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  • Business Owners Wary of Flat Tax: Survey Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 2:25 PM ET
    Taxes

    The majority of respondents to the Small Business Authority Market Sentiment Survey said they are against paying a flat tax. And 55 percent they do not understand their returns, but sign off on them, anyway.

  • Entrepreneurship on the Rise     Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 7:48 AM ET

    Weighing in on the fervor for entrepreneurship and why New York City is the hottest area for entrepreneurs right now, with Alan Patricof, Greycroft Partners founder/managing director.

  • Thefts of used cooking oil from restaurants have risen as the price of gas has increased.

    From California to Maine, thefts of used cooking oil are on the rise across the U.S. — driven by the rising price of oil that make biofuels more cost competitive with fossil fuels.

  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Consumers Friday, 2 Mar 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    Family- and owner-operated restaurants can expect to profit from a resurgence in demand in the next five years as consumers shake off the lingering effects of the recession, a new report says. But they will need to adapt to changing consumer preferences to stay competitive with their larger chain competitors.

  • Pinterest's Rapid Rise Boosts Small Business Sales Friday, 2 Mar 2012 | 11:19 AM ET
    Carl Christensen , Pinterest

    Pinterest's meteoric recent growth has marketing experts buzzing and companies of all sizes leaping in. The site received more than 103 million total visits in February, according to Experian Hitwise, and small business owners are finding it to be an excellent marketing tool.

  • About a third of small-business owners do not have a personal or business-sponsored retirement plan such as a 401(k), a SEP IRA or deferred annuity, according to a new survey from non-profit the American College. Nearly the same number haven't estimated how much money they need for retirement.

  • Small Businesses Cautious As Borrowing Increases Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 8:50 AM ET

    While small business owners are increasing investments in their companies, overall growth in business is still slow. That’s according to the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, released today.

  • For Many Business Owners, There's No Plan B Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 | 2:47 PM ET

    What is it about running a business that makes a person want to work an 18-hour day, wake up the next day and do it again? For some, that's just the way they roll.

  • House Leader Cantor Unveils the Jobs Act     Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 7:14 PM ET

    "Small businesses are the jobs engine of this country", says House leader, Rep. Eric Cantor, (R-VA), discussing a new plan designed to jumpstart the U.S. economy and spur growth for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • Good Workers Gone Bad: How to Spot Employee Theft Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 11:54 AM ET

    In today's economy, formerly steadfast employees who would never think of committing fraud against their employers are more willing to take unlawful risks in order to have some extra money in their pockets. Here are some tips on how to spot — and prevent — fraud.

  • Independent Restaurants Losing Share to Chains: NPD Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 4:19 PM ET

    While it’s been a tough few years for the restaurant industry as consumers cut back on discretionary spending, it seems that smaller, independent restaurants have taken a bigger hit than chain restaurants.

  • Election Campaigns a Gold Mine for Local Businesses Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 2:30 PM ET

    With months to go before Election Day, the presidential campaign is proving to be a gold mine for local businesses, from pizza parlors to portable potties.

  • Saving a City: One Chocolate Bar At a Time Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 10:49 AM ET

    While Central Falls is often called a "failed city" that was taken over by the state and later filed for bankruptcy, a new project is highlighting a very different story: its history as a chocolate manufacturer during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

  • Small Businesses Cope With Rising Gas Prices Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 2:39 PM ET

    Rising gas prices can put a dent in a household budget. For small business owners, it can hurt — or even wipe out — profits. The recent rise in the price of gas is pressuring business owners to find ways to protect their earnings.

  • With a Tweet, Cash Mobs Rescue Local Businesses Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 10:34 AM ET

    What's a cash mob? Think flash mob, only doing something more useful with one's time. 

  • More Business Owners Plan to Spend in 2012: Survey Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | 3:45 PM ET

    Small business owners are looking to spend in 2012, according to the just-released Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. The results are in line with our own — smaller — survey conducted earlier this month with members of CNBC's Small Business Council.

  • Mean Tweets: Managing Customer Complaints Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | 1:24 PM ET
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    When an unhappy customer posts a complaint on a social media site such as Twitter, Yelp or Facebook, you are at an immediate disadvantage. The complaint, right or wrong — and, isn't the customer always right? — is out there for everyone to see.

  • When Bosses Attack, Send Them to the Gym Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 2:47 PM ET

    When the boss is unhappy, everyone is unhappy. And when the boss goes to the gym, everyone in the office can breathe a sigh of relief. That’s the conclusion of a recent study, conducted by researchers at Northern Illinois University, that found that stress and abusive behavior can be diminished with moderate exercise.

  • Trademarks Take On New Importance in Internet Era Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 12:02 PM ET
    Pretzel Crisps

    Brand experts and trademark lawyers say the value of simple, easily understood brand names has escalated in the Internet era because consumers are more likely to find such products while doing searches on the Web.

  • Don't Promote Employees Just to Fire Them Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 11:39 AM ET
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    Because of downsizing and outsourcing, small to mid-size companies lack the depth of resources and employees who possess the high-level competencies required for leading other people. Rarely does a small company look for leadership aptitude when they are hiring for technical roles.

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