Small Business


  • California Attorney General and democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown.

    Residents are supposed to declare and pay sales tax on goods they buy from out-of-state retailers, but few do, which deprives states of tax revenue and gives Internet retailers an advantage over physical stores. Caught in the crossfire of the nationwide fight are a large but rarely examined part of the Internet economy, affiliate marketers.

  • Outrageous American Roadside Attractions Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 11:26 AM ET
    America’s top roadside attractions are highway accidents of a good kind. They’re small, conventional businesses that grew, thanks to desperation-driven innovation and a little luck, into legendary, multi-generational family concerns that draw mind-boggling traffic and profits that their founders little imagined. More surprising still is that these products of the automobile’s golden age continue to thrive in a time of air travel and triple-digit gas prices. We asked the owners of some of the lon

    Many roadside attractions were small, conventional businesses that grew into legendary, multi-generational family concerns over time. Here are some of the more outrageous ones!

  • Fiorina: Cut Small Businesses Some Slack Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 10:28 AM ET

    Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina told Squawk Box today that the playing field isn't a level one for small business, but higher taxes are not the answer.

  • It's Obama. No, Ron Paul. Wait, It's Romney: Survey Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 4:37 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    There is no shortage of surveys among companies servicing small businesses. Yet another survey was released  preferences for presidential candidates. And, like the Republican primaries, each one tells a different story.

  • State of Union Wasn't Good For Small Business: Cantor Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 1:03 PM ET

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on CNBC’s Squawk Box that the president's State of Union speech did not ease the minds of small business owners looking for fewer taxes and regulation.

  • Walmart Holds 'Idol'-Style Contest For Small Businesses Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    Walmart's Get On the Shelf contest is about garnering publicity and social-media hits for the retailer. But for the winner , it's a chance to go from a virtual unknown to a distinguished product sold with roughly 150,000 others at more than 3,800 Walmart stores nationally.

  • For Veterans, A Franchise Without A Fee Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 11:34 AM ET

    One California-based technology company, TeamLogic IT, is offering veterans not just a job, but an opportunity to own a franchise, and potentially hire fellow veterans.

  • So What If Romney's Rich: Opinion Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 11:11 AM ET
    Mitt Romney

    So the news is out. Mitt Romney's rich. He made more than $20 million in each of the past two years. Here's why small business should applaud Romney.

  • Want The Real Story On a Franchise? Call a Franchisee. Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 11:01 AM ET
    Open sign in window

    Guest columnist Joel Libava explains how to get the information you need to make the right decision about whether or not to buy a franchise.

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    Small business owners tell us what they hope to hear from President Obama in tonight's State of the Union address.

  • Citigroup Building

    The story on CNBC.com published last week about Citi increasing their lending to small businesses in 2011 offered some numbers from Citi that did not make sense. Guest columnist Ami Kassar of Multifunding.com explains why.

  • Six Things To Learn From the Big Guys: Opinion Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 2:24 PM ET
    The Age of the Platform, by Phil Simon

    In the Age of the Platform, companies that constantly reinvent themselves lead the pack. Here are six things to learn from the big guys.

  • 'Failure Wall' Inspires Success Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 11:49 AM ET

    By publicly posting their failures, employees at Dun & Bradstreet Credibility have become more successful at their jobs.

  • Ohio Dairy Farm Coddles Cows With . . . Waterbeds? Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    If you want great milk, you need happy and healthy cows. At Conrad's Dairy Farm, that means pampering their milk producers with waterbeds.

  • Don't Look For a Job, Look For a Franchise: Opinion Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 3:19 PM ET

    Franchising is the perfect fit for older Americans looking for a new career. Here are three reasons why.

  • Citi Increased Lending to Small Businesses in 2011 Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 12:41 PM ET
    Citigroup Building

    Word on the street — Main Street, that is — is that credit remains tight since the financial meltdown of 2008. But on Thursday, Citi released some good news: It had met and surpassed its $7 billion lending goal to U.S. small business in 2011 by $900 million.

  • Mitt Romney

    People in the lectorally crucial Southern state of South Carolina say the Republican presidential candidates are out of touch with Main Street, and that they are more occupied with the daily struggle to pay bills minus a paycheck than with the outcome of the election.

  • Is Obama The Choice of Small Business? Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 6:00 PM ET

    Two surveys taking the pulse of small business owners give conflicting results.

  • Fortune magazine’s annual 100 Best Companies to Work For came out today, and while most of the companies on the list are large firms — Google’s spacer No. 1 — there are a lot of takeaways for small businesses among the companies on the list.

  • 7 Compensation Tactics To Help Retain Employees Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 10:54 AM ET

    Guest columnist Ron Volper discusses how a well-thought out compensation plan can help retain your best employeees.

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