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Latest news and trends in the small business economy

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Wunderlist: One of Our Favorite Listmaking Apps

Small-business owners like you have to juggle a lot of balls, and keeping them all in the air is one of the biggest challenges of running your own show. Resolving …

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15 Ways to Cut Office Heating Costs

Winter came early this year. Before the season officially began Dec. 21, many cities across the U.S. had already experienced frigid temperatures, crippling ice storms, and heavy snowfall. The cold …

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The Best Business Books of 2013

The holidays afford many busy professionals a bit of downtime. Why not seize the opportunity to catch up on some of the most popular and critically praised business books of …

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Nell Merlino on Why Women Are Driving Small Business in the U.S.

When it comes to starting businesses, women are running circles around men. Female entrepreneurs have been hanging their shingles at a higher rate than men for the past two decades …

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Footwear Company Founder Runs With a Good Idea

It turns out good business ideas can grow on trees — or at least stem from them. Feelgoodz founder Kyle Berner says he got his idea for a successful small …

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Want to Keep Your Customers? Update Your Tech

If you had to guess what issue 91 percent of your customers might leave you over, what would it be: Poor customer service? Shoddy products? A sudden price hike? The …

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Strategies for Sticking to Your Small-Business Resolutions

So 2014 is the year you’ve vowed to (finally) stick to your New Year’s resolutions. Congratulations! Maybe it’s time to retool your customer-service operations, revamp your employee-retention strategy, or rethink …

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TechShop CEO Offers a Manifesto for the Maker Movement

“I’m a trained revolutionary, in a sense,” says Mark Hatch, a Green Beret turned innovator and author of the recently published The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the …

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justen garrity

Compost Fuels an Iraq Vet’s Future

When Justen Garrity (pictured) returned home in 2009, after serving five years in the U.S. Army, including assignments in Iraq and South Korea, he found himself unemployed in one of the worst job …

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matt slutsky

How Change.org Turns a Profit by Doing Social Good

Change.org, a website that spurs collective social action by hosting online petitions, has become a profitable business by working to change society for the better. Founded in 2006 by Ben …

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How to Make Your Office More Efficient

Every small-business owner could use a few more hours in the day to get everything done. That’s why it’s so important to keep your office running at peak efficiency: You …

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4 Holiday Sales Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

As Black Friday fast approaches, U.S. retailers are preparing for their busiest time of the year. But huge holiday sales may not come easily: The National Retail Federation predicts marginal …

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chris sinclair

Young Entrepreneurs: 4 Highly Successful CEOs Who Started Early

Surely you’ve heard of Mark Zuckerberg, the über-successful entrepreneur who co-founded Facebook in early 2004 at the tender age of 19. Since then, increasing numbers of teenagers have started their …

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Do You Have the Personality of an Entrepreneur?

Do you have the ideal personality to be an entrepreneur? New research by Sophia Chou, an organizational psychologist at National Taiwan University, suggests that you do if you’re a “realistic …

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6 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Evernote Business

Evernote is just a simple, note-taking app, right? It’s really nothing more than free software that makes it easier to jot down random thoughts, important or otherwise, on your computer …

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