( Kathy Willens )
Mall stores must open on Thanksgiving but expect to be busy

11/25/2015 05:42 AM PST
Some big retailers face scrutiny for opening on Thanksgiving, but many small stores have no choice.
Jeff Chiu
11/18/2015 02:28 PM PST - Soon after customers arrive at Mozzeria for the first time, they notice something's different about the restaurant: Virtually every staffer is deaf.  
11/17/2015 09:04 AM PST - A survey released Tuesday by Bank of America found that 56 percent of owners are optimistic about the national economy, up 8 percentage points from a survey last spring and 11 points from one taken a year ago.  
11/04/2015 10:51 AM PST - Saying "no" to a demanding work schedule is easier said than done -- something some small business owners know well. When business involves inflexible deadlines, travel and unexpected crises, owners find work/life balance hard to achieve.  
11/04/2015 10:54 AM PST - A company that makes shorts, one that roasts coffee and an old-fashioned five-and-dime store are the finalists in a contest to win a Super Bowl ad.  
11/02/2015 11:04 AM PST - As California enters a potential fifth year of drought, the swimming pool demolition industry -- a niche, to be sure -- is thriving, operators say, with new companies entering the business to profit from Californians' concerns about water scarcity.  
10/21/2015 10:52 AM PDT - Companies with 50 to 99 full-time employees must offer affordable insurance to employees and their dependents starting Jan. 1. They must also file tax forms with the government by Jan. 31 detailing the cost of their coverage and the names and Social Security numbers of employees and their dependents.  
10/16/2015 04:49 PM PDT - Once mostly the purview of children, Halloween has grown into a major consumer holiday that now includes 18- to 34-year-old millennials and older adults who seize the opportunity for a night of escapism.  
Michael Zorn
10/14/2015 11:28 AM PDT - There's no place like home to start a business, according to Martha Stewart, but being an entrepreneur can also pressure your personal life.
10/09/2015 03:03 PM PDT - The new chip credit cards that shoppers are getting in their mailboxes may prevent criminals from stealing from stores, but many thieves are expected to move their operations online. Small businesses could be the most vulnerable.  
(Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)
Seasoned Collector: Holiday 2015 historic home tours, antique shopping

Holiday events are scheduled at historic Bay Area homes, from McConaghy House in Hayward to Ainsley House in Campbell. Plus, a roundup of holiday teas and shopping events.