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Crooks 'R' Us Inc.

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Here's a question: If you've been successful as an "entrepreneur" in the black market—selling stolen TVs online, say—what are the chances you could be successful taking those same skills into a more legal business setting? Is there any correlation between illegal business performance and legal ...

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entrepreneurship
crime

Small-Business Belts Tighten

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Even in uncertain times, small-business owners tend to keep their chins up. Finding a way to scrape along when credit is tight and energy is expensive is an essential part of the entrepreneurial badge of courage. Still, a survey released this week by American Express shows just how much managers,

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credit
small business

Cranky Bosses Don't Get the Job Done

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Does mood matter in the workplace? Do cranky bosses make employees more or less productive? Is it better, in other words, to be feared or loved?

All of these questions are answered in a new study by Sigal Barsade, an associate professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton ...

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corporate culture

Mom and Pop Aren't Who You Think They Are

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Rumors of the death of the mom-and-pop may have been greatly exaggerated. There are 22 million businesses in the United States with five or fewer employees. Together, they produce more than $1 trillion in annual revenues. Major credit card companies and banks have descended on the sector, jostling ...

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small business
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