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Small Business


  • A Holiday Boost For Small Business Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 1:02 PM ET
    Woman window shopping on a snowy street

    FedEx and AmEx are encouraging consumers to shop local on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, giving shoppers incentives to patronize Main Street.

  • Small Biz PR: Two In-N-Out Burgers, Shipped, for $56 Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 12:01 PM ET

    Midtown Row, which launched only a couple of weeks ago, devised an ingenious PR campaign that supports what they do: Offering In-N-Out burgers, shipped frozen to your door, reports CNBC's Darren Rovell.

  • Revived Mill Keeps Jobs In Town Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 4:40 PM ET
    Faribault Wooden Mill Company

    When a local business closed up shop, the community was devasted. Two cousins have brought it back to life, and so far, given 35 people jobs.

  • Biggest Mistakes Made by Small Business Owners Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 1:54 PM ET
    Entrepreneurial ventures are fraught with missteps, mishaps and mistakes. No matter how steeped you are in business ownership experience, you are bound to run into problems at some point. The key to your success is to quickly identify your mistakes, learn from them and prevent the same mistake from happening again, says Mike Michalowicz, small business expert and author of Most business owners fall into the same traps. It’s those mistakes which could make the difference between owning a successf

    Entrepreneurial ventures are fraught with missteps, mishaps, and mistakes. Here are 10 of the most common business blunders.

  • Local Butchers Expand Their Market Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 1:25 PM ET

    Butcher shops, once a vestige, are opening in many cities where buying meat has often been reduced to staring down a sea of plastic-wrapped foam trays. These new stores offer much more.

  • Seven Tax Tips You Should Start Thinking About Now Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 12:17 PM ET

    Accountant Paul Etzler says that with a little planning now, business owners can ensure they take advantage of all of the appropriate deductions and credits for the 2011 tax year. Here are his seven tax tips. 

  • Small-Biz Hiring Leads October Jobs Numbers Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 11:22 AM ET
    Job Search

    While the private sector added 110,000 jobs in October and layoffs at U.S. firms dropped, the outlook for employment is still looking tepid, at best.

  • Solyndra's headquarters in Fremont, Calif.

    To some people, the bankruptcy of the solar-module maker Solyndra shows the folly of government trying to pick winners in technology markets. For others, it's a chance to get a  bargain on a slightly used scanning electron microscope.

  • Shipping Burgers Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 12:00 AM ET
    Shipping Burgers

    A company called Midtown Row is offering two In-N-Out burgers, shipped, for $56. CNBC's Darren Rovell accepts the shipment at the CNBC mailroom.

  • Shopper with shopping bags

    Companies are worried that customers are still holding onto their cash because consumer confidence remains low. But for many small businesses, seasonal hiring will only happen if spending increases.

  • Reality TV Shows Spawn American Collectible Craze Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 1:41 PM ET
    Storage Wars

    Reality-based programs may be driving new business to the flea market industry.

  • Empty Wallet

    When nearly two-thirds of small businesses are being denied loans, it takes more than just filling out the paperwork to get money to grow.

  • Small Business and the Importance of Paperwork Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 9:53 AM ET

    When it comes to starting a small business, good record-keeping is critical, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Discover Your CEO Brand Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 9:52 AM ET
    Discover Your CEO Brand

    In product marketing, there’s an old saying: “a brand is more than a word; it’s the beginning of a conversation" — here's how to get people talking.

  • How I Made My Millions: 5 Proven Tips for Success Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 9:51 AM ET
    Miche Bag

    As an entrepreneur who started his first business at age 13, guest blogger Corbin Church shares his five tips for success "necessary to lay a strong foundation and then bring a vision to life."

  • Six Tips to Help Your Kids Become Entrepreneurs Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 2:00 PM ET

    If you ever wonder how your kids can become entrepreneurs, here are six ways to do it.

  • When Should a Small Business Hire a Finance Chief? Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 1:59 PM ET

    At Quickoffice, which sells software that allows users to create and edit documents on mobile devices, Alan Masarek always enjoyed getting deep into the numbers of his business — almost as if he were chief financial officer instead of chief executive.

  • Starbucks Tries to Jolt the Economy Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 1:33 PM ET

    The company’s microfinance initiative is an attempt to jump-start hiring where many say it matters most — on the small business level.

  • Help Wanted: Money That Is Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 5:50 PM ET

    The lack of female entreprenuers is not for lack of trying. But it may be because of lack of asking.

  • One Man, One T-Shirt, One Successful Company Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 4:23 PM ET
    Jason Sadler

    What can you do with an internet connection and a T-shirt? Create a few jobs, for one thing.

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