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Ten best small business stories of the week

Check out the best stories of the week of March 19 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.

When small businesses are targets of sabotage. Small businesses can be vulnerable to many forms of sabotage, often from disgruntled employees, customers or competitors. Here's what can happen and what to do about it Also advice: How to keep saboteurs at bay.

Don't knock down that 50-year-old building; re-skin it. Awards focus attention on making older structures more energy efficient – and better looking.

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Did you know this invention is Canadian? The Innovators, a monthly multimedia feature on great Canadian inventions. First up: the walkie-talkie.

Stick to its knitting, or move in a whole new direction? The Challenge: The owner of children's toys and accessories maker Cate & Levi wonders whether better growth opportunities would come from launching a new product line for adults under a new brand, or continuing to broaden the current brand.

Contrary to popular belief, the cloud won't manage itself. New Microsoft kit offers the best of both worlds: Users get the infrastructure they need, with IT retaining overall control.

Power of digital word of mouth 'a gift' to startup. Case study: With virtually no marketing budget, new Vancouver refill store The Soap Dispensary is using free social media to spread awareness, and it's translating into healthy sales.

Young Entrepreneurs Night photo blog. Report on Small Business hosts a panel discussion and networking event at the PwC Tower in Toronto.

Undercover boss learns the unbreaded facts about staff. A Popeyes fried chicken exec has her eyes opened while undercover.

Use big ideas to get your mojo back. Some entrepreneurs lose the killer instinct as their role evolves from disruptor to operator and manager.

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How to make sure your site is ready for launch. It's always smart to test: Code must be validated, bugs must be found, and the final product should be measured against the concept developed at the start.

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