Business Small Business


  • 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

    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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    An underground workforce is growing alongside the more official one that has reported disappointing results over the past few months. More small businesses are hiring independent contractors.

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    The Great Recession spawned a new breed of "accidental entrepreneurs" more driven by profits than passion, a new study finds.

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    The co-chairs of the Democratic Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) sent a letter Tuesday to NFIB president Dan Danner, questioning the NFIB's claim that it represents small business interests.

  • When Hackers Wipe Out a Business Bank Account Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012 | 1:45 PM ET

    Computer security specialists say “corporate account takeovers” have become increasingly common, and small businesses are especially easy prey because many lack firewalls and monitoring systems.

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    Well before employees leave, you should have a plan for how you're going to protect the data, including extra measures for dreaded scenarios.

  • Why You Should Hire Like a Rock Band Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    If you want to put together a rock-star team, he says, then hire employees based on their values first and ability second — the way great rock bands do it.

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    What has changed in the past five years for small business owners? Pretty much everything, according to new research from Sage North America.

  • Why Business Owners Are Bullish on Franchises Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 12:46 PM ET

    Job growth may be stagnant, with consumer confidence in the doldrums, yet many franchise owners are bullish, according to a new survey of 2,000 industry leaders by the International Franchise Association. The reason? More people want to take charge of their work life.

  • Is Pivoting a Smart Strategy for Young Entrepreneurs? Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    Many young entrepreneurs are pivoting their business in order to help it grow as a competitor and make it more valuable.

  • Small Business Owners in ‘Holding Pattern’: Survey Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 7:30 AM ET
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    If there is one thing for certain among small business owners, it’s that the amount of uncertainty they are facing has made it difficult for them to make decisions on spending and jobs.

  • Start Ups Need to Do Due Diligence on VCs Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 4:13 PM ET
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    Choosing the right VC has become even more important in the wake of the Facebook IPO fallout.

  • Job Growth Not a Product of US Manufacturing Surge Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 1:17 PM ET

    2012 could be the year the U.S. finally opens more plants than closes. It’s an important step, one that demonstrates the steady recovery of American manufacturing. But analysts say the sector is far from what it was 15 or 20 years ago.

  • Warby Parker's Vision for Growth Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
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    Warby Parker has been a revolutionary force in the eyewear market since its launch in February 2010. By selling their own designs almost exclusively online, the company is able to price its hip eyeglasses at $95 per pair. Co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal spoke about the company’s vision for growth and the potential for a future IPO.

  • How Smashburger Built a Better Burger Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 10:12 AM ET
    Smashburger, a chain of fast casual burger restaurants, gets it's name from the process used to cook burgers, which entails smashing a ball of 100% Certified Angus ground beef on a grill to sear in the juices.

    The success of Smashburger has proven that there is room for an upscale market in the burger franchise business.

  • Crowdsourcing the Ad Slogan Friday, 8 Jun 2012 | 4:39 PM ET
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    Forget what you see on TV’s “Mad Men.” Sometimes, it takes a village to write an advertising slogan.

  • Facebook Makes It Easier To Manage Company Pages Friday, 8 Jun 2012 | 12:02 PM ET

    Here are some ideas if you manage your businesse's  Facebook page.

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    A new survey by Citibank finds that 23 percent of small business owners have gone without pay for at least a year as they work to keep their businesses afloat in a tough economy.