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  • Rick Santorum's Sweater Vest: Boon to Tiny Manufacturer Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 10:38 AM ET
    Rick Santorum SC Primary

    While Rick Santorum withdrew from the presidential race Tuesday, his trademark garb will live on in the hearts and minds of knitwear enthusiasts, including Bemidji Woolen Mills, the tiny Minnesota-based manufacturer that has been racing since January to keep Santorum and his donors vested.

  • Ashton Kutcher Invests in Iowa-Based Dwolla Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 5:17 PM ET
    Ashton Kutcher

    Ashton Kutcher’s latest project isn’t in Hollywood, it’s in his native Iowa. The "Two and A Half Men" star has invested an undisclosed amount of money in Dwolla, a Des Moines-based startup.

  • Caine's Arcade: Sweat, Ingenuity and ... Boxes Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 2:08 PM ET
    Caine's Arcade

    Business owners looking for inspiration should look no further than Caine Monroy. His business, Caine’s Arcade, was built on sweat, ingenuity and cardboard boxes.

  • The Real Springfield Hopes to Cash In on 'Simpsons' Fame Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 11:59 AM ET
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    As business owners in Springfield, Ore., become accustomed to the idea of being the star of a TV series, they are also trying to figure out what to do with their newfound fame.

  • Tax Deductions: There's Still Time for Small Business Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012 | 12:29 PM ET
    Taxes

    Tax deductions for retirement savings are still available through April 17. File an extension to get more time to qualify for tax deductions.

  • Google

    New research shows that customers obtained through Google Ads are more valuable than originally thought. The study shows that customers acquired through Google search advertising have a higher transaction rate than customers acquired from other channels.

  • Inflation Fears Dent Small Business Optimism: Survey Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012 | 7:30 AM ET
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    After six months of rising optimism, small business owners came back to earth in March, expressing concerns with inflation and rising prices in the latest Small Business Optimism Index survey from the National Federation of Independent Business.

  • Small Businesses Report Hiring Trend: Surveys Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 11:25 AM ET
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    A survey fro PNC reveals that small business owners are more optimistic about their prospects than anytime since the fall of 2007, and 28 percent say they will hire full-time staff in 2012.

  • Baseball’s Greatest Attractions Wednesday, 4 Apr 2012 | 2:14 PM ET
    As the major league teams wrap up spring training and hit the road for the start of another baseball season, many fans are also ready to embark on their own baseball road trips. America’s favorite pastime offers a great lens through which you can see the country. While most recommended road trips will take you to major and minor league stadiums, we offer another kind of tour: businesses and nonprofit ventures that give you a different window on the game. And if you time your visit to these place

    While most recommended road trips will take you to major and minor league stadiums, we offer another kind of tour: businesses and nonprofit ventures that give you a different window on the game.

  • Yogi Berra on Baseball and Business Wednesday, 4 Apr 2012 | 10:52 AM ET
    Yogi Berra

    Although he is best known for his celebrated career spent behind the plate for the New York Yankees from the late 1940's until the early 1960s, Yogi Berra is also a successful businessman.

  • Small Business Job Creation On a Roll: ADP Wednesday, 4 Apr 2012 | 10:12 AM ET
    Job Search

    The monthly employment report released today from ADP shows that employment on small payrolls — those private-sector businesses with under 50 employees — increased by 100,000 in March.

  • Workers Feeling More Confident About Job Market: Survey Wednesday, 4 Apr 2012 | 7:59 AM ET
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    As the unemployment rate continues to drop, however slowly, employees are feeling more confident about their prospects — that creates a new dynamic for workers and their employers.

  • Amazon.com

    Amazon is back in the news as the Goliath that is taking business away from local shops.

  • To Grow Business, Don't Fear Failure Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012 | 1:56 PM ET
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    Despite all their passion and long hours and great ideas, find themselves stuck in terms of their ability to grow. While every business owner's needs are different, there are some things all business owners can do to grow their business.

  • FICA: The Tax Business Owners Should Fear Most Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012 | 1:14 PM ET
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    Millionaire tax? Forget it. Higher brackets? The most dangerous tax for business owners is one nobody talks about, FICA.

  • Job Market Looking Up for New College Graduates: Study Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012 | 10:27 AM ET
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    This year's college graduates will find a more active, and potentially lucrative, hiring market, new data show.

  • Facebook's Timeline Means Changes for Marketers Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | 12:38 PM ET
    Facebook Timeline

    Now that all Facebook brand pages have migrated to Timeline, marketers, there are a few things that are important to know as you become familiar with the new look and functions of Facebook.

  • Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland

    With Opening Day around the corner small businesses in big league cities with downtown ballparks eagerly await the arrival of their teams from spring training, drawing hordes to the area.

  • Is the Bacon Coffin Another 'Taco Liberty Bell?' Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 1:43 PM ET
    Bacon Coffin

    Buried in bacon? A company says it has a bacon coffin for sale. It wouldn’t be the first time a company was inspired to pull an April Fool's Day prank on its customers.

  • Students Sell Their Faces to Pay Off Debt Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 1:36 PM ET
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    Calling all debt-ridden students: Would you consider turning your face into a billboard to help pay off your loans? This is not a joke, but rather a business plan envisioned by two indebted students in the U.K.

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