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  • If the Name Gets in the Way, Change It Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 12:57 PM ET
    Google

    Small and big companies alike, including Google and IBM, have undergone name changes. Here's how to gauge if a name change is right for your business.

  • Four Reasons to Stop Lording Over Your Workers Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 11:32 AM ET
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    Instead of demanding your workers stay chained to desks, consider how to create more efficient, motivated employees.

  • Businesses That Cater to Extreme Adrenaline Junkies Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 9:24 AM ET
    Tandem HALO jumping

    Adrenaline junkies live on the edge — and often like to lean over it. And these days, there are plenty of businesses willing to court them.

  • Puzzling Picture on ?Jobs Foxes Experts Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 1:53 AM ET
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    How is it that the numbers of employed people are rising and unemployment claims are falling, while the UK economy is contracting? The Financial TImes reports

  • Small Businesses Still Struggling To Get Loans: Fed Study Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 1:51 PM ET
    US $100 banknote and a compass

    Years into the so-called economic recovery, it remains difficult for small businesses to get bank loans. "I had great credit," says Allison O'Neill, founder of Bundle. "They were just like, we're not taking any risks on startups."

  • Lessons About Branding From 'Project Runway' Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 12:13 PM ET
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    What allows an entrepreneur to take their business to the next level? Some takeaways from an unconventional source.

  • How to Send a Message To Stinky Colleagues Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 11:59 AM ET
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    Beauty-product company G.B. Proudfoot is now offering a 'Deodorgram' service, anonymously sending a stick of its For Pits Sake! natural deodorant to any olfactory offenders in your life.

  • Why What Kind of Car You Drive Matters Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 10:50 AM ET
    BMW X5

    You may not think twice about your ride, but customers, investors, and employees are most certainly looking — and judging.

  • Signs That You're an Entrepreneur at Heart Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 10:18 AM ET
    Young Female Entrepreneur

    Some attributes of successful entrepreneurs are contrary to stereotypes offered by television and movies. Do you have what it takes to be a business leader?

  • Gov. Quinn: This Drought Makes Us All ‘Tom Joad’ Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:49 AM ET
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    In Illinois, we’ve experienced the sixth-driest growing season on record. Of 102 counties, 100 are disaster areas, the state's governor addresses the issue of what's been done and what still needs to happen to help his state.

  • Sen. Pat Roberts: Don't Play Politics With Our Food Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:47 AM ET
    Corn plants dry in a drought-stricken farm field on July 17, 2012 near Fritchton, Indiana. The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades.

    The Senator from Kansas writes, "We need to approve this drought assistance to ensure livestock producers can continue providing us with the most affordable and safe food supply in the world."

  • How a Vacation Turned Into a New Swimwear Business Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 6:56 PM ET
    Calaveras Swimwear

    See how an investment banker turned a vacation into a brainstorm session for a new swimwear company.

  • Are Small Businesses Punishing Groupon? Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 6:55 PM ET
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    Businesses complain that Groupon didn't pay money owed to them in a timely manner, and that caused their businesses to suffer — but Groupon says the math that business owners are computing does not point to Groupon as the cause.

  • Retail Sales for Small Businesses Slows in July Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 3:04 PM ET
    Female Shoppers

    Spending at small retailers in the U.S. slowed in July from the same time last year, reaching the lowest growth level for the last 12 months, according to a new report.

  • Brilliant Mistakes That Built Companies Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 9:19 AM ET
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    These entrepreneurs have gone to the brink of failure—and have turned things around. Here's how, and what you can learn.

  • The Secret of Neuromarketing: Go for the Pain Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 7:38 AM ET
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    Marketers who appeal to consumers' frustrations and challenges experience more success. Here's what small businesses can learn from neuromarketing.

  • The Problem With Performance Reviews Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 1:18 PM ET
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    Performance reviews aren't always a good thing. Find out why.

  • 'Temple Run' Game Creators Find Strength in Small Size Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 12:12 PM ET
    Temple Run app

    'Temple Run' creators have turned their company's small size into an asset, not a disadvantage. Take a closer look at their strategy.

  • Secrets of the Ten Most-Trusted Brands Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 10:28 AM ET
    Coca-Cola

    Take a look at the strategies used by America's most trusted brands, and what you can learn to better connect with your customers.

  • Shop Rodeo Drive, Even in the Boonies Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 4:49 PM ET
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    Even if you live in a town with nothing but a Wal-Mart, a start-up called Shoptiques makes it easy to find unique items from boutiques from Brooklyn, to Beverly Hills, even Paris.

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