Small Business


  • Four Fitness Startups Find Unique Workout Niche Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 4:16 PM ET

    Boutique health clubs are competing with established players by offering unique takes on breaking a sweat. Here are four businesses that are changing the way we exercise.

  • Using Reality TV to Raise Your Business Profile Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 2:04 PM ET

    One show is putting a new spin on reality TV. "Everyday Edisons" gives entrepreneurs the chance to run ideas by investors. Do you have a winning idea?

  • How Startup Popchips Conquered the Snack Market Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 11:05 AM ET

    See how startups are using game-like smartphone apps and labor strategies to conquer markets and motivate staff.

  • Social Media Builds Your Brand—Sort Of Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 9:39 AM ET

    A new study shows tweets, likes and other social-media strategies only get you so far when building a business brand. Ideas for supporting you emerging brands.

  • More Businesses Hire for Online Skills Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 3:26 PM ET

    Hiring for online talent grew in the second quarter, according to new research by online employment website Elance. See what kind of skills are in demand.

  • You, Too, Can Wear Sue Sylvester's Green Track Suit Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 1:27 PM ET

    Wesley Tansey's idea for a business started when he tried to track down the sunglasses Kristen Stewart wore on "Twilight" to give to his girlfriend. The girlfriend's gone, but the business is thriving.

  • What Olympic Athletes Can Teach Entrepreneurs Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 12:16 PM ET
    Athlete and Businessman

    From negative thinking to burnout, entrepreneurs can take cues from Olympic athletes. What leadership skills can you learn from professional athletes?

  • How Three Niche Food Companies Made It Big Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 11:01 AM ET

    Some entrepreneurs are finding success in unique foods that are healthy, spicy or gluten-free. Is a niche food company right for you?

  • Franchises Oppose NYC Soda Ban Plan Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    As New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg cracks down on obesity and soda consumption, the franchise association this week jumped into the fray. What can businesses do to protect themselves?

  • How to Compete With the Big Chains Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 4:38 PM ET

    While small businesses can't compete with larger players on price, there are steps specialty merchants can take to get an edge.

  • Does the Daily-Deal Industry Need Policing? Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 3:40 PM ET

    Thousands of daily deal, group buying, and flash-sale providers including Groupon have opened shop. But amid merchant complaints, is there need for a standard code of conduct?

  • Kinds of Colleagues You Need to Dump Now Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 1:58 PM ET

    There's a business adage that your business is as good as your team. As you tackle building or tweaking your work network, consider the types of colleagues to avoid.

  • Small Retailers Open Up Storefronts on Facebook Pages Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 10:44 AM ET

    More businesses are turning to Facebook merchant pages to raise their profile and boost sales. Here's how to effectively use social media for your business.

  • Conversation That Makes Instant Connections Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 4:22 PM ET

    Whether you're interacting with employees, customers, or investors, communication is key to business success. Some tips for entrepreneurs.

  • Why More Businesses Are Using Cloud Computing Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 1:00 PM ET

    More small businesses are turning to cloud computing to trim costs. Is the new technology right for your business?

  • Nine Strategies of Successful Entrepreneurs Worth Copying Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 11:07 AM ET

    The most successful people in business approach their work differently than most. See how they think—and why it works.

  • Uneasy About Economy, Businesses Still Reluctant to Hire Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    Many business owners are too overworked to unplug—and too jittery to hire more help in this economy, according to a new survey.

  • Groupon

    Small-business Back Alley Waffles has shuttered, and its blaming the e-commerce site. While Groupon defends its deals, the complaint raises questions about cash flow bottlenecks.

  • Reducing Risks When Starting a New Venture Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 1:54 PM ET

    Being an entrepreneur or running a small business means taking big leaps of faith. Some strategies for analyzing and reducing your business risk.

  • Businesses That Leave Money on the Table Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 12:36 PM ET

    Many businesses are passing on tax breaks created for them to hire and expand because of associated costs and hassles. Amid discussion of a pending "fiscal cliff," a look at needed solutions.

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