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Ten best small business stories of the week

Money raised to support the Pebble watch on has set a record on the crowdfunding site that's designed to back startups.

Check out the best stories of the week of April 16 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.

Venture capital rejection leads to funding record. Eric Migicovsky failed to secure traditional financing for his Pebble watch, so he shifted his efforts to the online community. Also, follow our Small Business Briefings on how high and quickly the numbers climbed for the fundraising effort on crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

Small businesses hit by rising freight costs. Increasing fuel prices and related charges are driving up the costs of ground transportation, creating a growing concern for many businesses.

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Tories launch bid to speed up immigration for entrepreneurs. Government eyeing program that would avoid constant backlogs and target businesses in high-growth industries.

Responsive design: One site fits all. A 'write once, run everywhere' style of building websites creates a single site that adjusts its layout and features for where it's being viewed, whether smartphones, tablets or desktops

How to price your products without harming your brand. If you drop them too far, you change the perception of your brand, experts say.

Tour Communitech's 44,000-square-foot space. Inside Jobs: The not-for-profit organization, established in 2010, currently represents about 800 tech companies and plans to launch a $30-million startup accelerator program called Hyperdrive.

How to keep better track of employees' time. The Challenge: Landscaping company Aden Earthworks is looking for tools to better track and manage workers' productivity. Also vote in our poll.

Four ways your gadgets could be hurting you. Blackberry thumb, iPad elbow, text neck, computer vision syndrome: These ailments may sound phony, but they're as real as carpal tunnel.

Imagine a call centre where one rep has all the answers at hand. Toronto-based startup ThoughtWire wants to take a new approach in using software 'agents' to replace human toil in gathering and linking information from disparate computer systems.

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A computer that can diagnose its own failings. HP's new self-sufficient Gen-8 servers address the challenges of companies with limited or no IT staff.

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