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  • Why Fewer Americans Are Starting New Businesses Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 | 10:43 AM ET
    Small Business Owner

    A new study says the number of U.S. entrepreneurs has been on the decline for decades and the country is in danger of losing its entrepreneurial vigor. But not everyone sees the same collapse of American business.

  • Four Fitness Startups Find Unique Workout Niche Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 4:16 PM ET

    Boutique health clubs are competing with established players by offering unique takes on breaking a sweat. Here are four businesses that are changing the way we exercise.

  • Using Reality TV to Raise Your Business Profile Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 2:04 PM ET

    One show is putting a new spin on reality TV. "Everyday Edisons" gives entrepreneurs the chance to run ideas by investors. Do you have a winning idea?

  • How Startup Popchips Conquered the Snack Market Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 11:05 AM ET
    Popchips

    See how startups are using game-like smartphone apps and labor strategies to conquer markets and motivate staff.

  • Social Media Builds Your Brand—Sort Of Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 9:39 AM ET

    A new study shows tweets, likes and other social-media strategies only get you so far when building a business brand. Ideas for supporting you emerging brands.

  • More Businesses Hire for Online Skills Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 3:26 PM ET

    Hiring for online talent grew in the second quarter, according to new research by online employment website Elance. See what kind of skills are in demand.

  • You, Too, Can Wear Sue Sylvester's Green Track Suit Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 1:27 PM ET

    Wesley Tansey's idea for a business started when he tried to track down the sunglasses Kristen Stewart wore on "Twilight" to give to his girlfriend. The girlfriend's gone, but the business is thriving.

  • What Olympic Athletes Can Teach Entrepreneurs Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 12:16 PM ET
    Athlete and Businessman

    From negative thinking to burnout, entrepreneurs can take cues from Olympic athletes. What leadership skills can you learn from professional athletes?

  • How Three Niche Food Companies Made It Big Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 11:01 AM ET

    Some entrepreneurs are finding success in unique foods that are healthy, spicy or gluten-free. Is a niche food company right for you?

  • Franchises Oppose NYC Soda Ban Plan Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 10:05 AM ET
    Soda

    As New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg cracks down on obesity and soda consumption, the franchise association this week jumped into the fray. What can businesses do to protect themselves?

  • How to Compete With the Big Chains Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 4:38 PM ET
    Kroger

    While small businesses can't compete with larger players on price, there are steps specialty merchants can take to get an edge.

  • Does the Daily-Deal Industry Need Policing? Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 3:40 PM ET
    Groupon

    Thousands of daily deal, group buying, and flash-sale providers including Groupon have opened shop. But amid merchant complaints, is there need for a standard code of conduct?

  • Kinds of Colleagues You Need to Dump Now Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 1:58 PM ET

    There's a business adage that your business is as good as your team. As you tackle building or tweaking your work network, consider the types of colleagues to avoid.

  • Small Retailers Open Up Storefronts on Facebook Pages Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 10:44 AM ET
    Facebook

    More businesses are turning to Facebook merchant pages to raise their profile and boost sales. Here's how to effectively use social media for your business.

  • Conversation That Makes Instant Connections Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 4:22 PM ET

    Whether you're interacting with employees, customers, or investors, communication is key to business success. Some tips for entrepreneurs.

  • Why More Businesses Are Using Cloud Computing Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 1:00 PM ET

    More small businesses are turning to cloud computing to trim costs. Is the new technology right for your business?

  • Nine Strategies of Successful Entrepreneurs Worth Copying Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 11:07 AM ET

    The most successful people in business approach their work differently than most. See how they think—and why it works.

  • Uneasy About Economy, Businesses Still Reluctant to Hire Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    Many business owners are too overworked to unplug—and too jittery to hire more help in this economy, according to a new survey.

  • Groupon

    Small-business Back Alley Waffles has shuttered, and its blaming the e-commerce site. While Groupon defends its deals, the complaint raises questions about cash flow bottlenecks.

  • Reducing Risks When Starting a New Venture Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 1:54 PM ET

    Being an entrepreneur or running a small business means taking big leaps of faith. Some strategies for analyzing and reducing your business risk.

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