CNBC's Small Business Council
Small businesses are a significant driver of the American economy—providing jobs, innovation, and growth.
The CNBC Small Business Council, an exclusive group of 16 executives, provides insight about the challenges and opportunities facing small business owners in a variety of industries and sectors.
Every day, they're on the front lines of capitalism, dealing with issues ranging from hiring and health care to credit and debt to taxes and regulation.
These entrepreneurs represent a wide range of businesses, including retail, manufacturing, construction, energy, technology, and banking. They employ between 26 and 450 people and generate between $400,000 and 1.1 billion in annual revenue.
Will one of them become the next Caterpillar, Google, or Wal-Mart? Only time will tell.
Here are the 16 CNBC Small Business Council members. Look for them on-air and online.
Cristi Cristich, Founder and CEO of Cristek Interconnects
Sector: High Tech Components
Revenue: 2010: $13.1 Million
Manufacturer of electro mechanical assemblies and components used in smart weapons, space applications and biomedical devices.
Beezer Molten, Owner and President of Half-Moon Outfitters
Sector: Outdoor Leisure
Revenue: 2010: $12.1 Million
Eight retail stores and an online destination catering to outdoor, adventure and travel enthusiasts.