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SBA loan program is back in business

SBA loan program is back in business

08/02/15 09:46AM

The Small Business Administration’s 7(a) loan program is up and running again after reaching its annual limit. President Obama signed a bill raising the ceiling to $23.5 billion. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet tells us why this funding is... watch

Subscription service addiction

Subscription service addiction

08/02/15 09:44AM

Subscription businesses are hot. Consumers who are short on time and interested in hassle free shopping are fueling the growth of this sector. We look at the expansion of subscription commerce and how a subscriber can be more valuable than a customer. watch

Owner creates fun tours and delegates tasks

Owner creates fun tours and delegates tasks

07/26/15 09:38AM

Many of us start a company to sell a product or service we love.  So was the case for HUSH Tours owner, Debra Harris a New Yorker who started a Hip Hop bus tour, but she got stuck with daily tasks. So she hired help and hasn’t looked back. watch

Small biz disruptor Michelle Phan

Small biz disruptor Michelle Phan

07/26/15 07:36AM

Michelle Phan was once a college girl with a passion for beauty, so she posted makeup tutorials on YouTube. Now, she has a makeup line and a subscription beauty box service called ipsy. She tells us how she disrupted the world of beauty. watch

Violating intellectual property

Violating intellectual property

07/19/15 02:32PM

Violating another company’s IP is serious business. If you’re accused of doing it, you may end up getting a cease and desist letter. That’s what happened to two businesses who never intended to take anyone else’s ideas. watch

Selling to survivalists

Selling to survivalists

07/19/15 07:42AM

Appealing to customers’ emotions is an effective sales tool. For one California business, talking to clients about ways to survive potential disasters has made them a booming business. watch

American Business: Five Businesses in One

American Business: Five Businesses in One

07/12/15 08:55AM

One company wasn't enough for Jeremy Hale. The Virginia entrepreneur and his wife Jamie own five small businesses. From construction, to storage and recycling, they have figured out how to make it all work together and apart. watch

Balancing act: Competing with yourself

Balancing act: Competing with yourself

07/12/15 07:45AM

Elliot Nelson owns eight restaurants in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. The establishments range from Mexican, Japanese, a Deli and a Bowling Alley. It’s a balancing act and luckily he’s his own competition. watch

Shark whisperer: Swimming with sharks

Shark whisperer: Swimming with sharks

06/28/15 03:27PM

The sharks in one small business owner’s life aren’t investors. They’re the real thing! A few years ago, Ocean Ramsey had an idea to introduce people to the animals she loves. Today, she’s got a thriving business. watch

Strength in numbers: Entrepreneurs team up

Strength in numbers: Entrepreneurs team up

06/28/15 07:37AM

June 28, 2015: It takes a little something extra to get someone to come to your small business instead of going to a big brand. That’s why some small, independent real estate companies joined forces to compete against more recognizable names. watch

Brand new bag: A Your Business makeover

Brand new bag: A Your Business makeover

06/21/15 03:44PM

Janet Goodman started her business after solving a problem for herself. She needed a bag to hold her medical supplies and everyday stuff. Unfortunately, Janet’s not making any money. That’s why our team of experts gave Yadabags a Your Business makeover. watch

Cosmetic changes: Lobbying on Capitol Hill

Cosmetic changes: Lobbying on Capitol Hill

06/14/15 06:04PM

While some small business owners complain about government regulation, one entrepreneur wants more rules. The founder of a cosmetics and skin care company says her industry needs to protect customers from toxins in everyday products. watch

Elevator pitch: Independence Day Clothing

Elevator pitch: Independence Day Clothing

06/14/15 07:48AM

Children with autism or other special needs now have an easier time getting dressed. A new line of clothes that’s both versatile and fashionable is making it possible. Let’s find out what our panel thinks of Independence Day Clothing. watch

Crime cleanup: Creating a positive spin

Crime cleanup: Creating a positive spin

06/08/15 10:48AM

Marketing is tough for businesses that clean up crime scenes or the homes of hoarders. How can you put a positive spin on it and get customers to trust and hire you? The founder of one small business says she had to focus on her marketing. watch

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About Your Business

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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