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  • How I Built My Business: Samuel Adams Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 12:44 PM ET
    When Jim Koch brewed his first Samuel Adams Boston Lager nearly 30 years ago, few were willing to take on the giants of the beer industry.Now, though Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors still dominate the overall U.S. beer market, Koch's Boston Beer Company commands 1 percent of the industry and has helped lead the renaissance in American craft beer.The Boston Beer Company produced almost 2.5 million barrels of beer last year, in more than 50 styles, and drew close to $560 million in revenues. It has

    When Jim Koch brewed his first Samuel Adams Boston Lager nearly 30 years ago, few were willing to take on the giants of the beer industry. Read ahead to learn how Koch built his company.

  • Weak Sales Deflate Business Owners’ Optimism: Survey Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 7:30 AM ET

    Small business owners’ pessimism about the economy seems to be rising with temperature. For the second month in a row, optimism among small business owners was down, according to a monthly survey by the National Federation of Independent Business.

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    Almost everyone dreads it, at least at first: Asking clients for prospect referrals.

  • Following the VC Money: WhoGotFunded.com Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 1:02 PM ET

    A new website shines a light on the companies landing venture capital deals.

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    Edible Arrangement's CEO and founder, Tariq Farid, tells Squawk Box why McDonald's was the best job he ever had and how it influenced the rest of his career.

  • Office Dogs Reduce Work-Related Stress: Study Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | 12:07 PM ET

    A recent study from the Virginia Commonwealth University found that employees who brought their dogs to work experienced lower stress levels throughout the work day, reported higher levels of job satisfaction, and had a more positive perception of their employer.

  • New Careers: Where Tragedy Became Triumph Thursday, 5 Jul 2012 | 4:39 PM ET
    In March 1999, Aedene Arthur’s son Aaron was killed in an avalanche while hiking Turnagain Pass outside of Anchorage, Alaska. This led her to become versed in avalanche safety and, eventually, to found As the name implies, the business specializes in emergency survival equipment. It sells kits for use in the home, office or vehicle. Apart from providing Arthur with her livelihood, the business also helps her feel like she’s providing a needed service.“I like the sound of selling survival and eme

    CNBC.com presents a list of people who survived tragedies and responded by creating new careers and businesses. These new ventures helped them cope and inspired others.

  • The Short Shelf Life of a Facebook Post Thursday, 5 Jul 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    A new report reveals just how long your Facebook posts make an impact. Spoiler: It's probably a lot shorter than you think.

  • Business Owners to Vote With Money on Their Minds Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | 11:17 AM ET
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    Small business owners, an increasingly disgruntled sector of the electorate, will be casting their votes with pocketbook issues at top of mind in this fall's presidential election, according to a nationwide survey of business owners.

  • Stories of Route 66 Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | 9:14 AM ET

    Some of the unique businesses that have survived — or been revived on — Route 66.

  • Checking all those emails at home and taking all those phone calls after normal work hours is adding up to the tune of a month and a half of overtime a year.

  • How Small Vendors Hit the Grocery Jackpot Saturday, 30 Jun 2012 | 4:59 PM ET
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    For small businesses, landing a spot on stores' shelves is a chance to reach a broader audience and an opportunity to catapult themselves to the retail big leagues. Top grocery buyers share their tips.

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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

    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

    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

    Forget an MBA. Or even business experience. Some of the best entrepreneurs never would have launched if they had known better.