William Dunkelberg of the National Federation of Independent Business says uncertainty has many small business owners paring back expansion plans.
Described as the engines of growth for Asia's economies, small-and-medium businesses are giving the region a turbo boost.
Horst Loechel, professor of economics at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, says there is not much more the ECB can do and that other institutions now need to step in to work on credit for SMEs.
Michael Buckwald, Leap Motion CEO, explains how the next big tech advance is likely to include a device that allows users to communicate with their computers without using a mouse, keyboard or touch pad.
Scott Eckert, president and CEO of Rethink Robotics, talks about new manufacturing technologies.
Bob Davis, Highland Capital, shares his thoughts on cybersecurity and protecting Internet information. "The small company has to be smart," he added. Davis also reveals what he looks for before investing in the next new startup.
Philippe Laval, WriteThat.Name founder and CEO, explains how his new device helps users automatically update and organize their contact lists.
Adam Belanich, David Belanich and Noah Belanich, Joyride Coffee co-founders, discuss their plan to deliver high-quality specialty coffees straight to businesses all over New York City.
Joe Lonsdale, Formation 8 partner, discusses the operation of collecting big data while maintaining civil liberties and strengthening national intelligence and defense.
Stephen Stokols, CEO of FreedomPop, explains how his company is able to leverage new technology that allows his company to offer mobile phone users free service.
CNBC's Joe Kernen gets a lesson about golf and finance from professional golfer Nick Faldo, and Elevation Partners' Tim Freeman.
Professional golfer Nick Faldo explains his strategy of expanding his business empire, and discusses his plans to play in the British Open in July.
Many small businesses are still struggling in this economy. Sen. Bob Casey, Joint Economic Committee (D), and Sen. Susan Collins, Appropriations & Intelligence Committee (R), discuss ways in which small business can be reinvigorated.
Barclays says developing countries now lead the entrepreneurial wealth creation, with CNBC's Robert Frank, and the "Street Signs" panel.
Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz, founders of B Team, want to encourage business leaders and young entrepreneurs to conduct business in a holistic manner and tackle global issues.
Rajeev Goel, CEO of Pubmatic, explains how his company helps publishers increase their ad revenues by tracking online users.
The NFIB's small business optimism survey edged higher for May. Rachel Shein, owner of Baked In the Sun, and Seth Goldstein, franchisee of Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin Robbins, provide perspective.
There's been a small "pop" in business optimism, said CNBC's Steve Liesman, talking with William Dunkelberg, National Federation of Independent Business about the latest read on small business sentiment.
Maria Molland, head of Europe at Fab.com, comments on their quick success and how the website plans to become the world's leader in "emotional e-commerce".
Rohan Marley, Marley Coffee co-founder, explains how shoppers can now get real cups of Marley java right in their supermarket.