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Pat's Advice for Small Businesses

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  • 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.

Crowd Rules

  • Once stay-at-home mom, Kendra Scott, a panelist on CNBC Prime's "Crowd Rules," shares how she turned $500 into a multi-million-dollar jewelry empire that now spans the globe. The CEO and "mompreneur" also offers up advice about starting a new business and balancing work with family.

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

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