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  • Eric Cantor

    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.

  • Welder

    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.

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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

    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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    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.

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    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.

  • Dion Waiters #3 of the Syracuse Orange

    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.

  • Black and white versions of the new iPad 2.

    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.

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    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.

  • Taxes

    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.

  • Hollywood sign

    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.

  • Thefts of used cooking oil from restaurants have risen as the price of gas has increased.

    From California to Maine, thefts of used cooking oil are on the rise across the U.S. — driven by the rising price of oil that make biofuels more cost competitive with fossil fuels.

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    Family- and owner-operated restaurants can expect to profit from a resurgence in demand in the next five years as consumers shake off the lingering effects of the recession, a new report says. But they will need to adapt to changing consumer preferences to stay competitive with their larger chain competitors.

  • MTV show "Jersey Shore" cast members (l-r): Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Jenni "J-Woww'" Farley, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and DJ Pauly D Delvecchio.

    The MTV reality series turned pop culture phenomenon has made "Snooki" and "The Situation" household names and "GTL" and "DTF" part of the national conversation. But for Danny Merk, the real-life boss for this very special cast of characters, the show has been one thing — great for business.

  • Carl Christensen , Pinterest

    Pinterest's meteoric recent growth has marketing experts buzzing and companies of all sizes leaping in. The site received more than 103 million total visits in February, according to Experian Hitwise, and small business owners are finding it to be an excellent marketing tool.

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    About a third of small-business owners do not have a personal or business-sponsored retirement plan such as a 401(k), a SEP IRA or deferred annuity, according to a new survey from non-profit the American College. Nearly the same number haven't estimated how much money they need for retirement.