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  • Wednesday afternoon Viacom and DirecTV started negotiating again, after a stand-off between the two companies over fees resulted in the biggest cable blackout yet.

  • How I Built My Business: Samuel Adams Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 12:44 PM ET
    When Jim Koch brewed his first Samuel Adams Boston Lager nearly 30 years ago, few were willing to take on the giants of the beer industry.Now, though Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors still dominate the overall U.S. beer market, Koch's Boston Beer Company commands 1 percent of the industry and has helped lead the renaissance in American craft beer.The Boston Beer Company produced almost 2.5 million barrels of beer last year, in more than 50 styles, and drew close to $560 million in revenues. It has

    When Jim Koch brewed his first Samuel Adams Boston Lager nearly 30 years ago, few were willing to take on the giants of the beer industry. Read ahead to learn how Koch built his company.

  • In a word, the tech rankings this year are stunning, with a major shake-up of the top ten. California falls from the top, while two other states join the elite.

  • A Door-to-Door Salesman for the Digital Age Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 3:05 PM ET
    Kabir Shahani

    What if you have an idea for a product, but are unsure whether there would be much demand? Do what Kabir Shahani, co-founder of Appature did — ask the people who could most benefit from your product whether they would buy it.

  • Silicon Valley is finally getting the treatment once reserved for rowdy housewives and excitable chefs: its own Bravo reality series. But the tech world is not quite ready for its close-up, the New York Times reports.

  • Vivendi logo

    Though Vivendi hasn’t officially put its stake in Activision Blizzard spacer on the block, sources tell me it’s starting talks with the giants who have the $8 billion plus to buy its 60 percent stake in the game-maker.

  • 5 Minutes With a Visionary: Aaron Patzer Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 6:05 PM ET
    Aaron Patzer

    In an interview with CNBC, Mint.com founder Aaron Patzer discusses his influences, sources of inspiration and more.

  • 5 Minutes With a Visionary: Premal Shah Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 6:01 PM ET

    Premal Shah is president of Kiva. He spoke with CNBC about his influences, technological advancements and more.

  • Almost everyone dreads it, at least at first: Asking clients for prospect referrals.

  • Following the VC Money: WhoGotFunded.com Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 1:02 PM ET

    A new website shines a light on the companies landing venture capital deals.

  • Louisville Slugger's Unlikely Home Run Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 11:52 AM ET

    The Louisville Slugger was trademarked in 1894, but its contribution to the history of sports marketing might be as significant as the product itself.

  • Edible Opportunity in Fruit Arrangements  Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | 6:50 AM ET

    Edible Arrangements International CEO Tariq Farid discusses the challenges and success of growing his edible fruit company to more than 1,100 stores.

  • New Careers: Where Tragedy Became Triumph Thursday, 5 Jul 2012 | 4:39 PM ET
    In March 1999, Aedene Arthur’s son Aaron was killed in an avalanche while hiking Turnagain Pass outside of Anchorage, Alaska. This led her to become versed in avalanche safety and, eventually, to found As the name implies, the business specializes in emergency survival equipment. It sells kits for use in the home, office or vehicle. Apart from providing Arthur with her livelihood, the business also helps her feel like she’s providing a needed service.“I like the sound of selling survival and eme

    CNBC.com presents a list of people who survived tragedies and responded by creating new careers and businesses. These new ventures helped them cope and inspired others.

  • Taffy Company Stretches Out the Summer Season Thursday, 5 Jul 2012 | 12:31 PM ET

    While some people think you shouldn’t mess with success, especially a 114-year-old success, it’s always good to keep an open mind. Take Shriver's Salt Water Taffy company. Some new flavors and a robust social media site allow the third-generation family owned company to innovate while staying true to its roots.

  • Best Place for a Start Up? Think Inside the Box Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | 11:22 AM ET
    Home Depot

    Looking for the perfect location for your new retail business? Consider setting up shop inside a "big box" retail store.

  • A Mother’s Tips: How to Raise a Thiel Fellow Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 1:27 PM ET

    Lisa Nalbone, mother of Thiel Fellow Dale Stephens, shares childrearing advice.

  • Turning a Business Into a One-Way Ticket to Paradise Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 11:20 AM ET
    Blanchard

    While some travelers fantasize about starting a little business in an exotic paradise, some actually act upon that impulse. But it's not always easy to start a business in an overseas locale.

  • How Small Vendors Hit the Grocery Jackpot Saturday, 30 Jun 2012 | 4:59 PM ET

    For small businesses, landing a spot on stores' shelves is a chance to reach a broader audience and an opportunity to catapult themselves to the retail big leagues. Top grocery buyers share their tips.

  • Dunkelberg: Health-Care Semantics Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | 2:13 PM ET
    U.S. Supreme Court

    So it was all about semantics, a “tax” vs a “penalty”, but the bottom line is the same, the law stands.

  • Greenleaf: Health-Care Ruling Will Test Our Mettle Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | 12:16 PM ET
    U.S. Supreme Court

    After the shock wears off, we’re all going to have to show up to work and get back to the business of doing our jobs. So what will that look like for those of us on the front lines of the economy?

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