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  • Postal worker

    The U.S. Postal Service’s recent announcement that it will increase rates while cutting services got us wondering how business postage costs will affect smaller firms.We asked our always-thoughtful, opinioned Small Business Council members to tell us whether these changes will affect their operations.

  • Eccentric Wines from Unique Wineries Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 2:36 PM ET
    To stand out in the crowded, tradition-bound wine industry, independent wineries often invite visitors to their wineries where they can take a tour, get a taste, and take home a memorable experience – as well as a bottle or two (or 12). Quirky back-stories, historical locations and breath-taking scenery can all charm first-time buyers. And in some cases, it’s a virtual visit that hooks in a winery’s fans. Here’s a virtual tour of 10 unique wineries and the eccentric wines they’ve created. We’ll

    To stand out in the crowded, tradition-bound wine industry, independent wineries often invite visitors to their wineries to take a tour, get a taste, and take home a memorable experience...and a bottle or two (or 12).

  • Groupon

    Although a recent survey found 70 percent of small-business owners hate Groupon, consumers remain big fans.

  • The Small Business Afternoon Report Friday, 2 Dec 2011 | 5:41 PM ET
    CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Jobs Numbers: Mix of Optimism and Skepticism Friday, 2 Dec 2011 | 3:49 PM ET

    What is the effect of the 8.6 percent unemployment rate on small business hiring? Depends on who you ask. Some say it will have little effect going forward, while others say that they are already ramping up hiring heading into 2012.

  • Defending Your Reputation With a Strong Offense Friday, 2 Dec 2011 | 2:51 PM ET

    It matters how a business is portrayed online. Nearly three-quarters of consumers said that they would most likely refuse to do business with a person or company if they found negative information about them online, which is why many businesses turn to reputation management companies.

  • Small-Business Hiring Is Showing Signs of Life Friday, 2 Dec 2011 | 1:14 PM ET

    Small-business hiring, the traditional engine of job growth in the US, is showing signs of picking up.

  • The Small Business Afternoon Report Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 6:32 PM ET
    CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • The Truth About How New Businesses Are Funded Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 5:47 PM ET

    Where do most entrepreneurs get start-up funds from? It's not what you'd think. While venture capitalists get all the attention, more often than not, it's from the entrepreneur's own savings.

  • Wrangling the Workplace Bully Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:56 PM ET

    For all the publicity surrounding schoolyard bullying, and the impact it can have on a child’s emotional well being, there’s precious little discourse about the equally pervasive problem of bullies in the workplace.

  • The drop in home prices means that fewer owners have the option to tap into their home equity, undoubtedly restricting the ability of owners to obtain financing to start, expand or maintain a business.

  • Yao Ming, From Playmaker to Winemaker Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 10:49 AM ET
    Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets

    Retired NBA star Yao Ming goes from the basketball court to the tasting room, as he starts his  own Napa Valley wine company: Yao Family Wines.

  • The Small Business Afternoon Report Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 6:03 PM ET
    CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Beyond Groupon: Strategies For Long-Term Customer Loyalty Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 3:35 PM ET
    Exchanging Money

    While many small businesses have sought new avenues of exposure through daily deals sites, many have found that such campaigns attract bargain-hungry consumers who use their coupons and never return. There are better ways to keep customers coming back.

  • Billy Hunter, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association speaks next to Derek Fisher.

    With the 150-day basketball strike ending and the first games returning on Dec. 25, an innumerable number of small-business owners are now breathing a sigh of relief.

  • Student Loan Debt Can Stall a Startup Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 11:24 AM ET
    Young Entrepreneurs

    Forced to pay back loans shortly after graduation, many soon-to-be graduates say they would take any job they could find, even if was something far outside their field of study. This exercise will likely set them back for years, pushing their entrepreneurial desires to the back burner, if not off the table entirely.

  • The Small Business Afternoon Report Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 6:07 PM ET
    CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Survey: ObamaCare Not My Problem Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 5:21 PM ET

    A new survey from Newtek Business Services released today reveals small business owners’ concerns on health insurance and how they feel about potential changes in the system should ObamaCare be enforced.

  • Green River Silver Co.

    In the current climate of tight credit and weak consumer demand, excess inventory can threaten the survival of both tiny companies and huge ones. Because of this, business owners are focusing on the exacting discipline of inventory management, the art of fine-tuning the mix of stock on hand to maximize profits.

  • Americans are unprepared for retirement, so much so that it's reached crisis levels, according to a new survey of small business owners.

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