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  • Wrapping Up the Year in Small Business Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 10:31 AM ET
    Apple iPhone

    Like most years, 2011 presented challenges to small businesses. Let's look back at some of the most significant trends and happenings affecting small companies this past year.

  • At The Store, a Long Line of Questions at Checkout Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:51 PM ET
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    Increasingly, consumers are bombarded with questions at the checkout counter.  In a down economy, merchants not only want to impress customers with attentive service, they are also using sophisticated "business intelligence" software to boost their bottom lines, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Business Is Good For 'Pawn Stars' Entrepreneur Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:11 PM ET

    If you need another indicator about the state of the economy and consumer finances, look no further than your local pawn shop. spacerBusiness is booming, Las Vegas pawn shop operator Rick Harrison, star of the "Pawn Stars" reality television show, told CNBC Friday.

  • Survey: Business Trends to Watch in 2012 Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 9:14 AM ET
    Mobile Commerce

    Heading into 2012, we're still facing a challenging economy, but it almost doesn't matter because there are so many ideas for savvy startups and business owners to capitalize on. Here are three to watch in the new year.

  • Ask These Questions Before You Commit to a Franchise Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 11:48 AM ET
    Business Mistake

    A few tips to help you decide whether a particular franchise is the right investment for you.

  • Why Some Business Owners Think Now Is the Time to Sell Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 9:29 AM ET

    There's a pent-up pipeline of entrepreneurs who have put off selling their small businesses in recent years because of the economy. Now that many of these companies have at least one year of profits, they are more attractive to potential investors.

  • Veterans Are Turning to Start-ups Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 3:35 PM ET

    Faced with soaring unemployment rates, many returning Iraq and Afghan war veterans are taking matters into their own hands by starting their own businesses.

  • Sure, small businesses care about taxes: who pays, and who gets a break. But Washington needs to pay attention to bigger issues, such as stemming the out of control deficit, reducing regulation, and incentivizing small businesses to expand and hire.

  • Start a Company Without Going Broke Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 12:48 PM ET

    The average cost to start a business in America is only $325 and the average amount of time it takes to start one is a mere six days, reports Intuit. Here are five strategies to jumpstart your new enterprise without breaking the bank.

  • Large Malls Test The Power of Small Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 11:27 AM ET

    Small, independent retailers, many of them mom-and-pops selling off-beat items, are increasingly popping up in shopping malls that have historically been filled by big brand-name retailers such as Gap and Victoria's Secret.

  • CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Survey: Contractors Spend More For Fewer Contracts Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 3:55 PM ET
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    According to a survey by American Express OPEN, it takes a small business contractor, on average, 4.4 tries before landing its first federal contract. The survey, which polled 740 contractors, also found that they are investing more money even as they bid on fewer contracts.

  • Keeping Your Family Intact While Building Your Business Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 11:53 AM ET
    For Better or for Work | Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

    With the entrepreneur perpetually on-call, the spouse and family can easily feel lower on the priority list. Here's how you can build a successful business without sacrificing your family.

  • Last-Minute Tips to Drive Holiday Sales Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 10:40 AM ET

    With just five days left until Christmas, time is running tight for entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners alike to rack up holiday sales, and tie a nice bow around that Q4 balance sheet.

  • Checking In, Checking Out, and Checking Your Weight Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 5:53 PM ET
    CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Spending, Lending Continue to Challenge Franchisees Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 2:46 PM ET

    Concerns about consumer spending, combined with lack of access to credit and “negative rhetoric coming out of Washington,” are stymieing franchise growth, according to a survey by the International Franchise Association.

  • Opinion: Higher Highs and Lower Lows in 2012 Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 10:49 AM ET
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    By any account, 2012 is going to be an interesting year and a time for as many opportunities as challenges — particularly for the most nimble and resilient of America’s small business owners.

  • CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of small business news.

  • Risk Control Strategies: Protecting the 1 Percent Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 3:35 PM ET
    Hundreds of protesters attempted to shut down the New York Stock Exchange today, blocking roads and tying up traffic in Lower Manhattan.

    Meet two experts in law enforcement and counterterrorism who have teamed up to provide security services for wealthy individuals. As tensions rise related to income inequity and Occupy Wall Street, Risk Control Strategies is a busy small business.

  • Despite the normal gridlock that takes place between the two houses of Congress, this week the House and Senate agreed and passed legislation that will help spur economic growth and create jobs in America, without any additional taxpayer funding.

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