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  • Small Business Decides 'Clash of the Titans' Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 4:37 PM ET

    Is the economy getting stronger or pulling back? Two members of CNBC's Small Business Council weigh in.

  • Tax refund

    More people are filing their taxes digitally than ever before, but they're still dragging their feet to do it, the head of Intuit told CNBC Thursday.

  • Rubber Chickens & TV Sitcoms: Cost of Laughing Rises Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 2:10 PM ET
    Don't worry. It's rubber.

    Like to laugh? Yeah, that's going to cost you. While you were worried about high gas prices, the price of rubber chickens hit a 25-year high.

  • 'Walmart of Weed' Puts Down Roots in D.C. Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 12:55 PM ET

    A company dubbed the "Walmart of Weed" is putting down roots in America's capital city, sprouting further debate on marijuana.

  • Where Crowdfunding Goes, Taxes May Follow Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 11:20 AM ET

    Crowdfunding websites are likely to pop up quickly to connect start ups and investors as soon as the SEC issues regulations to implement the JOBS Act, now awaiting President Obama’s signature. All this could tempt young entrepreneurs to envision a frictionless, friendly world of virtual finance where money would flow in as easily as “Likes” on Facebook. Think again, caution small business advisors.

  • Reaction to Three Days of Mandates and Broccoli Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 5:27 PM ET
    American healthcare reform

    Whew. Three days of Supreme Court hearings on health care, and you’d think “mandate”, “severability” “buying broccoli” are the only topics that anyone cares about. Well, small business owners do care, and they react to the past three days of hearings.

  • On Her Birthday, Gaga Has Her Cake and Tweets It, Too Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 3:03 PM ET
    Singer Lady Gaga during an announcement of her long term partnership with Polaroid as the brand's creative director on a speciality line of imaging products.

    As Lady Gaga turns 26, we are reminded of how the mega-entrepreneur is a master of social media.

  • Andy Samberg's New Video Is an Adventure Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 | 2:59 PM ET
    Andy Samberg

    Andy Samberg is an investor in start-up CanaryHop, which connects travelers and guides. His latest video promotes his new business venture.

  • Congress Sends Start-Up Investment Bill to Obama Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 | 2:34 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks on an America built to last.

    Legislation to relax federal oversight so small businesses can more easily attract investors was headed for the White House after receiving a strong vote of approval in the House.

  • After Doing Their Time, Making Crime Pay Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 | 10:28 AM ET

    There’s a growing business in prepping white collar criminals for prison, reports The Wall Street Journal. The business owners know what they're talking about: They've done time themselves.

  • With Zaarly, Everything is For Sale Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 2:07 PM ET
    Zaarly logo

    Zaarly has been described as an alternative to Craigslist, a crowd-sourced Kozmo.com, a mobile-focused eBay. But really, it's simply a marketplace for your phone, tablet or computer that lets you connect with people who are selling the services you are looking for, or who are looking for the services you provide.

  • Why Business Owners Fear Obamacare Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 7:16 AM ET

    Business owners were front and center in the debate over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act this spring. As the country awaits a decision from the Supreme Court, a look at the arguments for and against the law.

  • hammer

    Home buyers in the St. Louis area are benefitting from price incentives. The money didn’t come from the builder, it came from local labor unions. Their aim is to help stimulate demand to boost sales to create work.

  • Building a 'Fully-Integrated Military Marketplace' Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 11:43 AM ET

    TroopSwap is a full-fledged e-commerce and daily deals site exclusively for veterans, service members and their families. The discount site offers up to 90 percent off on everything from skydiving to legal services, vacations and restaurants.

  • Many Franchises Offer Discounts and Training Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 11:43 AM ET

    Snap-on Tools is one of several franchises that have been offering financial discounts and special training for veterans who are looking to transition back to civilian life.

  • Frozen Yogurt Franchise Surge: Still Room for Dessert? Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 10:27 AM ET
    Red Mango yogurt

    Forecasts for an increasingly crowded and competitive market have not deterred “fro-yo” companies from embarking on ambitious expansion plans to capture an increasingly health-conscious U.S. consumer.

  • Banks Lend Again, but Their Customers Are Wary Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 12:26 PM ET

    Banks are beginning to lend again, howeer businesses are wary of spending the money amidst a slow economic recovery.

  • Downsizing

    Entrepeneurship is at its highest rates in almost two decades, but job growth remains at slow and steady incline. The picture shows that perhaps small business is not the job generator that is portrayed to be.

  • Gene Simmons' Family ... Restaurant? Yes, It Rocks Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 10:56 AM ET
    From left to right Dave Furano, Gene Simmons and Michael Zislis.

    Rocker Gene Simmons and two partners are opening a family restaurant and pub called Rock & Brews in a Los Angeles suburb next month, and they are planning others.

  • More Wings, Please — Signs Small Biz Is Improving Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 6:56 AM ET
    Buffalo Chicken Wings

    The evidence may not be a big economic report like gross domestic product or factory orders in a region, but small businesses have their own indicators that the economy is improving.

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