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  • Father-Son Business Owners, Who Make It Work Friday, 14 Jun 2013 | 3:49 PM ET

    Family dynamics in upstarts can mean heightened confrontation, but also greater loyalty. In time for Father's Day, father-son business owners, who make it work.

  • Be Your Own Brewmaster, One Drop at a Time Friday, 14 Jun 2013 | 2:29 PM ET

    Colorado-based company OnTap says its flavor enhancer provides craft-beer taste without the extra cost.

  • Wal-Mart's Everyday Hiring Strategy: Add More Temps Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 10:27 AM ET
    A Walmart store in Methuen, Mass.

    Recently, Wal-Mart has been only hiring temporary workers at many of its US stores, the first time the world's largest retailer has done so outside of the holiday shopping season.

  • Help Wanted: Main St. Hiring Again—With Caution Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 8:40 AM ET

    After months of uncertainty about taxes and budget cuts, small businesses are carefully hiring again. But some start-ups say it's challenging finding qualified applicants.

  • Want More Time Off? Some Employers Let You Buy It Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | 6:39 AM ET

    Some companies allow their workers to buy and sell vacation time, a perk that gives workers more flexibility in managing their time off.

  • Work It: How Start-Ups Can Woo Potential Lenders Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | 1:11 PM ET

    Bank lending for small businesses remains sluggish. From shoring up company finances to cultivating a banking relationship, see what start-ups can do to avoid loan rejections.

  • US Services Sector Growth Beats Estimates in May Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 10:00 AM ET

    Activity in the US services sector picked up slightly in May, though growth was lackluster. A separate report showed that new orders for US factory goods rose in April.

  • Ten Best States for Starting a Business Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 9:38 AM ET

    Maryland and Colorado are among the states supportive of innovation, according to a report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

  • Millennials Want to Donate, Save the World, Really Friday, 3 May 2013 | 12:50 PM ET
    Dave Boyce, customer experience officer for Fundly, a crowdfunding site for causes and nonprofits.

    In the nonprofit world, crowdfunding is becoming an effective tool for raising donations, especially among younger do-gooers. Philanthropic millennials?

  • What Is the Future of Mobile Payment? Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 5:20 AM ET
    What Is the Future of Mobile Payment?

    Gilles Ubaghs, mobile payment analyst at Ovum, talks about the challenges facing the mobile payment sector ahead of Mastercard and Visa's quarterly results.

  • Ford Release Better-Than-Expected Sales Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 9:32 AM ET
    Ford Release Better-Than-Expected Sales

    Ford sales were up 18 percent in April with light trucks leading the way, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Farms Skip Safeway, Deliver Produce to Your Desk Monday, 29 Apr 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    Live Earth Farm uses Farmigo, a startup that develops tech tools to connect online customers with local food providers willing to offer worksite deliveries.

  • How a Gelato Upstart Racked Up $49 Million in Sales Saturday, 27 Apr 2013 | 11:50 AM ET

    How one ex-pat returned to the U.S. with a new-found appreciation for Argentine gelato, a passion that propelled the entrepreneur on a quest to conquer the ice cream market.

  • The Tax Risks of Doing Business in the 'Cloud' Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | 3:28 PM ET

    Many CEOs have not grasped the full impact of cloud computing on their organizations. One important area of oversight is the potential impact on the global tax position of the company.

  • 10 Innovators Leading the Charge for Change Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 1:38 PM ET

    Meet 10 innovators who are pushing their industries forward. Some of the names are familiar. Some you've probably never heard before (and may not hear again), but all of them are working to improve fields that have an impact on most of us.

  • TrueCar Aims to Foster Hassle-Free Auto Deals Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | 2:57 PM ET

    TrueCar.com is disrupting auto retailing by giving consumers insight into pricing while playing nice with its network of dealers, an analyst says.

  • The Company That Wants to Drag TV Into the Future Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | 11:33 AM ET

    As America becomes a country of second (and sometimes third) screens, broadcasters, cable and satellite companies are forced to rethink their customer interactions.

  • The Latest Sure-Fire Economic Indicator? Traffic Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 10:27 AM ET

    So goes traffic - so goes the economy, according to INRIX, a data-gathering and analysis firm that stumbled onto traffic as an economic indicator.

  • Gaming Industry's Latest Idea: Free Games Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 1:31 PM ET

    One of the next big things in gaming is free games -- and some firms are making big bucks on them.

  • The Little Company That Conquered Conglomerates Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 10:37 AM ET

    Through a combination of smart acquisitions and a global outlook, Midmark, a medical supply company, has set an example of how a regional company can play in the big leagues.

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