Economic Conditions

Growth Strategies

Preparing for a Housing Recovery

With the housing market showing new signs of life, it's time to prepare your business to ride the rising tide.
Growth Strategies

Small-Business Job Growth Remains Modest

The national unemployment rate held at 7.8 percent as 2012 ended with slow job growth.
Growth Strategies

5 Predictions for the Senior and Boomer Market

Find out where businesses catering to boomers and seniors could look for opportunities.
Finance

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.
Growth Strategies

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.
Finance

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.
Growth Strategies

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.
Growth Strategies

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.
Growth Strategies

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.
Growth Strategies

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.
Finance

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.
Growth Strategies

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?
Growth Strategies

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.
Innovation Now

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.
Starting a 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.