Small Business


  • The booming business behind Burning Man Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 9:52 AM ET
    The Man burns during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in Black Rock Desert, Nev.

    Burning Man is no longer a niche event, and a growing number of businesses are booming because of it.

  • Cashing in on used cars     Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 8:20 AM ET

    Profit margins on pre-owned vehicles jumped 13 percent from last year and have become far more profitable for dealers, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Why 'Made in China' isn't so cheap anymore Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 9:04 AM ET
    Workers in a clothing factory in Bozhou, Anhui province, China.

    China—a low-cost maker of goods—is falling behind in the manufacturing race as wages and energy costs soar.

  • Drought? Just paint your grass     Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    In California, water agencies are giving out rebates for residents if they install fake grass. CNBC's Jane Wells spoke to A Lucky Lawn's owner, Drew McClellan, about his creative and profitable fix.

  • No. 1 problem for small biz is retirement: Poll Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 1:18 PM ET

    Business owners are shortchanging their personal financial future, reveals the first CNBC/FPA Small Business and Financial Planning Survey.

  • Cracking into the natural candy biz     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 8:57 AM ET

    Jami Curl, founder of Quin Candy, discusses her hard candy business model with natural and minimal ingredients.

  • Start-ups help fuel the ‘freelance economy’ Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    There are new ways to make money and a range of startups that help people leverage whatever skills you have.

  • Entrepreneurship the answer for some with autism Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 10:17 AM ET
    Matt Cottle, owner of Stuttering King Bakery, smiles as he holds a tray of his scones in his parents' kitchen in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    There is a growing movement to help autistic adults find jobs, but for Cottle and his family, the answer was a business of his own.

  • Looking to the save the earth? Eat a cup Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 4:05 PM ET
    An edible cup from Loliware

    Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker hope to replace disposable plastic cups with their biodegradable, edible cup called Loliware.

  • Amazon launches 'Local Register'     Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    The "Squawk on the Street" crew discusses Amazon's "Local Register," a credit card reader and mobile app for brick-and-mortar businesses. The reader will compete against PayPal and Square.

  • NY restaurants may fall victim to city's success Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 12:44 PM ET
    Union Square Cafe signage in New York City. Restauranteur Danny Meyer says his lease is up at the end of 2015 and he will not be renewing it at that location due to an increase in rent.

    New York City restaurant closings are making people ask if exorbitant rents are to blame and what, if anything, should be done.

  • Small-business optimism up, but some signs remain grim Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    A new survey from the National Federation of Independent Business found that "the small-business half of the economy is still not pulling its weight."

  • 'Two Buck' ruckus     Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports how an unflattering blog impacted a multi-billion dollar wine product.

  • Brooklyn nerds make an energy-efficient vodka Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

    Can energy-efficient distilling produce a better vodka? One Brooklyn distillery is giving it a try.

  • Instant gratification economy     Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 11:47 AM ET

    Re/code's senior editor Liz Gannes reports on the most promising food delivery start-ups for consumers who want their food or other services as quickly as possible.

  • Cafe gets grilled for 'minimum wage fee' Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    A cafe in Stillwater, MN, added a 35-cent 'minimum wage fee' to customers' tabs to cope with Minnesota's 75-cent minimum wage hike.

  • Kate Middleton’s brother makes… edible selfies! Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother, James Middleton, hopes his business idea will get him the royal treatment: turning Instagram snaps into marshmallows.

  • Start-ups aim to aid drought-stricken California Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 1:06 PM ET
    Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

    The three-year drought in California is officially the worst drought on record for the state, already costing over $2 billion and 17,000 jobs.

  • Hotel apologizes after 3,000 bad reviews Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | 6:10 PM ET

    A New York hotel was suffering a severe backlash to its posted policy of charging $500 extra if guests posted bad reviews online.

  • Pot delivery right to your door     Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | 10:48 AM ET

    Keith McCarty, Eaze founder & CEO, discuss his on-demand health care delivery technology that will automate patient verification and driver dispatch to hand deliver marijuana.

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