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Ten best small business stories of the week Add to ...

Check out the best stories of the week of July 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.

Startup aims to overcome holistic health 'stigma.' The Challenge: Open Box’s new VitalityLink Web service wants to know how best to market itself, given the ‘cloud of secrecy’ that sometimes surrounds holistic health.

Phone bill shock? New app reduces data use. And other ways to cut and keep track of your data traffic.

Chronic complainers a workplace blight. Constant complainers can cause real harm to productivity, performance and profits, and can be especially a problem in smaller businesses, where employees typically work in close quarters and have overlapping responsibilities.

How to leverage a satisfied client, when the client won’t let you name-drop. Case study: After Calgary-based Evoco won a huge retailer as a customer, it had to figure out a way to get other large chains to bite without being able to name that customer

Ottawa keeping penny alive till 2013 to appease retailers’ concerns. Federal government stopped minting new pennies this past April, but is still ensuring there’s a fair supply of the coins by distributing them to banks and other financial institutions.

Calgary shop on a mission to upcycle your life. Inside Jobs video: Solita Work, the owner of ReWorks Upcycle Shop in Calgary, discusses why she opened her store and her favourite parts of the job. Also in pictures: Calgary's ReWorks shines light on upcycling trend.

Setting up a Web-based company is easier than ever. Firms that build on existing Internet commerce are increasingly common in the heady world of startups.

Mentors are essential. How to choose one: The founder of Martel Group encourages his mentees to push themselves outside their comfort zones.

Three personalities that can poison a workplace. How to spot them in a job interview.

How to get your product on the shelves of major retailers. The Top Tens: Mabel’s Labels recently launched a product that is now available in Walmart stores across Canada. Here are a few lessons the small company learned from the experience.

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