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Small business credit card lender Advanta has filed for bankruptcy, five months after it cut off new lending on its 1 million customer accounts.
Police surveillance cameras can make civil libertarians queasy. But what if cops could listen for dangerous crime instead of watching?
Looking for a business challenge? Try getting seven people in as many locations to sign a 45-page contract.
Inventory losses are on the rise, thanks mostly to cashiers giving themselves and friends five-finger discounts. Employees stole an estimated $15 billion from retailers last year, according to University of Florida criminologist Richard Hollinger, who conducts an annual survey of the country's top stores. That's 25% more than stores lost to shoplifters.
From free dry cleaning to a no-cost vacation, these 5 businesses have come up with creative ways to help out unemployed residents in their communities.
Small business owners are still whittling away at their payroll, but the deluge of pink slips on Main Street is slowing down.
Cute sells: Stuffed animals are a $1.5 billion industry in the U.S. Commanding nearly a third of that market is Build-a-Bear Workshop, a St. Louis-based retailer that lets customers personalize plush teddies, bunnies and other fuzzy friends. Founder Maxine Clark got the idea for the company in the mid-1990s while toy shopping with a 10-year-old girl who suggested that she and Clark could make their own stuffed animals.
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