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  • Survey: Contractors Spend More For Fewer Contracts Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 3:55 PM ET

    According to a survey by American Express OPEN, it takes a small business contractor, on average, 4.4 tries before landing its first federal contract. The survey, which polled 740 contractors, also found that they are investing more money even as they bid on fewer contracts.

  • Keeping Your Family Intact While Building Your Business Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 11:53 AM ET
    For Better or for Work | Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

    With the entrepreneur perpetually on-call, the spouse and family can easily feel lower on the priority list. Here's how you can build a successful business without sacrificing your family.

  • Last-Minute Tips to Drive Holiday Sales Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 10:40 AM ET

    With just five days left until Christmas, time is running tight for entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners alike to rack up holiday sales, and tie a nice bow around that Q4 balance sheet.

  • Checking In, Checking Out, and Checking Your Weight Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 5:53 PM ET
    CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Spending, Lending Continue to Challenge Franchisees Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 2:46 PM ET

    Concerns about consumer spending, combined with lack of access to credit and “negative rhetoric coming out of Washington,” are stymieing franchise growth, according to a survey by the International Franchise Association.

  • Opinion: Higher Highs and Lower Lows in 2012 Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 10:49 AM ET
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    By any account, 2012 is going to be an interesting year and a time for as many opportunities as challenges — particularly for the most nimble and resilient of America’s small business owners.

  • CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of small business news.

  • Risk Control Strategies: Protecting the 1 Percent Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 3:35 PM ET
    Hundreds of protesters attempted to shut down the New York Stock Exchange today, blocking roads and tying up traffic in Lower Manhattan.

    Meet two experts in law enforcement and counterterrorism who have teamed up to provide security services for wealthy individuals. As tensions rise related to income inequity and Occupy Wall Street, Risk Control Strategies is a busy small business.

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    Despite the normal gridlock that takes place between the two houses of Congress, this week the House and Senate agreed and passed legislation that will help spur economic growth and create jobs in America, without any additional taxpayer funding.

  • Free Shipping Day: Boom or Gloom for Merchants? Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 11:44 AM ET

    For many online shoppers, a free shipping offer is the holy grail of deals; it's what makes people click the “buy” button. And today, the fourth annual Free Shipping Day, could mean banner sales for the more than 2,200 merchants that have signed on. But is there a dark side to free shipping?

  • 10 Customer Types to Fear and Love Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 9:17 AM ET
    You know them. You fear them. You love them. Now learn to deal with them: The Haggler, the Worry Wart, The Expert, The Evangelist and more are customers who can either help or hurt your business. Love them or hate them, managing them is as important as taking control of other aspects of your business. Business owners across the country share their nightmare ­customer types – along with a few dreamy ones – as well as their strategies for getting through the day with both their sanity, and their c

    You know them. You fear them. You love them. Now learn to deal with them: The Haggler, The Worry Wart, The Expert, The Evangelist and more are customers who can either help or hurt your business.

  • CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Plan on Giving Your Clients a Holiday Gift? Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 4:32 PM ET

    At this time of year, gift-giving-etiquette questions abound. You Read this first if you're planning on giving your clients holiday gifts this year, it might save your business' reputation!

  • VC Survey: Investment Down, Obama Up in 2012 Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 3:53 PM ET
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    According to a survey of VCs and CEOs, it could be an uneasy start to the new year in the venture capital world as capital remains tight. But for President Obama, life could be good: they predict he'll win the 2012 election.

  • Cupcake Killer: How Cake Pops Became the Next Big Trend Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 12:47 PM ET
    Angie Dudley

    Angie Dudley, aka Bakerella, is credited with popularizing the cake pop with her book and blog. Many predict cake pops will be the next big dessert trend. And the Babycakes cake pop maker is a hot-selling item this holiday season.

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    The House of Representatives and the Senate have resolved a three-year battle over the future of two important federal initiatives to aid small businesses: the Small Business Innovation Research program and the Small Business Technology Transfer program.

  • Daily Deals, Amazon, Feel Small Business' Wrath Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 6:03 PM ET
    CNBC Small Business - Around the Web

    A wrap-up of news in small business.

  • Boycott Pet Stores, Say Animal Rights Groups Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 3:20 PM ET
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    More puppies are sold at pet stores during the holiday season than any other time of year. Now the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other groups are stepping up efforts to stop these sales, saying many of these dogs come from puppy mills.

  • 10 Rules for Picking a Company Name That Sticks Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 2:30 PM ET

    First things first -- your startup needs a name! This may seem a silly and frivolous task, but it may be the most important decision you make.

  • Pot Shop Owners: We're Not Criminals Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 12:44 PM ET

    Medicinal cannabis is legal in 16 states and Washington D.C., but even in those areas, setting up a dispensary — and keeping one open — to make the product available to qualified patients is a constant battle. But dispensary owners say they continue to fight because they are passionate about assisting sick people in need of alternative treatments

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