Small Business


  • Wacky Tax Deductions: From Chicken Wings to Cruise Ships Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | 12:10 PM ET

    Some tax deductions are obvious but there are some things you wouldn’t believe you can deduct!  If you've got the stomach to itemize, it could save you a lot of money. Check out these 12 wacky tax deductions.

  • The Estate Tax Is Back, But Bite Might Not Be So Bad Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 4:30 PM ET

    Gone for 2010 but on the books again in 2011—the estate tax will have changes that should make it less painful for taxpayers.

  • Tax Plan Includes Benefits for Special Interests Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 4:00 PM ET
    US Capitol Building with cash

    You thought the tax debate in Congress this week was about extending the Bush tax cuts, right? Or unemployment insurance? It’s also about a long list of smaller tax provisions that have been salted into the bill, unrelated provisions that benefit special interests.

  • Sniegowski: Franchising Predictions for 2011 Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 1:18 PM ET

    Over 80 different industries license franchises. So when CNBC asked me to make predictions for 2011, it took me a while to figure out how to eat this elephant. A normally complicated world for making predictions becomes even more complicated when franchise is thrown into the mix. But here goes...

  • One of the Most Depressing Jobs...Ever Monday, 13 Dec 2010 | 3:20 PM ET

    Congratulations, financial advisers and accountants — You've just been named one of the most depressing jobs ever! Here, maybe you should lie down for a minute ...

  • Sports Stars Seek Profit in Catchphrases Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 1:49 PM ET
    Revis Island T-shirt

    The New York Jets' Darrelle Revis is among a number of athletes who are seeking federal trademark protection for their names, nicknames and even their catchphrases, the New York Times reports.

  • 20 Ways to Manage Your Boss Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 2:15 PM ET

    Whether you're asking for a raise or complaining about a co-worker, more often than not, your communication with the boss is all about ME ME ME. How's that working out for you? For better results, try one of these 20 Ways to Manage Your Boss.

  • Lab Firms Cater to Medical Marijuana Business Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 11:38 AM ET

    Labs like Full Spectrum and Steep Hill are springing up to serve the medical marijuana dispensaries and patients in states like Colorado and California to test the strength and purity of the drug.

  • Prices have been dropping nationwide over the past three to four years, with medical marijuana states like Oregon  and Montana home to the lowest prices.  

  • Edible Pot Hits the Spot Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 11:33 AM ET
    Aunt Sandy's Medical Marijuana Cookbook

    The legalization of medical marijuana in several states has paved the way for a budding edible medical marijuana industry. Small businesses in states such as Colorado and California are making treats such as candy, cookies or soda.

  • Obama Unveils Broad Accord To Extend All Bush Tax Cuts Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 12:00 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Obama announced a broad "framework" with Republicans that would extend all Bush-era tax cuts for two years, keep the dividend and capital gains tax at 15 percent and temporarily cut payroll and Social Security taxes.

  • Restaurants See Best Pickup in Business in 3 Years Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 | 6:58 PM ET

    If your favorite restaurant seems a bit busier, that's because it probably is, and economists see that as a sign of growing consumer confidence.

  • What Not to Say at the Office Holiday Party Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 | 4:11 PM ET

    Office holiday parties seem like harmless occasions for festivity but throw in free food and drink and they can be a recipe for career disaster. You have to think of them like staff meetings only in fancy clothes. Before you go, read this list of 10 things to avoid saying at this year's office holiday party.

  • The Great Strike by American Businesses Friday, 26 Nov 2010 | 12:57 PM ET

    It's almost an open secret: American businesses are on strike.

  • Tabatchnick: The All in the Family Business Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010 | 12:34 PM ET

    Starting this year, small business owners are hoping to make "Small Business Saturday" a national success. One small business owner offers his opinion on what makes his and other family-owned businesses so unique and so successful.

  • Turducken: The Triple-Threat of Thanksgiving Meat Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010 | 11:29 AM ET

    The turducken has long been a Thanksgiving punchline, thanks to John Madden, but it's a very real, very tasty alternative to the traditional turkey. Here, all your most-pressing questions are answered about this triple threat of Thanksgiving meat.

  • Extending Tax Cuts Will Create Jobs: George W. Bush Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 12:37 PM ET

    As the question of extending the Bush tax cut remains up in the air, President George W. Bush defended the cuts on CNBC Monday, saying that they lead to job growth.

  • Is the Economy Spongeworthy? Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 12:45 PM ET

    For a show about nothing, "Seinfeld" really taught us a lot about life. Well, a couple of armchair scholars say it also taught us a lot about the economy — from the "Soup Nazi" to Elaine's "spongeworthy" test.

  • Dream Job: $10,000 to Be a 'Culinary Ambassador' Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 | 11:00 AM ET
    Eric Justice

    Love to travel, write and eat? This restaurant chain is holding a contest for "culinary ambassador" job: They'll pay you $10,000 to eat and tweet your way through Asia!

  • Bearish Economist Sees Signs of Recovery Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 | 10:53 AM ET

    Economist Ian Shepherdson, known for being one of the first in 2005 to warn about the coming U.S. housing crisis and subsequent recession, is now saying he sees signs of a recovery in 2011 as long as commercial and industrial lending from banks continues to grow.

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