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  • Bank of America Small-Business Lending Under Fire Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 9:59 AM ET

    Iis Bank of America cutting credit lines to some small businesses? That question emerged on Tuesday after a Los Angeles Times report cited at least two small-business owners who claim that Bank of America is now forcing them to pay their balances in full versus on a monthly basis — a move that could wipe them out.

  • More bosses are thinking about buying employees a new iPad, just as Apple is rumored to be unveiling a new, higher-resolution version of the popular tablet, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • How to Save Your Business in 2012 Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 2:57 PM ET

    You cannot build a successful business without pushing every element of your business to be more competitive. Continuous improvement is the most important element to continue to grow and thrive.

  • The Top 5 Small Business Trends for 2012 Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 11:24 AM ET
    Apple iPad

    Here are the top 5 trends, factors and events that will shape your business in 2012.

  • Poll results from the December Small Business Authority Market Sentiment Survey, released today, reveal that independent business owners are optimistic about the economy heading into 2012.

  • Truth Be Told, There's a Business in Spotting Liars Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | 12:51 PM ET

    Pamela Meyer heard a lecture at her Harvard reunion that ended up inspiring a new business: teaching business people how to spot liars.

  • Clear Your Office Clutter Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | 11:28 AM ET

    In a small business you gather a lot of clutter during the course of a year. When I worked by myself, all this stuff could become paralyzing. Here's how to feel more organized heading into the New Year.

  • You Survived 2011. Here's How to Get Through 2012. Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 12:41 PM ET

    Business owners take note: An eventual recovery is on the horizon, and the time to prepare and improve your company for future growth and success is now.

  • A small company has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, accusing the online giant of patent infringement, fraud and coercion.

  • Mitt Romney - Iowa Caucuses

    Mitt Romney, well aware of the Christian conservatives aligned against him, is devoting special attention to voters who he thinks should be natural supporters: businesspeople who appreciate his private-sector experience and his focus on the economy.

  • Five Businesses That Did Not Survive 2011 Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 3:33 PM ET

    It has been another tough year for many small businesses. One in four, according to the National Federation of Independent Business, believes the biggest problem is weak sales. Here are five businesses that hung on as long as they could, but had to close their doors in 2011.

  • Small Business Trends to Watch in 2012 Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 10:47 AM ET
    GOP Candidates Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney

    Today's trends become tomorrow's realities. And while trends are intriguing to learn about for their own sake, they should abe an important component of your strategic thinking and planning for your small business as you head into 2012.

  • Bankrupt Chain Restaurants Are Still Holding On Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 9:43 AM ET
    Friendly's Restaurant

    Restaurants that have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this year, including Friendly’s, Chevys, Sbarro and Perkins, barely bringing in enough cash to cover basic expenses. Yet they  somehow keep hanging on — leaving too many restaurants chasing after scarce dining dollars.

  • Bargain hunters shop for discounted merchandise at Macy's on 'Black Friday' on November 25, 2011 in New York City.

    Small businesses saw a slight improvement in the economy in November, according to just-released survey results from The Small Business Authority. But whether that confidence in growth continues remains to be seen, said Barry Sloane, president and CEO of Newtek Business Services.

  • High-End Doggy Day Care: No Downsizing For Fido Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 1:03 PM ET

    With dogs substituting as children in many families, doggy day care is an industry that is growing despite the flailing economy. Owners spent an estimated $51 billion this year on their pets, including $3.65 billion on services such as boarding and grooming.

  • 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
    retail sales

    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.