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Ask the expert

Ask the expert

02/07/16 06:53PM

How do you decide when someone is an employee versus an independent contractor? Let’s ask the expert. Jim Blasingame is the president and founder of the Small Business Network. watch

Elevator pitch: InRoad Toys

Elevator pitch: InRoad Toys

02/07/16 06:52PM

The wheels are turning for this entrepreneur. The creator of InRoad Toys hopes that our panel is willing to play. Find out what they say when he takes them along for the ride. watch

Abusive small business owners

Abusive small business owners

02/07/16 06:51PM

A new study reveals some upsetting facts about the workplace. Researchers have found that employees at small companies are more likely to face abuse on the job than their peers at larger businesses. Associate professor Patricia Meglich and assistant professor Dale Eesley of the University of Nebraska at Omaha tell us about their disturbing study. watch

Keeping a big brand small

Keeping a big brand small

02/07/16 06:48PM

Every small business wants to grow, but the trick is how to do it without diluting your brand. That was the challenge for a popular brand of hand cream. This family owned company worked  hard to keep the brand small even when major orders started coming their way. watch

On the upswing: Know how to grow

On the upswing: Know how to grow

02/07/16 06:47PM

You never really know who’s going to buy your product or how much money you’ll need to grow until you’re in the thick of it. That’s what happened to one entrepreneur who created a new kind of swing. He quickly found out that running your own business has its highs and lows. watch

Is Donald Trump good for small business?

Is Donald Trump good for small business?

01/31/16 04:39PM

The Iowa Caucus is the first vote of the 2016 presidential race, and it’s the first true test for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. Serial entrepreneur Bill Rancic, best known for winning the first season of “The Apprentice,” tells us why his former boss would be good for small business. watch

Top tip: Be all in

Top tip: Be all in

01/31/16 04:29PM

Jim Blasingame, the president and founder of The Small Business Network, tells us why you need to be all in to run a successful small business. watch

Top tip: React and adjust

Top tip: React and adjust

01/31/16 04:26PM

Serial entrepreneur Bill Rancic, best known as the winner of the first season of “The Apprentice,” tells us why you need to react and adjust to any condition while running your small business. watch

Ask the expert

Ask the expert

01/31/16 04:24PM

How do you connect with your customers in a virtual world? Let’s ask the expert. Alicia Syrett is the founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital. watch

Guarded growth

Guarded growth

01/31/16 04:23PM

Sometimes running a small business is all about perspective. The owner of a security guard company in New York says that it simply took a change in attitude to give her business the foundation that it needed to grow. watch

Landing government contracts

Landing government contracts

01/31/16 04:17PM

The U.S. government purchases $500 billion worth of merchandise every year, and a large chunk of that money is spent at small businesses. We went to California to meet a woman who owns an office products company. She has succeeded in cracking the complicated code of doing business with the government. watch

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JJ Ramberg is the host of MSNBC’s Your Business, the only television show dedicated to issues affecting small business owners. Now in its seventh season, the program has profiled hundreds of small business owners and offered advice from countless business experts and investors. Ramberg is a regular contributor to The TODAY Show about small business and financial issues. She's also co-author of the book "It's Your Business," which offers tips and advice based on stories from the show.

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