Inc. Business Owners Council recently commissioned a series of original research projects designed to help business owners make smarter decisions about their business. The first one we're excited to release is entitled: Inside Job: Employee-Driven Fraud on the Rise in Private Business.

In the case of this research, we learn that the misdeeds of a few hurt many others. Corporate fraud not only affects the business owner, it also steals valuable resources away from the employees, the customers and the vendors and all of their respective families. Sadly, corporate fraud is on the rise as is often the case during difficult economies. This study compared the results of survey respondents in 2006 (the boom years) with another similar group in 2009. The results are startling.

To download a copy of "Inside Job," click here.