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More Business Startups Coming From Opportunity, Not Desperation [AUDIO]

When the economy fell five years ago, some started their own business out of desperation over not finding a business to hire them, but times have changed.

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Small Biz Optimism on the Rise, Survey Says [AUDIO]

Nationally, small business optimism is the highest it has been since third quarter 2008, and that's the key finding in the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, which has improved 9 points since second quarter and 36 points since the fourth quarter of 2012.

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Shore Business Leaders to Develop Master Plan for Economic Growth [AUDIO]

Southern Ocean County is known for its summer tourism industry, military bases and even nuclear power plant but area business leaders are hoping to expand the region's economic offerings.

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Sandy Damaged Businesses Not Applying for Help [AUDIO]

If your business was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey has money to help you rebuild and recover, but the state isn't going to come looking for you.

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Small Businesses Are Helping Jersey’s Economic Recovery

A new report by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy finds small businesses are leading most states’ economy recovery.

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Hurricane Sandy damage in Seaside Heights
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Small Business Optimism Remains Stagnant [AUDIO]

Small-business owner confidence continues to drag, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index.

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SBA Questioned About Varying Interest Rates [AUDIO]

We are learning that not everyone is getting the uber-low interest rate from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to repair their Sandy damaged homes.

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Steve Sweeney Kicks Off Small Business Listening Tour [AUDIO]

Not to be outdone by the current administrations small business visits, State Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney kicks off his own “Small Business Listening Tour” with stops in Monmouth and Ocean County.

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NYC Small Businesses May Get Post-Sandy Grants

Small businesses in New York City may be eligible for another $1 million in grants to help recover from Superstorm Sandy.

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NJ Biz Leaders Less Optimistic After Sandy [AUDIO]

The recovery from super-storm Sandy will be long and that has many Garden State business leaders more pessimistic about the state's economy than they were in May. That's according to the just-released New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Business Climate Survey.

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