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CNNMoney: Banks keep lending standards tight for small firmsupdated: Mon Aug 06 2012 17:52:00

Since the recession, small businesses trying to get bank loans have faced tougher credit standards -- and little has changed.

Small businesses are a big issueupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 10:56:00

Jannet Walsh is not waiting for the presidential candidates to encourage more jobs. Instead, the unemployed Minnesotan is trying to create one on her own.

CNNMoney: Severe U.S. drought slams small businessesupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 17:25:00

Farmers, boating companies and restaurants are among the growing number of small businesses reeling from the worst drought to hit the United States in 12 years.

Bush tax cut fight could derail Senate small-business bill updated: Tue Jul 10 2012 21:46:00

The Senate voted Tuesday to begin debate on a bill to give tax breaks to small businesses that hire new workers or boost pay for existing workers. But the overwhelming 80-14 vote masks the broad expectation that because of an unrelated fight over the Bush tax cuts, the small business bill is unlikely to pass the chamber.

Obama vows tax breaks for middle classupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 16:20:00

President Obama calls for the renewal of Bush-era tax cuts for Americans who make under $250,000.

CNNMoney: Federal government misses small business contract goal - againupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 16:03:00

For the sixth year in a row, the government has missed its goal to award 23% of all federal contract dollars to small businesses.

CNNMoney: Romney promises small business a policy roleupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 17:24:00

Mitt Romney promised members of the nation's small business lobby on Wednesday that, if elected, he would shut down health care reform, reduce taxes and tackle regulations.

CNNMoney: Buffett Rule would only hit 1% of small business ownersupdated: Mon Apr 16 2012 19:34:00

When it comes to small businesses and the Buffett Rule, it really is about the 99%.

Health law opponent: 'Congress made a bad situation worse'updated: Sun Mar 25 2012 16:57:00

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in the constitutionality of the health care reform law, CNN spoke with two experts on opposing sides of the issue.

CNNMoney: IBM program promises help to small suppliersupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 13:56:00

Small suppliers looking to get online face time with big companies are getting a little help, thanks to a website launched by IBM Thursday.

CNNMoney: Small businesses are adding low-wage jobsupdated: Wed Mar 07 2012 10:30:00

The nation's smallest businesses continued to add jobs in February, but they were mostly for low-wage work, according to a report released Monday. Small employers created 45,000 new jobs in February, according to payroll processing firm Intuit, which analyzes monthly employment data from 70,000 businesses with less than 20 workers.

CNNMoney: Firms turn to riskier financingupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 11:53:00

Banks denying small businesses loans keep demanding what they can't have - collateral - and the disconnect is forcing firms to look elsewhere.

CNNMoney: Government expects lending fund to turn taxpayers a profitupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 05:49:00

An Obama administration lending program set up to funnel cash to small banks was expected to cost taxpayers $1.3 billion. Instead, it will turn a profit of $80 million.

CNNMoney: Small biz loan demand up, Federal Reserve saysupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 09:18:00

A growing portion of the nation's banks saw a spike in demand for loans to smaller firms late last year, according to the latest Federal Reserve figures.

Why campaign spending rules hurt small businessupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 11:33:00

Two years ago, the Supreme Court upended the rules for campaign finance, unleashing a tsunami of unregulated, unrestricted and undisclosed spending that has, in effect, allowed donors to buy elections. The full impact of this decision is just now becoming clear, and it's bad both for America's businesses and for our democracy.

CNNMoney: Doctors living on loansupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 12:37:00

Government-backed loans to doctors have surged more than 10-fold in the past decade, a trend industry insiders say is a red flag that doctors in America are in financial distress.

Obama aiming to slim down governmentupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 05:25:00

President Obama announced on Friday his plan to trim the federal government. CNN's Dan Lothian reports.

Will Obama move help small businesses?updated: Tue Jan 17 2012 05:25:00

Small business is not to be trifled with. President Barack Obama's announcement last week of a proposal to temporarily elevate the Small Business Administration to Cabinet rank is a move in the right direction.

CNNMoney: Some businesses worry about Obama's SBA moveupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 18:27:00

President Barack Obama's proposal to consolidate several agencies, including the Small Business Administration, aims to streamline government, but some worry about tossing big and small companies together.

CNNMoney: Small business to candidates: What about us?updated: Thu Jan 12 2012 11:30:00

Republican front runners have debated about a wide range of issues: the economy, jobs and more.

When the market rules, the big guy winsupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 00:58:00

In the war against regulations and government restrictions, proponents have argued that it would be better for our economy to let the market rule. If we just get government out of the way, the market would determine business winners and losers and more jobs would be created. It's an appealing, red-blooded, American-sounding pitch. But what are the practical outcomes of such a policy?

CNNMoney: Protect yourself against technology disastersupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 09:33:00

Like taxes and regulations, technology can prove to be a real nightmare for small businesses. In fact, a recent study by online backup provider Carbonite found that 48 percent of American small businesses with between two and 20 employees experienced data loss this year, up from 42 percent in 2010.

CNNMoney: Tax hikes and jobs: The whole storyupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 08:10:00

Raise taxes on the rich, and you'll put the nation's "job creators" at risk.

CNNMoney: Small Business Lending Fund: a dudupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 09:16:00

A Treasury Department program aimed at helping small businesses get their hands on cash ended this week -- with a thud.

CNNMoney: Health care tax credits: Many left wantingupdated: Wed Sep 28 2011 10:26:00

The health reform passed last year included tax credits to help ease the burden of surging health care costs for small businesses. But many small firms are ineligible.

CNNMoney: Obama's stimulus plan: a flop for many small businessesupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 09:26:00

The $447 billion stimulus plan that President Obama unveiled earlier this month won't change hiring plans for many small businesses, according to a survey released Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Main Street on Obama's jobs act: Nice. Blech. Huh?updated: Fri Sep 09 2011 16:15:00

Some were optimistic. More were highly skeptical. And others were left scratching their heads. That's how some small business owners felt about President Obama's jobs package, which was unveiled Thursday.

CNNMoney: Obama's 17 tax breaks for small business: Big whoop!updated: Thu Sep 08 2011 12:53:00

President Obama has passed 17 tax breaks and credits for small businesses. But when it comes to job creation, they don't add up to much.

CNNMoney: Are new rules on health care and banks killing jobs?updated: Wed Sep 07 2011 09:35:00

To many Republicans and business leaders, there's little doubt: The health care law and sweeping new Wall Street regulation -- two of President Obama's signature legislative victories -- are causing uncertainty and killing jobs.

CNNMoney: Main Street on edge as Wall Street swingsupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 21:08:00

The nerve-racking volatility of the stock market has been making small business owners, well, nervous.

CNNMoney: Need a job? Forget benefitsupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 12:53:00

Providing benefits to full-time employees is an increasingly unattractive option for small businesses. As a result, they are hiring part-timers.

CNNMoney: Small business program misses the markupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 12:01:00

Throwing money at a problem doesn't always work.

CNNMoney: Rewards cards: Consumers love 'em, retailers don'tupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 16:06:00

Consumers love the free flights, gadgets and cash back they get when they pay with their rewards credit cards. But mom and pop stores cringe when they do.

CNNMoney: Small businesses pessimistic about the futureupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 13:13:00

Hiring and the mood among small business owners continued their downward spiral, according to survey results from an industry group.

CNNMoney: Small business hiring outlook weakupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 15:26:00

When it comes to hiring, the engines of job growth -- small businesses -- are sitting idle.

CNNMoney: Tory Burch to entrepreneurs: Embrace changeupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 10:39:00

Tory Burch launched her fashion label in 2004 from her Upper East Side apartment. Now she has a chain of boutiques in cities from Manhasset, N.Y., to Manila in the Philippines. She also has partnerships with upscale department stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, and four outlet stores.

CNNMoney: Small business lending plummetsupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 13:39:00

Bank lending to small businesses fell $15 billion in the first quarter of this year, according to a report released this week from the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy.

CNNMoney: Grim outlook for small business jobsupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 09:11:00

Small business owners have a grim outlook on the economy, with a gathering number planning to reduce jobs over the next three months, according to survey results from an industry group.

CNNMoney: Aileron: Former Iams owner helps small businessesupdated: Mon May 23 2011 13:17:00

Former Iams owner Clayton Mathile made billions in big business. Now he's passing the secret of his success to small companies.

CNNMoney: States with worst business failure ratesupdated: Fri May 20 2011 15:05:00

When it comes to small business success, California is the not-so-Golden state -- at least that's what a recent report from Dun & Bradstreet suggests.

CNNMoney: Small business hiring: slow, steadyupdated: Fri May 06 2011 17:43:00

Small businesses continue to add jobs, but the pace of hiring seems to be flattening.

CNNMoney: Shutdown cost to one small business: $60,000updated: Fri Apr 08 2011 17:28:00

Fred Thevenin's rafting business in the Grand Canyon stands to lose $60,000 on Saturday if lawmakers don't work out a deal to avert a federal shutdown.

CNNMoney: Inflation pressures grow on Main Streetupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 08:22:00

Prices are going up all over Main Street.

CNNMoney: Delaying debit card fee cap gains momentumupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 14:30:00

A legislative effort to delay and study a new law capping the swipe fees that retailers pay is picking up steam in Congress.

CNNMoney: 3 states to get $53.4M for small business loan programsupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 18:52:00

Small businesses in three states may have an easier time getting loans, thanks to an infusion of funds from Uncle Sam.

CNNMoney: Small businesses ramp up jobsupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 05:46:00

Small businesses have ramped up their hiring in recent months, fueled by a recovering economy and more optimistic business owners.

CNNMoney: House and Senate ping-pong hated small biz tax ruleupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 18:31:00

The House and Senate are at a stalemate when it comes to getting rid of a hated small business tax reporting provision.

Obama plugs small business at Ohio conferenceupdated: Tue Feb 22 2011 15:23:00

President Barack Obama told a conference of would-be entrepreneurs Tuesday that continued government investment in research and development was necessary to keep U.S. businesses competitive in the 21st century.

CNNMoney: Small biz programs on chopping block in 2012 budgetupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 09:26:00

Like the rest of the federal government, the Small Business Administration is going to get the squeeze in 2012, according to President Obama's budget proposal released Monday.

CNNMoney: Banks slashed small business lending by $43 billionupdated: Fri Feb 11 2011 18:54:00

The numbers back up what small business owners have been saying for two years: Main Street suffered a brutal credit crunch.

How U.S. can build its entrepreneurial edgeupdated: Sat Feb 05 2011 13:44:00

In his State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to "out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world." But what will it take to enhance America's entrepreneurial edge?

CNNMoney: Congress eyes cutbacks at Small Business Administrationupdated: Thu Feb 03 2011 13:57:00

Even as the Obama administration is promoting small business as key to the U.S.'s economic recovery, Congress is reviewing Small Business Administration programs with an eye toward cutbacks.

CNNMoney: Health care repeal would kill off tax breaksupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 07:21:00

Why do Republicans want to take away tax breaks for small businesses?

Fortune: Goldman Sachs's gift to 10,000 small businessesupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 12:20:00

In late 2009, just as Goldman Sachs was being widely slammed for showering billions in bonuses on its employees after receiving a massive federal bailout during the financial crisis, the investment bank announced -- coincidentally or not -- that it was committing $500 million over five years to help small businesses in distressed urban and rural communities across America. Called "10,000 Small Businesses," the program would combine practical business training with loans delivered through community lending institutions. Goldman assembled a distinguished advisory board led by Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett, the bank's biggest investor, and Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter, who is well-known for his research on inner city entrepreneurship. The program then dropped out of the news.

CNNMoney: Own a business? 6 new tax breaksupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 12:30:00

Doing your taxes stinks, right? No fun at all. But take note as you brace for your 2010 return: A handful of changes in the tax code could translate into a fatter refund check.

CNNMoney: Small business sales pick upupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 14:00:00

Entrepreneurs trying to sell their businesses seem to have had an easier time of it last year, although they may not have gotten the price they wanted.

CNNMoney: Small businesses hiring surgesupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 17:16:00

Small businesses saw a sharp jump in hiring in December, according to an ADP report released Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Hope for small businesses on debit-card feesupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 16:29:00

It's not every day that Main Street gets a slam dunk on Wall Street. But the Federal Reserve's proposed cap on "swipe fees" could significantly reduce small businesses' costs while cutting into big credit card company's profits.

CNNMoney: New small business loans approved in 'minutes'updated: Wed Dec 15 2010 15:54:00

The Small Business Administration announced two new lending initiatives on Wednesday aimed at getting relatively modest loans to small businesses quickly.

Job creation? Look to entrepreneursupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 06:14:00

It's the oldest trick in the political playbook: Call together a "summit" of fancy people so you'll appear to be focused on work that must get done.

CNNMoney: Small business 'surge' in hiring - ADPupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 11:15:00

The nation's engine of job growth is revving up: small businesses were responsible for 58% of the private sector hiring in November, according to a report released Wednesday.

'Small Business Saturday' offers incentives for shopping locallyupdated: Sat Nov 27 2010 21:22:00

Despite the retail madness of Black Friday, small businesses traditionally see little difference in their sales. Bookstore owner Laura Keys actually recalls losing revenue last holiday season after Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon battled each other in a price war over last season's hardcovers.

CNNMoney: Top Democrat backs 1099 requirement repealupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 17:29:00

Top Democrats are uniting with Republicans in a show of support for small business owners: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said Friday that he will introduce legislation to repeal the expanded 1099 reporting requirements set to take effect in 2012.

Obama touts small business policies at Rhode Island companyupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 18:43:00

A law initially opposed by Republicans has provided 3,600 small businesses with more than $1.4 billion in new loans since taking effect, President Barack Obama said Monday.

CNNMoney: Small firms not thrilled with big banks - J.D. Powerupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 12:53:00

Small business owners are less than pleased with their relationships with their banks, especially big banks, according to a study from consumer satisfaction research firm, J.D. Power and Associates.

CNNMoney: Credit still tight on Main Street - NY Fed reportupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 17:42:00

Small businesses are not getting access to the credit they need, and as a result, they are struggling to generate the jobs needed to lead the nation toward recovery.

CNNMoney: Bank of America hiring small biz bankersupdated: Fri Oct 15 2010 14:09:00

Bank of America will hire 1,000 new small business bankers by early 2012, the company announced Thursday.

CNNMoney: $5 billion more in loans to small businessesupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 17:12:00

One stimulus program designed to get loans flowing again to the nation's small businesses worked very well, as in $5 billion well.

CNNMoney: A stimulus program that won't be mournedupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 09:06:00

As the economy continues to sputter, President Obama recently signed legislation extending the life of several stimulus measures. But one program designed as an emergency rescue for small businesses didn't get life support, and no one seems to be mourning its loss.

CNNMoney: Small business for Congress!updated: Wed Sep 29 2010 09:37:00

A lot of people are mad as hell at Washington right now. The recession is officially over, but it doesn't feel over.

Obama signs $42 billion bill aimed to help small businessesupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 16:36:00

President Barack Obama signed into law a $42 billion bill to aid small businesses Monday, saying it would create jobs by providing tax credits and helping banks increase loans.

Obama signs small business billupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 16:36:00

The $42 billion bill aims to create 500,000 jobs through tax breaks and increased bank lending to Main Street businesses.

CNNMoney: House OKs small biz jobs billupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 16:55:00

One week after the Senate passed a $42 billion bill aimed at helping small businesses, the House voted Thursday to send the bill to President Obama's desk.

CNNMoney: Tax credit bonanza for small businessesupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 04:00:00

Across the country, small businesses are talking to their accountants about a hefty tax credit that could make health insurance a little more affordable.

CNNMoney: Tax cuts: Small biz fact checkupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 11:22:00

Republicans say raising taxes on the wealthy would cause small businesses to pull back on hiring. Many leading Democrats say that's nonsense. Who's right?

CNNMoney: Senate OKs small biz jobs billupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 13:27:00

After months of debate and significant pressure from the White House, the Senate on Thursday passed a $42 billion bill aimed at helping small businesses.

Obama slams GOP again on taxes, small business aidupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 11:58:00

President Barack Obama tore into GOP congressional leaders again Wednesday for trying to block his small business aid bill and opposing his plan to extend the Bush tax cuts only to those making under $250,000.

Senate to end debate, vote on small-business aid billupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 04:00:00

The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on ending a debate on a bill that it says will aid small businesses and result in the creation of 500,000 jobs.

CNNMoney: Obama slams GOP on taxes, small business aidupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 17:56:00

President Barack Obama tore into GOP congressional leaders again Wednesday for trying to block his small business aid bill and opposing his plan to extend the Bush tax cuts only to those making under $250,000.

CNNMoney: Small biz jobs bill passes key test voteupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 14:28:00

The Senate voted Tuesday to move the $42 billion Small Business Jobs Act forward, bringing the bill one step closer to passage.

CNNMoney: Big biz moves to help small bizupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 13:52:00

IBM and five other major U.S. corporations said Tuesday they would make it easier for small companies to apply for billions of dollars worth of corporate contracts to help boost the economy.

CNNMoney: CEOs to Washington: Don't leave us out of stimulusupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 13:28:00

As policymakers in Washington focus on ways to help small businesses, the leaders of America's biggest companies delivered their own message on Tuesday: Don't leave us out of efforts to stimulate the economy.

CNNMoney: Senate takes up 'job killing' IRS ruleupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 08:15:00

Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill this week after the summer recess and small business tops their to-do list.

Obama in 'wrestling match' with GOP over taxesupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 18:32:00

President Barack Obama lashed out at congressional Republicans again on Monday, telling a group of northern Virginia residents that a GOP push to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for voters making over $250,000 is unaffordable.

CNNMoney: Obama tax breaks: Limited help for small bizupdated: Thu Sep 09 2010 12:39:00

President Obama's plan to offer $200 billion in tax breaks for businesses that invest in plants and equipment would likely have only a limited impact on most small businesses, experts say.

Obama rips GOP for blocking business aid billupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 15:50:00

President Barack Obama blasted Senate Republicans on Monday for blocking a small business assistance bill, calling their opposition "pure partisan politics."

CNNMoney: Small business loan programs need cash ASAPupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 05:48:00

Many state programs that help small businesses get loans they need to survive or expand are in jeopardy, victims of the economic downturn and state budget gaps.

Obama: No time for political gamesupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 09:43:00

The President urged Republicans to put partisanship aside in order to pass pending small business legislation.

Obama renews call for passage of jobs billupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 09:43:00

President Barack Obama on Thursday renewed his call for Senate Republicans to stop blocking a jobs bill intended to help small businesses.

Obama: Social Security won't be privatizedupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 12:08:00

President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday that the Social Security system won't be privatized while he is in the White House.

Obama: GOP slogan is 'no we can't'updated: Wed Aug 18 2010 12:08:00

President Obama speaks at a campaign event for Sen. Patty Murray in Seattle and takes aim at Republicans.

Obama implores Senate to take up jobs bill first after recessupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 16:13:00

President Barack Obama on Tuesday renewed his call for the U.S. Senate to pass a jobs bill aimed at helping small businesses.

CNNMoney: Banks finally lending more to small bizupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 16:05:00

The credit market may finally be starting to thaw out, according to a report from the Federal Reserve.

Obama calls for movement on small-business billupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 14:28:00

President Obama used an appearance at a small business in Washington to again call on Congress to pass small-business legislation that he says will help strengthen the American economy.

CNNMoney: Small biz jobs bill: FAILupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 13:58:00

As mom-and-pop businesses struggle to make ends meet, the latest attempt to help them has gotten mired in Washington politics.

CNNMoney: Tax cut squabble grows louderupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 10:50:00

Washington's big debate - whether or not to extend the Bush-era tax cuts - heated up Wednesday, and appeared headed for a showdown when Congress returns from its summer break next month.

Obama urges GOP to back bill aiding small businessesupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 15:49:00

President Barack Obama on Wednesday challenged Senate Republicans to back a bill that would help small businesses, calling its provisions "things the Republican Party has said it supported for years."

CNNMoney: Tax hikes for the rich: Can the economy afford them?updated: Mon Jul 26 2010 10:43:00

Would making the rich pay higher taxes next year hurt the economy?

Obama urges Senate to pass small-business jobs billupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 14:41:00

President Obama on Friday called on the Senate to pass a small-business jobs bill that would, for one, help spur greater lending to struggling business owners.

Fortune: The wrong fix for small business lendingupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 14:34:00

In a speech last week, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said banks across the country are systematically denying loan requests from financially credible small businesses. Bernanke implored community banks to lend more to small businesses, saying they are "crucial to America's recovery."

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