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  • Small Is Not New, Big Is Not Always Better Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011 | 11:27 AM ET

    It is not small business that drives the creation of new jobs or even major productivity advances, but new business, according to guest blogger Robert Litan.

  • The Best Damn Management Book Ever

    In his new book, author Warren Greshes explains the value in treating your staff like customers, learning their needs, and taking a hands-on approach to their goals and plans.

  • Obama Talks Vets and Jobs Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 2:51 PM ET

    President Obama today challenged government and private business to hire post-9/11 veterans.

  • greece_flag_cracked_200.jpg

    In Greece, small shops, in many ways the lifeblood of the country's economy, rely on domestic demand. Because of the financial crisis there, businesses are closing by the day.

  • Small Biz Owners Ask Big Business To Pay Fair Share Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 12:01 PM ET
    Wells Fargo

    Outraged by a new report about America's largest corporations dodging their taxes, small business owners are orchestrating a new campaign to pressure the congressional super committee into delivering a legislative fix.

  • Small Businesses Are Part of the 99% Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 9:56 AM ET
    99 percent

    Income inequality is threatening American life, and threatening the future of small business. We are the 99%, says President of The Planning Shop, Rhonda Abrams.

  • Sheep Lawn Mowers, and Other Go-Getters Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 4:25 PM ET
    Jacob sheep

    As an uncertain economy and a stagnant hiring climate continue to freeze people out of the traditional job market, entrepreneurs are heading back to the land.

  • The Enemy of Engagement

    "Did you know that a silent killer is lurking in your company? We’re talking about workplace frustration, which can undermine the energy, enthusiasm, and performance of your best talent."

  • Waiting Is Hardest Part For Customers Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 12:08 PM ET

    Waiting for the cable guy — or any service person — hundreds of dollars a year in lost wages. It can cost the business owner a customer.

  • Growing Pains at Growing Businesses Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 10:38 AM ET

    Four female business owners discuss some of the challenges they face as their businesses expand — and their strategies for success.

  • NFIB: Small Business Workforce at Standstill Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 6:30 PM ET

    October survey shows business owners reported a reduction in employment for fifth month running.

  • Small Business Success: A Selling Machine Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 1:33 PM ET
    Randy Ajax

    Vending machines are the classic turnkey operation, but just because you don't have to go into the office every day doesn't mean you don't have to nuture it like any other 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.

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