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Business management explores how businesses are run and the issues they face. Whether you're an entrepreneur or are curious about different business models, these articles will answer some of the most common questions about the world of business.

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How Much Can You Get In Unemployment Benefits?

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in huge increases of Americans filing for unemployment benefits. But why do the amounts given vary so much across states? And can states run out of money?

Supply Chain 101: What Happens When Our Food Supply Is Disrupted by a Pandemic?

The U.S. food supply chain has been rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, but so far, it's still functioning. How long will that last?

Need and Greed: Why the Toilet Paper Supply Remains Tight

Why after weeks and weeks is it still a problem getting toilet paper? Are people hoarding gobs of the stuff or is it more than that?

Why do Americans Sell Soda by the Liter but Milk by the Gallon?

Although it's often said that Americans will never get used to the metric system, the popularity of the 2-liter soda bottle flies in the face of that logic. So why is soda sold like that, while other products like milk aren't?

Can You Really Start Your Own Bank?

Sure, you can start your own bank. Well, you can as long as you have enough money. And a solid business plan. And the courage to make it through the byzantine startup process.

Mentos and Miss Cleo: The '90s Commercials Quiz

You know the grunge hits. You know the Nicktoons. But how well do you know the glitzy, creative and downright weird TV commercials that helped define the 1990s? Grab a bag of fruit gushers and let's find out.

Should You Ever Discuss Politics at Work?

The easiest thing is probably not to do it, but it's almost impossible. Can a company forbid those discussions? We talk with an expert on how to have a civil political discussion at work.

How to Get a Business License

If you're starting a business of your own you'll need to find out how to get a business license to legally operate it. We'll show you how to get a business license.

These Fonts Are Best for Business Email

When choosing a font for business email communication, character clarity is the main objective. So which font rules?

Is Small Business Saturday Good for Small Businesses?

Launched in 2010 after the Great Recession, Small Business Saturday (the day after Black Friday) has been growing in consumer awareness in America. But has it been a financial boon to small businesses?

Don't Waffle On This: Take the Waffle House Quiz

Think you know your scattered from your smothered? Take the Waffle House Quiz and find out your WaHo IQ.

Indie Bookstores Defied Amazon. Who's Next?

Independent bookstores aren't dead! The buy local, shop local, eat local movement has kicked in and people are demanding the return of small, independent businesses in a world where the giants are trying to rule.

Why Do We Find Waiting on Hold So Irritating?

Which drives you crazier when on hold with a company? An endless loop of smooth jazz tunes or hearing "your call is very important" every 10 seconds? Scientists have actually studied what makes waiting on hold worse.

How Much Money Do You Really Make Selling Stuff Like Rodan + Fields?

Ever had a friend try to get you to sell Mary Kay, Rodan & Fields, Pampered Chef, jewelry, oils or some other product from home? How much can you really expect to earn doing these?

5 Times Marketers Totally Missed the Mark

From Kendall Jenner attempting to end police brutality with a Pepsi to H&M's "The Coolest Monkey in the Jungle" ad, let's just say some of these brands didn't get it right.

How Retail Brands Use Music to Generate More Sales

From Muzak to Mood Media, retailers are banking on music for more sales.

Sure, Amazon's Changed Shopping, But Retailers Can Still Compete

Just 9 percent of all shopping is online, but it's growing fast. Old-school brick-and-mortar stores are trying some new tricks to stay competitive.

Why Buy a Sports Jersey When You Can Rent One?

Why get stuck with a useless jersey when your favorite football star gets traded to another team? A new company lets you switch out shirts as often as you wish.

Is the Meatball Ikea's Secret Weapon? (And Other Surprising Facts)

We explain why Ikea stores are designed like a lazy river, why their meatballs are considered "framing devices" and what's behind those darn flat pack boxes.

How Barbie's Boyfriend Ken Became an Accidental Gay Icon

The 1993 case of Earring Magic Ken shows how marketing and focus groups can inadvertently create a kitsch classic. Mattel found this out the hard way when they asked little girls to offer input.

Pop-Up Ads Are Annoying — But They Work

People claim to hate pop-ups ads, and their more recent successor, the hover ad. Yet they still click on them. Here's why.

How Teen Vogue Began Leading the Resistance

How did this teen magazine go from just covering fashion and beauty to getting lauded for its political coverage?

What You Touch While Shopping Can Influence What You Choose to Buy

A new study reveals that shape, size and sense of touch influence purchasing choices, thanks to some curious cognition and perception.

The Real Winners at Some Awards Shows Are the Promoters

In some industries — like advertising — the awards show is just a giant money-making scheme.

Most Mannequins Idealize Underweight, Unhealthy Bodies, New Research Confirms

One hundred percent of female mannequins in a new U.K. study represented underweight individuals, while only 8 percent of male mannequins did the same.

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