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Business Owners Want Fiscal-Cliff Deal for Customers

As Republicans and Democrats lock horns in Washington over tax thresholds, small business owners say they just need some clarity.

Are Small-Business Owners Going to Spoil the Mood? (Opinion)

Despite the headlines about rising consumer confidence, the U.S. economy isn't looking up. Business owners' pessimism remains a drag on the recovery.

What's the Best Outcome for Small Business on the Fiscal Cliff? (Opinion)

Entrepreneurship professor Scott Shane's insights on how spending cuts and tax increases could affect you.

Small-Business Owners Bunker Down Amid a Weak U.S. Economy

Business owners are grappling with continued economic uncertainty. One thing is for sure: They are going to hit the polling stations in November.

Going Global: Where Obama, Romney Stand on Trade

In the U.S., exporting and improved trade relations have become economic bright spots for small-business owners. We look at each candidate's global views.

Convincing Small Business that Prosperity Is Just Around the Corner (Opinion)

Optimism among small business owners has been slow to recover as the economy emerges from recession.

Small-Business Owners Still Waiting for a Rebound (Opinion)

Business owners have been hit harder than others in the Great Recession, largely due to their greater share of home-equity debt. Here's what's needed for a small-business recovery.

Business Owners Take SBA Chief to Task

At a town hall at National Small Business Week, some entrepreneurs complain to Karen Mills about access to credit and high health insurance costs.

The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Recovery

SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills travels the U.S. talking with business owners and bankers. She says she's hearing more talk of expansion compared with three years ago.

Time to Hire?... Maybe Not So Fast

Even as the pace of hiring eases, small businesses continue to haul the job train along. Is your business hiring?

Main Street Merchants Aren't Deterred by Red Tape

As politicians vilify regulations on the campaign trail, consider the results from a recent survey of small-business owners. It seems regulations aren't as onerous as some think.

Fashion Mogul Christopher Burch Talks Business

As Fashion Week kicks off, we sat down with the man behind brands like Tory Burch and Monika Chiang to find out what it takes to make it in the business.

How 'Small Business' and 'Entrepreneur' Fare in State of the Union Addresses

Small businesses and entrepreneurs were mentioned just six times in Obama's speech. We examine how often past presidents have put them in the spotlight.

Small Businesses Feel the Loss of Keystone Pipeline Project

The President's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline project will have a dampening effect on a number of small businesses.

Three Ways to Capitalize on Business Optimism

Even before the nation added 200,000 new jobs in December, business owners were starting to feel more upbeat about 2012. Here's how to take advantage of that warm, fuzzy feeling.

Will Burgers and Big Gulps Save the Economy?

Consider this look at the impact franchised businesses have on the U.S. economy -- and how doughnuts may be just what we need to rebound from the recession.

The Home-Equity Credit Crunch (Opinion)

How home price declines have contributed to tight credit for small businesses.

Maestros of Malt: How Five Craft Brewmasters Got the Beer Bug

These Oregon entrepreneurs developed a taste for beer and turned it into a thriving business.

Startup Initiatives Sprout from Global Entrepreneurship Week

Here is a look at some of the programs that will keep startups growing in the months to come.

Business Owners Divided on Occupy Wall Street

In your view, is the popular protest movement against the financial industry good or bad for your business? The U.S. overall? Your fellow business owners straddle both sides of the debate.

Five Resources for Turning Vets into Entrepreneurs

For the men and women of the U.S. military, starting a business in this economy can be tricky. Here are the government programs that aim to help veterans strike out on their own.

Help! My Franchise Is Failing

If your business hits a rough patch, you should be able to turn to your franchisor for assistance. Here's what you can expect to receive.

Why Portland's Beer Economy Is 'Hoppy'

The right mix of ingredients makes Portland's brew economy one of the biggest in the world.

Is Small Business on the Rebound in Your Town?

A look at small-business bankruptcy filings reveals that economic conditions are looking up in some places.

A Historical Perspective

Some of the most innovative ideas have emerged during times of economic duress.
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