• 11 Celebrities Hit by the Taxman Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 4:51 PM ET
    It’s not tax time just yet, but it’s looming uncomfortably on the horizon. The conscientious among us have already filed their tax forms or are in the process of doing so. The rest of us hem, haw and put it off until the last minute.Apart from the punctual and the lackadaisical, another category of taxpayer exists: The taxpayer who, for one reason or another, has failed to accurately disclose all of his or her earnings. Sometimes this is a simple mistake. Sometimes it’s the accountant’s fault. S

    Some celebrities, including Lauryn Hill, fell out of good standing with the IRS, and paid dearly for it. Read ahead to see some of the celebrities who just didn’t get that return in on time.

  • Swinging for the Fences in Business Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 4:33 PM ET

    Business people are prone to many of the same unhelpful behaviors and mindsets as underperforming athletes, which prevent both groups from being at the top of their game.

  • Haircut Index: Economy Grows as People Keep it Short Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 1:09 PM ET
    Woman getting haircut

    If you are looking for one more indication that consumers are spending again, consider this: Hair salons are seeing an uptick in business as people schedule more haircuts — and we’re not talking the Greek bondholder kind.

  • SXSW 2012: 8 Crucial Takeaways Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 10:51 AM ET
    SXSW logo

    Another South by Southwest Interactive has come and gone. The scores of entrepreneurs, investors and technologists who migrated to Austin, Texas, for five days in mid-March offered up loads of insight, including this: Don't launch at SXSW.

  • Amazon Sells $10 Cards for $5 to Lure Customers Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 3:57 PM ET

    Amazon.com will be selling $10 gift cards for $5 on Tuesday to people who visit AmazonLocal.com, the online retailer's answer to deals sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial.

  • Do Mobile Apps Really Move the Needle on Sales? Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
    Apple's iPhone 3Gs

    Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. own smartphones, and 30 billion apps have been downloaded globally. But, does that mean that every business needs its own app to bring in customers?

  • James Southerland #43 of the Syracuse Orange celebrates with his teammates after a point against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

    March Madness can be the bane of an employer's existence as employees research their brackets and sneak scores at work in between spreadsheets. But if you're a boss, think twice before you go making a big crackdown: The madness could actually be good for productivity!

  • A view of the podium onstage at the 2012 SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

    The myth of SXSW's ability to turn startups into business powerhouses grew along with the crowds. For small businesses and startups who want to use the event to launch a company or impress investors, is SXSW a worthwhile investment or just a cool place to hang out?

  • Are Cupcakes Still a Sweet Spot for Business? Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    Hummingbird cupcake

    A handful of big-name players within the cupcake industry are betting that America’s cupcake obsession will continue as they embark upon ambitious expansion plans.

  • False Profit, Dan Abrams & Josh Zepps

    Tired of crying about the economic crisis and recession? Yeah, Dan Abrams, Josh Zepps and Jeff Michalski thought so. So they're trying to raise money on Kickstarter for "False Profit," a mockumentary on who's to blame for the economic crisis.

  • PayPal's Offline Service Hits its 'Sweet Spot': CEO Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 3:27 PM ET
    eBay headquarters in San Jose, California.

    Small business "has been the sweet spot" for online bill paying service PayPal and its parent eBay from the beginning, eBay CEO John Donahoe told CNBC. Now the company is introducing a new form of PayPal to businesses with "offline channels," he said.

  • Surprising Ideas That Made Millions Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 1:20 PM ET
    Todd Greene used his head to come up with HeadBlade. After he started losing his hair in his 20s, he decided to shave his head. That’s when he realized there had to be a better shaver to do the job. “If I could just take a blade and put it in my hand, it would be a much easier, more intuitive way to shave,” he said. So in 1998, he made a prototype that would fit comfortably in his hand and found a designer to help him perfect it. Greene dug into his savings and borrowed money from family and fri

    Have you ever seen a product or business and thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Here we take a look at 10 surprising ideas that have made millions.

  • Cash On Hand, Small Firms Get Ready to Spend: Study Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 12:03 PM ET

    The discipline mid-size companies have developed since the financial crisis to maintain and grow cash reserves bodes well for future growth. That’s one takeaway from a new American Express/CFO report, which surveyed 325 senior finance executives about their top financial challenges.

  • As Americans Cleanse, Juice Companies Clean Up Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 10:14 AM ET
    Blue Print Cleanse

    Beverage Industry Magazine predicts sales of juice smoothies and yogurt drinks will grow four percent a year through 2015, when annual revenues will reach $1.1 billion. Small businesses in this sector are growing quickly.

  • When 'Take This Job and Shove It' Isn't Enough Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 5:33 PM ET
    The Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    The Goldman Sachs muppet manifesto — a departing executive's lengthy and very public screed against the company's blind pursuit of profits — is only the latest example of taking bridge-burning to an art form.

  • Bernanke Says Community Banks Strengthening Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke press conference following rate decision.

    U.S. community banks are gaining strength even though the economy is improving only moderately, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday.

  • RI Senate Votes to Keep Teens From Tanning Salons Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 10:57 AM ET

    Rhode Island took a step toward adopting some of the nation's tightest restrictions on artificial tanning Tuesday when the state Senate voted to prohibit minors from using tanning beds without a doctor's prescription.

  • Real Estate Prices Deal a Double Blow to Small Businesses Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    Randy Truckenbrodt has just as many headaches as he does properties. His growing empire has become not an asset but a drag on his business as many of these properties are now underwater, with some vacant and others tied up in major disputes with banks.

  • Barbers, Beauticians Get Snippy Over Striped Poles Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    Steeped in history and symbolism, the barber pole is an increasing source of friction between barbers and beauticians. Minnesota, Michigan and North Carolina are the latest fronts in a spreading legislative campaign to reserve the swirling poles for barbers.

  • Innovation Begins at Home for User Entrepreneurs Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    A new study shows that nearly half of innovative startups are founded by "user entrepreneurs," firms created by entrepreneurs who developed innovative products or services for their own use and then went on to found firms to commercialize them.

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