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A Peruvian farmer with the CEPICAFE Co-op holds recently picked cocoa pods (L). A Peruvian farmer with the CACVRA Co-op is shown among a group of cocoa trees (R). Both are co-ops in Peru from which La Siembra sources its cocoa.


Check out the best stories of the week of May 28 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.

Kraft's cheaper chocolate melts Camino's market share. The Challenge: Up against Kraft's Green & Black's line, La Siembra Co-operative wants to know how to convince consumers to pay premium prices for its Camino line of premium organic and fair trade chocolate bars. Also, in pictures: The making of Camino bars.

We love working here: Entire staff relocates. Founder of Martel Group credits his company's 'sticky corporate culture' with attracting the ultimate employees.

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Robots and ray guns welcome at this inventive office. The Amazing Space: With splashes of yellow and lime, the eye-catching Calgary office of Tag Advertising is anything but bland.

MBA students offer bargain alternative to pricey consultants. Small businesses that can't afford big professional consulting firms increasingly turn to university business student consultant programs. Plus, how MBA student consultant programs compare.

How to start a business on the cheap. Do you have good ideas but no money? Do for others what they can't do for themselves.

Surfboard designer finds buyout a rough ride. When Imagine Surf was acquired, the company expanded, but Corran Addison didn't fit in to the corporate culture. Plus, what to do before you sell a company.

Skimpy credit rating? Here's what to do. Apply for a business line of credit or credit card, even if it isn't needed immediately, experts say

Keeping corporate culture unified across several locations. Case Study: As grew, founder Alis Asaria had to figure out how to retain the company's culture while adding satellite offices to attract needed talent.

There is no 'I' in team, or in the new economy. Companies emerging as post-recession superstars embrace team spirit.

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How to find the software coder of your dreams. You can meet the right person at a ' hackathon,' the digital equivalent of a jam session.

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