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  • JOBS Act Will Drive Businesses to IPO On-Ramp: Opinion Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 2:56 PM ET
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    While the center of the universe this week for Wall Street and the IPO world is Facebook’s long-awaited debut to the public market, the biggest ongoing story related to the IPO market is the enactment last month of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.

  • Small Businesses Embrace Disaster Preparedness Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 12:07 PM ET
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    Small and medium-size businesses are looking to technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobile devices to beef up their disaster preparedness capabilities.

  • Outrageous Drinks Monday, 14 May 2012 | 4:54 PM ET
    The latest entry into the flavored vodka arena: While that might not be the vodka of choice for your next Bloody Mary, you have to admit you’re curious. That’s what marketers are counting on. Unusual flavors and packaging are helping companies in the alcoholic beverage market stand out in a saturated – so to speak – market. According to the latest data from the USDA Economic Research Service, consumers spent nearly  on alcoholic beverages in the U.S. in 2010.So, with a little creative packaging

    With a little creative packaging and a lot of innovation, spirits manufacturers are expanding the market. Check out some of the most unusual ways businesses are innovating in the world of alcohol.

  • Site Helps Businesses Tame the 'CustoMonster' Monday, 14 May 2012 | 3:21 PM ET
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    Ashey and Robert Bodi have set up a website that helps small business owners combat the CustoMonster — the customer that is never satisfied and is slow to pay.

  • Small Size Is Your Biggest Advantage Monday, 14 May 2012 | 11:58 AM ET
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    Small businesses have the advantage of being easier to reach, customer-centric, innovation-driven, and incredibly nimble, compared to larger competitors. There may be no better time to be a small business.

  • Google's Penguin Freezing Out Small Business Searches Monday, 14 May 2012 | 10:03 AM ET
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    Being listed near the top of the results page on Google can be the difference between gaining new customers and losing them to another company. A recent series of changes released by Google is affecting the way the search engine giant orders their rankings; small businesses have been hit particularly hard by this update.

  • World's Second-Oldest Profession Goes Online Friday, 11 May 2012 | 9:49 AM ET
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    Pawngo is bringing the world's second-oldest profession into the future by making an online pawn shop.

  • Splendor

    Nearly a third of online shoppers surveyed purchase gifts in the week leading up to Mother's Day; another 18 percent wait until the last minute. So local merchants, expect Saturday to be busy.

  • The Best States to Start a Small Business Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 12:04 PM ET
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    Texas continues to earn high marks for its welcoming atmosphere for businesses that call it home. Two surveys released in the past week rank it the No. 1 state for small business satisfaction.

  • 6 Signs You're Addicted to Facebook Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 11:32 AM ET
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    If your friends and family joke that you're addicted to Facebook, they may be right. Researchers in Norway have identified six signs that you may be addicted. They've used those signs to develop a test to help you figure out of your suffer from a social media addiction.

  • Merchant Cash Advances Are Expensive Small Biz Lifeline Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 9:52 AM ET
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    In this era of tight money, many small businesses feel that they've been hung out to dry by traditional lenders, a new survey shows. As a result, a growing number of companies are turning to alternative sources of funding, such as merchant cash advances.

  • Investors Less Likely to Back Women-Led Ventures Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 3:40 PM ET
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    A new study shows businesses that are run by women have a harder time gathering investors.

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    Hotels have found a new business opportunity in today's mobile, technology-driven world: selling small, tech-equipped meeting rooms for private business gatherings.

  • How Some Companies Expand in a Stalled Economy Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 10:42 AM ET
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    Lots of people advise staying aggressive during a difficult economy, but spending money when times are tough can be scary. Here's how three companies forged ahead in the middle of a recession.

  • Business Mistake

    Whether you own your own company now, are thinking about starting one or just have Facebook dreams of riches, take a few minutes and think about the basics before you invest another hour of time.

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    A new report lists home health care as one of the top five most profitable franchises in the U.S.

  • Local Regulations Can Stifle Job Growth: Opinion Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 10:35 AM ET
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    A new survey, by Thumbtack.com, shows that while overall tax rates and states and municipalities is an issue for small business owners, local regulations and licensing requirements pose even larger challenges.

  • Manufacturers Search for Workers to Sustain Revival Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 10:07 AM ET
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    Manufacturing in the U.S. is beginning to grow again and skilled workers are needed to sustain its revival.

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    Small business owners were more optimistic in April, but compared to a year ago they haven’t really moved the needle forward on feeling more confident about the economy.

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    Aafter years of pain for America’s manufacturing sector and its workers, some economists and analysts are wondering if the tide may be turning.

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