control deficit, reducing regulation, and incentivizing small businesses to expand and hire.
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