Small Business


  • Bumper crop: Farmers may be selling corn at a loss Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    After corn prices peaked during a 2012 drought, this year's record harvest has pushed prices to lows and forced farmers to postpone purchases.

  • From broke mom to multimillion-dollar success Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 12:28 PM ET
    PackIt cooler bags.

    Meet single mom turned entrepreneur, Melissa Kieling—founder of cooler maker PackIt, which has attracted the attention of big retailers and Hollywood stars.

  • Sunday's Napa quake fallout     Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 2:24 PM ET

    CNBC's Josh Lipton reports on the damages and economic impact from Sunday's earthquake in California.

  • Napa region wading in wine damage from quake Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 6:05 PM ET
    An associate winemaker of Bouchaine Vineyards, surveys fallen wine barrels after a 6.0 earthquake in Napa, California August 24, 2014.

    When a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Napa early Sunday, it caused significant damage to local businesses connected to the wine business.

  • Helping small businesses keep it in the family Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 9:26 AM ET

    Only 30 percent of family businesses successfully pass to the next generation, but financial advisors can help owners turn the odds around.

  • Will that be debit, credit or bitcoin? Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    If start-up Shift Payments has its way, you'll soon be able to switch from real money to digital currency when paying with a single card.

  • Pinot in aluminum cans? Believe it Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 10:04 AM ET
    Oregon-based Union Wine Company offers pinot noir in beer-like aluminum cans.

    An Oregon winery is taking a unique approach to packaging and selling wine: pinot noir in more humble, aluminium cans.

  • 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.

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