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The Small Business Afternoon Report

CNBC Small Business - Around the Web
CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

Forbes lists "Five Reasons Small Businesses Shouldn't Dump Health Care Benefits."

In Michigan today, Democrats in the state legislature proposed a plan that would help boost lending from local banks to small businesses, reports The Detroit News.

According to the New York Times, businesses near Zuccotti Park will stage their own protest this evening against the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.

Tax breaks and street smarts: just a few of the benefits you'll get if, explains SmartMoney, you hire an ex-con.

SBA chief Karen Mills tells Fortune magazine that passage of the American Jobs Act will free up cash for small businesses.

In case you missed it: The New York Times took an in-depth look at the efforts by the community in the small Adirondack town of Saranac Lake, N.Y., to create a community-owned department store after the last chain retailer left several years ago. A triumph of main street can-do.

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