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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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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    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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    Whether your company is big or small, whether you handle protected data or not, whether you have a few customers or millions, a data breach could cripple your company. Now is the time, before a breach, to put your digital security protections and plans in place in order to survive.

  • More Businesses Selling Themselves to Employees Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 4:12 PM ET

    The number of companies that are 100 percent-owned by employees have grown significantly in the past two years. Known as ESOPs, or Employee Stock-Owned Plan, these programs give employees a financial stake in the company.

  • IT Departments Brace for March Madness at Work Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 2:36 PM ET
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    With college basketball's year-end tournament season getting under way this week, a survey reveals that businesses are preparing for added stress on their office IT networks as employees log onto video-streaming sites to watch games live.

  • 'Sent From my iPad' Gains as Small Business Signature Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 12:54 PM ET
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    The iPad has become popular among business owners, who are replacing computers and cash registers with the portable, less-expensive tablets. Many are anticipating what they will do with the newest version, expected to be announced at an Apple event March 7.

  • IPad Accessory Makers Worry About Compatibility Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 10:12 AM ET

    The $2.3 billion market for iPad and iPhone accessories is so robust that about 90% of owners buy at least one add-on for their device, says Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray. Selling an accessory "is really a quick way to get rich for a lot of people," he adds.

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    Here are four truths of retailing that any small business owner can use to compete against the onslaught of big box stores and chains.

  • Business Owners Wary of Flat Tax: Survey Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 2:25 PM ET

    The majority of respondents to the Small Business Authority Market Sentiment Survey said they are against paying a flat tax. And 55 percent they do not understand their returns, but sign off on them, anyway.

  • How to Get Your Product in the Hands of Celebrities Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 11:00 AM ET
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    Movie studios aren’t the only businesses that will benefit from a post-Oscars bump. Businesses of all sorts will take advantage of the fame and recognition celebrities can provide by using or being seen with their products.