Elaine Pofeldt, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

CNBC’s 2019 America’s Top States for Business study reveals the places that foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem have a good regulatory environment, low taxes and access to capital, making them the ideal spot to launch a small business.

Every day seems to make it harder to stay in business for Michelle Rogers, owner of Double R Country Store in Palm Bay, Florida. She and her father, Steve Rossi, teamed up 15 years ago to start an online warehouse that sells farm, ranch supplies and other goods, like wild bird seed and Amish-made baskets. …

Tapping away on the computer in his dorm room at University of Maryland, Anthony Casalena wasn’t planning to start a business when he began writing the code for what would become Squarespace’s website-building software in April 2003. The computer science student—who taught himself to write code as a teen growing up in Northern Maryland—was simply …

Despite heightened enthusiasm for small-business lending in the banking sector, it’s not easy for mom-and-pop firms to get a U.S. Small Business Administration–backed loan. And it’s not just because small-business loans require a lot of paperwork. Banks tend to favor larger deals, which are more profitable for them. So if you’re a small-business owner hunting for …