• Regulation nightmares

    Regulation nightmares

    Regulation nightmares are keeping many small business owners up at night. Red tape is either adding more costs or gumming up the hiring process. Here's what seven entrepreneurs had to say about it.

  • Hiring: Yes. No. Maybe so.

    Hiring: Yes. No. Maybe so.

    Politicians, statisticians and economists all have something to say about small business and hiring. Here's what small business owners had to say.

  • Dear Mr. President...

    Dear Mr. President...

    We asked 10 small businesspeople the one thing they'd ask President Obama to do to make it easier for them to hire. Below are edited excerpts of their conversations.

  • 7 hot startup incubators

    7 hot startup incubators

    Business incubators are a critical lifeline for budding entrepreneurs. These startup boot camps provide fledgling companies training, counseling, facilities, office space and the most essential element for a small business -- access to funding. Here are seven that are on fire.

  • Starting a business in a downturn -- crazy or genius?

    Starting a business in a downturn -- crazy or genius?

    Next year still looks rocky for small business. But if you want to start a business, go for it. Some of the most successful companies got started in tough times.

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