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Ten best small business stories of the week

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katherine scarrow The Globe and Mail

Check out the best stories of the week of Dec. 26 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.

Our favourite small businesses of 2011

Boozy cupcake-makers, one-day house painters and gourmet taco vendors: these are the most memorable companies of 2011, handpicked by the editors of the Report on Small Business

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When should a firm allow employees to work from home?

Small businesses need to take security, training and communications issues into account

How the social media conversation will change in 2012

It's no longer about getting fans or followers, it's about finding creative ways to keep them

Want to add video to your website? Maybe it's time to call in the pros

Small business owners looking to create video must decide whether to hire a professional or do it alone

A perfect fit for those with Down syndrome

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Entrepreneurial grandmother develops a much-needed clothing range

Most popular mobile apps of 2011

Instagram, Facebook and Angry Birds top the most-downloaded chart

LinkedIn group lists top small business resources

A round-up of this year's must-have resources for entrepreneurs, as curated by members of our Globe and Mail Small Business LinkedIn community

Hold post mortems on what went right

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You need to establish how much of your success was part of your original program and is repeatable, versus how much tailwind you received that was an unexpected benefit

Off and running: Forzani's sporting goods empire

From a single store in Calgary in the early 1970s, footballer John Forzani built a sports retailing powerhouse, with 550 locations

Ten things entrepreneurs should do before 2012

Planning ahead is the most important thing a small business owner can do to ensure their business is successful in the future

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