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The Google+ Debate: Do We Really Need Another Social Network?

7/22/11 at 2:00 PM

With 10 million users so far, Google+ has launched to some very positive reviews. But questions remain about whether Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn already take up too much of our time. Continue Reading

Google Credit Card Helps Businesses Pay for AdWords

7/21/11 at 4:30 PM

The search engine giant will issue a Google AdWords credit card to select clients, making advertising more affordable for small and medium-sized businesseses. Continue Reading

Only 10 Percent of Americans Trust Their Managers

7/19/11 at 2:30 PM

A study of nearly 2,000 employees revealed that only 14 percent believe their company's management is ethical and honest, and 25 percent have lost their trust just since last year. Continue Reading

Groupon Fail? Site's First Big-Ticket Promotion Attracts Only Four Buyers

7/18/11 at 6:30 PM

In its first push into big retail, Groupon only sold four $199 vouchers for $500 toward the purchase of a car at a Michigan dealership. Continue Reading

Number of Small Businesses Sold Increases, Sales Price Decreases

7/15/11 at 6:30 PM

While the number of small businesses increased 8 percent, the sales price decreased to an average of $150,000. Continue Reading

Number of Venture Capital Funds Hits 16-Year Low

7/14/11 at 6:30 PM

Though they're smaller in number, the amount of funds they raised increased by 28 percent to $2.7 billion. Continue Reading

Mom of Four Wins Verizon's Hardest Working Small Biz Mom Contest

7/14/11 at 3:00 PM

Nichole Bentley, a mom of four sons who runs a consulting business, will win $5,000, a year's worth of cleaning services and a website revamp. Continue Reading

Top 10 Metropolitan Areas for Clean Economy Jobs

7/13/11 at 2:30 PM

Of the 2.7 million U.S. clean economy jobs, major cities like New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco employ workers in industries such as mass transit, while green manufacturing jobs are found mostly in the South and Midwest. Continue Reading

Netflix Raises Prices by 60 Percent, Sparks Social Media Outrage

7/13/11 at 9:30 AM

Customers take to Twitter and Facebook to vent their anger, while tech bloggers and competitors react to Netflix's controversial move. Continue Reading

Restaurant Bans Young Children

7/12/11 at 1:30 PM

McDain's in Monroeville, Pa., plans to close its doors to children younger than 6 years old, due to overwhelming customer complaints about unruly youngsters. Continue Reading

84 Percent of Small Businesses Say U.S. Economy is on Wrong Track

7/11/11 at 6:00 PM

According to the Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Outlook survey, 55 percent of small-business owners say economic uncertainty is preventing them from hiring new employees. Continue Reading

Is 7-Eleven's Free Slurpee Day Good for Business?

7/11/11 at 2:30 PM

Last year, 7-Eleven reported a 38 percent increase in Slurpee sales on Free Slurpee Day, but some franchisees don't see the sales jump. Continue Reading

AOL TechGuru Offers IT Help for Small Businesses

7/08/11 at 4:00 PM

A new option for small-business owners with computer issues: AOL TechGuru offers 24/7 virtual tech support ranging from one-time fixes to ongoing support. Continue Reading

Restaurant Selling $175 Burger Files for Bankruptcy

7/08/11 at 3:00 PM

The Wall Street Burger Shoppe filed for Chapter 7 protection, after only three short years of serving up its infamous $175 Richard Nouveau Burger to the financial district's elite. Continue Reading

Women Business Owners Optimistic About the Economy

7/07/11 at 1:00 PM

A new survey reveals 47 percent of women business owners feel the economy will improve in the next six months, with many reporting their first revenue increase in two years. Continue Reading

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