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  • 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.

  • Louisville Slugger's Unlikely Home Run Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 11:52 AM ET

    The Louisville Slugger was trademarked in 1894, but its contribution to the history of sports marketing might be as significant as the product itself.

  • Earnings Are the Next Big Test for Stocks Sunday, 8 Jul 2012 | 7:06 PM ET

    The impact of Europe's debt crisis on US companies is about to come out in the wash as second-quarter earnings season kicks off with Alcoa on Monday. Plus, China economic data.

  • Daily Deals Business Continues to Grow Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    Despite past studies questioning its long-term viability, the daily deal industry is showing no signs of slowing down, new research from Rice University finds.

  • Turning a Business Into a One-Way Ticket to Paradise Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 11:20 AM ET
    Blanchard

    While some travelers fantasize about starting a little business in an exotic paradise, some actually act upon that impulse. But it's not always easy to start a business in an overseas locale.

  • Dunkelberg: Health-Care Semantics Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | 2:13 PM ET
    U.S. Supreme Court

    So it was all about semantics, a “tax” vs a “penalty”, but the bottom line is the same, the law stands.

  • Greenleaf: Health-Care Ruling Will Test Our Mettle Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | 12:16 PM ET
    U.S. Supreme Court

    After the shock wears off, we’re all going to have to show up to work and get back to the business of doing our jobs. So what will that look like for those of us on the front lines of the economy?

  • The Health-Care Ruling and Your Business Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | 11:28 AM ET

    The Supreme Court's Obamacare decision was one of the most anticipated in a decade. What effect will it have on your business?

  • Telemedicine: A Prescription For Lower Health-Care Costs? Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 | 10:43 AM ET
    Virtuwell

    Online, on-demand health exams are part of an emerging industry called telemedicine, which uses communications technology to care for patients who are not in the same location as the medical provider. It can save an employer hundreds or thousands of dollars a year in health-care costs.

  • Truth in Twitter: One False Move Could Mean Millions Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 12:48 PM ET

    The Web era gives small businesses vastly more promotional reach, but also more chances to trip up over truth-in-advertising laws.

  • Ten Ideas That Made $100 Million Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:38 AM ET
    Bert and John Jacobs designed their first t-shirts in 1989 and hawked them on the streets of Boston and at colleges along the East Coast. But for five years, success eluded them. Then, in 1994, they struck upon the idea to use a design of a cartoon figure called Jake and the motto “Life is good.” People seemed to embrace the simple message of optimism — the shirts were a hit at a local street fair and retailers soon became interested.Now Jake’s face and motto are on more than just shirts. You ca

    Many entrepreneurs with simple ideas and humble beginnings have been able to effectively turn those ideas into booming businesses.

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