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  • Fifth Time's a Charm: Winning a Government Contract Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012 | 2:05 PM ET

    Dealing with the government is not something most business people put high on their lists of things they enjoy. But there’s a reason that small business owners are willing to put so much into learning the inner workings of the federal government in an attempt to win contracts: The government pays on time.

  • Cracking the Code to Boost Business Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012 | 11:07 AM ET

    Even though the use of QR codes is growing, can they really be used to grow a small business? Some small business owners seem to think so. Here are some innovative ways that entrepreneurs have been using QR codes to grow their businesses.

  • Chinese shipping containers

    Small and midsize businesses, with limited resources and staff, may see exporting as a hassle. But that mindset is starting to change, as e-commerce sites make it easier than before to get products affordably marketed and distributed to consumers overseas. The Obama administration, as part of its goal to double U.S. exports to $3.15 trillion by 2015, is also working to remove export barriers.

  • Hack Days: Not Just for Facebookers Monday, 6 Feb 2012 | 11:08 AM ET

    Facebook's youthful founder, Mark Zuckerberg, penned a letter about the fundamental mission behind his multi-billion dollar brain child. "The Hacker Way," he writes is central to how Facebook does business.

  • Kreece Fuchs

    The entrepreneurs behind Better Wold Books started a profitable business by doing good — they collect and sell books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide.

  • Actor Bryan Batt's Backup Plan: Retail Friday, 3 Feb 2012 | 2:03 PM ET
    Bryan Batt

    Knowing that the fortunes of an actor are anything but reliable, Bryan Batt, who played Sal Romano on 'Mad Men,' had already established a rewarding side career. In 2003 he opened Hazelnut, a home accessories and gift store, in New Orleans.

  • While today's job numbers for January show an increase of 243,000 jobs, a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business for January show no gain in hiring among small business owners.

  • Hoboken To Snooki: Go Back to the Shore Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 | 4:44 PM ET
    Nicole Polizzi

    What's the reality for small businesses when a reality TV show comes to town to film? That's the question that was hotly debated among Hoboken, N.J. small business owners and residents the past few weeks as producers of the hit reality TV show "Jersey Shore" sought permission to film a spin-off series there.

  • Hiring Contractors Without Getting Into Trouble Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 | 1:37 PM ET

    Business owners say that independent contractors can be helpful when companies try to increase operations while retaining the flexibility to cut back if necessary. But if not used effectively, they can increase costs without producing the desired results.

  • Small Business Is Borrowing? Then It Must Be Spending Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 | 2:53 PM ET
    Stack of U.S. hundred-dollar bills

    Two recent surveys say demand for loans among small businesses is up. If small businesses are borrowing, they must be spending. We asked members of our Small Business Council to fill us in on whether they are planning to spend in 2012, and if so, what they plan to buy.

  • Five Reasons to Improve Your Cash-Flow Forecasting Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 | 12:40 PM ET

    By knowing exactly what cash you have coming in and going out and when those transfers occur, you ensure you have enough cash to continue operating from day to day. At its most basic level, cash-flow forecasting helps a business survive.

  • Small Business Drives Job Growth in January Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    ADP announced that 170,000 jobs were created in the month of January, and that growth was largely driven by small business hiring.

  • A California start-up is turning car sharing into an easy way to make a few extra bucks.

  • New Generation of Music Fans Give Vinyl a Spin Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 | 10:58 AM ET
    United Record Pressing

    In an era when teenagers can tap the latest songs off the web in seconds and store entire music collections in devices the size of a wristwatch, young fans are also gravitating to vinyl records.

  • 3 Tax Strategies for Improving Cash Flow Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 4:18 PM ET

    Guest columnist Barbara Weltman explains how smart planning can optimize tax opportunities to minimize the impact on your cash flow. 

  • Demand for Loans From Small Businesses Up: Survey Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 3:57 PM ET

    Loan demand from small businesses is at its highest level since 2005, according to a new Fed survey out today. Overall, banks classified loan demand as “somewhat stronger.”

  • Steve Case Talks Start-ups and Facebook IPO Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 11:16 AM ET

    After ringing the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange today, AOL founder and Startup America chairman Steve Case spoke with Squawk on the Street about how the government can make it easier for entrepreneurs to create successful companies.

  • Princess, a Bactrian camel picks the Super Bowl winner.

    Princess, the star of New Jersey's Popcorn Park Zoo, has correctly picked the winner of five of the last six Super Bowls. She went 14 and 6 predicting regular season and playoff games this year, and has a lifetime record of 88-51. Her pick this year: The New York Giants.

  • 100 Dollar Hot Dog

    In honor of the Year of the Dragon, a Vancouver hot dog vendor going by the handle Dougie Luv created the Dragon Dog. The price: $100.

  • Lady Gaga Helps Out at Dad's Restaurant Friday, 27 Jan 2012 | 11:30 AM ET
    Singer Lady Gaga during an announcement of her long term partnership with Polaroid as the brand's creative director on a speciality line of imaging products.

    Lady Gaga isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. The 'Bad Romance' star recently helped her dad, Joe Germanotta, set up a restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, in New York.