Small Business


  • How I Made My Millions: Firemen Build a Franchise Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 12:10 PM ET
    Chris and Robin Sorensen of Firehouse Subs

    When we opened our first Firehouse Subs restaurant in 1994, we didn’t know all the questions, let alone have the answers.

  • How I Made My Millions: Fashionably Fearless Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 9:50 AM ET

    In the 11 years since starting SimplyShe, I have experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows. I have learned the greatest asset is to be truly fearless. Every assumption, every relationship, every conviction, has been tested and retested along the path to growing my company. And it is that internal compass that keeps me on track.

  • Bernanke Testifies to Congress on U.S. Monetary Policy

    Traders will be tuned in to Bernanke's Senate testimony Wednesday to see what he says about the economy and any new stimulus measures. Don't get too excited about a QE3, one economist said — that was just the Fed thinking out loud.

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    Second-quarter earnings season kicks off next week and the market will be looking for signs from corporate America about the state of the economy. Plus the Fed, debt talks, consumer sentiment and more.

  • Job seekers wait in line to have their résumés reviewed at the second annual Anaheim/Orange County Job Fair.

    June may end up being a turning point for the job market, even if job creation still shows up to be relatively light in the government employment report Friday.

  • When Fashion Meets Fishing, the Feathers Fly Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011 | 10:05 AM ET

    Fly fishing shops across the country are being inundated with new customers but these shoppers aren't coming for the fishing gear — they're coming for the fashion.The most enthusiastic customers at the Eldredge Brothers Fly Shop of late are not looking to buy fly fishing reels or snag stripers — they're here for the fashion.

  • How to Raise Prices and Keep Customers Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 | 3:28 PM ET

    Ryan Moor never got a business degree. He's only taken a few college courses. But at the age of 30, he runs a company with 75 employees on track to make $26 million in sales this year. This despite the fact that his own costs are up double digits, and he has had to pass some of them along to customers.

  • Online Sales Tax Battle Looms in US Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | 12:39 AM ET

    Amazon and Ebay, two of the biggest names in online retail, have staked out contrary positions in a debate over the taxation of US internet shopping, which enables many buyers to escape paying sales tax, reported the FT.

  • Social Media: The Secret Sauce to Growth Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 9:40 AM ET

    The author explains, "The basis for We First is not an abstract or utopian social vision. It is grounded in a new dynamic emerging between brands and consumers, stemming from the rise of social technologies linking up people into networks and communities, and reconnecting us with our sense of empathy and global oneness."

  • How Cloud Technology Can Cut Energy Costs Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 11:00 AM ET
    Professor Stephen Hawking

    While growing computing demand will mean more energy consumption, wider use of cloud computing technology will prove to be a net benefit to the environment over the longer term, say industry watchers.

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    Amazon, Google and Apple are among the companies that will fight to dominate the consumer cloud technology space, primarily through music storage platforms.

  • View From the Top: Executives See Profits in Cloud Tech Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 10:58 AM ET

    Executives are buzzing about the potential appreciation of their cloud investments, as the technology takes off.

  • Like This? Sarkozy Makes Friends at e-G8 Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 4:53 AM ET
    French President Nicholas Sarkozy

    Nicolas Sarkozy has invited the digital industry to pop to Paris for a few days this week to chew the fat before the G8 summit. And Rebecca Meehan is going along for the ride.

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    We hear time and time again, that small businesses are the job generators and a key component to the U.S. economy. There are nearly 27.2 million small businesses and they create between 60-80 percent of the country's new jobs.

  • End of World Sale: Everything Must Go by May 21! Friday, 20 May 2011 | 1:13 PM ET
    May 21, 2011 Judgement Day

    May 21 is the new doomsday and everyone is preparing in their own special way: Believers are out spreading the word. Atheists are planning a picnic. And some entrepreneurial types are offering to buy your stuff.

  • Electronic Tax Filing Boosts Intuit's Growth: CEO Friday, 20 May 2011 | 11:38 AM ET

    It was a good tax season for Intuit, as it put more money into the pockets of consumers and small businesses through electronic filing, Chief Executive Brad Smith told CNBC Friday.

  • "Go the F**k to Sleep" by Adam Mansbach

    How did a kids' book with the "F" word in the title shoot to No. 1 on Amazon?

  • The Most Annoying Thing About Co-Workers Monday, 16 May 2011 | 4:01 PM ET

    Let's face it — your co-workers do some pretty annoying things, from the loud talker to Mr. You-Do-All-the-Work-and-I'll-Take-All-the-Credit. But what's the MOST annoying thing your co-workers do?

  • Products That Scream, 'Wow, That's Smart!' Friday, 13 May 2011 | 8:09 PM ET

    There are some products that just make you go, “Wow, that’s smart! I wish I’d thought of that.” Maybe they solve a common problem, maybe they were invented by a kid. Here are 10 of those products, some of which made the inventors a ton of money!

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