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Government and Economy

White House: A Bit Loose with Stimulus Success Figures

It is difficult to capture the full effect of the stimulus at this early stage, but with the high bars set for success, the White House seems to be playing fast and loose with the facts in their first report on the effect of the program.

Will Business Forward Help Small Business?

Business Forward, a Washington-based group soon to be launched by the Democratics, is dedicated to improving the business climate in the US, especially for small business. But the group prefers to remain silent on specific issues and now some are counselling caution about the new group.

Senate Hunts for New Taxes for Healthcare Reform

On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee peeked into vending machines and liquor stores, company payrolls and health savings accounts, looking for a mix of tax increases and spending cuts as a way to pay for a health overhaul — which could cost more than $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

Management and Financial Issues

Joining the Family Business

It is time to bring your daughter, or perhaps your brother, into the family business. How do you do it? Here we offer some of the right (and wrong) ways to bring them aboard.

When Good Office Fridges Goes Bad

There are certain, almost universal, workplace issues and one of the toughest to deal with, no matter what business you are in--one you may be dealing with right now--taking care of that biology experiment gone bad: The office refrigerator.

What Does it Take to Get Funded?

Join BusinessWeek and startup tracker YouNoodle to have a look at the various sorts of innovation and invention just might attract the funding dollars you need during this recession.

Technology Issues

Free Tools to Find Your Deleted Data

You know that burning feeling that strikes when you realize some important data has gone missing from your computer. How do you get it back? Here are five ways that won't empty your wallet.

Business Management Technology: 7 Favorites

Every small business owner needs tools that will help him switch from one task to the next easily. Here, Lisa Barone, the Co-Founder and Chief Branding Officer at Outspoken Media, Inc., shares the tools that she uses to make her company a success.

Benefits and Labor Issues

Surviving the Office Crash
Stress is part of life at work, but it doesn't have to result in tragedy. Take Captain Sully's landing on the Hudson as an object lesson for you and your people.

Heading-off a Workplace Affair
When it comes to dealing with a office romance, professionalism, performance, workplace environment, credibility and lack of judgment are five issues you must address head on to keep things running smoothly.

Sales and Marketing

Email Marketing: A Major Flaw in CAN-SPAM
Canada's proposed anti-spam legislation offers something for American lawmakers to consider, that is the fact that unsolicited B2B email is still spam.

E-Commerce Sales Slow in US

The ongoing recession has given rise to a new breed of independent consumer, who meticulously researchs their purchases online, looking for the best possible value, a trend that has led to a slowdown in domestic e-commerce.

Your Business on the Air: Small Business Informercials

The much maligned and parodied Infomercial has one thing going for it. It works. Now, with the cost of airtime falling, infomercials are becoming an advertising option for a growing number of small businesses.