Small Business


  • Despite the dose of optimism Friday's jobs number brought to Wall Street, the backbone of US employment remains weak at best.

  • US Needs More 'Juice' — From the Fed: Economist Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 | 10:56 AM ET
    Federal Reserve

    While stocks fell off again Wednesday, following the Fed's gloomy view of the recovery on Tuesday, two market watchers on CNBC focused instead on how to 'juice' the economy.

  • Cisco's warnings about an uncertain environment will likely pressure stocks Thursday and give investors even more reason to fear a weakening economy.

  • The Fed signaled a dimmer view of the economic recovery and reverted to extraordinary policy moves.

  • Small business owners became more downbeat in July as expectations of weaker economic growth in the second half of the year reinforced a reluctance to hire, according to a survey published on Tuesday.

  • What the Fed will say in its Tuesday statement is at the heart of a debate among Wall Street's deeply-divided economists over what steps, if any, the central bank will take.

  • Pickup Sales Signal Improving Economy: AutoNation CEO Wednesday, 4 Aug 2010 | 10:56 AM ET

    Sales of pickup trucks were up 60 percent in July from a year ago at AutoNation, the nation's largest auto dealer, in a clear indicator the economy is recovering, Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson said on CNBC Wednesday morning.

  • Meredith Whitney on Closing Bell

    Despite relatively strong second-quarter earnings, US banks are still suffering from poor revenue growth and will continue to do so into next year, financial analyst Meredith Whitney told CNBC.

  • With Squeeze on Credit, Microlending Blossoms Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 | 9:44 AM ET

    Since the recession, credit cards are harder to come by, real estate values remain low — making it harder to borrow against home equity — and banks have tightened standards, forcing small businesses to turn to microlending, reports the New York Times.

  • From a Gulf Oyster, a Domino Effect Friday, 16 Jul 2010 | 11:56 AM ET
    Shucking Louisiana oysters

    The New York Times looks at how the symbiotic sack-and-oyster system in the Gulf of Mexico  worked before a distant and fatal oil-rig explosion nearly three months ago.

  • Small Business Growth Key to Recovery Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 2:00 PM ET

    The key to the job growth and recovery in the US is a small business rebound, Milton Ezrati, chief economist at money management firm Lord Abbett, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Credit Is Loosening for Small Business: Fed's Duke Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | 1:12 PM ET
    Elizabeth Duke, Federal Reserve Governor

    Credit is gradually loosening up for small business, Federal Reserve Governor Elizabeth Duke told CNBC Monday.

  • Getting Divorced? Let’s Throw a Party! Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 1:48 PM ET

    There's a new trend coming out of Japan that's sure to make its way to U.S. shores — divorce ceremonies! "Do you, [state your name], promise to neither love nor cherish this woman, so long as you live?"

  • 'Pickup Truck Indicator' Says Economy Improving Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 10:38 AM ET

    It's no secret that the major auto companies knocked it out of the park with their May sales. But dig a little deeper into the numbers, and you can find some even better signs of strength for certain areas of the economy.

  • Food Entrepreneurs Taking It To The Streets Friday, 28 May 2010 | 9:53 AM ET

    A new generation of well-educated, tech-savvy owners are launching gourmet street food trucks around the country.

  • Meredith Whitney

    Investors should "avoid financials at all costs, particularly in the banking sector" because the financial reform bill will restrict credit and hurt  earnings, Meredith Whitney told CNBC.

  • Small Biz Outlook Brighter in the Heartland Friday, 14 May 2010 | 9:58 AM ET

    When you live in California, as I do, it's easy to feel gloomy about the outlook for small businesses. I've blogged about it before. It's hard for the little guy to get by. Banks are loath to loan. In the middle of the country, however, it's not so bad.

  • Wall Street Hasn't Learned Its Lesson: Union Official Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 12:11 PM ET

    Wall Street traders and executives will be greeted by thousands of angry protesters from the AFL-CIO after markets close Thursday.  The main issue is to remind them of their continuing responsibilities to mend the economy, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told CNBC.

  • Economy Needs Small Business To Rally: CEO Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | 5:07 PM ET

    The lag in growth of small businesses is stalling a full economic recovery, Pitney Bowes CEO Murray Martin told CNBC Friday.

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