When one thinks of big data, farmers don't come to mind. But one start-up is betting the farm that the industry is ripe for tech innovation.» Read More
While it’s been a tough few years for the restaurant industry as consumers cut back on discretionary spending, it seems that smaller, independent restaurants have taken a bigger hit than chain restaurants.
With months to go before Election Day, the presidential campaign is proving to be a gold mine for local businesses, from pizza parlors to portable potties.
Rising gas prices can put a dent in a household budget. For small business owners, it can hurt — or even wipe out — profits. The recent rise in the price of gas is pressuring business owners to find ways to protect their earnings.
What's a cash mob? Think flash mob, only doing something more useful with one's time.
For would-be entrepreneurs, franchises offer built-in benefits, such as brand-name recognition and proven formulas upon which to build success.
Pinterest's millions of users create digital scrapbooks that display images under themes such as favorite foods, wanted wedding gifts and coveted handbags. As the site has grown in popularity, so has interest from firms that see it as a chance to boost brand awareness.
President Obama and the Treasury Department introduced a 23-page outline that seeks to overhaul the corporate tax code. The plan seeks to reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent, eliminate accounting loopholes, improve transparency and simplify the document for small businesses.
While actor and entrepreneur Greg Grunberg, best known for his roles as police detective Matt Parkman in the award-winning series “Heroes,” he is no stranger to the world of business.
Small business owners are looking to spend in 2012, according to the just-released Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. The results are in line with our own — smaller — survey conducted earlier this month with members of CNBC's Small Business Council.
When an unhappy customer posts a complaint on a social media site such as Twitter, Yelp or Facebook, you are at an immediate disadvantage. The complaint, right or wrong — and, isn't the customer always right? — is out there for everyone to see.
When the boss is unhappy, everyone is unhappy. And when the boss goes to the gym, everyone in the office can breathe a sigh of relief. That’s the conclusion of a recent study, conducted by researchers at Northern Illinois University, that found that stress and abusive behavior can be diminished with moderate exercise.
Brand experts and trademark lawyers say the value of simple, easily understood brand names has escalated in the Internet era because consumers are more likely to find such products while doing searches on the Web.
Because of downsizing and outsourcing, small to mid-size companies lack the depth of resources and employees who possess the high-level competencies required for leading other people. Rarely does a small company look for leadership aptitude when they are hiring for technical roles.
Small retailers are in serious trouble. All over America, they have been pushed to the brink of extinction. The assault began with mall stores and continued with big-box super stores, but the final blow may come from aggressive Internet merchants.
Cloud computing services make it easier for companies to share, update and access files, both internally and externally. And small businesses are driving the move to the cloud.
If you have a company, or an idea for a company, that can make an impact on people using social media, Reid Hoffman wants to talk to you. Hoffman, a partner at Greylock Partners and the executive chairman of LinkedIn, told CNBC Friday he sees a lot of opportunity for "great businesses" that create social networks that "can change people's lives."
Keeping up with the latest advances in the workplace isn’t easy. It’s not only workers who can fall behind. Entire businesses can, too. I know, because it happened to my company.
Wielded wisely, social media can help a growing business boost brand awareness, improve customer relations, garner market research, even bolster sales. As the number of people using social media rises, marketing experts say it's essential for even the smallest of companies to consider diving in.
Twitter Inc. on Thursday formally launched a service to allow small businesses to buy and place ads on the online messaging platform. Twitter hopes the new ad service will at least partially answer looming questions about its long-term business strategy.
We asked the owners of innovative and quirky pet products about their inspiration, and the growing appeal of their products.
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