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  • From left to right, Sandy, David, Jeffrey and Kenny.

    Jeffrey Braverman left his Wall Street investment banking job to return to his family's New Jersey nut business. Was he crazy? Maybe, but he's also built a successful online business for the family-owned company.

  • Inflation Poses Big Problems for Small Businesses Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 10:25 AM ET
    Inflation

    Don't be misled by reports that inflation is tame. For small business owners, it's a threat to profits and expansion plans.

  • Forget Tax Breaks, Cut Regulation Instead: Small Biz Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 7:50 AM ET
    Man signing tax form

    As House Minority Leader Eric Cantor prepares to present his tax cut legislation to the House today, small business owners say that while tax cuts are a step in the right direction, what is  really needed is reduced regulations.

  • Dick Clark Remembered: Host, Producer, CEO Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 6:01 PM ET
    Dick Clark

    Dick Clark may have been best known for hosting "American Bandstand" and ABC’s "New Year’s Rockin’ Eve," but he also was a hugely successful TV producer, and in many ways revolutionized TV production.

  • 'Taxes Will Be Resolved Through Election': Cantor Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    Eric Cantor

    In anticipation of his proposed tax cut for small businesses being squashed in the Senate, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he expects the debate over taxes to be resolved with the presidential election.

  • More Women are Making — and Enjoying — Beer Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 11:14 AM ET

    From the rise of female brew masters to the growth of women's tasting groups, women are becoming much more than a pint-sized part of the brewing world.

  • Once Seen as Risky, Banks Rethink Franchise Loans Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    The Consumer Bankers Association will announced today a standardized lending “template” for working with franchisees that should speed up, and strengthen, the relationship between banks and franchisees.

  • Next Instagram-Size Acquisition Could Be Tumblr Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 10:00 AM ET
    Tumblr

    Tumblr, which launched in 2007, has raised a total of $125 million in venture funding. As of last September it was valued at $800 million. Considering Instagram’s $1 billion price tag, Tumblr could be worth even more.

  • Sole proprietors may be on top of it in terms of getting their taxes done, but they may be cheating themselves: According to data compiled from online accounting solution Outright.com, business owners are neglecting to report mileage expenses on their tax returns.

  • Fransmart

    For the first time in history, it may be considered frugal to eat out!

  • Next Big Thing: Arrival of the Robots     Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 5:40 PM ET

    Colin Angle, iRobot Corp. CEO, discusses recent advances in "app ready" robot services for health care, retail, and the security industry. Also, the outlook for domestic and international growth, with the Fast Money traders.

  • A Negative Lexicon For Positive Customer Relationships Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 3:30 PM ET

    No brand is complete until a brand-appropriate style of speaking with customers is in place at all levels of the enterprise. Which is why developing a consistent style of service speech is so important.

  • Taxes

    Even if you haven't finished — or started — filling out your tax forms, you've still got time to get your receipts in order and work the tax code to your advantage.

  • Rick Santorum's Sweater Vest: Boon to Tiny Manufacturer Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 10:38 AM ET
    Rick Santorum SC Primary

    While Rick Santorum withdrew from the presidential race Tuesday, his trademark garb will live on in the hearts and minds of knitwear enthusiasts, including Bemidji Woolen Mills, the tiny Minnesota-based manufacturer that has been racing since January to keep Santorum and his donors vested.

  • Ashton Kutcher Invests in Iowa-Based Dwolla Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 5:17 PM ET
    Ashton Kutcher

    Ashton Kutcher’s latest project isn’t in Hollywood, it’s in his native Iowa. The "Two and A Half Men" star has invested an undisclosed amount of money in Dwolla, a Des Moines-based startup.

  • Caine's Arcade: Sweat, Ingenuity and ... Boxes Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 2:08 PM ET
    Caine's Arcade

    Business owners looking for inspiration should look no further than Caine Monroy. His business, Caine’s Arcade, was built on sweat, ingenuity and cardboard boxes.

  • The Real Springfield Hopes to Cash In on 'Simpsons' Fame Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 11:59 AM ET

    As business owners in Springfield, Ore., become accustomed to the idea of being the star of a TV series, they are also trying to figure out what to do with their newfound fame.

  • Lazear on America's Taxing Issue     Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 7:15 AM ET

    Edward Lazear, former Council of Economic Advisers chairman and Stanford University economics professor, offers insight on taxes, job growth and the current economic recovery.

  • Is this Tax Policy or Politics?     Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012 | 3:39 PM ET

    Sharing perspective on President Obama's speech on the ''Buffett Rule,'' with Chris Krueger, Guggenheim Partners senior policy analyst; Brian Gardner, KBW Washington research analyst; and CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • Google

    New research shows that customers obtained through Google Ads are more valuable than originally thought. The study shows that customers acquired through Google search advertising have a higher transaction rate than customers acquired from other channels.

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