State of Small Business
9 hot startup accelerators
From energy and education to robots and food, these specialty programs offer startups seed money, mentoring and connections in exchange for equity.
Strangest place I've closed a deal
As proof that business waits for no one, these people shunned the corner office and closed deals strapped to a biplane, fishing for marlin -- even in the bathroom.
Minimum wage hike could mean a raise for all
Fourteen states are raising the minimum wage this year, but it's not just those workers that benefit. Employees making more than the new minimum often get raises, too.
Made in America. Sold in China.
Bucking the trend, these small businesses are taking their U.S.-made products to China and capitalizing on its burgeoning consumer market.
What's the deal with crowdfunding investments?
Thanks to a new rule, small business owners can use Facebook and Twitter to raise funds, but the change appears to be flying under the radar.
67-year-old Italian restaurant closes its doors
New Year's Eve marks the end of an era for Merlino's Belvedere, which has struggled to stay open amid a series of natural disasters and a struggling economy.
Healthy food chain helps kids get off the streets
California chain Tender Greens launched a 3-month program that teaches at-risk youths about food and the culinary arts. For some kids, the results are life-changing.
Startup's sales hit $90 million in 3 years
Halo2Cloud scored a home run with its first product -- a powerful backup charger for mobile devices that doubles as a fashion accessory.
America's favorite small business is ...
50-year-old Trio Hardware received over 2,000 customer votes and is crowned the most loved small business in America.
This startup turns illegal guns into jewelry
Entrepreneur Peter Thum's new startup has collected over 1,000 illegal guns from three U.S. cities and turned them into jewelry.
Fake meat is on the menu this Thanksgiving
As Americans sharpen their knives for Thanksgiving, a new crop of food tech start-ups are carving out their own niche -- faux-meat products that replicate the flavor and feel of the real thing without the ethical quandaries.
Lady Gaga saves dying business ... for now
When Lady Gaga wore a teeth bracelet in her mouth recently, it jump-started sales for one avant garde jewelry business.
Vet turns military training into $50M fitness company
Randy Hetrick was on a counter-piracy mission in Southeast Asia when he came up with the idea for TRX. Now, the company brings in $50 million a year.
Ravaged by Sandy but back in business
Sandy devastated thousands of businesses in New York, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. But one year later, many of these businesses have come back. Here are 6 of their stories.
BlackBerry's hometown vows to survive
BlackBerry serves as both warning and hero for the Waterloo tech hub it created.
Shutdown ends, but small businesses lost big
Small businesses are relieved the shutdown has ended, but angry about the unnecessary consequences for their firms.
Week 3: Small businesses reel from shutdown
As the shutdown drags into a third week, small firms are trying to figure out how -- or if -- they'll make up the lost business.
Shutdown forces Oklahoma firm to lay off firefighters
Mark Masters' company Chloeta Fire has already laid off a dozen employees since the government shut down a week ago.
Dawn of the Zombie Economy
The zombie apocalypse might be fiction, but the zombie economy is real - fueled by preppers buying all kinds of zombie paraphernalia.
Shutdown threatens Northwest city -- and Capitol Christmas tree
Thousands of miles from D.C., the shutdown could hit small businesses in Newport, Wash., which are heavily dependent on government contracts.
Shutdown could freeze payments to Denver firm
On Oct. 1, Lisa Buckley's small business is due to bill thousands of dollars in new business to Uncle Sam. If the government shuts down, she doesn't know when she'll get paid.
Shutdown hits Great Smoky Mountains at peak season
The shutdown couldn't come at a worse time for Jeff Smith, who owns an inn outside the Great Smoky Mountains. He relies heavily on the October tourist rush to boost his year-end sales.
Obamacare sparked my startup
These entrepreneurs say Obamacare gave them an idea for a niche small business.
Why small firms aren't hiring more
Small businesses are hiring -- just not at the same pace as they once did. One reason: They're more efficient and don't need as many workers.
Hiring at small businesses tapers off
Small businesses added 58,000 jobs in May, according to ADP. The pace is slow, and 2013 is turning out to be another sluggish year.
Cyberattacks devastated my business!
From a small startup that was hacked by Anonymous to a cleaning firm that fell prey to a Nigerian scam, these five small businesses explain how cyberattacks hurt their firms.
Vermont fights 'patent trolls'
Patent-rich Vermont is the first state to pass a law cracking down on bad-faith claims of patent infringement, a growing problem for entrepreneurs nationwide.
New startups prime targets for cyberattacks
By the time a startup is five months old, it's already been the target of hundreds of spam messages and malware, according to a new industry report.
8 hot businesses you can start now
Startup ideas can be found in surprising places. We asked Thumbtack.com which opportunities are drawing the most interest from entrepreneurs and their customers lately.
The Obamacare myth
Only a tiny fraction of small businesses must comply with new Obamacare rules. And most of them are already providing insurance to employees.
Small businesses say economy is better, but not for them
In an exclusive survey, entrepreneurs say their customers aren't spending freely yet, and they're in no rush to hire or invest more in their firms.
Pitching the next great startup
From undercover yoga, to frozen yogurt for dogs, small business owners trying out for the ABC series 'Shark Tank' give their quick pitches.
I started my business in 2013!
Why these five entrepreneurs finally took the plunge.
View from Main Street in one small town
We visited Maplewood, N.J., and spoke to small business owners about what it's like to run a shop in today's economic climate.
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