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Ten best small business stories of the week

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Check out the best stories of the week of Dec. 5 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.

The rising stars of Toronto's young entrepreneurs scene. Report on Small Business presents up-and-comers with big ideas and grand ambitions. In various videos, meet them up close.

Top court won't hear Dragons' Den case. Former contestant John Turmel had launched lawsuit claiming he was libelled by popular CBC television program.

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Blow-dry bar concept heats up. Blo has quickly expanded its simple wash and blow dry idea from one Vancouver salon to 18 across North America. But can it continue to thrive in an uncertain economy and with competition?

Six ways to make the most of the shopping rush online Embracing the season can pay big dividends to online merchants, if they play it right. Here's how.

Serial entrepreneurs target the web search hit list. Barrie-based company gives marketers control over their search engine optimization.

What can small businesses do to attract top talent? Video: Namita Nijjar, president of Blue Ocean Talent, explains what small business owners can do to attract and retain skilled employees.

Filling a founder's shoes, temporarily. The Challenge: With one of SmartBride's partners wanting to take maternity leave, the company needs to find a replacement who's just as good, and passionate.

Ping pong and glow sticks at new retro hub. SPiN Galactic social club mixes table tennis and downtown style.

The benefits of office wellness programs. Work wellness needn't be costly and can have a positive impact on worker health and employee retention.

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Harvard program puts focus back on sales. Aligning Strategy and Sales helps senior managers explore ways to successfully synchronize strategies and field-sales activities.

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