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  • Ethical Framework Builds a Solid Company: Opinion Thursday, 31 May 2012 | 12:10 PM ET
    Forked Road

    The modern company has a split personality: Its conscience is partly internal and partly external. And that could affect the reputation, and longevity, of your business.

  • Sizzler

    Franchise brands go belly up for many reasons. But not all bankrupt restaurant franchises deserve such a fate. In fact, some brands have enough mojo to revive themselves.

  • New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees Is Hiring Thursday, 31 May 2012 | 10:10 AM ET
    Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints looks to pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, LA.

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has announced that he's starting a business and is on the hunt for a CEO to run it.

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    Small businesses in states that were hit hardest by the collapse of the housing market — including Nevada, New Mexico and Florida — are having an especially hard time getting access to the capital they need to grow and hire.

  • Social Responsibility Builds Long-Term Success: Opinion Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 12:34 PM ET

    Small business would be well-served to adopt a benefit corporation structure. Companies that seek to establish sustainable principles as part of their business and marketing strategy and, more importantly, their corporate DNA, are positioned for long-term success.

  • Back to Civilian Life, Veterans Try Franchises Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 11:12 AM ET
    U.S. Veterans, Afghanistan

    Retired military veterans, Mark and Dawn Kelly, have looked embarked on a franchising opportunity through TeamLogic IT to start a business after ending their service.

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    Sponsoring niche sports costs less, but can stıll pack a marketing punch.

  • Young Entrepreneur Crashes on AOL's Couch Friday, 25 May 2012 | 2:42 PM ET
    AOL offices in Palo Alto, Calif.

    A young entrepreneur, short on cash, decides to make the AOL campus in Palo Alto his temporary living space while working on his start up.

  • Summer Friday Survey: Did Anyone Ask the Boss? Friday, 25 May 2012 | 12:02 PM ET

    It comes as no surprise that 75 percent of employees in a survey said that having a Summer Friday policy would be an effective tool for increasing productivity. But did anyone think to ask their bosses what they thought about Summer Fridays?

  • Romney Leads Poll Of Small Business Owners Friday, 25 May 2012 | 10:09 AM ET
    Mitt Romney

    Small-business owners are leaning right leading up to the U.S. presidential election. Forty-nine percent of business owners plan to vote for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

  • Crowdfunding More Marketing Than Fundraising: Opinion Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 11:45 AM ET

    Many confuse crowdfunding campaigns as fundraising efforts, because they call on the general public for support. Here's why they are more akin to consumer marketing efforts.

  • The Big Thing That's Costing Your Company Employees Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 10:08 AM ET

    Companies need to look within at factors such as underfunded onboarding programs or a lack of training and mentoring to understand why they are hemorrhaging employees.

  • Re-Shoring: Manufacturers Make a U-Turn Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 11:40 AM ET
    Chesapeake Bay Candle's U.S. factory in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

    More and more American firms are bringing those operations home — and while it might be a little premature to call this "re-shoring" effort a movement, it's certainly starting to become a trend.

  • Making it Big in the Sunglass Business Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 10:24 AM ET

    After squeezing nearly 50 different pairs onto his head, Rico Elmore didn't walk into the desert sunshine with a new pair of sunglasses. But he did walk out with an idea for a business.

  • The Toughest State to Start a Small Business Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 10:20 AM ET
    Las Vegas

    A new study found that three-quarters of businesses in Nevada reported they were unable to grow due to difficulties in obtaining financing.

  • How to Ask Your Bank for Money Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    You're not pitching the upside--you're alleviating fears about downside risk. Make sure you know the difference.

  • What Small Business Can Learn From Google Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 11:25 AM ET
    A sign is displayed outside of the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

    The core lessons learned at Google translate readily to any business to create agility, employee engagement, and ultimately, stronger business results.

  • For Small Businesses, Taxes Top Election Concern Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 10:35 AM ET

    Tax codes, employment regulations and retirement security are the top three election issues for small business owners, according to payroll service provider Paychex.

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    The small business owner has some unique opportunities in this business environment, chief among them, the ability to build value over time, the opportunity to increase return and a competitive field bereft of distracting competition and chock-full of opportunity.

  • Bring Your Own Device: Smart Move For Businesses? Monday, 21 May 2012 | 11:19 AM ET
    Apple's iPhone 3Gs

    Some companies promote “BYOD,’’ or Bring Your Own Device, to cut costs. But it's creating headaches for IT departments, who must guard against iffy apps and careless employees.