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The Cold Call Isn't Dead

Kevin Ducoff | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business
Kevin Ducoff

It's an issue communications professionals have been grappling with for years -- does outbound marketing really work to drive leads and sales? The answer may surprise you.

What Qualities Gauge a Woman's Success in Business?

Ellen Rohr | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business
Ellen Rohr

In 1963, Mary Kay Ash was passed over for a promotion by a man she had trained. Frustrated, she quit and made a list of everything that was wrong with company.


Dark Rye | Posted 05.13.2013 | Taste
Dark Rye

People are still lining up for the green tea crème brûlée, warm chocolate mochi cake, miso chocolate brownies and black sesame sweet tofu.

Country TV Star Gets A Taste of The Sweet Life In Her Second Act

Posted 03.14.2013 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Is 401(k) Good for America?

Don McNay | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business
Don McNay

I've always encouraged people to put the maximum amount into a 401(k) plan. Few do. Many put in little or nothing at all. Now they are looking at a bleak retirement. Or no retirement at all.

What Awful Leaders Do

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 05.12.2013 | Business
Stacey Alcorn

Awful leaders make uninformed decisions, are as transparent as mud, are unrelatable, and they waver. As a leader, how do you explain to your people; your customers, employees, your tribe, that you have a view of something that they are not privy to?

Refinancings Come Into Focus

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.11.2013 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

If we're looking for an economic rising tide to carry all our boats, I don't see it locally just yet. I see the holes in leaking vessels being plugged, while those onboard are still carrying excess weight.

Catherine New

LOOK: 9 Strange Things You Can Have Regularly Delivered To Your Home | Catherine New | Posted 03.11.2013 | Small Business

Even as newspapers and magazines lament the demise of subscribers, there seems to be no shortage of small businesses vying to deliver other goods to y...

Filing Your 2012 Taxes? You Aren't Alone

Kristie Arslan | Posted 05.09.2013 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

Tax season can be a stressful time for anyone, but it is extremely painstaking for the small business community who must navigate through a complex, ever changing tax code.

Immigrants - The Once, and Future, Story of Jobs

Steve Roberson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Small Business
Steve Roberson

Shouldn't we start with the assumption that people should be free to live and work where they please? We believe in that within our borders. Why should that belief stop at the Rio Grande or the 49th parallel?

10 Mysteries About the Girls Gone Wild Bankruptcy

Gene Marks | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business
Gene Marks

The company's bankruptcy filing listed $16.3 million in debt and $50,000 in assets. How can a company like this even have any assets? Is it the stacks of VHS tapes sitting in the corner? The Hollywood rights to "Sexiest Shower Scenes?"

The Poor Porker

Dark Rye | Posted 05.07.2013 | Taste
Dark Rye

The Poor Porker beignet cart reflects that thrifter's sensibility. It's a curated trove of weird found objects and quirky personal passions, so genuinely strange that it's hard for people not to fall in love with Masse and Wilson's vision of the world.

Make a Connection, Make a Career

Pamela Ryckman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Pamela Ryckman

The night Dina Kaplan met two geeks in a bar on the Bowery, she wasn't looking to switch careers.

Stimulating Entrepreneurism Immediately After Graduation: A Modest, Scalable Proposal

Chris Maples | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Chris Maples

Fronting the money to incentivize local entrepreneurism by removal of short-term loan-repayment fear could pay tremendous dividends locally.

Making Hope Happen

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. | Posted 05.05.2013 | Small Business
Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.

First-time entrepreneurs have the deck stacked against them. Their hope is what improves the odds for success. If you are planning to launch your own business, make sure your pursuing a goal that excites and sustains you.

Little Stores With Cute Names and Home Values

Jon Bronson | Posted 05.05.2013 | Los Angeles
Jon Bronson

We had a bookstore in our little town called The Bookworm. And then Barnes and Noble came in and dropped a super-sized missile of a store literally right next door.

For Better Food, We Need Better Business

Sea to Table | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Sea to Table

Business has to change if we want the food system to change, and it's time that all food businesses were held accountable.

Bridging the Gap: Enrolling Employees Into Your Company Culture

Nick Friedman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Small Business
Nick Friedman

You've worked hard to create a solid company culture. But without incorporating, and even more importantly, enrolling your employees into this culture, its benefits to the success of your business are moot.

Is America's Innovation Imagination Trivial?

Jure Klepic | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Jure Klepic

Do you agree that America is losing its ability to innovate or do you think that we can use new skills to out-innovate the world?

The Health of Private Companies As We Head Into Sequestration

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 05.05.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

The average private company's likelihood of default is lower and debt-to-EBITDA, a measure of financial liquidity, is also below the period a year earlier, according to early estimates based on financial statements from 2012 and 2011.

E-Verify: Bad for Both Businesses and Employees

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Amy B. Dean

The good news is that both Republicans and Democrats have vowed to fix our broken immigration system. The bad news is that they are poised to repeat a key mistake of the past: forcing employers to do the work of verifying whether or not someone is here legally.

4 Things Your Boss Will Never Tell You About Getting a Raise or Promotion

Eric Barker | Posted 05.04.2013 | Small Business
Eric Barker

Hard work isn't all it's cracked up to be. Performance is only loosely tied to who succeeds.

Good Food, Good People: Tim's Place

Posted 03.04.2013 | Taste

Breakfast, lunch and hugs.

Grim Reapers: How Republicans Are Killing Small Business in America

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 05.01.2013 | Small Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

The Republican stance on the sequester and beyond is an abomination and needs to be repudiated. Otherwise we can kiss America's cherished small businesses goodbye, and with it, our economic future.

Small Group, Big Impact

Venture For America | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif It's hard to imagine what Downtown Project was like before the Venture for America Fellows joined our team. I'm not really sure how we functioned without them.