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  • 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.

  • Nature Calls, and an Entrepreneur Answers Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 9:38 AM ET
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    After one too many times standing in the pouring rain holding one end of a leash while his dog lifted his leg at the other end, Tobi Skovron thought to himself, “there has to be a better way.” So he created one: the Pet Loo, which he markets as a "backyard in a box."

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    Small business owners are starting to spend, and could even ramp up hiring in some sectors over the next few months, according to a report from the National Federation of Independent Business.

  • What's One More Tax Form? You've Got Two Extra Days! Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 4:59 PM ET
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    Small business owners have to contend with one more tax form this year -- the 1099-K. Here's wy.

  • Considering Bankruptcy? Head to the Mall Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 1:03 PM ET
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    A new type of law firm — or rather, a law store — has opened inside the Boynton Beach Mall near West Palm Beach, Fla., right between American Eagle Outfitters and Victoria's Secret shops.

  • Politicizing gas prices fuels small business owner frustration.

  • Smashburger Sees 'Not so Hot' Lending Market: CEO Friday, 9 Mar 2012 | 1:28 PM ET
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    Diners going to Smashburger restaurants expect to pay a little more for a meal that is made to order. Smashburger's potential franchisees can expect to spend a little more, too.

  • Facing Cutbacks, Veterans Worry About Jobs Friday, 9 Mar 2012 | 1:15 PM ET
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    With plans on the table to cut thousands of military jobs in the coming months, new research shows the servicemen and women who could be forced out aren't optimistic about their prospects for future employment.

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    For entrepreneurs venturing into the small business territory, launching a franchise can offer security through national brand recognition, economies of scale and access to proven formulas for success. A new report lists six franchise industries with promising outlooks.

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    For many entrepreneurs, the aspiration is to get their product sold at a major retailer. It takes work to pry that distribution door open, but once in, it can be great. But don't forget the little customers that gave you your start.

  • Daylight Saving Results in Employee 'Cyberloafing' Friday, 9 Mar 2012 | 7:30 AM ET
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    Employers should brace themselves for a less-than-productive upcoming Monday. A study found that the annual shift to daylight saving time and its accompanying loss of sleep, drives workers to spend more time than normal surfing the Web, resulting in potentially massive productivity losses.

  • Gym Lets Footwork Create Smaller Carbon Footprint Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 5:36 PM ET
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    When visitors to the Energia Gym in Hadley, Mass., put their feet on the pedals of the Spin bikes, they are reducing their carbon footprint at the same time by generating electricity.

  • Shave $300 a Year With Dollar Shave Club Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 3:27 PM ET

    When was the last time you stopped by a pharmacy to pick up a pack of razors and did a double-take at the checkout counter? Here to help you shave some money off your monthly grooming budget: Dollar Shave Club.

  • What Does the JOBS Act Do? Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 12:31 PM ET
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    The House is voting on the JOBS Act, which is designed to remove barriers to small business investment. What does it do? The Christian Science Monitor answers 6 questions about it.

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    More businesses have come up with creative ways to use the Internet to sell products that have not traditionally been sold by subscription.

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    Many small-business owners say that they want to offer their workers a retirement plan but obstacles are holding them back. Wednesday, a Senate panel said it would introduce legislation to help address the problem.

  • Manufacturers Pay a Bounty for Skilled Workers Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 9:57 AM ET
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    America's manufacturers are struggling to find enough qualified workers. Over the last two years the number of manufacturing job openings in the U.S. has more than doubled, and some companies are offering signing bonuses.

  • New York Declares War on Wine Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 7:58 AM ET
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    An amendment before the New York Senate would require wines purchased in New York State to be stored in-state for 48 hours, and small wholesalers are up in arms, claiming this is an attempt to drive them out of business by the state's two biggest liquor distributors, Southern Wine & Spirits and Empire Merchants.

  • Peyton Manning Offers Lesson in Job Insecurity Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | 4:09 PM ET
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    After 14 years in an Indianapolis Colts uniform, Manning will be released. While the move may make sense from a business standpoint, it highlights the concerns all workers have about their job security.

  • Steve Case

    As the House begins debate on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (‘JOBS’ Act), one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs, Steve Case, is urging members to “seize the moment”.

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