MINNEAPOLIS - Like millions of other small-businessmen when it comes to buying supplies, making travel plans, or reserving a booth at a trade show, Ed Anderson reaches for his credit card.

The chief executive of Lil' Orbits Inc., a Plymouth, Minn.-based maker of the mini-doughnut machines found at state fairs and carnivals nationwide, Mr. Anderson gives five of his 18 employees authority to use the company's credit cards.

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