Small Business


  • 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.

  • It is legal in 14 states and under consideration in many others. It is certainly a growth business and states like California and Colorado are suffering growing pains trying to regulate the industry. So what does it take to become a patient or an owner?

  • Life Of Pain Drives Medical Marijuana Clinic Owner Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:05 AM ET
    Esther Ziemacki on left, mother Linda Farnsworth in middle, Sierra Neblina on right.

    Medical marijuana dispensary owner Sierra Neblina knows about a pain. She's had more than enough of her own. Now the former soldier and contractor is trying to ease the pain of others along with her own.

  • From Herbs And Health Care To Medical Marijuana Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:04 AM ET

    When Jack Cary and his partners set about opening their medical marijuana dispensary Greenwerkz they had a business plan and a list of potential investors. Now, $100,000 later, they have two outlets and seven employees.

  • Marijuana Dispensary Owner Finds A Calling Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:04 AM ET

    David Nugent and Linda Lensing, who own and operate the Herban Wellness medical marijuana dispensary, moved to Denver a year ago. They have two employees and 500 patients.

  • President Obama signs the health care reform bill into law at the White House

    More than a week after President Obama signed the sweeping new health care law, which will eventually provide insurance coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans, many of us are still scratching our heads. What just happened? And how and when will we start feeling its effect? the NYT explains.

  • Seven Businesses That Did Not Survive 2009 Thursday, 31 Dec 2009 | 4:16 PM ET

    That this year has been a tough one for small business is no surprise. But just how tough it has been continues to astound. The New York Times looks at seven businesses that failed this year.

  • Bad Corporate Endings Yield Startup Success Stories Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 11:13 AM ET
    Maxine Tatlongari

    The percentage of job seekers starting a business has doubled in this recession. Here are some laid-off professionals turned  happy, successful entrepreneurs who give new meaning to economic recovery.

  • When Good Customers Become Bad Bill Payers Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 12:26 PM ET
    Woman doing bills

    When credit markets seized up more than a year ago, many small businesses were caught flat-footed. Their clients were not paying, or were paying more slowly, and the owners were left emotionally stressed and financially damaged. But after the initial shock wore off, those owners have come up with a variety of ways to make sure they do get paid.

  • Small Businesses Wait for Bigger Slice of Stimulus Pie Wednesday, 9 Dec 2009 | 6:16 PM ET

    Owners of small companies across the country are hoping a pair of federal programs boosted by economic stimulus spending will get a second chance in the form of new funding.

  • Goldman Sachs

    Warren Buffett will be one of three co-chairmen for a just-announced $500 million Goldman Sachs initiative to help small businesses around the United States, and perhaps, the firm's damaged public image.

  • G20—Why Pittsburgh? A Tale of Three Cities Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 6:56 PM ET
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Pittsburgh is known for its three rivers. To me, it's been three cities over the past 30 years. And now the city that G-20 visitors will see can credit those institutions for helping it weather this financial crisis.

  • Crowd-Driven Discounters Tap Bargain-Hungry Market Thursday, 13 Aug 2009 | 2:10 PM ET

    Want to have an hour-long massage session for only $30? How about a 37-inch HDTV for a mere $289? These deals are attracting customers to a new wave of web sites that use group action to sell products and services for a percentage of their original price. These discount sites have found a way to profit in an economy in which most retailers are struggling.

  • Getting Paid—The Extreme Version Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | 11:53 AM ET
    business check

    What to do when your business has been stiffed.

  • Recession Ride: The Taxi That Lets YOU Set the Fare Tuesday, 4 Aug 2009 | 1:39 PM ET

    The recession has spawned many things, but you wouldn't think trust was one of them. Enter "Recession Ride Taxi," the taxi that lets YOU set the fare!

  • Lenders Finally Opening Doors to Small Businesses Tuesday, 28 Jul 2009 | 4:34 PM ET

    Small businesses that need loans are finding lenders opening their doors again—because of government help and a sense the economy is recovering.

  • Your Health Policy Has Been Canceled Tuesday, 28 Jul 2009 | 11:39 AM ET
    Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms

    Government-run insurance could not be worse than what small businesses already face.

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