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  • 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.

  • 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.

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