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  • Dear Mr. President...

    Dear Mr. President...

    We asked 10 small businesspeople what would they ask President Obama to do to make it easier for them to hire.

  • Hiring: Yes. No. Maybe so.

    Hiring: Yes. No. Maybe so.

    Politicians, statisticians and economists all have something to say about small business and hiring. Here's what small business owners had to say.

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    10 great franchise bets

    A low loan failure rate is a vote of confidence both for the franchise business model -- or concept -- and for the people involved. The following franchises all had relatively low loan failure rates.

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    Firing horror stories

    Firing an employee is never easy. But these horror stories teach the following: Always be polite and professional when giving an employee the boot. And if the person getting fired starts to lose it, duck.

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