Small Business


  • With the success of online deal sites including Groupon, hundreds of imitators have cropped up. But some small-business owners have doubts about the business model's effectiveness.

  • The Small Business Afternoon Report Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 5:32 PM ET
    CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Customers Find Big Gains in Move to Smaller Banks Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 4:36 PM ET

    Public dissatisfaction with big banks have erupted over bailouts, fees, and impersonal service. Energized in part by the Occupy Wall Street movement, Bank Transfer Day, also known as Move Your Money Day, encouraged consumers to consider giving their business to smaller banks.

  • Gibson Guitars Weeps Over Federal Logging Rules Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 1:59 PM ET
    Gibson J-200 guitar

    The iconic Gibson guitar is manufactured in the United States, but it has not been easy to keep it here. Federal logging regulations are making it difficult for the company to get the materials it needs. CNBC reporter Brian Shactman has the story.

  • So You Want to Start a Business Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 1:38 PM ET

    While people start businesses for multiple reasons, many have one common factor: they fail. Some strategies for increasing your odds of success.

  • When Congress is facing mandatory cuts of $1.5 trillion over the next decade if they don't come to a bipartisan deficit reduction solution soon, many will find excuses to try and get rid of the SBA, under the banner of government-wide cuts.

  • 5 Undefeated Eating Challenges Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 10:55 AM ET
    For many people, the word eating challenge evokes the iconic scene in the movie when John Candy tackles “The Old 96er” to the chagrin of his digestive tract. More recently, the Travel Channel’s has popularized eating challenges, which have increasingly become a strategy for restaurants across the country to make a name for themselves, draw in new customers and simply have fun with their menus. For those testing their fortitude through eating challenges, clearing a plate of outrageously large or

    The following food offerings are pushing the envelope for gastronomic challenges: No individual has yet to cross the finish line.

  • Millennials Key to Rebuilding U.S. Economy Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 10:05 AM ET
    Young Employees

    Even in a weak economy, there continues to be a strong interest among the millennial generation in pursuing an entrepreneurial career, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • The Small Business Afternoon Report Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 7:05 PM ET
    CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Super Committee Fail Frustrates Main Street Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 4:34 PM ET

    Even before the super committee decided to not decide on Monday, members of CNBC.com's Small Business Council were skeptical it would deliver on promises to cut the deficit and create programs that would help the economy move forward.

  • Pepper-Spraying Cop Inspires T-Shirt Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 2:33 PM ET
    Pepper spray butterfly t-shirt

    One fast-thinking clothing artist catches the zeitgeist when he created a T-shirt using an image based on the UC Davis campus police officer who casually pepper-sprayed pasive protesters during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration last week on the California campus.

  • Former Trader Finds Bull Market Watching Cows Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 2:02 PM ET
    Arrowsight CEO Adam Aronson

    After a spectacular small business failure, a call from Washington turns one entrepreneur's bad luck to his advantage. 

  • Rocco DiSpirito Launches Healthy Food Truck Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 11:18 AM ET
    Rocco DiSpirito

    Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito has created a new food truck to encourage kids to make healthy lunch choices.

  • Holiday Parties More About Bonding Than Bling Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 9:57 AM ET

    There is a rise in the number of businesses that are planning holiday celebrations that blend fun with bonding and frugality with functionality.

  • Burton Snowboards: Passion, Innovation and Profit Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 9:46 AM ET
    Burton founder and CEO Jake Burton Carpenter

    The people of Burton are impassioned by the products, the founder — Jake Burton Carpenter — and their ability to have an impact on the company and the people that use their products.

  • The Small Business Afternoon Report Monday, 21 Nov 2011 | 6:11 PM ET
    CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Going Green for the 1% Monday, 21 Nov 2011 | 2:11 PM ET

    The company, SHFT.com is an endeavor promoting sustainable living led by "Entourage" actor Adrian Grenier and producer Peter Glatzer, with advisors like Richard Branson and Arianna Huffington.

  • Unique Beers From Top American Brew Pubs Monday, 21 Nov 2011 | 2:02 PM ET
    Brewpub owners around the country agree that having an original, fun or funky space where guests feel comfortable is key to ensuring repeat business. A knowledgeable and friendly staff capable of making recommendations to craft beer novices as well as connoisseurs enhances the experience. However, from coast to coast, founders say the secret ingredient to brewing up a popular pub is the willingness to take a chance on daring new concoctions. Raspberries, chocolate and Peruvian purple maize are s

    From coast to coast, founders say the secret ingredient to brewing up a popular pub is the willingness to take a chance. We highlight what’s brewing at some of the country’s best brewpubs.

  • Can Small Business Saturday Boost Sales Year Round? Monday, 21 Nov 2011 | 1:47 PM ET
    Blackstone's storefront

    Like Black Friday and Cyber Monday before it, Small Business Saturday is looking to reel in shoppers with special promotions. This day, however, didn't grow organically, but is being sponsored by American Express. By promoting the event with a Amex card discount, the credit card company can benefit as much as the small businesses it is looking to help.

  • When To Sell Your Company Monday, 21 Nov 2011 | 9:45 AM ET
    Charlie Sheen as Bud Fox in "Wall Street"

    Many business owners only sell when they’re good and ready, which is usually too late. Understanding the main drivers of the stock market will maximize value will help you avoid this common pitfall. Guest columnist Steven Hassett explains why. 

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