Check out the best stories of the week of Dec. 12 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.
Small businesses scaling back holiday celebrations. Though most are still partying with staff, many are cutting back in response to economic uncertainty and increasingly diverse work force. Related story: Frugal but fun -- six tips for a seasonal celebration.
Expand in uncertain times, or play it safe? The Challenge: Aluminum Surface Technologies planned warehouse expansion hit a bump when global economic turmoil caused a major client to pull back.
What to give clients. Maple syrup or goat? Companies are moving toward gifts that are more in keeping with the spirit of the season. Related story: In tighter times, gift-giving develops a conscience.
Serving up a tasty iPad solution for busy restaurants. TouchBistro app means wait staff can stay with customers while sending orders directly to the kitchen.
Student magician reveals the secrets to success. Remi Boudreau, a full-time student and illusionist, took your questions in a live discussion.
Five marketing questions to ask to grow your business in 2012. As 2011 ends, l ooking back at how you handled your marketing can help figure out how best to tackle challenges and opportunities in the year ahead. Also marketing expert Ryan Caligiuri was online to answer your questions.
Entrepreneur's new franchising idea: Rent a rowboat. Victoria boat maker expands his business model with the help of the Internet
Training executives in the art of giving back. Volunteering for a charity board can be a great opportunity – just make sure you know what’s involved.
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