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Canada's Lesley Thompson-Willie, Andreanne Morin, Darcy Marquardt, Ashley Brzozowicz, Natalie Mastracci, Lauren Wilkinson, Krista Guloien, Rachelle Viinberg, and Janine Hanson row on their way to winning the silver medal for the women's rowing eight in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Their shell was made by London, Ont.-based Hudson Boat Works. (Armando Franca/AP)
Canada's Lesley Thompson-Willie, Andreanne Morin, Darcy Marquardt, Ashley Brzozowicz, Natalie Mastracci, Lauren Wilkinson, Krista Guloien, Rachelle Viinberg, and Janine Hanson row on their way to winning the silver medal for the women's rowing eight in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Their shell was made by London, Ont.-based Hudson Boat Works. (Armando Franca/AP)

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Check out the best stories of the week of Aug. 6 from Report on Small Business, the Globe’s home for entrepreneurs. Read our columnists, view archives of discussions, and connect through social media on the Report on Small Business homepage.

Canadian small businesses go for the gold in London. While all the attention is on the athletes, many Canadian small businesses are also making an appearance at the 2012 Olympics. Here are four firms that are cashing in on the Games Also, in pictures.

Salesforce joins big leagues with buying spree. Entrepreneurs who set up shop intending to sell need to ask themselves serious questions before signing deals.

Don’t be left out in the cold when the company is sold. Entrepreneurs who want to sell don’t always think about their employees.

Are you in it for the love, or for the money? Book excerpt: Just as plants need nutrients to grow, businesses need values to thrive, say the authors of Heart, Smart, Guts, and Luck.

‘Hey, look what I just did.’ Zipline photos show the world. Ontario adventurer markets his picture-taking system in the U.S. Also, in pictures: Zooming across forest canopies.

Fighting perception that bigger is better. The Challenge: Small IT consulting firm Litcom often finds itself battling for business against the blue-chip consulting houses, and sometimes losing out to their powerful brands.

The fine line between high expectations and ‘boss-zilla.’ Employees need a sense of purpose and a bit of wiggle room.

Small businesses, mighty charitable donations. Small businesses are playing an increasingly important role in charitable contributions as governments reduce funding levels.

The catalyst that built a $2-million business. Tips for fellow entrepreneurs who want to expand nationally or beyond Canada’s borders.

Turning an off season into an on business. Case study: With a short high season suffering from several threats, KJM Country Gardens needed to find a way to generate revenue during its low season.

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