Small Business


  • 10 Things Your Contractor Won’t Tell You Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 2:03 PM ET

    When you're doing a home renovation, you can't just hire a contractor and delegate the job to him. He's not a designer — and he doesn't live here. Here are 10 Things Your Contractor Won't Tell You that you must read before you start a renovation.

  • Internet Star Turns Viral Fame Into Big Business Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 12:15 PM ET

    If you think viral videos and links are only good for a quick laugh and 15 minutes of fame at best — think again. One Internet star has turned her viral fame into big business.

  • TARP Again? Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 7:19 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Obama is touting his new small-business bill, but what he doesn't understand is that businesses don't want it.

  • Want to roll like a player but don't have the wallet of a high-roller? Don't sweat it. Here are 10 items to upgrade your lifestyle — for less.

  • There Must Be a Pony in Here...and I Found Him! Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | 6:25 PM ET

    For nearly two years now, we've been saying, "There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere," which is the name of this blog. Well, guess what? I found him! And his name is Rocky.

  • Sign This Prenup—That’s What She Said! Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | 2:02 PM ET

    Men have finally wised up to the need for a prenuptial agreement, but after the recession, women are increasingly learning the joys of being protected — you know, just in case.

  • Five Quick Ways to Bankrupt Yourself Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 2:18 PM ET

    It's easier to bankrupt yourself than you think. “People think it will all just work out somehow. They think: ‘I’ll get a raise. I’ll get a good tax refund,’” one pro said. "I think that’s what gets people into trouble.” Here are five quick ways to bankrupt yourself. You're welcome.

  • These Stocks Will Signal a Successful Obama Speech Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 10:08 AM ET

    If these companies react well to what the president says during his CNBC town hall appearance on Monday, then it could be clear skies ahead. If not…

  • How Much Will You Owe? Tax Plans Compared Saturday, 18 Sep 2010 | 1:57 PM ET

    In the debate over the effect of the expiring Bush tax cuts on small business, it’s already possible to do the math. And the Obama administration is pointing to the tax savings that all small-business owners would reap from its own plan to extend the cuts at all but the highest income levels — if, that is, the alternative is letting the cuts expire altogether.

  • Now Hiring: Professional T-Shirt Wearers Friday, 17 Sep 2010 | 11:57 AM ET

    If you know how to use a computer and can rock a T-shirt, here’s a job for you: One young entrepreneur is hiring four new professional T-shirt wearers!

  • Estate Taxes Deter Hiring: Economist Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 12:32 PM ET

    Reinstating federal estate taxes at the 65 percent rate will result in some 1.6 million jobs lost, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the think tank the American Action Forum, told CNBC Thursday.

  • 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.

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