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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, 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.

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    When big corporations use offshore tax havens, small businesses pay the price — literally. If they were to cover the cost of corporate abuse of tax havens in 2011, the average U.S. small business would pay $2,116, according to a report released by consumer group U.S. PIRG.

  • A Negative Lexicon For Positive Customer Relationships Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 3:30 PM ET

    No brand is complete until a brand-appropriate style of speaking with customers is in place at all levels of the enterprise. Which is why developing a consistent style of service speech is so important.

  • Taxes

    Even if you haven't finished — or started — filling out your tax forms, you've still got time to get your receipts in order and work the tax code to your advantage.

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

    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

    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

    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

    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.