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  • Visa and Mastercard: What Entrepreneurs Should Know Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 2:32 PM ET
    Visa

    Last week's multibillion dollar settlement with credit card giants MasterCard and Visa affects millions of retail entrepreneurs: It will give them a break on some fees and allow them to charge additional fees of their own.

  • The thousands of community banks have often said their much larger counterparts have trampled on them. Now some hope the latest Wall Street scandal could give them ammunition to strike back.

  • What's the Best Age to Become a Boss? Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    Good news for older workers looking for a job: New research has determined that managers demonstrate their highest levels of professional vitality in their 50s.

  • Heat Wave Takes Toll On Small Businesses Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    Besides having to suffer physically, some small businesses are also seeing sales drop as the temperatures rise.

  • Obama vs. Small Business? Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 5:28 PM ET
    Donald Danner, NFIB CEO

    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) President and CEO Donald Danner accused the government of making it more difficult to start a business. This came after President Obama made a controversial comment in a campaign speech over the weekend.

  • How Marissa Mayer Prevents Work Burnout Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 2:42 PM ET
    Marissa Mayer

    Newly appointed Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer offered tips for preventing work burnout at a NYC gathering last month.

  • Pawn Shops Go Upscale for Affluent Clients Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 12:25 PM ET

    Amid a recession and credit crunch, consumers and businesses are turning to pawn shops for a quick cash infusion, USA Today reports.

  • 7 Retail Disaster Zones Every Storeowner Should Avoid Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 10:09 AM ET

    Unfortunately, many retailers don't notice poorly designed areas of their stores until it's too late. Here are seven common store spaces that retailers botch up and ways to avoid making the same mistakes.

  • What Is Shake Shack's 'Special Sauce'? Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 5:31 PM ET
    The original Shake Shack location at New York's Madison Square Park.

    CEO Randy Garutti wants to achieve global burger domination ... without becoming a soulless corporation.

  • Cool Aha Moment: The Cardboard Bicycle Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 12:26 PM ET

    Engineers told this Israeli entrepreneur that his idea would be impossible to pull off. He soon proved them wrong.

  • Wine and Art: What Better Franchise? Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 11:01 AM ET

    Hand a canvas and some painting supplies to a not-so-budding artist, and a blank stare may follow. But give this same Picasso in the rough a corkscrew and wine glass, and you’ve got a franchise opportunity.

  • After nearly going under as a struggling motel, Fawlty Towers reopened May 1 as a re-branded, clothing-optional resort.

  • How To Shift Employees Into High Gear Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 3:49 PM ET
    Steering wheel

    Your workforce is the engine underneath the hood of your business. A sluggish workforce makes your business a lemon; an efficient one makes it a pearl. And everyone wants a clean ride. That means means leading, motivating, and driving employees to top performance with the right metrics system in place.

  • In Election Year, Politics is Good Business Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 2:07 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney sits in a 1961 Rambler with the cars owner, Michael Scheib, during a campaign event at K’s Hamburger on June 17, 2012 in Troy, Ohio.

    But small businesses that want to reap the benefits of campaign spending can’t get stuck in neutral.

  • 4 Tips for Building a Mighty Brand Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 11:38 AM ET
    Under Armour

    Kevin Plank, the founder of Under Armour, turned his renegade idea into a brand that's a household name. Here's how he did it.

  • Five Steps to a Successful Turnaround Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 10:22 AM ET
    Window with man looking at the Illuminated Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China. Window with man looking at the Illuminated Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China.

    The recession made it painfully apparent that the Internet, smartphones and other new technologies are causing disruptions. Here's how to embrace the changes.

  • Why Micro-Entrepreneurship Could Be Key to Job Creation Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 8:31 AM ET

    Concierge and errand-running service start ups have cropped up to provide quick gigs for people seeking supplemental income or extra spending money, including Exec, Agent Anything, Zaarly and TaskRabbit.

  • Businesses Slow to Adopt Health-Care Reform Requirements Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 2:49 PM ET
    Healthcare cost

    A majority of  businesses have not taken the steps necessary to meet the requirements of the new Affordable Care Act, set to take effect in 2014, according to research.

  • Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    As investors become increasingly uneasy about the second-quarter earnings period, expectations for more action from the Fed are on the rise. But with record low rates and the weak global economy, analysts are anticipating a disappointing season all around.

  • A Door-to-Door Salesman for the Digital Age Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 3:05 PM ET
    Kabir Shahani

    What if you have an idea for a product, but are unsure whether there would be much demand? Do what Kabir Shahani, co-founder of Appature did — ask the people who could most benefit from your product whether they would buy it.

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