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  • The "fiscal cliff" is hampering everyday operations of small businesses and clouding their outlook for growth.

  • Virgin's Branson on Keeping the Creative Fires Burning Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 11:10 AM ET
    Richard Branson

    Billionaire entrepreneur Branson is well known for his Virgin portfolio, philanthropy and outdoor adventures. How he keeps his entrepreneurial fires going.

  • Hidden Savings on Business Shipping Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 10:15 AM ET
    FedEx employees sort through items being shipped through the Fedex World Service Center.

    If you're like most small-business owners, you've compared rates on package delivery and you're shipping goods in small boxes. Here are five money-saving tips on shipping.

  • Wantful: Start-Up Tries to Make Gift-Giving Easy Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 | 5:57 PM ET

    John Poisson, CEO & founder of Wantful, offers insight on his new gift-giving model.

  • NYC, Yelp Promote Sandy-Hit Businesses Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 | 1:02 PM ET
    Cyber Monday Is an Antiquated Idea: HSN CEO

    NYC and Yelp have partnered to promote small merchants that have reopened after Sandy. An interactive map showcases small businesses, reopened after the hurricane.

  • Medical Device Tax: Another Roadblock to US Innovation Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 | 9:44 AM ET

    Legislators have been pushing the President to rethink a portion of his Affordable Care Act, which would add a 2.3 percent tax on all medical devices. Critics call the tax a job killer.

  • Forget the Mall: Get Your Beauty Fix Delivered Monday, 17 Dec 2012 | 11:33 AM ET

    Birchbox is a hot beauty retailer that delivers monthly, curated beauty samples to your door for a subscription fee. The co-founders, who met at Harvard Business School, sit down with CNBC.

  • A Franchisee's Cautionary Tale About Groupon Monday, 17 Dec 2012 | 11:03 AM ET
    The Upper Crust Pizzeria

    Pizzeria owner Mark Tramontana offers a cautionary tale for franchisees about the potential benefits and pitfalls of digital discount platforms. Is Groupon the new piggy bank for cash-starved entrepreneurs?

  • Redefining the Business of Beauty   Monday, 17 Dec 2012 | 10:52 AM ET
    Redefining the Business of Beauty

    Discussing the business model, and experience for subscribers of Birchbox, with its co-founders Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp.

  • CNBC's Jane Wells checked in with an owner of an upscale olive oil business. Unable to secure a loan, an angel investor has offered capital. Is this a new lending trend?

  • Entrepreneur Cafes Help Feed Local Startups Friday, 14 Dec 2012 | 2:52 PM ET

    Forget online funding websites. In West Virginia, entrepreneurs meet in-person at "entrepreneur cafes" to share ideas and raise seed fund. Is the entrepreneurship model right for your community?

  • High-End Booty: Inside the Changing Pawn Business Friday, 14 Dec 2012 | 2:02 PM ET
    High-end pawn shop in Beverly Hills, California.

    Pawn shops no longer are regarded as the last resort of the destitute. New customers are using the shops to raise loans.

  • The Future of Social Media   Friday, 14 Dec 2012 | 11:15 AM ET
    The Future of Social Media

    Clara Shih, Hearsay Social CEO, explains how social media is driving a shift in consumer behavior and business competition.

  • Hang On, This Guy's Name Is WHAT?! Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 | 2:18 PM ET

    Jason Sadler, a professional T-shirt wearer, auctioned his last name off. What will his name be in 2013? Click ahead to find out.

  • Scenes From Hurricane Sandy

    After Sandy hit the eastern seaboard, it left devastation and billions of dollars of damage. Here are lessons that three hard-hit businesses have learned. Have you tapped into the cloud?

  • Main Street on Hold as Debt Talks Drag Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 | 10:28 AM ET
    Mainstream Boutique

    As haggling over a debt deal continues, small businesses have much at stake. If people pay higher taxes, they will likely spend less. Could a hobbled Main Street derail the economic recovery?

  • Five Mistakes to Avoid With Free Shipping Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 8:59 AM ET
    Workers sort packages at the FedEx Ground hub in Chicago.

    While you may need to offer free shipping during the holidays, don’t jump into it too quickly to retain customers. Five mistakes to avoid when offering free shipping.

  • How to Take Your Company to the Next Level Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 2:36 PM ET
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    Stuck at a plateau? Here are four things that could help your business reach new heights.

  • Five Tips for Raising Entrepreneurial Kids Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 12:05 PM ET

    As a parent, you inspire entrepreneurship by fostering the emotional skills your child will need. Some tips to help you promote entrepreneurial qualities in your children.

  • Small Business Optimism Tanks, Owners Lose 'Hope' Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    Small business owners grew more pessimistic in November after the election and super storm Sandy.

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