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Economists Optimistic Even As Sales Growth Slows

A group of economists believe that U.S. economic growth is stable despite sales growth slowing in the second quarter, according to a new report.

Many Believe China Will Soon Overtake the U.S. as World's Leading Superpower

A report from the Pew Research Center shows that many people across the world see China as on its way to becoming the dominant global superpower.

Rising Gas Prices Fuel a Jump in U.S. Consumer Costs

Gasoline prices in June rose by their highest rate in four months, fueling an overall rise in U.S. consumer prices.

Modest Rise in Retail Sales Could Signal Slowdown in U.S. Economy

Retail sales rose less than expected in June, the latest sign of sluggish economic growth.

Entrepreneurs Make Most of New Freedom in Cuba

The growing nest of small businesses in Cuba could be a sign of a society less dependent on the state.

UPS Cuts Guidance, Troubling Sign for U.S. Economy

The shipping giant has sharply lowered its financial guidance, suggesting that signs of pickup in the U.S. economy might be overblown.

South Dakota Tops List of America's Best States for Business

The Mount Rushmore State ranks as the top state for business in 2013, according to a CNBC analysis.

The World's Most Innovative Countries

Switzerland, Sweden and the U.K. top the Global Innovation Index for 2013.

Jobs Growth Stronger Than Expected, Unemployment Holds Steady

Multiple reports released this week signal greener pastures ahead for the labor market.

Small Business Optimism Grows Despite Stagnant Hiring, Paycheck Size

Payroll-processing firm SurePayroll releases its June Small-Business Scorecard.

U.S. Entrepreneur Held Hostage By His Own Employees in China

An executive of a disposable medical-supply manufacturer is being held in his office outside of Beijing by his own employees, according to news reports.

Small-Business Owners: Working Harder, But Optimistic

More than seven in 10 small-business owners say they expect to generate more revenue in 2013 than they did last year.

U.S. Sees Modest Growth, Small Businesses Face Jobless Recovery

As several reports show a slight improvement in the economy, small businesses remain cautious though the franchise sector is the bright spot.

U.S. Small Businesses Expect Improved Sales Prospects (Infographic)

A new survey shows that entrepreneurs in the U.S. are optimistic about domestic business growth.

Jobs Report: More Companies Are Hiring But Small Businesses Remain Cautious

Several indicators show the overall economy is on the upswing, but small-business hiring is down slightly.

Inside Small-Business Growth: Top Industries and Other Success Secrets (Infographic)

A look at the obstacles entrepreneurs are facing, their strategies for staying on top, and the industries with the most opportunities.

Entrepreneurs See Brighter Days for Their Business, Not the Economy

In two surveys released today, small-business owners report being more optimistic about their company's future, though concerns persist about government regulation, the economy, taxes and health care.

Survey: Small-Business Owners Band Together During Economic Struggles

A new report finds a majority of small-business owners spend their time and money supporting fellow small merchants and their communities.

Survey: Fewer Small Businesses Expect to Hire or Grow

A new report by U.S. Bank cites economic uncertainty as a top challenge for business owners when considering the future of their companies.

Study: Fewer Startups Launched in 2012

A Kauffman Foundation report finds entrepreneurship declined last year, with fewer men starting companies.

Health Care Is Now the Top Concern for Small Businesses

For the first time in two years, health care trumps the economy as the biggest issue that small-business owners are worried about, according to a new report.

How to Take Advantage of an Economic Upswing

Business owners have become experts at dealing with a down economy. But how do you take advantage of the growing economy to put your business ahead of the curve?

Business Owners Fed Up With Washington, But Many Are Optimistic on Their Prospects

A survey of business owners found that nearly half are more confident than a year ago.

Thinking About Hiring? Signs of Life in the Job Market

A trio of labor-market reports out this week show that small-business owners added jobs last month.

It's the Uncertainty, Stupid (Opinion)

Washington policy makers would like nothing more than for small business to boost hiring and investment. The best thing they could do is come to some agreement on the deficit and enact rules about all the laws they've passed.

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