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  • Young Entrepreneur Crashes on AOL's Couch Friday, 25 May 2012 | 2:42 PM ET
    AOL offices in Palo Alto, Calif.

    A young entrepreneur, short on cash, decides to make the AOL campus in Palo Alto his temporary living space while working on his start up.

  • Summer Friday Survey: Did Anyone Ask the Boss? Friday, 25 May 2012 | 12:02 PM ET

    It comes as no surprise that 75 percent of employees in a survey said that having a Summer Friday policy would be an effective tool for increasing productivity. But did anyone think to ask their bosses what they thought about Summer Fridays?

  • Romney Leads Poll Of Small Business Owners Friday, 25 May 2012 | 10:09 AM ET
    Mitt Romney

    Small-business owners are leaning right leading up to the U.S. presidential election. Forty-nine percent of business owners plan to vote for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

  • Crowdfunding More Marketing Than Fundraising: Opinion Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 11:45 AM ET

    Many confuse crowdfunding campaigns as fundraising efforts, because they call on the general public for support. Here's why they are more akin to consumer marketing efforts.

  • The Big Thing That's Costing Your Company Employees Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 10:08 AM ET

    Companies need to look within at factors such as underfunded onboarding programs or a lack of training and mentoring to understand why they are hemorrhaging employees.

  • Re-Shoring: Manufacturers Make a U-Turn Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 11:40 AM ET
    Chesapeake Bay Candle's U.S. factory in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

    More and more American firms are bringing those operations home — and while it might be a little premature to call this "re-shoring" effort a movement, it's certainly starting to become a trend.

  • Making it Big in the Sunglass Business Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 10:24 AM ET

    After squeezing nearly 50 different pairs onto his head, Rico Elmore didn't walk into the desert sunshine with a new pair of sunglasses. But he did walk out with an idea for a business.

  • The Toughest State to Start a Small Business Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 10:20 AM ET
    Las Vegas

    A new study found that three-quarters of businesses in Nevada reported they were unable to grow due to difficulties in obtaining financing.

  • How to Ask Your Bank for Money Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    You're not pitching the upside--you're alleviating fears about downside risk. Make sure you know the difference.

  • What Small Business Can Learn From Google Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 11:25 AM ET
    A sign is displayed outside of the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

    The core lessons learned at Google translate readily to any business to create agility, employee engagement, and ultimately, stronger business results.

  • For Small Businesses, Taxes Top Election Concern Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 10:35 AM ET

    Tax codes, employment regulations and retirement security are the top three election issues for small business owners, according to payroll service provider Paychex.

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    The small business owner has some unique opportunities in this business environment, chief among them, the ability to build value over time, the opportunity to increase return and a competitive field bereft of distracting competition and chock-full of opportunity.

  • Bring Your Own Device: Smart Move For Businesses? Monday, 21 May 2012 | 11:19 AM ET
    Apple's iPhone 3Gs

    Some companies promote “BYOD,’’ or Bring Your Own Device, to cut costs. But it's creating headaches for IT departments, who must guard against iffy apps and careless employees.

  • Science and Tech Startups Look to Uncle Sam for Help Friday, 18 May 2012 | 1:43 PM ET

    In an annual survey of startup CEOs in the software, hardware, life science and clean-tech sectors, the company leaders pointed to several federal policies they believe aid their growth.

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    A new survey from Bank of America shows that small business owners are more confident in their local economies than the national economy. And they’re looking for signs of growth in their local economies before they grow their business.

  • CNBC Town Hall on Small Business: Entrepreneurs Wanted Thursday, 17 May 2012 | 10:36 AM ET

    Are you an entrepreneur living your dream? A small business owner working to innovate amid trying economic times? CNBC wants to invite you to its Town Hall event on June 13 in Atlanta.

  • Small Businesses, Big Banks: Good Fit? Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 10:40 AM ET

    One retailer's experience raises a question that many small businesspeople are asking in times of tighter credit and uneven profits: Are bigger banks willing to deal with the risk of a smaller business in tough times?

  • Survey Predicts a Summer Job Boost is Coming Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 7:02 AM ET

    A pickup in hiring heading into the summer months could bode well for jobs creation in the second half of 2012, according to a recent survey by

  • JOBS Act Will Drive Businesses to IPO On-Ramp: Opinion Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 2:56 PM ET

    While the center of the universe this week for Wall Street and the IPO world is Facebook’s long-awaited debut to the public market, the biggest ongoing story related to the IPO market is the enactment last month of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.

  • Small Businesses Embrace Disaster Preparedness Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 12:07 PM ET

    Small and medium-size businesses are looking to technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobile devices to beef up their disaster preparedness capabilities.