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  • Why Small Businesses Can't Secure Financing: Opinion Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 9:34 AM ET

    To understand the challenges small businesses face in financing their businesses, it's important to understand the fundamental problems facing both lenders and borrowers and how technology can be used to solve them.

  • Small Biz Tax Cuts: Moot, Except as Political Fodder Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 2:08 PM ET

    No one expects Rep. Eric Cantor’s proposed 20 percent tax cut for small business owners to get any farther than the House. But that's not the point. This is purely a "he-said, she-said" moment where both parties take every opportunity to point out how the other side doesn't support small business.

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    Hatch Detroit, is a contest where the public votes on the best storefront-retail idea for the city, with the winning applicant receiving $50,000 to help get their business off the ground.

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    Many great ideas start with a bottle of wine, but most don’t amount to much. But for two brothers-in-law, an idea led to an invention and the start of a new business: a dog exerciser called Dog-O-Band.

  • Recession-Proof Industries Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:51 PM ET
    Starting a small business is a risky proposition even in the best financial times. If you’re thinking about starting one but are worried about how it will fare during a downturn, you might want to consider an industry that can be described as “recession-proof.”A recession-proof industry caters to an ongoing demand. If a business provides goods or services fitting this profile, its odds of weathering economic storms are better than those that don’t. This is why medical and diagnostic laboratories

    If you're worried about how yours might fare during a downturn, consider a recession-proof industry, which caters to ongoing demands.

  • Do-it-Yourself Doctor Reduces Cost of Surgery Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 2:17 PM ET
    Neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas Melin

    A two-person surgical team has created a new, inexpensive bone-grafting device without having to go to big pharma.

  • Are These the Seeds of an Entrepreneurship Bill? Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 11:34 AM ET

    The Senate Small Business Committee, chaired by Senator Mary Landrieu, is working on the early iterations of what may become a landmark bill for entrepreneurs.

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    Jeffrey Braverman left his Wall Street investment banking job to return to his family's New Jersey nut business. Was he crazy? Maybe, but he's also built a successful online business for the family-owned company.

  • Forget Tax Breaks, Cut Regulation Instead: Small Biz Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 7:50 AM ET
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    As House Minority Leader Eric Cantor prepares to present his tax cut legislation to the House today, small business owners say that while tax cuts are a step in the right direction, what is  really needed is reduced regulations.

  • 'Taxes Will Be Resolved Through Election': Cantor Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    Eric Cantor

    In anticipation of his proposed tax cut for small businesses being squashed in the Senate, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he expects the debate over taxes to be resolved with the presidential election.

  • Outrageous American Bars Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 10:42 AM ET
    Most successful bars rely on a constant stream of regulars, who enjoy a place where they can count on the same familiar bartenders, drinks and clientele each time they go in.But for some patrons, it’s the thrill of a new experience or adventurous night on the town that draws them to a bar. For them, theme bars offer not just a place to sit and have a drink, but something akin to going to the theater, where patrons get to be a part of the play.These bars are defined by décor, the food and drink,

    Grab your wallet and your ID, we’re about to try something a little different. Here are nine of the most outrageous bars across the U.S.

  • How to Build the Next Instagram Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    To make sure your mobile app is a hit, you must focus on these three aspects of user experience.

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    A small cadre of lawyers, some from out of state, are using New York City’s age and architectural quirkiness as the foundation for a flood of lawsuits citing violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

  • Code Complexity Taxing Small Businesses Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 10:38 AM ET

    The complexity of the tax code continues to pose significant challenges to small businesses. Unfortunately, that pain won’t go away anytime soon: The administrative and financial burden imposed on small businesses by federal taxes continues to grow, a new survey shows.

  • Once Seen as Risky, Banks Rethink Franchise Loans Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    The Consumer Bankers Association will announced today a standardized lending “template” for working with franchisees that should speed up, and strengthen, the relationship between banks and franchisees.

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    Sole proprietors may be on top of it in terms of getting their taxes done, but they may be cheating themselves: According to data compiled from online accounting solution Outright.com, business owners are neglecting to report mileage expenses on their tax returns.

  • What Venture Capitalists Want: 4 Tips Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 12:00 PM ET

    Venture capitalists look for very specific items when determining whether to invest in a business. Use these tips to make sure you have a leg up on securing their funding.

  • Daring to Cut Off Amazon Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 10:54 AM ET

    The Educational Development Corporation, a book publisher, is pulling its publications from Amazon arguing that the online retailer under cutting competition with cut-throat tactics.

  • Senior Discounts: Popular, But Under Fire Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 9:53 AM ET
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    Senior discounts are under fire. Some critics wonder why older generations deserve a price break when younger generations are struggling more. There's also the question of affordability: Will businesses keep cutting prices for seniors as hordes of baby boomers push into their 60s? The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • No, Really, Facebook Makes Employees More Productive Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 9:24 AM ET
    A sign with the 'like' symbol stands in front of the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

    A 10-minute Facebook break makes employees happier, healthier and more productive, according to new research.