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  • Citigroup Building

    The story on CNBC.com published last week about Citi increasing their lending to small businesses in 2011 offered some numbers from Citi that did not make sense. Guest columnist Ami Kassar of Multifunding.com explains why.

  • Six Things To Learn From the Big Guys: Opinion Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 2:24 PM ET
    The Age of the Platform, by Phil Simon

    In the Age of the Platform, companies that constantly reinvent themselves lead the pack. Here are six things to learn from the big guys.

  • 'Failure Wall' Inspires Success Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 11:49 AM ET

    By publicly posting their failures, employees at Dun & Bradstreet Credibility have become more successful at their jobs.

  • Ohio Dairy Farm Coddles Cows With . . . Waterbeds? Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    If you want great milk, you need happy and healthy cows. At Conrad's Dairy Farm, that means pampering their milk producers with waterbeds.

  • Don't Look For a Job, Look For a Franchise: Opinion Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 3:19 PM ET

    Franchising is the perfect fit for older Americans looking for a new career. Here are three reasons why.

  • Citi Increased Lending to Small Businesses in 2011 Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 12:41 PM ET
    Citigroup Building

    Word on the street — Main Street, that is — is that credit remains tight since the financial meltdown of 2008. But on Thursday, Citi released some good news: It had met and surpassed its $7 billion lending goal to U.S. small business in 2011 by $900 million.

  • Mitt Romney

    People in the lectorally crucial Southern state of South Carolina say the Republican presidential candidates are out of touch with Main Street, and that they are more occupied with the daily struggle to pay bills minus a paycheck than with the outcome of the election.

  • Is Obama The Choice of Small Business? Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 6:00 PM ET

    Two surveys taking the pulse of small business owners give conflicting results.

  • Fortune magazine’s annual 100 Best Companies to Work For came out today, and while most of the companies on the list are large firms — Google’s spacer No. 1 — there are a lot of takeaways for small businesses among the companies on the list.

  • 7 Compensation Tactics To Help Retain Employees Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 10:54 AM ET

    Guest columnist Ron Volper discusses how a well-thought out compensation plan can help retain your best employeees.

  • Assessing Insurance Coverage Before the Next Disaster Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 5:11 PM ET
    A damaged gas station shows the destruction after the earthquake struck on March 11

    Most small and mid-sized companies have property policies that include some coverage for business interruption, but the unique risks of smaller companies mean it’s even more important for those businesses to assess the need for additional BI coverage.

  • Good News For Auto Shops: Cars Getting Older Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 3:37 PM ET

    America’s cars are getting older. And that’s good news for both auto supply chains and car dealerships, Phil LeBeau, CNBC Auto Reporter, told Squawk Box.

  • Could Online Piracy Act Shutter Small Businesses? Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 1:24 PM ET
    Google

    While the original intent of SOPA is to crack down on foreign websites that publish or stream copyrighted materials from the U.S., critics say the bill would give broad powers to the U.S. government to shut down domestic sites, and impede business.

  • In Tech, Starting Up By Failing Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 10:18 AM ET
    Fab.com sale

    Tech start-ups sometimes must pivot — choose an entirely new direction in the hopes of transforming a dud of a business into one that might have a shot at success.

  • SBA Preps Businesses for Disasters of 2012 Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 5:03 PM ET
    Off ramp to route 322 East severely damaged by flooding, Hershey, Pennsylvania

    The Small Business Administration presented a webinar that recapped weather-related events of 2011 and shared advice on limiting financial losses in future events.

  • 5 Reasons To Integrate Mobile Into Your Business Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 2:43 PM ET
    Apple iPad

    Just 18 to 24 months ago, mobile extension of business and customer management systems was still considered a luxury. Today, nearly 75 percent of U.S. small and midsize businesses plan to purchase tablets in the next 12 months. If you haven’t already, here are five reasons to make the jump to mobile or justify integrating it further into your business.

  • Online Shoppers Are Rooting for the Little Guy Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 10:36 AM ET
    Amazon.com

    Giant e-commerce companies like Amazon are acting increasingly like their big-box brethren as they extinguish small competitors with discounted prices and free shipping. The little sites are fighting back with some tactics of their own, like preventing price comparisons or offering freebies that an anonymous large site can’t.

  • Obama Elevates SBA to Cabinet-Level Agency Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 2:53 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama today announced that the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Karen Mills, will be the newest cabinet member.

  • Wall Street sign

    As employee dissatisfaction spreads through the financial-services industry amid waning profits, slashed bonuses and layoffs, New York's bustling world of tech startups is attracting fed-up financiers, offering them jobs, cash and a shot at creating empires of their own.

  • It's a Brave New World For Franchisees in 2012 Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    Advances in technology means one thing for franchise companies hoping to be successful in 2012 and beyond — they must adapt to a new way of communicating with franchisees and their customers.

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