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Square Expands Its Reach Into Small-Business Services. What is Square? The six-year-old payments start-up began by offering small, square-shaped credit card readers that plug into smartphones or tablets. The device helps small businesses easily accept credit card payments. Read more at www.nytimes.com

How Do You Create a Culture of Service? In December, Points of Light and Bloomberg LP released the 2014 Civic 50—a list of the most community-minded companies in the country. The Civic 50 sets the standard for corporate citizenship, honoring companies that are effectively giving their time, talent and resources to improve lives in the communities where they do business. Read mroe at www.forbes.com

Are Free Business Training Programs Really Worth It? I remember spending countless hours researching entrepreneurship prior to taking that leap of faith. The information was endless and very overwhelming. It seemed like everyone was an expert on some aspect of entrepreneurship. Most of the information I gathered from my late night web searches was pretty consistent. However it was just research. I really wanted to know how to implement all of the tools and strategies I was learning about. Read more at www.huffingtonpost.com