Small Business

Non-bank loans: Quick, easy...and addictive?

Alternative lenders are gaining traction and handing out billions of dollars in loans to small business owners. But it could come at a cost.  More

Facebook launched my startup

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Company limits bathroom breaks to 6 minutes a day

The Chicago faucet manufacturer gives a $20 gift card to workers who don't use the bathroom at all during work time.  More

Yes, Americans want bacon with that

Data from Square, the mobile payments tool, show customers vastly prefer bacon, caffeine and 16 ounces of soda.  More

Israeli startups flock to New York

Guy Franklin maps Israeli startups in his spare time, both to highlight how fast they're popping up and to change the conversation about Israel.  More

Monks start brewing beer to keep abbey open

At St. Joseph's Abbey, the monks realized if they wanted to stay self-sustaining, they'd need a new revenue stream. So they turned to beer.  More

10 best cities to launch a startup

Access to funding, labor and the cost of living can make or break a new business. Based on a NerdWallet study, these 10 cities are the best in the country to launch a startup.  More

Congress wants to clobber my company

As House Republican aims fury at the Export-Import Bank, and some smaller businesses say they're worried.  More

L.A. hotel workers in line for highest U.S. minimum wage of $15.37

Sandra Diaz clears tables in L.A., where hotel workers could soon be earning the country's highest minimum wage, thanks to a new city ordinance expected to pass soon.  More

Uber cheaper than New York City taxi - for now

The car-hailing app temporarily slashed rates in the Big Apple, undercutting the price of a New York City cab fare.  More

How to buy luxury clothes without losing your shirt

An online consignment shop just released a new app that functions like a Kelley Blue Book for designer items, making affordable luxury even more accessible.  More

Hobby Lobby ruling won't actually impact small biz

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling won't impact the majority of small business owners, who are already exempt from providing healthcare.  More

2,000 miles with a giant rhino

During one week in June, Chris Danhauer moved four rhinos to four different zoos across the country and hoped no one on the highway noticed. As an animal mover, this was a pretty normal week.  More

A $15 minimum wage is 'daunting'

Seattle just passed a $15 minimum wage bill, and San Francisco will vote on one in November. It's a hot topic among lawmakers around the country, and business owners are concerned.  More

From Meetup group to full-blown business

When Meetup launched in 2002, its founders wanted to unite like-minded people. They never expected the site to help people launch their own businesses, but these five entrepreneurs turned their Meetup groups into profitable companies.  More

Refugees cook for the masses

Many immigrants have unique culinary skills and yet low-paid work is their only option. Utah's Spice Kitchen Incubator, a joint effort between the county government and the International Rescue Committee, aims to change that.  More

Cashing in on World Cup fever

Who cares if they aren't in Brazil? Some U.S. businesses are cashing in on World Cup fever to score higher sales at home.  More

Can this bank lift 80,000 out of poverty?

Grameen America opened its first U.S. training center, which could help 80,000 women start their own businesses.  More

Seattle $15 wage plan is unfair to me

Franchise owners in Seattle are being considered as large rather than small businesses in minimum wage ordinance.  More

Should you drain your 401(k) to start a business?

These entrepreneurs took a risky bet: Instead of taking out a loan, they cracked their nest eggs to fund their startup.  More

Meet the Marxist behind Seattle's wage hike

Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant ran as a Socialist and helped lead the push for the city's new $15 minimum wage.  More

Kentucky charms small business owners

Kentucky has been making a concerted effort to support small businesses, and it's working. It was one of the top 10 small business-friendly cities for entrepreneurs, according to recent study.  More

Try on glasses from the comfort of your couch

Kate Dorekson launched Ditto, an online glasses startup that lets customers virtually try on pairs. How good is it? Only 5% of customers return their orders.  More

Exclusive: Toymakers unveil new 'Frozen' products

Light-up musical dresses, an Elsa doll that sings in 25 languages and Olaf sno-cones are just a few of the new "Frozen"-themed toys headed your way.  More

Stoner Drug, serving small-town Iowa for 118 years

When Stoner Drug opened, the word "stoner" didn't have the hippie connotation it does today. But it still likely sold cocaine and opiates back when they were legal.  More

Google's new toy for business owners

A single platform that will combine a number of Google tools, such as: Search, Maps, Google +, Insights, Hangouts.  More

Is Klarna the new PayPal?

PayPal revolutionized the way we buy products online. Klarna is next big thing, according to famed venture capitalist, Michael Moritz.  More

The best country for women entrepreneurs is....

Women entrepreneurs have the best chance to prosper in the U.S., Australia, Sweden and France, according to a new report.  More

Opening soon: Gun range with a bar

Wilshire Gun will offer machine guns first, alcoholic drinks later.  More

Meet the maker of California Chrome's nasal strip

A small firm in Delano, Minn., started by two veterinarians makes the controversial equine nasal strip worn by Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome.  More

'Seed bomb' business blows up

VisuaLingual makes seed bombs for different parts of the country in an old Cincinnati firehouse -- and has shipped more than 30,000.  More

Women take on manufacturing

Think manufacturing is still a man's world? Not to these 7 women. They're moving up the ranks, starting their own firms and successfully running family businesses.  More

Bobbi Brown's international appeal

With 63% of business coming from international markets, cosmetics guru Bobbi Brown has made her product a daily ritual for women from Dubai to China  Play

Coping with a $15 minimum wage in Seattle

Seattle city council approved an increase in the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, making it the nation's highest by far.  More

'I opened 40 businesses in 35 years'

Kenneth Jennings has launched 40 businesses in 35 years. He latest venture was born out of his car trunk, became a national franchise and made him millions.  More

Stay in a 'sex motel' during World Cup

Soccer fans who can't find a hotel in Brazil may have to reserve rooms in rent-by-the-hour sex motels during the World Cup.  More

The champion of championship belt making

Dave Millican has been making championship belts out of his garage for WWE and other wrestling companies for most of his life.  Play

Halal butcher promises 'honest to God' burgers

New York's Honest Chops has a bigger mission than just selling locally sourced halal meat -- its founders see it as an extension of their faith.  More

Square's cash advance: Don't call it a loan

Square, the mobile payments giant run by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, has a new program that gives customers access to cash. But Square doesn't want to be a bank. It's not charging interest.  More

I make WWE championship belts for a living

Dave Millican built his first championship belt out of cardboard when he was 13. Now, he does it for a living.  More

India's hot new markets

U.S. businesses are gunning for a slice of India's market after pro-business Narendra Modi was elected as its new leader.  More

Motorcycle business sees 650% revenue boost

Klock Werks Kustom Cycles created the Flare Windshield in 2006 and has seen its revenue increase by 650% since then.  More

Fashion startup makes clothes with snark

Online company Betabrand mixes fashion with humor to create Internet buzz and engage its fans.  Play

80-year-old New Orleans firm cranks out 'snoballs'

Similar to snow cones, this New Orleans staple has been around for decades. And SnoWizard has mastered the trend: It's been making the flavors and ice machines for 80 years.  More

Craft beer craze finally hits the South

Mississippi had Prohibition-era liquor laws until 2012, which prevented breweries from setting up shop. Once the laws were loosened, craft beer started booming.  More

This startup dreamed up the 'Executive Hoodie'

Chris Lindland doesn't have a fashion background, but his startup Betabrand has sold millions worth of snark-inspired clothes.  More

Legos get in on the 'sharing economy'

Tired of buying pricey Lego sets when kids lose interest after a week? Pley will rent them to you instead.  More

Vending machines get creative

Forget soda and chips. These vending machines spit out weed, shoes, keys and on-the-go bike repair parts.  More

Washington state defies minimum wage logic

Washington state and San Francisco have the highest minimum wages in the country, and that's exactly where small businesses are adding jobs.  More

Other women snubbed me until I hit it big

When Jessica Brondo started her company admittedly, she got radio silence from female entrepreneurs. A year into the company's success, they were banging down her door.  More

Mom's superhero capes take off

The satin superhero capes that Holly Bartman first sewed for her son's 4th birthday inspired her to launch a startup that makes millions today.  More

For entrepreneurs, cycling is the new golf

In some cities, cycling is replacing golf as an important way for entrepreneurs and execs to network.  More

Pinball machines for the 21st century

Jersey Jack Pinball is looking to reignite interest in pinball by making machines with LCD screens, LED lights, and modern electronics.  Play

Guerrilla marketing for books

Tighter publisher budgets, fewer booksellers and more competition has put more pressure on authors to aggressively market their books. So they're getting creative.  More

'Glamping' goes mainstream

From music festivals to the Indy 500 to Sturgis, glamor camping is all the rage.  More

'Glamping' in style

Many of the glamping set-ups are nicer than hotels! Here's a peek inside the custom tents.  More

Female gun instructors in hot demand

If you're a woman, and you're licensed to shoot, then your skills are in hot demand.  More

Many low-wage workers not protected by minimum wage

As President Obama leads a push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, more focus is being given to a patchwork of rules that let companies pay some classes of workers considerably less than the minimum.  More

This startup thrives on a four-day workweek

Treehouse CEO Ryan Carson believes any startup can stave off burnout with three-day weekends. His secret to making it work: Cut out distractions.  More

Rebirth of America's dead factories

Defunct factories around the country are in high demand as U.S. production once again revs up.  More

Beer, grilled cheese and really clean clothes

A new breed of laundromat is popping up around the country, offering hybrid services -- and gourmet fare.  More

Luxe furniture made from old bowling lanes

Jim Malone, owner of Brooklyn-based CounterEvolution, takes abandoned bowling lane wood and creates beautiful pieces of furniture for your home or office.  Play

New York's hottest nightclub... for kids

Fuzipop holds monthly events at some of Manhattan's hottest nightclubs for the under-12 set.  More

80-year-old Colorado bar stays true to Coors

The Columbine has only served Coors on draft for its entire 80-year existence. But the owners have had to get creative in order to stay afloat.  More

Shipping gun holsters, socks and more

Small businesses often use third parties, like Lynx Fulfillment, to ship their goods to customers. Here's a look inside.  More

Is Perfect Bacon Bowl the next Snuggie?

It's no secret that America loves its bacon. For proof, just look at the crazy success of the Perfect Bacon Bowl, As Seen on TV's newest sensation.  More

The bow ties that are taking D.C. by storm

Eliot Payne started sewing his own bow ties when he couldn't find patterns he liked. Now Accoutre sells to the masses.  More

7 hot businesses to start now

It's hard to predict what businesses will take off, but these startup ideas have been drawing tons of interest from entrepreneurs and their customers on Thumbtack.com.  More
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