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On Small Business: March, 2012

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Super Tuesday: Obama’s proposals would buoy small businesses

Obama and his administration understand that support for small business is not just one single act but an ongoing combination of processes that must be defended every day.

By Pedro Alfonso  |  12:42 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Super Tuesday: Santorum would ease regulations, provide certainty

By clearly stating his positions on social issues, Santorum has demonstrated an uncommon strength of character shared by great leaders

By Don Gonneville  |  12:26 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Super Tuesday: Mitt Romney’s victories at Bain will transfer to federal policy

We must apply the right financial strategy or we will fail as a country. Romney has the wisdom to do it right.

By John Backus  |  12:15 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Cheap, effective ways to recruit for your start-up

Social media networks and employee networks can provide a dedicated and inexpensive-to-find talent pool

By Jindrich Liska  |  01:11 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 02/29/2012

The $50,000 bed that revolutionized our business

Why showcasing an outrageous bed at CES was one of the craziest — and best — moves for this business

By Mark Quinn  |  01:53 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 29: Senate pushes small business funding bills, home prices plummet

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Buying Facebook friends: should you do it?

Brands are willing to go to great lengths to improve their online clout. But is there any real value to “purchasing” friends in the form of “likes” on Facebook?

By Eric Yaverbaum  |  06:35 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Using ‘gamification’ to better engage customers online

The psychology behind keeping teens and suburban housewives hooked on social games could help you better engage customers on your Web site.

By Kris Duggan  |  10:55 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 28: SBA finalizes changes to size standards, consumer debt levels improving

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  small business

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Why you need to know what your business is worth

A miscalculation in valuation can create a shortfall for retirement planning and can ultimately leave business owners uninformed about what price to sell their business

By Gerald Radican  |  12:11 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 27: Economists showing more confidence, Pentagon seeking more contracting auditors

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By J.D. Harrison  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/26/2012

Tumblr: What’s the point?

Is the Tumblr like a regular blog, or more of a Twitter-blog hybrid?

By Olga Khazan  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/26/2012

How can entrepreneurs use Instagram?

How your yellow-tinged photos can reach a large audience — and what they say about your brand

By Olga Khazan  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 02/24/2012

When to call it quits: Taking your business off life support

How can you spot a troubled situation before it’s too late? Check out these tips and warning signs.

By Chris J. Snook  |  01:56 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 24: President pushes online privacy guidelines, big firms snagging billions in small biz contracts

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By J.D. Harrison  |  10:23 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Steve Case: American entre­pre­neur­ship could face the same fate as American manufacturing

American entrepreneurship may suffer a massive offshore migration if Congress cannot agree on a remedy.

By J.D. Harrison  |  03:20 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Top signs your business should borrow

A prerequisite for even asking when you should borrow money is being able to answer “yes” to both of the following questions: Is your business actually profitable? Can you easily service the debt?

By Brian Hamilton  |  12:51 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Report: Billions in federal small-business contracts go to large firms

Apple and Disney are just two of dozens of large companies that received contracts that were meant for small firms, according to a new advocacy group report.

By Olga Khazan  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 23: Obama proposes lower corporate tax rate, Zipcar contemplating renting out your car

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By J.D. Harrison  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Small business spending hits most ambitious level since 2008

Small employers are already starting to increase the amount of money allocated for long-term investments, and that trend will only continue in the coming year, according to a new poll.

By J.D. Harrison  |  01:58 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  small business

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Branding lessons from the Susan G. Komen fiasco

When Komen leadership decided to shift its support toward a more conservative set of values, it caught the attention — and ire — of a previously loyal marketplace. In the new world of relationship building, people want to do business with organizations whose values support their own.

By Susan Waldman  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 22: High-end retailers celebrating high profit margins, small theaters losing out in digital shift

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By J.D. Harrison  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 02/21/2012

STEM education series: Your comments

A panel of business experts wrote in to tell us how STEM education could be improved, and readers had their own prescriptions.

By Olga Khazan  |  06:12 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 02/21/2012

How companies can save money if employees work from home

Telecommuting, laptops and other simple tricks that save money and energy

By Jason Oh  |  06:01 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 21: Greece reaches $170B bailout deal, Sean Combs launching MTV competitor

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By J.D. Harrison  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/18/2012

How can we close the STEM gap?

Even as the unemployment rate hovers above 8 percent, tech companies say they can’t find enough developers. What can we do to produce more STEM graduates?

By  |  11:15 AM ET, 02/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 02/18/2012

How can we produce more STEM majors?

Even as the unemployment rate hovers above 8 percent, tech companies say they can’t find enough developers. Too few students pursue degrees in science and technology, even though those fields offer plenty of high-paying jobs — and job-creation opportunities. What can we do to produce more STEM graduates?

By  |  10:46 AM ET, 02/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 02/18/2012

Subsidies needed to jump start on-the-job STEM training

In addition to community-training programs, internships and apprenticeships provide some of the best ways to learn new technologies and gain practical engineering skills.

By Elisa Miller Out  |  10:19 AM ET, 02/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 02/18/2012

How more college funding can lead to more STEM majors

Every department, in every university, can stimulate our future economy by incorporating entrepreneurship and technological innovation into their curricula.

By Ryan Ozimek  |  10:19 AM ET, 02/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 02/18/2012

For more STEM professionals, we need a K-12 overhaul

Here are some simple suggestions that require no new significant inventions or massive funding.

By Matt Bauer  |  10:18 AM ET, 02/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 02/18/2012

More support needed for programs targeting minorities, women in STEM

We can reverse the current educational trend and encourage more women and minorities into the STEM fields.

By Michele McGough  |  10:18 AM ET, 02/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 02/18/2012

U.S. needs to spark girls’ interest in technology

It is most critical to create all types of innovative ways to encourage more females to pursue science, technology, engineering and math.

By Kimberly Brown  |  10:18 AM ET, 02/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 02/17/2012

MBA types give introverted engineers too little love

Why aren’t more of our children majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)?

By Michelle Crumm  |  01:18 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/17/2012

House lawmakers battle bundling with new bill

House Republicans are expected to introduce legislation requiring federal agencies to justify and potentially defend their bundled contracts. The measure is meant to prevent unfair competition and help small businesses vie for more government work.

By J.D. Harrison  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  small business, contracting

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Get started ‘On’ the weekend: Congress passes $150B economic plan, HUBZone pilot program launched in DC

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By J.D. Harrison  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Sen. Patty Murray: The future veteran workforce

At a talk on the future of the American workforce, the chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee gave business owners tips on how to hire more veterans.

By Olga Khazan  |  05:38 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 02/16/2012

More small employers are seeking credit – and more are being turned away

Small business owners are seeking more credit these days from financial institutions, but the number that actually obtain that credit hasn’t changed in three years, according to a new study.

By J.D. Harrison  |  01:03 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  small business, credit

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 16: Fed mulling stimulus options, Facebook Timeline coming for brands

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By J.D. Harrison  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 02/15/2012

3 tips to increase your chances of closing the deal

Insights from a recent Corporate Executive Board survey on improving results and performance of sales people.

By Matthew Dixon and Brent Adamson  |  12:11 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 15: Health care fears slowing small business hiring , Apple iPad 3 rumors start swirling

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By J.D. Harrison  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Five digital marketing tactics for small firms

Having trouble reaching customers online? Try these hints from an SEO expert.

By Jason Hennessey  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Small business optimism edges up, still trails 2011 levels

The NFIB’s small business optimism index continues to lag well behind the mark set a year ago, prompting expectations of yet another year of painfully slow economic growth.

By J.D. Harrison  |  09:19 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  small business optimism

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 14: Republicans cave on payroll tax agreement, farmers sowing more seeds this year

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By J.D. Harrison  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Valentine’s Day: Three new businesses that aim to help relationships last

Internet start-ups help couples find each other and keep the romance alive

By Olga Khazan  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 13: Obama to propose higher taxes on wealthy, consumer confidence slides

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By J.D. Harrison  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Boosted by regulations, a small business opens its own lobby shop

For a voice in Washington, most small companies sign with a contract lobbyist or a trade organization. But one small e-waste recycler opted for its own slice of K Street.

By Olga Khazan  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 PM ET, 02/12/2012

What are the best ways to learn about social media management?

Young entrepreneurs weigh in on the best way to dive into social media 101.

By  |  08:59 PM ET, 02/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Have Google ads or Facebook ads worked better for your business?

The ad service you use depends on the nature of your company.

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Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 02/10/2012

How do you respond to negative feedback on social media?

Should you ignore trolls or appease them?

By  |  05:16 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Kauffman calls state governments to action

The Kauffman Foundation is shifting its attention away from gridlock in Washington, instead focusing on steps state and local governments can take to promote entre­pre­neur­ship and support new businesses.

By J.D. Harrison  |  04:25 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  entrepreneurship, kauffman

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 02/10/2012

500 Startups’ Paul Singh: What not to do in a start-up pitch

Don’t pitch the first time you talk. Have a game plan. And whatever you do, don’t use PowerPoint.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:02 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Commentary: Facebook’s Bango ad deal isn’t right for its users

Facebook recently inked a deal with Bango that will bring ads and mobile payments to Facebook mobile versions beginning in March. But are users ready?

By Kenneth C. Wisnefski  |  11:48 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 02/10/2012

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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 02/10/2012

The new head of U-Md.’s angel network says women entrepreneurs need better role models

As the new associate director of the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, Elana Fine knows what it takes for entrepreneurs to become successful.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:53 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 10: Mortgage fraud settlement reached, U.S. jobs age gap widening

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By J.D. Harrison  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 02/09/2012

For an Oprah bump, designer took matters into her own hands

Danielle Nicole DiFerdinando’s extensive attention to detail led to winning a contest to make totes for an Oprah conference. Here are four ways she stays involved in the production process.

By Mary Ellen Biery  |  11:48 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Get started ‘On’ the weekend: SBA tweeks business size standards, Bernanke warns Senate against hasty deficit cuts

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By J.D. Harrison  |  05:56 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 02/08/2012

House lawmakers push for additional small business contracting reforms

One week after proposing legislation to raise small firms’ allotment of federal spending, House lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a trio of bipartisan bills intended to further reform small business contracting.

By J.D. Harrison  |  02:25 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  small business contracting

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 8: States, NFIB file briefs against Obamacare, low-skill workers giving up on job hunt

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By J.D. Harrison  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Why are small business owners feeling so good?

A Gallup survey of small business owners shows they’re feeling the best they have in three years — here’s why

By Olga Khazan  |  03:38 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 7: Amazon going brick-and-mortar, settlement looming on shoddy foreclosures

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By J.D. Harrison  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 6: Apple takes PC sales crown, contractors slashing costs to save profits

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By J.D. Harrison  |  08:54 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Start-up guru aims to build investment fund

A serial entrepreneur is building a consulting and investment venture that would connect local, early-stage technology firms to investors.

By J.D. Harrison  |  09:25 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Would the SBA merger hurt small businesses?

President Obama, who recently elevated Small Business Administration head Karen Mills to the Cabinet, is proposing to merge the SBA with six other agencies in a cost-cutting move. Will these efforts help or hurt small business?

By  |  09:09 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Would the SBA merger help or hurt small businesses?

President Obama, who recently elevated Small Business Administration head Karen Mills to the Cabinet, is proposing to merge the SBA with six other agencies in a cost-cutting move. Will these efforts help or hurt small business?

By Olga Khazan  |  07:13 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Why Facebook may not be a wise investment

As strong as the $3.7 billion revenue figure sounds, a savvy investor can see the weak links in Facebook’s ad revenue

By Kenneth C. Wisnefski  |  03:22 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Small business hiring lags behind national picture

Small business revenues may be up, but employment at small firms stagnated in January even as the overall economy added jobs.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:37 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012

SBA’s Karen Mills explains Obama’s start-up plans

In an exclusive interview, SBA Administrator Karen Mills sits down with us to explain the president’s new legislative proposals and discuss the distinct interests of serial entrepreneurs versus those of “mom-and-pop” small business owners.

By J.D. Harrison  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Get started ‘On’ the weekend: Bernanke fires warning at Congress, small business hiring sputtering

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By J.D. Harrison  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 02/02/2012

The hiring dozen: Cities already adding jobs in 2012

Hiring by small businesses across the country slowed ever so slightly in January, according to the most recent data from SurePayroll. However, employers in 12 areas bucked the national trend by adding workers during the month, including seven spots along the East Coast and three cities in a single state. Scroll through to see who topped the hiring list to start 2012.

By  |  03:47 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  small business, hiring

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 2: Facebook files for $5B IPO, House lawmakers planning tax break for small businesses

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By J.D. Harrison  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 1: Romney takes Florida, SBA renews efforts in underserved communities

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By J.D. Harrison  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Q&A: Startup America CEO talks obstacles, goals and surprising states

One year into the Startup America Partnership, we spoke with CEO Scott Case about the states that surprised him the most so far and his expectations for the group’s second year.

By J.D. Harrison  |  03:13 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  startup america

 

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