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Ten best small business stories of the week

The offices of Machteld Faas Xander in Kitchener, Ont.

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Check out the best stories of the week of April 2 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.

This office is as cool and quirky as its name. The Amazing Space: The offices of Machteld Faas Xander, a creative agency located in Kitchener's Tannery building, are anything but ordinary.

New approach proposed for immigrant recruiting. Maytree report finds smaller firms are often unaware of the depth of the talent pool or how to reach out to potential employees.

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Entrepreneurs jump on co-working bandwagon. More startups are making a business of catering to the rising number of self-employed, telecommuters and others who are drawn to shared office space.

Ten reasons to include webinars in your marketing strategy. The Top Tens: Webinars are not only are they convenient and affordable, they also let you engage your audience, measure attendance and bring you new leads.

Boss can break the chain that leads to stress. Allowing people to work from home, fairly distributing tasks, explaining change can foster a ' culture of hope and positivity.'

Big data holds big promise for small business. A new universe of possibilities is opening up for small business as processors, aggregators and users of big data.

Wanted: more clients in fewer industries. The Challenge: Tired of tailoring their e-commerce software for multiple industries, the co-founders of Keyora want to narrow their focus to three industries -- and figure out how to become 'top of mind.'

How to hire the right salesperson. Know the role and look for motivated people who can close the deal, says Rypple co-founder Dan Debow -- one of several videos to check out on our site of interviews with panelists at Report on Small Business's recent Young Entrepreneurs Night.

Taking credit payments on the go? Smartphones can make it easier. Several options allow mobile merchants such as taxi drivers to validate credit cards.

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Keeping customers when their cash is tight. When bookings dropped, these pet groomers doggedly cut expenses but kept up the quality of treatments.

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