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CEO Of Dating Startup Found Love On His Own Site

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 06.14.2012 | Small Business

In the early days of his online dating startup Grouper, Michael Waxman saw signs that suggested he was onto something. First, it worked for him. Af...

Cutting Regulations Is Not the Top Priority for Small Businesses

J. Kelly Conklin | Posted 08.13.2012 | Small Business
J. Kelly Conklin

Small businesses like mine need regulations to balance our interests against those of powerful special interests -- and there is nothing naive about that.

Skyrocketing Health Care Costs Hurt Businesses, Families and the Bottom Line

Kristie Arslan | Posted 08.13.2012 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

While most Americans may be expecting their health care costs to go down under the health care reform law, the self-employed, who are already facing an increase in costs, are bracing for even more.

Entrepreneurs: Don't Forget Your Personal Finances

Women & Co | Posted 08.13.2012 | Small Business
Women & Co

You put in long hours and hard work to build your business -- and it's easy to neglect your personal finances. But that could be a huge mistake. Consider five key issues:

Why Franchising Matters (and How to Get Into the International Franchise Expo This Weekend for Free)

Chris Hurn | Posted 08.13.2012 | Small Business
Chris Hurn

Franchising, as a business model, is good for the current lean economic environment, and it's great for job creation. The franchise industry provides over 20 million people with employment, and it generates more than $2 trillion in economic activity yearly.

Inspired By Motherhood, She Invented A Product To Protect Kids From Toxins

Posted 06.13.2012 | Fifty

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. Women should know that they don't have to hang...

Fact Check: EPA Regulations Are Not Small Business's Kryptonite

John Arensmeyer | Posted 08.11.2012 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

When it comes to EPA regulations that promote clean and renewable energy, don't believe the hype -- small business owners support 'em.

The Purpose of Business Is a Business of Purpose

Somik Raha | Posted 08.08.2012 | Business
Somik Raha

Business strategy that focuses exclusively on the head while ignoring the heart won't work, for it becomes dry and lacks the motivating power to inspire people to dream up amazing ideas and make them happen.

Slow Payers Hurting Companies' Cash Flow, Hiring

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 08.08.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Cash is tied up in inventory as well as receivables, and that has a significant effect on cash flow and consequently, a significant effect on how much companies can use for capital expenditures or new jobs.

Mompreneurs: From Laid Off to Launch... After 40

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.08.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

After being laid off twice within six months, there was only one thing for Judy Goss to do: start her own business.

Former Banker on How to Recover From Small Business Lending Crisis

Karin Kamp | Posted 08.07.2012 | Small Business
Karin Kamp

The salvation for small businesses appears to be the community banks that represent just 10% of all U.S. banks. These bankers live in the community. These are the old-fashioned relationship bankers that want to know about the character of the person they lend to.

The Small Business Distortion

Nicholas Johnson | Posted 08.07.2012 | Small Business
Nicholas Johnson

Here's an important lesson for anyone watching state or federal tax policy debates: just because elected officials say they're doing something for "small businesses" and "job growth" doesn't mean that they really are.

How to Build a Social Media Brand

Melinda Emerson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Building a social media brand is a major factor in small business success, but the key is being niche focused.

5 Financial Metrics Every Business Owner Should Know

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 08.06.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

If you're like most business owners, your days are filled by efforts to make your company successful. And you might be great at those things. But how good are you at making money and managing your resources?

Nate C. Hindman

Bloomberg Soda Ban Blasted By New York Business Owners

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 06.06.2012 | Small Business

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to ban the sale of large sugary drinks at New York City eateries has some local business owners up in arms. "We're c...

First Quarter Productivity Falls More Than Expected

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Nonfarm productivity fell more than expected in the first quarter as companies gave more hours to employees but only modestly expanded out...

Obama's Regulatory Moment

Blanche Lincoln | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Blanche Lincoln

When you ask small business owners from Nevada to Pennsylvania what the greatest obstacle in the way of their success is, they echo what numerous studies have indicated for months: government regulations.

Why My Band Is Good for My Business

Robert Levin | Posted 08.05.2012 | Small Business
Robert Levin

Since the gig, about two dozen clients have been asking when we are playing next, because they want to come. Sounds like good business to me.

Five Fraud-Fighting Tips for Businesses

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 08.05.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Desperate times call for desperate measures, the saying goes. So it's not surprising that fraud in the workplace increased during the economic crisis and recession.

A Persuasive Republican Narrative Hinders Economic Recovery

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.04.2012 | Business
Paul Heroux

Excessive regulation has been called the reason the private sector isn't creating jobs, but that is a political slogan and it doesn't square up with the evidence.

How to Go from Success to Leadership: Embody Your Values

Anne Hill | Posted 08.04.2012 | Small Business
Anne Hill

Strange as it may seem, success catches many people off-guard. If you have been striving for years to build your brand and attain influence, it can feel very odd to realize that things really are taking off.

Social Capital Is the 'Glue' for Women-Owned Firms

Susan Coleman | Posted 08.04.2012 | Small Business
Susan Coleman

Traditionally, women entrepreneurs have not been a part of many important "old boys" networks in the world of business, and it is only recently that they have begun to penetrate those networks while also building their own. Thus, women are still playing "catch-up" on the social capital front.

MOMPRENEURS: From Music Manager to Nail Spa Owner

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.01.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Most people can't imagine making the leap into a completely different career, but Donna moved past this fear by taking her experience in the music biz and applying it to her new venture.

WATCH: This Woman's $20 Million Franchise Started In Her Living Room

Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living

At Marlothomas.com, we’re always talking about how important it is for women to continue dreaming, no matter how impossible their goals may seem. Sh...

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Laundromat (VIDEO)

Mike Sternoff | Posted 07.31.2012 | Chicago
Mike Sternoff

Every layoff is accompanied with a tough call home. Every new hire, a dinner to celebrate. This video is the story of Joseph. Like many other Americans he was laid off during the height of the recession. He then took a risk and opened a business.