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Small Biz Gets Plenty of Love, but Where’s the Action?

Small Biz Gets Plenty of Love, but Where’s the Action?

Photograph by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images In election years, Democrats and Republicans talk about small businesses as the epitome of America’s can-do spirit and the foundation of the nation’s economy. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have seen no reason to deviate from the script. But while they profess to have entrepreneurs’ best interests at heart, […]

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Sell More Online This Holiday Season

Sell More Online This Holiday Season

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg (Corrects the spelling of Alhan Keser's last name) U.S. retail sales will increase 3.3 percent during the upcoming holiday shopping season compared with last year, according to a recent forecast from Chicago research company ShopperTrak. It’s likely a good chunk of that increase will come in online retail: Internet holiday […]

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Advice for Small Employers Confused by Obamacare

Advice for Small Employers Confused by Obamacare

Photograph by David McNew/Getty Images Many small business owners are asking questions about navigating the coming changes in health insurance under Obamacare. That’s not surprising, given that major reform provisions begin taking effect this year and next. There is also widespread confusion among small business owners about the law’s implementation and requirements. Here’s some guidance […]

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How Startups Negotiate Favorable Leases

How Startups Negotiate Favorable Leases

Photograph by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Whether they are office or retail leases, startups typically have little leverage with landlords. But there are ways to negotiate for the best terms possible. With real estate markets coming back to life in some areas of the country, I spoke with two attorneys and an […]

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Health Insurance Costs Rise, Bill Gates Pushes Education, Wal-Mart Launches a Women-Owned Line: March 8

Over the objections of California insurance regulators, Aetna (AET) and Blue Shield of California are going ahead with plans to raise health insurance rates an average of 11 percent on individuals and small business policyholders, writes Chad Terhune. [Los Angeles Times] Speaking at SXSW, Bill Gates says the time is right for entrepreneurs to get […]

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Selling Banana Slicers (and More!) With Gag Reviews

Selling Banana Slicers (and More!) With Gag Reviews

Photograph courtesy Hutzler Manufacturing In October, Amazon (AMZN) surprised Hutzler Manufacturing by calling with a succulent bit of news: The tiny Canaan (Conn.) company’s yellow plastic banana slicer had become a top seller in the online retail giant’s kitchen category. Delighted, Monique Haas, whose immigrant grandfather Lothar Hutzler founded the company in 1938, clicked on […]

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When the Self-Employed Shop for Insurance Under Obamacare

When the Self-Employed Shop for Insurance Under Obamacare

Photograph by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images The Affordable Care Act requires Americans to have health insurance beginning next year or pay a penalty, and health exchanges will begin open enrollment on Oct. 1. With those dates fast approaching, government officials have stepped up efforts to squelch fears and clear up confusion regarding the health reform […]

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How to Recruit the Best of the Class of 2013

How to Recruit the Best of the Class of 2013

Photograph by Brian Finke/Gallery Stock Question: I am a small business owner. How can I successfully recruit and hire the top 2013 graduates? Answer: The best students from top universities usually feel they must take jobs with large brands in order to improve their future job prospects, says Paul Slezak, who has worked in recruitment […]

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