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    Small business owners, who have been waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare before hiring and investing, say the ruling raises more questions than it answers.

  • Why Not Go Public? Here's Why Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 2:43 PM ET
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    Facebook’s recent IPO, the sharp drop in its share price, and the delay of other IPOs in the pipeline have reignited questions about why more U.S. companies aren’t going public and what’s behind the 15-year decline in the number of publicly traded companies.

  • Secrets of the Email Scammers Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 10:58 AM ET
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    There's more business smarts behind those Nigerian scams than you might think. A new report breaks down what makes them brilliant.

  • Living in Fear of the Fiscal Cliff? Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 5:07 PM ET
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    The fiscal cliff, slowing U.S. growth, the election, Europe and even the weather are keeping small business owners up at night. But which of these factors is having the biggest impact on their business varies.

  • How to Win Over Comparison Shoppers Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 2:05 PM ET
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    It's rare that we purchase anything without checking out reviews, visiting Angie's List or asking friends on Facebook. How can your business reach and respond to those "hidden" buyers?

  • Indie Workers: Is Self-Employment the New Norm? Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 11:53 AM ET
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    Facing a sluggish economy where jobs aren't as secure, a growing number of US workers are foregoing traditional employment to strike out on their own.

  • Yao Ming Joins Dynasty of Celebrity VCs Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 3:23 PM ET
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    Yao Ming, the 31-year-old, 7-foot 6-inch former NBA star forced into early retirement from injuries, is now trying to make a splash as a venture capitalist in various projects in his home country.

  • 4 Reasons It Pays to Be Clueless Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 10:06 AM ET
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    Forget an MBA. Or even business experience. Some of the best entrepreneurs never would have launched if they had known better.

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    Several new studies of small business owners today show that tough times continue for entrepreneurs.

  • Unusual Franchise Opportunities Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | 12:55 PM ET
    Number of franchises: 479Fee: $37,500Year started franchising: 1992Where do you go when that battery in your mobile phone needs to be replaced? “Not where you bought the device,” says Rod Tremelling, director of franchise development for Batteries Plus. “They will sell you a new device. Come to us, and we’ll help you extend the life of your product.”This place goes beyond AAs and D batteries – although if you need those, Batteries Plus will sell them , too. It stocks batteries for things you did

    Tucked among the tried-and-true franchise opportunities at the International Franchise Expo  — think fast-food and cafes — were some new and unique concepts that entrepreneurs were looking grow.

  • Facebook Exchange Ads Raise Privacy Concerns Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | 11:43 AM ET
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    Facebook advertising's latest makeover could raise new unease about privacy, tracking and snooping by the popular social networking site. Business owners need to understand online privacy rules as they attempt to negotiate this new model.

  • Inside the Supreme Court Health-Care Decision Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | 11:18 AM ET
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    At this very moment, the economic basis of the entire health-care system is up in the air, as a result of the imminent U.S. Supreme Court opinion in the health care reform law cases. Court observers expect the decision any day now, and most likely before the end of June.

  • In Detroit, Green Garage Is a Different Kind of Incubator Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | 10:22 AM ET
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    Though Detroit already has several business incubators, the Green Garage, they say, will walk a different path. Instead of focusing on acceleration, it will work to build a start-up culture that's a rough analogue of the slow-food movement: intimate, deliberate, unhurried.

  • Advice for Franchisors: Treat Franchisees Well Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 11:22 AM ET
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    Selecting the right franchisees and treating them well may, in fact, be the most important rules for franchisors as they start and build their companies.

  • Why Gen Y and BYOD Can Be a Security Nightmare Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 10:14 AM ET
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    The 20-somethings of Gen Y are the first group to enter the workplace with the expectation that they’ll be able to use their own devices on the job. More than half view using their device at work a "right" rather than a "privilege."

  • Small Coffee Company Takes on Goliath Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 9:52 AM ET
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    Is the single-serve coffee industry ripe for disruption? One company thinks so.

  • Business Owners Say All Work No Pay Is Part of the Job Monday, 18 Jun 2012 | 12:40 PM ET
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    According to one survey, 54 percent of business owners have gone without a paycheck at some point to keep their business afloat. To find out how common this really is, we asked members of the CNBC Small Business Council about their own experience — how many of them have gone without a paycheck? You might be surprised.

  • Omaha, Nebraska

    With roots in a rugged agrarian work ethic, start-ups are thriving around Omaha — thanks in no small part to big spenders' bankrolls. An investigation of the seedlings of Silicon Prairie.

  • Using Strategic Relationships to Level Playing Field Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | 5:15 PM ET
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    The real power and promise of strategic relationships is to level the playing field for small to medium-sized organizations that may not have the national or the global brand recognition or the resources to simply throw at challenges or opportunities.

  • World in Hand

    What happens when you have a big idea but a small market? Many small-business owners and would-be entrepreneurs face this problem. Their business can't grow because they don't have enough customers in their geographic area.

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