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  • Boycott Pet Stores, Say Animal Rights Groups Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 3:20 PM ET
    dog with present

    More puppies are sold at pet stores during the holiday season than any other time of year. Now the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other groups are stepping up efforts to stop these sales, saying many of these dogs come from puppy mills.

  • 10 Rules for Picking a Company Name That Sticks Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 2:30 PM ET
    Contract

    First things first -- your startup needs a name! This may seem a silly and frivolous task, but it may be the most important decision you make.

  • Pot Shop Owners: We're Not Criminals Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 12:44 PM ET

    Medicinal cannabis is legal in 16 states and Washington D.C., but even in those areas, setting up a dispensary — and keeping one open — to make the product available to qualified patients is a constant battle. But dispensary owners say they continue to fight because they are passionate about assisting sick people in need of alternative treatments

  • 10 Easy Sales Strategies for Small Companies Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 10:57 AM ET
    How to Say It: Business to Business Selling

    Selling for a small firm is harder than selling for a large one. Your customer may never have heard of your firm, there’s probably not much sales support, and you likely can’t spend big money to develop and close an account. Nevertheless, it’s not just possible, but downright easy, to outsell the big guys.

  • More Work, That's Great News. Or Is It? Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 5:56 PM ET
    CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of the day's small business news.

  • Small Biz Owners: Fed Decision Will Help Growth Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 4:56 PM ET

    Small business reaction to the Fed's decision today to leave interest rates where they are was favorable, although owners say Washington needs to ease regulations in order for small businesses to be able to create the jobs needed to get the economy started again.

  • Guns and Weddings: New Careers Via the Net Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 3:53 PM ET

    Since the downturn in 2008, many Americans have been forced to rethink their careers. Some have gone back to school to learn new skills. A lot of that training is taking place online. Among the most popular careers: wedding planner and gunsmith.

  • Staying a Step Ahead of the Tax Man Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 2:14 PM ET

    The IRS audits a higher percentage of businesses with assets below $50 million than businesses above that level, according to data from Syracuse University. With 2012 fast approaching, now’s a good time for small businesses to consider an end-of-year legal review to pinpoint and improve areas of potential risk, according to online legal-help company Rocket Lawyer.

  • Ask an Expert: Facebook Basics for Your Business Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 1:08 PM ET

    Today, Facebook is verging on one billion users. Something that gets that much bandwidth and that is growing that fast deserves your attention.

  • You're an entrepreneur in the making, seeking the holy grail of working for yourself. What you need to focus on is what is going to drive your business. Or, more precisely, what product is going to drive it.

  • Stronger Sales Outlook Raises Small Business Optimism Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 10:16 AM ET

    While optimism among small business owners is still not as high as it was in 2008 before the recession hit its full stride, things are looking up, reports the National Federation of Independent Business.

  • CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Amazon Denies It Has a Small-Business Problem Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 1:48 PM ET
    Amazon.com

    For years Amazon has been at implicit war with local brick-and-mortar stores. Last week, Amazon began a promotion that encouraged customers to check out prices at local retailers and use a “Price Check” smartphone app to report what they found back to Amazon, in exchange for a discount on the merchandise.

  • Mobile Commerce

    With holiday shopping season upon us, it's a good guess your employees aren't just working when they're at work — they're increasingly shopping in the office.

  • CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    a wrap-up of the day's news in small business.

  • Michele Obama, President Obama, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown

    Michelle Obama's stylish wardrobe choices can mean a big boost for fashion brands including those of lesser known small businesses.

  • How To Get Into The Santa Business Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 1:57 PM ET

    Santas can make $6,000 to $10,000 a season in a mall and $100 per hour for appearances in homes or at company parties, Robert Mindte, owner of Santaforhire.com, which supplies Kris Kringles around the country, told CNBC's Carl Quintanilla.

  • Flooded streets, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    A flood created a crisis for a small Chicago service company called Pulling Down the Moon: How to continue serving 200 patients.

  • Shopping, Taxes and Something For Free Thursday, 8 Dec 2011 | 4:38 PM ET
    CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Woman selecting clothes from rail in shop

    An estimated 103 million Americans shopped at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, exceeding the pre-Thanksgiving projection of 89 million shoppers.

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