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  • Thefts of used cooking oil from restaurants have risen as the price of gas has increased.

    From California to Maine, thefts of used cooking oil are on the rise across the U.S. — driven by the rising price of oil that make biofuels more cost competitive with fossil fuels.

  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Consumers Friday, 2 Mar 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    Family- and owner-operated restaurants can expect to profit from a resurgence in demand in the next five years as consumers shake off the lingering effects of the recession, a new report says. But they will need to adapt to changing consumer preferences to stay competitive with their larger chain competitors.

  • The Real-Life Boss From 'Jersey Shore' Friday, 2 Mar 2012 | 11:51 AM ET
    MTV show "Jersey Shore" cast members (l-r): Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Jenni "J-Woww'" Farley, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and DJ Pauly D Delvecchio.

    The MTV reality series turned pop culture phenomenon has made "Snooki" and "The Situation" household names and "GTL" and "DTF" part of the national conversation. But for Danny Merk, the real-life boss for this very special cast of characters, the show has been one thing — great for business.

  • Pinterest's Rapid Rise Boosts Small Business Sales Friday, 2 Mar 2012 | 11:19 AM ET
    Carl Christensen , Pinterest

    Pinterest's meteoric recent growth has marketing experts buzzing and companies of all sizes leaping in. The site received more than 103 million total visits in February, according to Experian Hitwise, and small business owners are finding it to be an excellent marketing tool.

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    About a third of small-business owners do not have a personal or business-sponsored retirement plan such as a 401(k), a SEP IRA or deferred annuity, according to a new survey from non-profit the American College. Nearly the same number haven't estimated how much money they need for retirement.

  • Small Businesses Cautious As Borrowing Increases Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 8:50 AM ET

    While small business owners are increasing investments in their companies, overall growth in business is still slow. That’s according to the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, released today.

  • For Many Business Owners, There's No Plan B Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 | 2:47 PM ET

    What is it about running a business that makes a person want to work an 18-hour day, wake up the next day and do it again? For some, that's just the way they roll.

  • A Higher-Tech Way to Find Overseas Suppliers Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 4:15 PM ET

    Tech companies are offering new advanced ways for small business owners to find reputable and reliable overseas suppliers.

  • Naked Groceries: Startup Creates Zero-Waste Store Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 3:53 PM ET

    A new grocery store, in.gredients, is taking the concept of locally sourced, organically grown food a step further by requiring customers to bring in their own bags toencourage a package-free, zero-waste mentality for grocery shoppers.

  • Good Workers Gone Bad: How to Spot Employee Theft Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 11:54 AM ET

    In today's economy, formerly steadfast employees who would never think of committing fraud against their employers are more willing to take unlawful risks in order to have some extra money in their pockets. Here are some tips on how to spot — and prevent — fraud.

  • Independent Restaurants Losing Share to Chains: NPD Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 4:19 PM ET

    While it’s been a tough few years for the restaurant industry as consumers cut back on discretionary spending, it seems that smaller, independent restaurants have taken a bigger hit than chain restaurants.

  • Election Campaigns a Gold Mine for Local Businesses Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 2:30 PM ET

    With months to go before Election Day, the presidential campaign is proving to be a gold mine for local businesses, from pizza parlors to portable potties.

  • Small Businesses Cope With Rising Gas Prices Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 2:39 PM ET

    Rising gas prices can put a dent in a household budget. For small business owners, it can hurt — or even wipe out — profits. The recent rise in the price of gas is pressuring business owners to find ways to protect their earnings.

  • With a Tweet, Cash Mobs Rescue Local Businesses Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 10:34 AM ET

    What's a cash mob? Think flash mob, only doing something more useful with one's time. 

  • America's Most Promising Franchise Opportunities Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 10:34 AM ET
    For would-be entrepreneurs, franchises offer built-in benefits, such as brand-name recognition, and proven formulas upon which to build success. That’s not to say that plunking down a chunk of money will buy you a thriving business: Owning and operating a franchise requires, like any business, an investment of time, as well as the will to succeed.The downturn in the economy has fueled an interest in franchise ownership, said Brian Miller, president and chief operating officer of which offers fra

    For would-be entrepreneurs, franchises offer built-in benefits, such as brand-name recognition and proven formulas upon which to build success.

  • Businesses Pin Hopes on Digital Scrapbook Pinterest Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 9:42 AM ET

    Pinterest's millions of users create digital scrapbooks that display images under themes such as favorite foods, wanted wedding gifts and coveted handbags. As the site has grown in popularity, so has interest from firms that see it as a chance to boost brand awareness.

  • What Tax Overhaul Means for Small Business Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 10:49 AM ET
    President Obama and Tim Geithner

    President Obama and the Treasury Department introduced a 23-page outline that seeks to overhaul the corporate tax code. The plan seeks to reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent, eliminate accounting loopholes, improve transparency and simplify the document for small businesses.

  • 'Heroes' Star Rescues Coupon-Challenged Shoppers Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | 4:05 PM ET
    Co-founders of Yowza (left to right): Greg Grunberg and August Trometer

    While actor and entrepreneur Greg Grunberg, best known for his roles as police detective Matt Parkman in the award-winning series “Heroes,” he is no stranger to the world of business.

  • More Business Owners Plan to Spend in 2012: Survey Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | 3:45 PM ET

    Small business owners are looking to spend in 2012, according to the just-released Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. The results are in line with our own — smaller — survey conducted earlier this month with members of CNBC's Small Business Council.

  • Mean Tweets: Managing Customer Complaints Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | 1:24 PM ET
    Close up of someone typing on a laptop.

    When an unhappy customer posts a complaint on a social media site such as Twitter, Yelp or Facebook, you are at an immediate disadvantage. The complaint, right or wrong — and, isn't the customer always right? — is out there for everyone to see.