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  • Meet Oscar: A techie insurer primed for Obamacare Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 10:50 AM ET
    From left: Mario Schlosser, Kevin Nazemi and Josh Kushner of Oscar.

    Oscar, an insurance start-up that is using technology and data to create a more consumer-oriented health care company, is gaining ground under Obamacare.

  • Private equity salivates at bullish 'middle market' Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 12:43 PM ET

    There's a slice of private equity that isn't too concerned about valuations: Middle market firms that focus on small and mid-sized companies.

  • Entrepreneur Retrains Veterans as Helicopter Pilots Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 | 10:04 AM ET
    Guidance Aviation pilots.

    Meet the small-business owner from Prescott, Arizona who helps veterans transition to civilian life as professional helicopter pilots.

  • How one 'mompreneur' turned $500 into millions Sunday, 12 May 2013 | 10:48 AM ET

    Kendra Scott, a panelist on CNBC Prime’s "Crowd Rules," shares how she turned $500 into a multimillion-dollar jewelry empire that spans the globe.

  • Adding the Costs of the Boston Bombings Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 11:37 AM ET

    In a matter of moments, the Boston Marathon bombings inflicted as much as $333 million in damage to the local economy. Here's a breakdown.

  • Main St. Tax Breaks Inside Obama's Proposed Budget Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 | 2:31 PM ET
    President Barack Obama, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House with Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB, in Washington, D.C.

    President Obama's budget plan includes a proposed tax credit if you've hired or given a raise to workers. What small businesses would pocket from the president's proposal.

  • Switcheroo: Turning Office Guilt Into Productivity Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | 11:40 AM ET

    Gahhhhhh! Aren't there some tasks you just hate? Here's an office experiment: The "guilt hour." It's a way to knock off those unwanted tasks and shed the guilt.

  • Businesses far too often fail to take basic steps to protect their digital infrastructure, or realize the biggest threat may be inside their own company.

  • Biery: How to Avoid Credit Problems for Your Business Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 | 10:02 AM ET

    Here are four mistakes your business clients should avoid in managing business credit.

  • Disruptions: A $1 Billion Start-Up Might Not Be So Fun Monday, 19 Nov 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    Being in the Billion-Dollar Club limits how, and if, a start-up can get out. For one thing, when you’re the most expensive product on the shelf, very few companies can afford to buy you.

  • A new report by the conservative American Enterprise Institute says President Obama's tax proposals would hurt small business, with Alex Brill, AEI Research, and Richard Brodsky, Demos.

  • CA Small Business Feeling the Pinch     Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 2:44 PM ET

    Madelyn Alfano, Maria's Italian Kitchen president & owner, offers insight on how the gas spike in California is affecting small business.

  • As a professional football team owner, Bob McNair knows all about competing on an even playing field and the lack of one is part of his problem with the current business environment

  • What Olympic Athletes Can Teach Entrepreneurs Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 12:16 PM ET
    Athlete and Businessman

    From negative thinking to burnout, entrepreneurs can take cues from Olympic athletes. What leadership skills can you learn from professional athletes?

  • Help! Businesses Turn to New Lobbying Group Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 10:36 AM ET

    With the cost of doing business rising, it's a critical moment for U.S. small businesses. A new lobbying group—Small Business Majority—hopes to make an impact. What's most pressing for entrepreneurs?

  • Reborn: American Drive-In Movie Theaters Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 4:48 PM ET
    Drive-in movie theaters are so often associated with times gone by, a fading industry where the real estate is more valuable than the business, that it might surprise you to learn that not only are many theaters hanging tough, there are some new theaters that have been built in the past decade.Make no mistake, though. The industry, like many small businesses, faces challenges. It has seen the number of screens decline from more than 4,000 in the 1960s to 366 today. Skyrocketing real estate value

    While it's true that the real estate drive-ins occupy are often more valuable than the business, many theaters are hanging tough.

  • Jobs Employers Can't Fill Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 4:30 PM ET
    The U.S. gross domestic product has been climbing, according to the  While this is good news for the overall economy, it represents a problem for the trucking industry, which  to haul the nation’s goods.Transport Capital Partners’ fourth quarter Business Expectations Survey indicated that the driver shortage had improved ever so slightly since August, which TCP’s Richard Mikes attributed to aggressive recruiting on the part of carriers. However, 70 percent of carriers still reported persistently

    Despite the perception about a lack of work, there are jobs that employers can’t fill. Applicants may lack training, or the jobs may not pay enough. Whatever the reason, jobs in many major sectors going unfilled.

  • For Veterans, A Franchise Without A Fee Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 11:34 AM ET

    One California-based technology company, TeamLogic IT, is offering veterans not just a job, but an opportunity to own a franchise, and potentially hire fellow veterans.

  • Obama Elevates SBA to Cabinet-Level Agency Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 2:53 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama today announced that the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Karen Mills, will be the newest cabinet member.

  • Veterans Are Turning to Start-ups Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 3:35 PM ET

    Faced with soaring unemployment rates, many returning Iraq and Afghan war veterans are taking matters into their own hands by starting their own businesses.