Small Business


  • Port slowdown costing small businesses Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:57 AM ET
    Dwight Bonewell, Director, Grand Napa Vineyards

    For smaller businesses, there's more at stake than just late imports and exports from the port slowdown, with no guarantee of normalcy.

  • Waffle House-Roadie cook up deal  Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:48 PM ET

    Roadie operates as a kind of Uber for deliveries, and has partnered with Waffle House as a meeting place for drivers, reports CNBC's Kate Rogers. The company's CEO Marc Gorlin, provides insight to the new partnership with Waffle House.

  • Some Uber, Lyft drivers now want labor protection Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Lyft and Uber ridesharing car apps

    Some freelance Uber and Lyft drivers want full employee status and benefits, which could have a big impact on the sharing economy.

  • The 15-year-old taking the nanny business by storm Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    Noa Mintz

    Noa Mintz is a freshman in high school, and she's taking the New York City childcare scene by storm with her start-up Nannies by Noa.

  • $9 an hour: Pressure for franchises to hike wages Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 11:07 AM ET
    An employee arranges frozen turkeys displayed for sale at a Walmart Store in Los Angeles.

    With Wal-Mart raising the entry-level wage for workers to $9 an hour, pressure is mounting for other private employers to follow suit.

  • Here's the silver lining of student debt  Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 7:16 AM ET

    Millennial entrepreneurship has slowed, and so has the percentage of debt of those under 30. CNBC's Kate Rogers explains the complicated relationship between young American entrepreneurs and debt.

  • A start-up that solved fracking's dirty problem Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 9:38 AM ET
    A rig hand removes drill pipe from a natural gas well at a hydraulic fracturing site in Washington Township, Pennsylvania.

    Using a revolutionary osmosis process, Oasys has found a way to clean polluted fracking water, thus solving the industry's biggest quandary.

  • How far for a custom suit? Try, around the world Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    The bespoke suit was once reserved for only wealthy connoisseurs, but custom tailoring is a growing trend among professionals, as prices fall.

  • How to be a charming cheapskate in the Tinder era Saturday, 14 Feb 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    The Internet has made it easier than ever to date endlessly, but it can also mean major bucks for the one picking up the dinner check.

  • Main Street florists battle against start-ups Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET
    Shop owner Frank Delli Santi in Caldwell, New Jersey, has been in business for 30 years and counting.

    Small business florists face increasing competition from e-commerce players and big box retailers.

  • As online florist options multiply and retailers from Whole Foods to Wal-mart offer affordable bouquets for Valentine's Day and beyond, the mom-and-pop florist, a mainstay on Main Streets across the country, faces new challenges. CNBC's Kate Rogers reports.

  • Young, entrepreneurial—and saddled with debt Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 1:23 PM ET

    Given shifts among younger workers, there's concern entrepreneurship rates are plateauing to a new normal, according to a Kauffman report.

  • Farmer lost $32k to IRS  Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 3:39 PM ET

    The IRS took over the checking account of business owner Randy Sowers of South Mountain Creamery.

  • You won't believe what Boston snowplowers make Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 1:22 PM ET
    Workers continue snow removal efforts in the Back Bay neighborhood the day after Winter Storm Juno, on January 28, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

    The emergency shutdowns—and accumulating snow—have been especially good for Boston snowplowers.

  • Small businesses get grim over near-term outlook Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 9:09 AM ET

    U.S. small business optimism fell in January, but a strengthening labor market should keep the economy on solid ground early in the year.

  • How to make money by charging for reservations Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    The Presto restaurant tablet.

    Competition to snag a reservation at hot eateries borders on cutthroat. Enter Resy, a new app that can get you a table, but at a price.

  • Guess who's hiring again? Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 1:49 PM ET
    Marlin Steel's Drew Greenblatt is shown in Baltimore, Dec. 10, 2014.

    After more than five years of hunkering down, small businesses are back in a hiring mood as the U.S. economic recovery takes hold.

  • Why more millennials are bullish on entrepreneurship Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 12:46 PM ET
    Jason Rappaport, founder of Squareknot, says now is as good a time as ever to be an entrepreneur

    More young Americans are starting companies and optimism around the world in terms of entrepreneurship is on an upswing, says a new report.

  • How to buy a piece of Manhattan for $10,000  Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    Thanks to crowdfunding sites, retail investors can buy a small equity stake in an upscale residential development in the Big Apple.

  • Low fuel prices lift Main Street businesses Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 1:45 PM ET
    James Beito of Insearch Corporation, a construction transportation firm in Tempe, Arizona, is seeing big fuel savings.

    Lower gasoline prices are helping Main Street businesses as energy costs fall and consumers turn fuel savings into spending.

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