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Making it in America: Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs [INFOGRAPHIC]

Since its foundation, the U.S. has been a country of immigrants, offering many who leave their home countries the opportunity to realize their dreams on their own terms. It takes …

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With California Aboard, 4 New Factors in the Online Sales-Tax Debate

After years of fights and reprieves, California’s sales tax for online retail purchases officially went into effect on Sept. 15. That means every out-of-state business that sells more than $1 …

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The Benefits of Building a Business While in College

Starting a business is a huge undertaking for any entrepreneur. Some of the world’s most successful companies, including FedEx and Microsoft, were started while their founders were in college. Juggling …

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Is Your Small Business in Need of Reinvention? [INFOGRAPHIC]

In 1998, Steve Jobs triumphantly returned to the company he’d co-founded two decades earlier. At the time, Apple was at a crossroads: Success was anything but certain. “The cure for …

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3 Fast-Growing Technologies Small Businesses Should Pay Attention To

Research firm IBISWorld recently picked its top 10 technologies poised for significant growth and the industries likely to reap the bottom-line rewards. It’s the kind of list that tends to …

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3 Tips for Better Password Security

When Wired writer Mat Honan was hacked, much of his digital life was wiped out, from his address book to photos of his daughter. It’s a cautionary tale for any …

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Small Businesses Work Smarter with a QuickBooks Designed for Efficiency

Today, Intuit unveiled QuickBooks 2013, the latest version of QuickBooks desktop software for Windows. Our millions of small business customers will be delighted to experience a completely reimagined and improved …

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QuickBooks for Mac 2013 Helps Small Businesses Master Finances

Today, Intuit announced what’s new in QuickBooks for Mac 2013. Updates help small businesses work more productively so they spend less time managing their finances and more time building their …

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Get Your Business Out of Its Midlife Crisis

At some point in the life of every company, the pace slows, activities become mundane, and owners may start to feel like they’re just going through the motions. The trick …

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What Small-Business Owners Should Know about IFTTT

Is your digital life a disorganized mess? You may want to give IFTTT a try. The free service could help you manage that growing swarm of stuff you do online. …

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4 Online Security Reminders for Small-Business Owners

A journalist getting hacked by online crooks may not attract the attention of other busy small-business owners. Yet Wired senior writer Mat Honan’s story — who says his “entire digital life …

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What’s in Your Small-Business ‘Toolbox’?

From social networks to mobile apps, the digital tools at your disposal are numerous and varied. But with so many resources at the ready, how can you be sure that …

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CEO Marcel Fairbairn: Hire Wisely, Move Quickly, and Simplify Everything

Marcel Fairbairn is a 20-year veteran of the entertainment-lighting industry. As a teenager, Fairbairn was a singer and bass player for several Canadian heavy rock bands. At age 19, he sold …

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Must-Reads: A List of Classic Business Books

What constitutes a “classic” business book? Wisdom? Influence? Staying power? Any one of those qualities — or all three — can make for a great read. Here are a few …

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The Modern Small-Business Owner

Owning a small business has never been for the faint of heart, and over the past decade radical shifts in government policy, the financial world, and technology (particularly how we …

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