You’ve probably heard small businesses called “the backbone of the American economy.” But do you really know just how important small businesses are to the health of the economy? And did you know you can actually do something to help businesses in your area this holiday season, and score some free spending money at the same time?

In the weeks leading up to the end of the year, American culture takes a nostalgic turn. Magazines, newspapers and TV stations launch a cavalcade of stories about the top moments, movies, albums and books, picking out the highlights and lowlights of the past 12 months. Entrepreneurs can – and should – take a cue from this annual review frenzy.

The College Board reports two-thirds of students are in debt at graduation. Student borrowing has more than doubled in the past decade to $86 billion. But by seeking scholarships and grants, students can reduce the debt they'll carry after graduation.

Over 30 percent of online shoppers say they’ll make more of their holiday purchases over the Internet this year, citing convenience, easy price comparisons, and the ability to avoid crowds as their main reasons for increasing their online spending, according to a study by BIGresearch. Here are some tips to help you get your business website ready for the holidays.

Your cell phone is ringing -- if you are job hunting, the person calling may be your future employer. If it is, you have obviously impressed them with your application or stellar resume -- you don’t want to ruin your chances by handling the call unprofessionally.

Savvy hotel operators know that providing their guests with all the comforts and conveniences of home, coupled with some of the latest and greatest technological amenities, is necessary to remain competitive. Here's what business travelers will find at one of the nation's most innovative hotels.

With more candidates going head-to-head for jobs, organizations can be very selective in finding the ideal employee – someone who fits all of the position’s qualifications or even goes beyond the requirements. How can talented workers stand out from the competition?