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  • Online Shoppers Are Rooting for the Little Guy Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 10:36 AM ET
    Amazon.com

    Giant e-commerce companies like Amazon are acting increasingly like their big-box brethren as they extinguish small competitors with discounted prices and free shipping. The little sites are fighting back with some tactics of their own, like preventing price comparisons or offering freebies that an anonymous large site can’t.

  • Obama Elevates SBA to Cabinet-Level Agency Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 2:53 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama today announced that the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Karen Mills, will be the newest cabinet member.

  • Wall Street sign

    As employee dissatisfaction spreads through the financial-services industry amid waning profits, slashed bonuses and layoffs, New York's bustling world of tech startups is attracting fed-up financiers, offering them jobs, cash and a shot at creating empires of their own.

  • It's a Brave New World For Franchisees in 2012 Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    Advances in technology means one thing for franchise companies hoping to be successful in 2012 and beyond — they must adapt to a new way of communicating with franchisees and their customers.

  • N.J. Small Businesses Urge Christie To Reject Wage Hike Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 5:33 PM ET
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

    The state director for the New Jersey branch of the National Federation of Independent Business issued a statement today urging Governor Chris Christie to resist raising the state’s minimum wage.

  • Business Must Stand Up for Free Enterprise: Donohue Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 11:20 AM ET

    The business community must defend free enterprise in Washington if the country is going to achieve economic growth in 2012, said Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce.

  • The Cost of Deadbeat Clients Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 10:54 AM ET
    Bill and cash

    With the economy still sputtering, small businesses are getting more creative not only about how to increase revenues but also about retrieving money owed them.

  • Snooki, DJ Pauly D Announce Headphone Deals Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 4:05 PM ET
    Nicole Polizzi

    Among the stars promoting products at the Consumer Electronics Show are Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, who announced they are partnering with audio companies to design their own headphones.

  • Race for New Website Domain Names May End Up a Marathon Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 10:24 AM ET
    Close up of someone typing on a laptop.

    On Thursday, a digital land rush kicks off that could produce a torrent of new Web addresses for the first time in more than a decade.

  • Beyonce's Baby Shares Name With Boston Small Business Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 5:51 PM ET
    Beyonce

    While many were surprised to learn that Beyonce and Jay-Z would name their newborn daughter Blue Ivy, perhaps no one was more surprised than Veronica Alexandra, who just happens to own an event-planning company called Blue Ivy.

  • Failure rates of new businesses are as scary as the current unemployment rate. So if you are thinking of starting the business, the best way to ensure success is to get industry experience before you commit to a new venture.

  • Eastman Kodak Co.

    As Kodak's stock continues to drop and the threat of bankruptcy looms, people are wondering what happens to the city that depended upon the benevolent employer for so long. Rochester, N.Y. is doing just fine, thanks in part to Kodak refugees who have started small businesses over the past 20 years.

  • Small Biz Confidence Continues Upward Trend Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 8:58 AM ET

    For the fourth time since September, and for the second month in a row, small-business optimism has risen, according to the National Federation of Independent Business Optimism Index.

  • Dunkin Donuts

    Dunkin' Donuts has kicked off 2012 with big plans for an aggressive expansion. It seeks to double its U.S. locations over the next 20 years, providing more opportunities for franchisees, job seekers and doughnut consumers alike.

  • Jobs Outlook in Small Business: Let's Review Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 5:57 PM ET
    Alec Baldwin

    Jobs Outlook in Small Business: Let's Review

  • Donald Trump Takes Over Cafe Hurt by OWS Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 3:34 PM ET
    Demonstrators with 'Occupy Wall Street' continue their protest at Zuccotti Park in New York on November 4, 2011.

    A local New York restaurant that saw business drop off as Occupy Wall Street protests erupted nearby has finally shut its doors — and will be taken over by the ultimate 1 percenter, Donald Trump.

  • 3 Ways To Get Customer Loyalty Wrong Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 1:08 PM ET

    While it’s customer loyalty programs are a critical strategic endeavor for every company, even some of the largest brands in the world make significant customer loyalty mistakes. As a small business, you may have even more at stake.

  • So Far, The Snow Business Is a No-Show Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 11:23 AM ET
    Squaw Valley, CA

    The lack of snow at ski resorts around the country has meant not only a disappointing start to the winter ski season, but a lack of customers for small businesses that depend upon cold temperatures and the appearance of the white stuff to make money.

  • Daily deals site Groupon, which went public in early November, is seeing its stock price tumble after a recent report found that most business owners who previously offered a daily deal have no plans to do so again in the next six months.

  • Sauder Woodworking manufacturers much of its ready-to-assemble furniture in Ohio, even in the face of cheaper competition overseas. Perhaps more surprising, the company has been pioneering sustainable business practices since it began three generations ago.

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