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  • Start Ups Need to Do Due Diligence on VCs Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 4:13 PM ET
    JPMorgan prepares for the arrival of Facebook management.

    Choosing the right VC has become even more important in the wake of the Facebook IPO fallout.

  • Job Growth Not a Product of US Manufacturing Surge Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 1:17 PM ET

    2012 could be the year the U.S. finally opens more plants than closes. It’s an important step, one that demonstrates the steady recovery of American manufacturing. But analysts say the sector is far from what it was 15 or 20 years ago.

  • Warby Parker's Vision for Growth Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    Warby Parker glasses

    Warby Parker has been a revolutionary force in the eyewear market since its launch in February 2010. By selling their own designs almost exclusively online, the company is able to price its hip eyeglasses at $95 per pair. Co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal spoke about the company’s vision for growth and the potential for a future IPO.

  • How Smashburger Built a Better Burger Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 10:12 AM ET
    Smashburger, a chain of fast casual burger restaurants, gets it's name from the process used to cook burgers, which entails smashing a ball of 100% Certified Angus ground beef on a grill to sear in the juices.

    The success of Smashburger has proven that there is room for an upscale market in the burger franchise business.

  • Crowdsourcing the Ad Slogan Friday, 8 Jun 2012 | 4:39 PM ET
    Richard Davis, Slogan Slayers

    Forget what you see on TV’s “Mad Men.” Sometimes, it takes a village to write an advertising slogan.

  • Facebook Makes It Easier To Manage Company Pages Friday, 8 Jun 2012 | 12:02 PM ET

    Here are some ideas if you manage your businesse's  Facebook page.

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    A new survey by Citibank finds that 23 percent of small business owners have gone without pay for at least a year as they work to keep their businesses afloat in a tough economy.

  • Most Work Emails Not Important, Study Finds Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    New research has found that only one in four emails is essential for work. And only 14 percent of work emails were considered critically important.

  • Small Business Owners Getting Squeezed by NBA Lockout Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 2:47 PM ET
    NBA Lockout

    Yes, the NBA lockout is about millionaires fighting billionaires, but it's also about so many others whose livelihood depends on the game, here are a few of their stories.

  • Dig This: A 'Super-Sized Sandbox' Off The Las Vegas Strip Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 12:46 PM ET
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Who says you can't play in a sandbox just because you're all grown up? That's the idea behind Dig This off the Las Vegas strip, a first-of-its-kind recreational heavy equipment playground.

  • How the New Google+ Local Tab Could Influence Local SEO Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 11:43 AM ET
    Google Plus

    For local business owners, the results of Google's new Google+ Local tab will go well beyond the social network's increased social features.

  • The DIY Drive-In Movie Revival Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 11:13 AM ET
    Google Drive-In Doodle

    While the number of drive-in theaters in the U.S. has dwindled to about 300, according to the United Drive-in Theaters Association, there's something of a DIY revival today, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Woman using laptop in internet cafe

    Technology, the urge to go green, telecommuting and a generation of workers who grew up with smartphones in their hands and computers in their laps are revamping the work culture. The office of ""The Office" is fading and shrinking in the process.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Your Credit Card Processor Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012 | 12:18 PM ET

    When starting a business you'll likely end up accepting credit or debit cards, which means hiring a third-party processing firm to manage the transaction between you and the card giants. To prepare for this complex marketplace, here are five questions to ask to make sure you're getting the best deal.

  • Route 66

    Known as America's Main Street, Route 66 is undergoing a business resurgence of sorts as travelers search for a bygone era.

  • Reborn: American Drive-In Movie Theaters Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 4:48 PM ET
    Drive-in movie theaters are so often associated with times gone by, a fading industry where the real estate is more valuable than the business, that it might surprise you to learn that not only are many theaters hanging tough, there are some new theaters that have been built in the past decade.Make no mistake, though. The industry, like many small businesses, faces challenges. It has seen the number of screens decline from more than 4,000 in the 1960s to 366 today. Skyrocketing real estate value

    While it's true that the real estate drive-ins occupy are often more valuable than the business, many theaters are hanging tough.

  • New Model Breaks From Payday Lender Pack Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 12:54 PM ET
    Progress Financial is a leading financial services company serving the needs of the growing Hispanic market.

    While Hispanic business leaders are trying to slow a nationwide drive toward stricter regulation of payday lenders, a new model, Progreso Financiero sees itself as a home-grown remedy for the credit drought in Hispanic communities, with fairer terms and stricter lending requirements.

  • How to Brainstorm a Great Business Name Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    Naming a business is by far the hardest task for startups when it comes to branding. It’s permanent, or at least feels that way.

  • Low-Cost Franchises Rise in Popularity Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 9:50 AM ET
    1-800-GOT-JUNK? was one of the companies named by Franchise Business Review as a top low-cost franchise.

    Low-cost franchise opportunities — those with an average investment of $150,000 or less —  are among the most popular and sought-after.

  • Social Marketing: Engagement Equals Endorsement Thursday, 31 May 2012 | 3:48 PM ET
    Add Friend Facebook

    The small business owner possess the engagement skill in spades — and can use it to grow their business. It's called Engagement Marketing.