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    A new Web-based portal has been created to help small businesses gain access to more than $300 billion in combined supply-chain spending by a consortium of 15 of America’s largest corporations.

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    Advances in technology have made some retailers rethink using the tradtional cash register, and opting to use tablets and mobile devices to let customers make purchases. This would free up employees to have more of a focus on customer care.

  • After Doing Their Time, Making Crime Pay Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 | 10:28 AM ET
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    There’s a growing business in prepping white collar criminals for prison, reports The Wall Street Journal. The business owners know what they're talking about: They've done time themselves.

  • With Zaarly, Everything is For Sale Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 2:07 PM ET
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    Zaarly has been described as an alternative to Craigslist, a crowd-sourced Kozmo.com, a mobile-focused eBay. But really, it's simply a marketplace for your phone, tablet or computer that lets you connect with people who are selling the services you are looking for, or who are looking for the services you provide.

  • Should You Be Facebook Friends With the Boss? Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 10:06 AM ET
    A sign with the 'like' symbol stands in front of the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

    Should bosses and employees be friends on Facebook? According to one survey, younger workers are more likely to be Facebook friends with the boss, compared to just 10 percent of those 35 or older.

  • Why Business Owners Fear Obamacare Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 7:16 AM ET
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    Business owners were front and center in the debate over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act this spring. As the country awaits a decision from the Supreme Court, a look at the arguments for and against the law.

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    Home buyers in the St. Louis area are benefitting from price incentives. The money didn’t come from the builder, it came from local labor unions. Their aim is to help stimulate demand to boost sales to create work.

  • Building a 'Fully-Integrated Military Marketplace' Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 11:43 AM ET
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    TroopSwap is a full-fledged e-commerce and daily deals site exclusively for veterans, service members and their families. The discount site offers up to 90 percent off on everything from skydiving to legal services, vacations and restaurants.

  • Many Franchises Offer Discounts and Training Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 11:43 AM ET
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    Snap-on Tools is one of several franchises that have been offering financial discounts and special training for veterans who are looking to transition back to civilian life.

  • Frozen Yogurt Franchise Surge: Still Room for Dessert? Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 10:27 AM ET
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    Forecasts for an increasingly crowded and competitive market have not deterred “fro-yo” companies from embarking on ambitious expansion plans to capture an increasingly health-conscious U.S. consumer.

  • Small Business Tax Cut Would Help Stars, Hedge Funds Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 11:28 AM ET
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    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor unveiled an economic stimulus plan to cut taxes on small businesses. Cantor's bill removes a restriction that, in previous versions of the legislation, would have barred certain highly compensated professions.

  • Downsizing

    Entrepeneurship is at its highest rates in almost two decades, but job growth remains at slow and steady incline. The picture shows that perhaps small business is not the job generator that is portrayed to be.

  • Gene Simmons' Family ... Restaurant? Yes, It Rocks Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 10:56 AM ET
    From left to right Dave Furano, Gene Simmons and Michael Zislis.

    Rocker Gene Simmons and two partners are opening a family restaurant and pub called Rock & Brews in a Los Angeles suburb next month, and they are planning others.

  • Small Business Administration

    The Small Business Administration is teaming with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to support Hispanic small businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • U.S. Workers Would Rather Be Freelancers, Entrepeneurs Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 11:58 AM ET
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    U.S. workerswant to be successful, and some even want to be the boss one day. What they overwhelmingly don't want to be are corporate executives.

  • CEOs Fear Lacking Talent in Coming Years Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 11:27 AM ET
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    Even with high unemployment rates, finding the right talent can be a major challenge for CEOs. That's the finding of a new poll, which found that while 47 percent of CEOs expect to see growth in the next three years, only 30 percent of CEOs feel they will be able to hire and retain the right talent needed to handle that growth.

  • A Report From the Front Lines of Entrepreneurship Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 11:09 AM ET
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    The spouse of an entrepreneur reports that when someone decides to start a company, they take the entire family along for the ride.

  • Have 15 Cents? The Post Office Wants Your Business Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 9:49 AM ET
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    On Tuesday, the USPS launched a new marketing campaign to promote “Every Door Direct Mail,” a shipping service for small businesses with postage rates starting at 14.5 cents per piece.

  • Swinging for the Fences in Business Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 4:33 PM ET
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    Business people are prone to many of the same unhelpful behaviors and mindsets as underperforming athletes, which prevent both groups from being at the top of their game.

  • Haircut Index: Economy Grows as People Keep it Short Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 1:09 PM ET
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    If you are looking for one more indication that consumers are spending again, consider this: Hair salons are seeing an uptick in business as people schedule more haircuts — and we’re not talking the Greek bondholder kind.

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