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Beverly Hills could become first US city to prohibit sale of all tobacco products

Beverly Hills City Hall in Beverly Hills, California on January 13, 2018. Raymond Boyd | Michael Ochs Archives | Getty Images LOS ANGELES — The Beverly Hills City Council will consider a first-in-the-nation ban on all tobacco sales next Tuesday. The ordinance would apply to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes sold Read More…

Amazon's drug push has one start-up cutting staff, selling pharmacies to help businesses compete

Analysts say Amazon is poised to disrupt the $934.8 billion dollar global pharmaceutical industry. PillPack Nimble Pharmacy was among a crop of emerging companies, backed by venture capitalists, aiming to deliver prescription drugs from their own pharmacies to consumers’ homes or offices. Then Amazon bought online pharmacy PillPack in 2018, and Nimble needed to find Read More…

2019 Disruptor 50: No. 14 Kabbage

Founders: Rob Frohwein (CEO), Kathryn Petralia (President), Marc GorlinLaunched: 2009Headquarters: AtlantaFunding: $489 millionValuation: $1.2 billion (PitchBook)Key technologies: Artificial intelligence, cloud computing, machine learningIndustry: Credit, financial services, lending George Kavallines | CNBC Small businesses are continuously touted as the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, but it doesn’t seem like the big banks know that. Getting a Read More…

Where Trump has support in battle with Fed over rates: The smallest small businesses

Waring Abbott | Michael Ochs Archives | Getty Images Facing both the tightest labor market and the highest interest rates in years, small business owners often face a tough trade-off: whether to emphasize hiring and retaining employees or focus on other aspects of running their businesses. In most cases, according to the latest CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Read More…

Small business confidence remains high, Main Street sees more good times ahead: CNBC survey

Small business confidence ticked up and remains at a high level, according to the latest CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey for the second quarter. The CNBC|Survey Monkey Small Business Confidence Index reading of 59 (up from 58 in the first quarter 2019) indicates that small business owners are optimistic about the direction of their business over Read More…

Nearly half a million UK firms in 'significant financial distress'

Skyscrapers under construction in London. Oli Scarff | Getty Images New research from British insolvency firm Begbies Traynor revealed that 484,000 U.K. businesses are in “significant financial distress,” which is 14% of all the economically active firms in the country. The “Red Flag Alert” data also showed that the number of firms in “critical” distress, Read More…

Trump's small-business plan 'clearly an end-run' around Obamacare protections, judge rules

President Donald Trump Carlos Barria | Reuters A federal judge has struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by President Donald Trump, marking the second setback in a week for the administration’s health care initiatives. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote in his opinion late Thursday that so-called “association health plans” were Read More…

NFIB Joins Suit on Climate Change

NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Juliana v. United States—urging dismissal of a controversial lawsuit, which seeks to compel the federal government to more aggressively address climate change. The brief was filed in conjunction with the Texas Public Policy Foundation and other concerned businesses and business groups. The case Read More…

Changing consumer trends have contributed to Kraft Heinz's troubles, retail analyst says

Kraft Heinz is feeling the squeeze as the brand falls behind food consumption trends and faces other mounting struggles, Wolfe Research analyst Scott Mushkin told CNBC on Friday. Management is catching heat from its connection to cost-cutting private-equity giant 3G Capital, but the food and beverage giant’s revamp of products such as Oscar Mayer is Read More…

What Every Small Business Owner Needs To Know About Online Review Feedback

When you’re running a small business, you fight for every customer, client and sale. That’s why it’s frustrating whenever something unexpected throws a wrench in the works. One of those unexpected wrenches for many small businesses is online reviews. Positive reviews can springboard your business toward success, while negative reviews can seriously poison the well. Read More…

North Dakota lenders recognized for small business loans

Eight North Dakota lenders have earned the 2016 Director’s Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration North Dakota District Office, honoring their participation with SBA in supporting the growth and expansion of small businesses in their communities. The winners are: Dakota Certified Development Corp., U.S. Bank, Capital Credit Union, Choice Financial, VISIONBank, Starion Financial, Town Read More…

Family Business Day honors tight-knit Montana entrepreneurs

A pair of local businesses were honored as part of the 23rd Annual Family Business Day hosted by Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship. Bozeman baked goods company Elliotts of Montana and retailer Wild West Shirt Company were among the six businesses awarded at Friday’s event. Busted Knuckle Brewery in Glasgow, Read More…

Burger Dive wins at ZooMontana, advances to World Food Championships

Burger Dive’s “I’m Your Huckleberry” is the People’s Choice at the the Zoofari burger competition at ZooMontana on Friday night. The very first Zoofari brought burgers, brews and bands for a big party and fund raiser. The Montana Beef Council sponsored the competition. Callaghan Enterprises, Grille 406 out of Bozeman, Stacked, a Montana Grill and Read More…