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  • Businesses Retool Layaway Programs Ahead of Holidays Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 10:05 AM ET
    Female Shoppers

    Big retailers including Wal-Mart Stores are tweaking layaway programs to make shopping easier. Here's  how small businesses can create successful layaway programs.

  • How Candidates Boosted Their Main Street Appeal Thursday, 6 Sep 2012 | 3:51 PM ET
    President Barack Obama makes a brief appearance at the Democratic National Convention on September 5, 2012.

    Focusing on small business is a smart political strategy because it can appeal to the middle class. Here's how both parties tailored their messages for Main Street.

  • From DNC to New Venture: Eva Longoria's Big Week Thursday, 6 Sep 2012 | 10:36 AM ET
    Eva Longoria, co-chair of the Obama Campaign

    Eva Longoria is busy. In addition to speaking at the Democratic National Convention, the actress is pursuing a new venture. Get the details.

  • Fantasy Football Costs Employers Billions: Study Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 12:51 PM ET
    Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated the Patriots by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    It's a "non-scientific" study, but a Chicago group says fantasy football costs U.S. employers billions. Take a look at the hobby's effect on worker productivity.

  • Richard Branson Spotlights Five Altruistic Companies Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 9:43 AM ET
    Sir Richard Branson

    From Salesforce.com to a Dutch lottery model, more businesses are combining profits with values that reward doing the right thing. See Branson's picks of five altruistic companies.

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    Smaller businesses face a heightened risk because many lack resources to recover from serious cyber threats. See how they're using tech to protect their ventures.

  • Why Small Banks Aren't Always Best for Business Loans Friday, 31 Aug 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    A new study shows local bank managers have much leeway when distributing loans. But that discretion isn't always beneficial for local businesses. Learn more.

  • Getting a Loan to Open a Franchise Gets Harder Thursday, 30 Aug 2012 | 2:17 PM ET

    First-time franchise buyers are finding it more difficult to gather money needed to get their businesses off the ground. What's happening among lenders?

  • Why Young Workers Prefer Startups Thursday, 30 Aug 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    A look at why some members of Generation Y are shunning large corporate firms and seeking career satisfaction elsewhere.

  • College Students Sell Services to Lazy Classmates Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 10:22 AM ET

    Students can outsource everything, from grocery shopping to laundry. See how young, savvy entrepreneurs are making money.

  • The Booming Business of...Creationism? Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | 6:02 PM ET
    The façade of the Creation Museum located near Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Creationism is growing into a lucrative business for some religious Americans. There seems to be a growing demand for museums on a mission to debunk evolutionary theory and promote the belief that life was created by God as laid out in Genesis. 

  • Richard Branson's Tips for Growing Your Business Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | 11:07 AM ET
    Sir Richard Branson

    Maintaining a small venture's passion and attention to detail after a business becomes established is a challenge. Ideas from serial entrepreneur Richard Branson.

  • Use an Online Survey, Then Watch Your Business Grow Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    Small businesses are using technology to help them operate more efficiently and cost-effectively in an increasingly competitive environment

  • Richard Branson on How to Network Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    It's easy to connect with people who can help you launch and grow your business. Just think: LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter all provide opportunities for you to meet and interact with fellow entrepreneurs, experts in the field and innovative newcomers.

  • Google's New Stance on Copyright: The Upshot Monday, 20 Aug 2012 | 10:51 AM ET
    Google Logo

    Business owners should keep an eye on the slew of recent changes that Google has made to its search algorithm, especially one that may have serious implications for business search results.

  • Whither Harry Potter? Occult Items Face Online Ban Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | 12:03 PM ET

    Online marketplaces are banning supernatural and hazardous sales for things like hexes, poisons and psychic advice.

  • Rent the Runway Buys Into Social Media Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 10:20 AM ET
    Jennifer Fleiss (L), and Jennifer Hyman (R)

    Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman created Rent the Runway in 2009. Their goal was to provide women with “aspirational products from top designers that a woman otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.”

  • Speed Coaching for Business Owners Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 3:18 PM ET

    Jim Koch, founder and president of the Boston Beer Company, teamed up with Accion, a microfinance organization, to create a new small business coaching program called Brewing the American Dream.

  • How I Built My Business: Samuel Adams Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 12:44 PM ET
    When Jim Koch brewed his first Samuel Adams Boston Lager nearly 30 years ago, few were willing to take on the giants of the beer industry.Now, though Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors still dominate the overall U.S. beer market, Koch's Boston Beer Company commands 1 percent of the industry and has helped lead the renaissance in American craft beer.The Boston Beer Company produced almost 2.5 million barrels of beer last year, in more than 50 styles, and drew close to $560 million in revenues. It has

    When Jim Koch brewed his first Samuel Adams Boston Lager nearly 30 years ago, few were willing to take on the giants of the beer industry. Read ahead to learn how Koch built his company.

  • Weak Sales Deflate Business Owners’ Optimism: Survey Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 7:30 AM ET

    Small business owners’ pessimism about the economy seems to be rising with temperature. For the second month in a row, optimism among small business owners was down, according to a monthly survey by the National Federation of Independent Business.