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  • From left to right, Sandy, David, Jeffrey and Kenny.

    Jeffrey Braverman left his Wall Street investment banking job to return to his family's New Jersey nut business. Was he crazy? Maybe, but he's also built a successful online business for the family-owned company.

  • Forget Tax Breaks, Cut Regulation Instead: Small Biz Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 7:50 AM ET
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    As House Minority Leader Eric Cantor prepares to present his tax cut legislation to the House today, small business owners say that while tax cuts are a step in the right direction, what is  really needed is reduced regulations.

  • 'Taxes Will Be Resolved Through Election': Cantor Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
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    In anticipation of his proposed tax cut for small businesses being squashed in the Senate, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he expects the debate over taxes to be resolved with the presidential election.

  • Outrageous American Bars Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 10:42 AM ET
    Most successful bars rely on a constant stream of regulars, who enjoy a place where they can count on the same familiar bartenders, drinks and clientele each time they go in.But for some patrons, it’s the thrill of a new experience or adventurous night on the town that draws them to a bar. For them, theme bars offer not just a place to sit and have a drink, but something akin to going to the theater, where patrons get to be a part of the play.These bars are defined by décor, the food and drink,

    Grab your wallet and your ID, we’re about to try something a little different. Here are nine of the most outrageous bars across the U.S.

  • How to Build the Next Instagram Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 11:18 AM ET
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    To make sure your mobile app is a hit, you must focus on these three aspects of user experience.

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    A small cadre of lawyers, some from out of state, are using New York City’s age and architectural quirkiness as the foundation for a flood of lawsuits citing violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

  • Code Complexity Taxing Small Businesses Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 10:38 AM ET
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    The complexity of the tax code continues to pose significant challenges to small businesses. Unfortunately, that pain won’t go away anytime soon: The administrative and financial burden imposed on small businesses by federal taxes continues to grow, a new survey shows.

  • Once Seen as Risky, Banks Rethink Franchise Loans Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 10:02 AM ET
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    The Consumer Bankers Association will announced today a standardized lending “template” for working with franchisees that should speed up, and strengthen, the relationship between banks and franchisees.

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    Sole proprietors may be on top of it in terms of getting their taxes done, but they may be cheating themselves: According to data compiled from online accounting solution Outright.com, business owners are neglecting to report mileage expenses on their tax returns.

  • What Venture Capitalists Want: 4 Tips Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 12:00 PM ET
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    Venture capitalists look for very specific items when determining whether to invest in a business. Use these tips to make sure you have a leg up on securing their funding.

  • Daring to Cut Off Amazon Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 10:54 AM ET
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    The Educational Development Corporation, a book publisher, is pulling its publications from Amazon arguing that the online retailer under cutting competition with cut-throat tactics.

  • Senior Discounts: Popular, But Under Fire Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 9:53 AM ET
    Aging Population

    Senior discounts are under fire. Some critics wonder why older generations deserve a price break when younger generations are struggling more. There's also the question of affordability: Will businesses keep cutting prices for seniors as hordes of baby boomers push into their 60s? The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • No, Really, Facebook Makes Employees More Productive Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 9:24 AM ET
    A sign with the 'like' symbol stands in front of the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

    A 10-minute Facebook break makes employees happier, healthier and more productive, according to new research.

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    When big corporations use offshore tax havens, small businesses pay the price — literally. If they were to cover the cost of corporate abuse of tax havens in 2011, the average U.S. small business would pay $2,116, according to a report released by consumer group U.S. PIRG.

  • A Negative Lexicon For Positive Customer Relationships Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 3:30 PM ET
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    No brand is complete until a brand-appropriate style of speaking with customers is in place at all levels of the enterprise. Which is why developing a consistent style of service speech is so important.

  • Taxes

    Even if you haven't finished — or started — filling out your tax forms, you've still got time to get your receipts in order and work the tax code to your advantage.

  • Rick Santorum's Sweater Vest: Boon to Tiny Manufacturer Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 10:38 AM ET
    Rick Santorum SC Primary

    While Rick Santorum withdrew from the presidential race Tuesday, his trademark garb will live on in the hearts and minds of knitwear enthusiasts, including Bemidji Woolen Mills, the tiny Minnesota-based manufacturer that has been racing since January to keep Santorum and his donors vested.

  • Ashton Kutcher Invests in Iowa-Based Dwolla Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 5:17 PM ET
    Ashton Kutcher

    Ashton Kutcher’s latest project isn’t in Hollywood, it’s in his native Iowa. The "Two and A Half Men" star has invested an undisclosed amount of money in Dwolla, a Des Moines-based startup.

  • Caine's Arcade: Sweat, Ingenuity and ... Boxes Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 2:08 PM ET
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    Business owners looking for inspiration should look no further than Caine Monroy. His business, Caine’s Arcade, was built on sweat, ingenuity and cardboard boxes.

  • The Real Springfield Hopes to Cash In on 'Simpsons' Fame Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 11:59 AM ET
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    As business owners in Springfield, Ore., become accustomed to the idea of being the star of a TV series, they are also trying to figure out what to do with their newfound fame.

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