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Report on Small Business

Ten best small business stories of the week Add to ...

Check out the best stories of the week of Jan. 9 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.

Pet puggle helps entrepreneur sniff out leads. President of dog apparel designer Canada Pooch’s best customer information is right at her heels. Also in pictures, furry friends brave the cold in style.

What to do when your corporate culture sucks. Commitment and follow-through among the top bosses is key.

B.C.'s first zero-energy home: no bike riding required. With cutting-edge green tech and the latest efficient appliances, Whistler house creates as much energy as it consumes.

When talk isn't cheap: How to bring down cellphone costs. The Challenge: The co-founder of Beautifully Bare High-Tech Spa needs to reduce her mobile expenses now.

Date with a Dragon. Why fighting sprit counts. Bruce Croxon, co-founder of the Lavalife dating service and now a rookie on Dragons’ Den, talks about what he looks for in entrepreneurs, and what makes for a good pitch.

High-tech office keeps workers plugged in and happy. Amazing Space: The office of Mayhew & Associates is a model of innovative design.

Do these guys have the best job in the world? Through their virtual office, B.C. duo offer guided vacations to sunny locales around the world.

From the Big House to the small screen. A new CBC-TV series taps into the business skills of former inmates.

Small business owners should beware the taxman's test. A small business may have to assure a court of its commercial viability before operating loss deductions will be allowed during early years.

Ten steps for a successful QR code. The Top Tens: If used correctly, those strange black and white squares can serve as valuable marketing tools.

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