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  • Seth Godin's Key to Success: 'Do Something Ridiculous' Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 3:28 PM ET

    For several generations, doing what your told was a ticket to an improved quality of life. But globalization and ever-efficient mass production have brought that cycle to its endgame; as many Americans have learned, there are no “safe” jobs anymore, especially in manufacturing, and no guarantees of employment, even at the biggest companies.

  • 2012's Hottest Commodity: Lumber  Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 12:51 PM ET

    Physical lumber prices jumped 40 percent to the current $365 in 2012, reports CNBC's Kate Kelly.

  • Small business owner

    As the House approved a Senate bill to avert a "fiscal cliff," most of Main Street was spared tax hikes. So why aren't small-business owners cheering?

  • 2012 Tech Movers  Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 4:21 PM ET

    Technology was the best performing sector in 2012, with CNBC's Courtney Reagan; Larry Fishelson, Dynalink; and Max Wolff, Greencrest Capital.

  • Richard Branson: Give Your Employees Freedom! Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 2:16 PM ET

    By giving employees the same freedoms as senior managers, teams can be empowered to succeed, writes Richard Branson for Entrepreneur.

  • 2012: The Year in IPOs  Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 12:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Kate Kelly rounds up the top IPO trends of 2012, the largest year in dollar volume since 2007, and what investors can look forward to next year.

  • Franchises Push for Growth Amid Debt-Deal Uncertainty Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 11:15 AM ET
    BookKeeping Express provides business owners with a local business “consultant,” plus bookkeeping services.

    Some small companies including franchises are managing to grow. But the overall Main Street mood is anxiety-filled.

  • Small Biz Gears Up For Tough Times  Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 6:43 AM ET

    Greg Jones, BookKeeping Express CEO; and Darin Harris, Primrose Schools COO, explain how "apprehension and fear" are impacting small companies and their employees.

  • Small-Business Owner to Politicians: Protect US Jobs Saturday, 29 Dec 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    Two small-company owners said the debt-deal debacle is weighing down Main Street. And politicians need to prioritize U.S. jobs.

  • Main Street 2012: Year of Living With Uncertainty Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    From tax hikes to disruptive technologies, key issues entrepreneurs faced in 2012.

  • Can the Fiscal Cliff Help Small Biz?  Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 7:45 PM ET

    A number of experts are saying that small business will get hit the worst if we go over the fiscal cliff. Gene Marks of The Marks Group, explains why it's a mistake to generalize that more than 20 million small businesses nationwide will be affected.

  • Travel Smart With a 'Nerd' in Your Wallet  Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 11:51 AM ET

    Alicia Jao, Head of TravelNerd, explains how consumers can save time and money as they navigate busy airports.

  • 5 Key Issues Facing Small Business in 2013 Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 9:47 AM ET

    In 2013, small companies will contend with many of the same issues that made it challenging to run their companies this year. From taxes to health-care costs, a look ahead at issues facing entrepreneurs.

  • Avoid the Malls: Site Offers Ethical Options to Big Brands Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    Upstart FashioningChange.com has partnered with emerging, independent brands to offer "stylish, eco-friendly and ethical" options.

  • 3-D Printing Sparks Innovation Among Small Companies Monday, 24 Dec 2012 | 12:09 PM ET
    Model made using a photopolymer printing system.

    As costs drop, 3-D printing is becoming more accessible to small companies. See why the trend is a potential game changer for manufacturers and beyond.

  • 3 Startups Rethink Social Gifting Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 2:33 PM ET

    Entrepreneur profiles three unique, gifting-related upstarts for holiday shopping and beyond.

  • Sheer Complexity of Taxes Hurts Main Street: Expert Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 12:25 PM ET

    There's still no clarity for Main Street about pending tax hikes and spending cuts, called the "fiscal cliff." But one entrepreneur expert argues it's not necessarily the level of taxes that's the problem.

  • Power Pitch: Gift Giving, Unwrapped  Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 1:45 PM ET

    John Poisson, CEO & founder of Wantful, offers insight on his online retail business.

  • How the Hunt for Cheap Prices Is Hurting Retail Loyalty Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    With more consumers focused on the best online deals, the e-commerce space is exploding. Meet the co-founders of Hukkster and Kynetic's CEO. Is retail-shop loyalty dead?

  • Startups Help Small Companies Outsource Their Tasks Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 8:59 AM ET
    Leah Busque is the founder of TaskRabbit, an online marketplace that oursources small jobs and errands.

    Dozens of startups are competing to help small-business owners tackle specialized tasks. Take a closer look at these young companies, vying for entrepreneurs' business.

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