Small Business


  • Biggest Mistakes Made by Small Business Owners Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 1:54 PM ET
    Entrepreneurial ventures are fraught with missteps, mishaps and mistakes. No matter how steeped you are in business ownership experience, you are bound to run into problems at some point. The key to your success is to quickly identify your mistakes, learn from them and prevent the same mistake from happening again, says Mike Michalowicz, small business expert and author of Most business owners fall into the same traps. It’s those mistakes which could make the difference between owning a successf

    Entrepreneurial ventures are fraught with missteps, mishaps, and mistakes. Here are 10 of the most common business blunders.

  • Local Butchers Expand Their Market Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 1:25 PM ET

    Butcher shops, once a vestige, are opening in many cities where buying meat has often been reduced to staring down a sea of plastic-wrapped foam trays. These new stores offer much more.

  • Seven Tax Tips You Should Start Thinking About Now Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 12:17 PM ET

    Accountant Paul Etzler says that with a little planning now, business owners can ensure they take advantage of all of the appropriate deductions and credits for the 2011 tax year. Here are his seven tax tips. 

  • Small-Biz Hiring Leads October Jobs Numbers Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 11:22 AM ET
    Job Search

    While the private sector added 110,000 jobs in October and layoffs at U.S. firms dropped, the outlook for employment is still looking tepid, at best.

  • Solyndra's headquarters in Fremont, Calif.

    To some people, the bankruptcy of the solar-module maker Solyndra shows the folly of government trying to pick winners in technology markets. For others, it's a chance to get a  bargain on a slightly used scanning electron microscope.

  • Shipping Burgers     Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 12:00 AM ET

    A company called Midtown Row is offering two In-N-Out burgers, shipped, for $56. CNBC's Darren Rovell accepts the shipment at the CNBC mailroom.

  • Shopper with shopping bags

    Companies are worried that customers are still holding onto their cash because consumer confidence remains low. But for many small businesses, seasonal hiring will only happen if spending increases.

  • Reality TV Shows Spawn American Collectible Craze Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 1:41 PM ET
    Storage Wars

    Reality-based programs may be driving new business to the flea market industry.

  • Empty Wallet

    When nearly two-thirds of small businesses are being denied loans, it takes more than just filling out the paperwork to get money to grow.

  • Small Business and the Importance of Paperwork Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 9:53 AM ET

    When it comes to starting a small business, good record-keeping is critical, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Discover Your CEO Brand Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 9:52 AM ET
    Discover Your CEO Brand

    In product marketing, there’s an old saying: “a brand is more than a word; it’s the beginning of a conversation" — here's how to get people talking.

  • How I Made My Millions: 5 Proven Tips for Success Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 9:51 AM ET
    Miche Bag

    As an entrepreneur who started his first business at age 13, guest blogger Corbin Church shares his five tips for success "necessary to lay a strong foundation and then bring a vision to life."

  • Six Tips to Help Your Kids Become Entrepreneurs Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 2:00 PM ET

    If you ever wonder how your kids can become entrepreneurs, here are six ways to do it.

  • When Should a Small Business Hire a Finance Chief? Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 1:59 PM ET

    At Quickoffice, which sells software that allows users to create and edit documents on mobile devices, Alan Masarek always enjoyed getting deep into the numbers of his business — almost as if he were chief financial officer instead of chief executive.

  • Starbucks Tries to Jolt the Economy Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 1:33 PM ET

    The company’s microfinance initiative is an attempt to jump-start hiring where many say it matters most — on the small business level.

  • Help Wanted: Money That Is Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 5:50 PM ET

    The lack of female entreprenuers is not for lack of trying. But it may be because of lack of asking.

  • One Man, One T-Shirt, One Successful Company Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 4:23 PM ET
    Jason Sadler

    What can you do with an internet connection and a T-shirt? Create a few jobs, for one thing.

  • 15 Failed Celebrity Businesses Friday, 9 Sep 2011 | 11:12 AM ET
    In recent years, multiple celebrities have attempted to extend their brand by venturing into the business world. Actor and comedian Will Ferrell found tremendous success with his website, FunnyorDie.com while Rapper Sean Combs (P Diddy) owns multiple businesses including a record label, a clothing line, a movie production company and more. However, despite all the successful celebrity ventures in the world, there are numerous examples of celebrity businesses that have gone bust. A celebrity name

    The following celebrities have learned the hard way that success in the business world doesn’t always come easily.

  • Businesses You Can Start for Under $5K Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 5:08 PM ET
    The biggest thing holding most people back from starting their own business is money. But the truth is, you don’t have to have a lot of money to start a business. “If I get one more stinking, whining email about how impossible it is to start a business without any money, I am going to explode!” entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz wrote in his book, “The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.” In fact, Michalowicz argues that having the money could actually be bad when you’re starting a business. “The lack of mone

    The biggest thing holding most people back from starting their own business is money. But the truth is, you don’t have to have a lot of money to start a business.

  • America's Weirdest Restaurants Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 9:58 AM ET
    Novelty and theme restaurants seem to be more common outside the U.S., especially in Asia, but we’ve uncovered 20 unusual dining experiences right here in the USA, serving cuisines from the aggressively unhealthy to whimsical works of art. Some meals come with shows and some with surprises; some of the restaurants transport diners to another time, and one to another planet. It’s a rare diner who will want to experience all of these restaurants, but click on ahead to see how many appeal and how m

    It’s a rare diner who will want to experience all of these restaurants, but click on ahead to see how many appeal and how many appall.

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