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Ten best small business stories of the week

Riding by the El Tatio Geysers at 4000m, Atacama Desert, Chile

Patrice Halley

Check out the best stories of the week of April 30 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.

Can biking tour firm expand without diluting its brand? The Challenge: Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Adventures has built its business on trips for skilled cyclists. But with such a limited market, it needs to turn on less experienced riders without turning off its core customers. Plus: In Pictures: Scenes of Sacred Rides tours.

The secret to a lasting business: Create something you want for yourself. 'User entrepreneurs' see a need for a product or service they could use in their own personal or business lives, create it, and then turn it into a business. Nearly half of innovative U.S. startups that have lasted five years were founded by such entrepreneurs, a study finds.

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Six Canadian companies leading the social media charge. These Canadian small businesses have built substantial, sustained campaigns with remarkable impact. Here's how they did it, and what you can learn from them. Plus: In Pictures: Winners of Algonquin Outfitters' photo contests.

Mixed blessing when employees bring their own devices to work. More employees are using personal smartphones, tablets and other device at work, raising security and other challenges that companies must handle.

Toys and art bring fun to office playground. The Amazing Space: Playground Inc. managing partner and business strategist Ryan Thomas explains how the playful atmosphere combats the sometimes lonely world of digital technology.

Clearing the bottlenecks that can hinder a business. Management software can find inefficiencies and help you automate,

'Geek at heart' on track to double revenue. Success Stories: In about two years, 26-year-old Jason Cottrell has 'really started ramping things up' at MyPlanet Digital.

It's not a toaster but 'appliance' makes IT easier. Dell KACE users say it saves time and labour in managing PCs, Macs and their applications.

Photos from The Globe's Small Business Summit in Calgary. The April 25 event in Calgary featured speeches and workshops designed to help entrepreneurs grow their companies.

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Clearing the bottlenecks that can hinder a business. Management software can find inefficiencies and help you automate.

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