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  • SXSW 2012: 8 Crucial Takeaways Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 10:51 AM ET
    SXSW logo

    Another South by Southwest Interactive has come and gone. The scores of entrepreneurs, investors and technologists who migrated to Austin, Texas, for five days in mid-March offered up loads of insight, including this: Don't launch at SXSW.

  • Do Mobile Apps Really Move the Needle on Sales? Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
    Apple's iPhone 3Gs

    Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. own smartphones, and 30 billion apps have been downloaded globally. But, does that mean that every business needs its own app to bring in customers?

  • Looking for the Cool Crowd? There's an App for That Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 12:20 PM ET
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    You show up at a bar, wait in line and finally make it past security, only to find that the place is wall-to-wall people — none of them your type. What if you could take the guesswork out of going out?

  • Chinese Copycats Challenge US Small Businesses Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 11:31 AM ET

    SylvanSport founder Thomas Dempsey learned last summer that a product similar to one he'd patented was being made in China when a customer sent him a link to a Chinese company's website.

  • The Brewery That Brought Beer Back to Brooklyn Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 11:01 AM ET
    Brooklyn Brewery

    A century ago, Brooklyn had 48 breweries within its borders. But they slowly moved out of the borough, with the last two breweries closing their doors in 1976. Then, in the mid-1980s, beer came back to Brooklyn.

  • A view of the podium onstage at the 2012 SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

    The myth of SXSW's ability to turn startups into business powerhouses grew along with the crowds. For small businesses and startups who want to use the event to launch a company or impress investors, is SXSW a worthwhile investment or just a cool place to hang out?

  • Unique Neighborhood Coffee Shops Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:36 AM ET
    Whether dark roast, light roast, with milk or black, no matter how you take your morning cup, you are part of a worldwide community of java drinkers that have made coffee one of the world’s top-traded agricultural commodities.For as many coffee drinkers as there are in the country, it seems there are just as many coffee shops, from international chains to the coffee house on the corner. It’s those neighborhood Coffee appliance maker Krups created its Best Brew Awards in 2011 to honor the best sm

    This year, voters chose 10 shops from across the country to receive the Best Brew Award. Find out who the winners are.

  • Are Cupcakes Still a Sweet Spot for Business? Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    Hummingbird cupcake

    A handful of big-name players within the cupcake industry are betting that America’s cupcake obsession will continue as they embark upon ambitious expansion plans.

  • Is SaveLocal a Better Deal Than Groupon? Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 10:29 AM ET
    Groupon

    Groupon, LivingSocial and other daily deal Web sites have by most accounts been a mixed blessing for small businesses. Can a new service, called SaveLocal, offer the benefits of online deal promotion while minimizing the costs?

  • Office Betting 'Madness' Not Limited To Sports Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 10:07 AM ET
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    It's no secret that people bet on sports at work, but a new poll reveals that's not the only thing they're betting on. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, employees have also admitted to making all manner of work-related wagers.

  • PayPal's Offline Service Hits its 'Sweet Spot': CEO Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 3:27 PM ET
    eBay headquarters in San Jose, California.

    Small business "has been the sweet spot" for online bill paying service PayPal and its parent eBay from the beginning, eBay CEO John Donahoe told CNBC. Now the company is introducing a new form of PayPal to businesses with "offline channels," he said.

  • Nose Job Doc Has Viral Video Investigated Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 12:30 PM ET
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    Michael Salzhauer, a Miami cosmetic surgeon and small-business owner, has a nose for inviting controversy. The so-called Dr. Schnoz has produced a rock video about rhinoplasty called "Jewcan Sam," and it's a hoot if you like your advertising on the broadly ethnic side.

  • Cash On Hand, Small Firms Get Ready to Spend: Study Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 12:03 PM ET
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    The discipline mid-size companies have developed since the financial crisis to maintain and grow cash reserves bodes well for future growth. That’s one takeaway from a new American Express/CFO report, which surveyed 325 senior finance executives about their top financial challenges.

  • Perez Hilton Rethinks His Brand of Celebrity Gossip Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 11:46 AM ET
    Perez Hilton

    Perez Hilton is used to being called names. But the one thing he really doesn't want to be called is a "mogul." Hilton, the world's most famous celebrity gossip blogger, is not being humble. Instead, he recognizes the importance of remaining closely associated with his brand.

  • Private Businesses Fight Federal Prisons for Contracts Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 10:48 AM ET
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    Private companies are losing government contracts federal agencies that employ cheap prison labor. Layoffs have resulted in lost contracts.

  • As Americans Cleanse, Juice Companies Clean Up Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 10:14 AM ET
    Blue Print Cleanse

    Beverage Industry Magazine predicts sales of juice smoothies and yogurt drinks will grow four percent a year through 2015, when annual revenues will reach $1.1 billion. Small businesses in this sector are growing quickly.

  • Cloud Computing May Be Next Big Jobs Generator Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 1:01 PM ET
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    Cloud computing has the potential to become a greater generator of jobs in the U.S. than the Internet was in its early years, a new study says. In addition to creating very large business opportunities and hundreds of thousands of new jobs, cloud services could also save U.S. businesses billions of dollars.

  • Real Estate Prices Deal a Double Blow to Small Businesses Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 10:42 AM ET
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    Randy Truckenbrodt has just as many headaches as he does properties. His growing empire has become not an asset but a drag on his business as many of these properties are now underwater, with some vacant and others tied up in major disputes with banks.

  • 14-Year-Old Buys Distressed Florida Home For $12,000 Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 11:09 AM ET
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    14-year-old Willow Tufano just bought her first house for $12,000. Well, technically half a house. Her real estate agent mom owns the other half, but Willow plans to buy her out in about a year and a half with her share of the $700 monthly rental income.

  • Innovation Begins at Home for User Entrepreneurs Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 10:17 AM ET
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    A new study shows that nearly half of innovative startups are founded by "user entrepreneurs," firms created by entrepreneurs who developed innovative products or services for their own use and then went on to found firms to commercialize them.

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