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  • 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.

  • Free Shipping Day: Boom or Gloom for Merchants? Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 11:44 AM ET

    For many online shoppers, a free shipping offer is the holy grail of deals; it's what makes people click the “buy” button. And today, the fourth annual Free Shipping Day, could mean banner sales for the more than 2,200 merchants that have signed on. But is there a dark side to free shipping?

  • 10 Customer Types to Fear and Love Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 9:17 AM ET
    You know them. You fear them. You love them. Now learn to deal with them: The Haggler, the Worry Wart, The Expert, The Evangelist and more are customers who can either help or hurt your business. Love them or hate them, managing them is as important as taking control of other aspects of your business. Business owners across the country share their nightmare ­customer types – along with a few dreamy ones – as well as their strategies for getting through the day with both their sanity, and their c

    You know them. You fear them. You love them. Now learn to deal with them: The Haggler, The Worry Wart, The Expert, The Evangelist and more are customers who can either help or hurt your business.

  • CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Plan on Giving Your Clients a Holiday Gift? Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 4:32 PM ET

    At this time of year, gift-giving-etiquette questions abound. You Read this first if you're planning on giving your clients holiday gifts this year, it might save your business' reputation!

  • VC Survey: Investment Down, Obama Up in 2012 Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 3:53 PM ET
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    According to a survey of VCs and CEOs, it could be an uneasy start to the new year in the venture capital world as capital remains tight. But for President Obama, life could be good: they predict he'll win the 2012 election.

  • Cupcake Killer: How Cake Pops Became the Next Big Trend Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 12:47 PM ET
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    Angie Dudley, aka Bakerella, is credited with popularizing the cake pop with her book and blog. Many predict cake pops will be the next big dessert trend. And the Babycakes cake pop maker is a hot-selling item this holiday season.

  • The House of Representatives and the Senate have resolved a three-year battle over the future of two important federal initiatives to aid small businesses: the Small Business Innovation Research program and the Small Business Technology Transfer program.

  • Daily Deals, Amazon, Feel Small Business' Wrath Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 6:03 PM ET
    CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

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

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