Crowd Rules

How 'mompreneur' turned $500 into millions

Business expansion? Then dump the debt Tue, 21 May '13 | 11:18 PM ET

Debt-laden businesses make decisions out of desperation. So cut up the credit cards and use these four strategies instead.

Outrageous publicity stunts Mon, 20 May '13 | 1:39 PM ET

Strapped for cash? Businesses that have made clever plays for publicity, sometimes on modest resources.

Unusual small businesses Mon, 6 May '13 | 1:31 PM ET

Some businesses provoked skepticism, but gutsy entrepreneurs laughed all the way to the bank.

A 'mompreneur' turns $500 into millions Sun, 12 May '13 | 10:48 AM ET

Kendra Scott, a panelist on CNBC Prime’s "Crowd Rules," on how she turned $500 into a multimillion-dollar jewelry empire.

Six smart questions to ask start-ups Tue, 14 May '13 | 10:00 PM ET

What are the six questions smart investors should ask before putting money into a new company? "Crowd Rules" takes a look.

Kendra’s three tips for businesses Fri, 19 Apr '13 | 4:32 PM ET

Crowd Rules panelist Kendra Scott offers her three essential tips for any small business.

Top 5 small business mistakes Mon, 13 May '13 | 1:30 PM ET

Pat Kiernan, co-host of CNBC Prime's "Crowd Rules," lists five small-business mistakes to avoid.

Pat’s essential tips for small businesses Fri, 19 Apr '13 | 4:34 PM ET

Crowd Rules panelist Pat Kiernan offers his essential tips for any small business and explains some of the biggest mistakes that are made.

Elizabeth's tips for starting out Tue, 14 May '13 | 10:07 AM ET

As the founder and co-owner of Bird Bakery, "Crowd Rules" expert Elizabeth Chambers understands the challenges that many small businesses face when starting out.

Pat's Advice for Small Businesses

  • Expanding your small business? Dump the debt Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 11:18 PM ET

    Businesses in debt make bad decisions out of desperation. Use these four strategies to avoid making poor choices and focus instead on what your business needs to grow.

  • Top six questions smart investors ask start-ups Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 10:00 PM ET

    There are six questions smart investors should ask before putting money into a new company. If businesses have answers, it shows they have data to support their decisions.

  • Top 5 small business mistakes Monday, 13 May 2013 | 1:30 PM ET

    Many businesses don’t make it past their fifth anniversary, so it's crucial to nail strategy. Pat Kiernan, co-host of "Crowd Rules," on five small-business mistakes to avoid.

Meet The Panelists

  • Pat Kiernan Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 9:47 AM ET

    CNBC Prime's "Crowd Rules" Panelist

  • Kendra Scott Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | 1:17 PM ET

    In 2002, with just $500, Kendra Scott launched a small jewelry collection. Today, Kendra Scott Jewelry is a global multi-million dollar label with collections sold at top retailers.

About Crowd Rules

“Crowd Rules” features three small businesses that compete in front of an audience who vote to decide which business wins a much-needed $50,000 prize. Entrepreneur and jewelry designer Kendra Scott, TV newsman Pat Kiernan and a weekly guest who is an industry expert lead the examination of the small businesses. While the business owners make their case to the panel of three, the real power lies in the hands of the audience—97 strong—whose votes ultimately decide which business is most deserving of the investment.

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