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Success Soup - What is the recipe?

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 08.19.2013 | Small Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

So what does it take to get to this level and beyond? Three major ingredients have led our growth. Fear, desire and courage. An interesting mix for sure. A healthy balance of each is key.

Mompreneurs: Launching Small Biz With $500 and a Baby on the Way

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.19.2013 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Entrepreneurs are known to be risk takers, but in Kendra Scott's case, there seemed to be more risk in not starting her business after her husband was out of work while she was pregnant.

Former Model Strikes It Big With Clever New Invention

Posted 06.19.2013 | 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...

Opening Doors: The Business Benefits of Women-owned Certification

Karin Kamp | Posted 06.18.2013 | Small Business
Karin Kamp

When Brenda Duinkerken met with a Boston-based food broker to help increase sales of her gluten-free products such as cake, cookie and pizza dough mix...

Facts of Business Life: If You Don't Market Your Business, You Don't Have One

Bill McBean | Posted 08.18.2013 | Small Business
Bill McBean

In my new book, The Facts of Business Life, I explore what's required to operate a successful business, and the facts every successful business owner knows One of those facts is: If you don't market your business, you don't have one.

Cloud 101: 5 Reasons to Get Your Head Out of the Clouds and Embrace This Small Business Tool

Gabriel Shaoolian | Posted 08.18.2013 | Small Business
Gabriel Shaoolian

There is a general misunderstanding on the complexity of cloud computing. Like anything else, we are much more comfortable with the systems we have in place and we naturally resist change. But we shouldn't.

How Small Businesses Can Handle Patent Trolls

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 08.18.2013 | Small Business
Deborah Sweeney

There are plenty of small businesses being threatened with frivolous infringement lawsuits. So exactly how can you avoid patent trolls and what can be done if one moves in to strike?

A Letter to Kathryn: The Graduation Gift

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 08.17.2013 | Books
Stacey Alcorn

As I wish you bon voyage to your unknown and exciting future, I have compiled fourteen of the greatest assets I accumulated over the eighteen years since I sat amongst the throngs of college graduates contemplating my own future; books.

The Tale of Two Markets

Jeremy Brown | Posted 08.17.2013 | Small Business
Jeremy Brown

At its heart, small business is about entrepreneurs going for it, taking on risk and chasing their dream, with access to funding being core to their ongoing success.

Are You As Courageous As Edward Snowden?

Gene Marks | Posted 08.17.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

I'm not saying that I agree with Edward Snowden's actions. But I do think he's courageous. Very courageous. More courageous than me. What about you?

No Economic Recovery Without Small Business Recovery

Lynda Bekore | Posted 08.17.2013 | Small Business
Lynda Bekore

To share in the wealth, we all have to share in the responsibility of speaking out when government help turns into government obstacles. We have to make sure our elected representatives know why we object and what results we expect, because small business growth is good for everyone.

LOOK: Worker Savages Former Boss In Epic Letter To The Editor

Posted 06.16.2013 | Good News

A former employee of a restaurant in Crested Butte, Colo. has a bone to pick with her erstwhile boss. In a letter to the editor of the Crested But...

How Social Media May Be Killing Your Business

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Penny C. Sansevieri

We all hear how important it is to be the King (or Queen) of social media. We need to be on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and, of course, Pint...

Small Merchants: Getting Noticed Among "Big Box Noise"

Ed Jay | Posted 08.14.2013 | Small Business
Ed Jay

Smaller or emerging merchants might be intimidated by today's business landscape, especially when considering they don't have the resources to outspend larger, more established brands in marketing, or provide rock bottom prices. So how are small merchants expected to draw customers to their local, independent locations?

Small Steps to Revive Industry in the U.S.

Bobby Grajewski | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Bobby Grajewski

For American manufacturing to resurge in this competitive global market, handcrafted niche products are an essential pillar that needs to be developed. With cheaper foreign alternatives this will be no easy task, but it is not impossible.

The 3 Most Failed Businesses (Infographic)

Ebong Eka | Posted 08.12.2013 | Small Business
Ebong Eka


And The Most Innovative Small Business Of 2013 Is...

CNBC | Daniel Bukszpan | Posted 06.12.2013 | Small Business

CNBC No matter how far the marketplace advances, there will always be problems that plague consumers and that no company can seem to solve. This...

How Small Business Are Beginning to Own Mobile Moments

Brian Wong | Posted 08.12.2013 | Small Business
Brian Wong

The challenge was how we could take these moments and do something meaningful in them. It's really easy to shove an ad in there but you're now taking what was an opportunity to impress and doing what was expected. Do something unexpected and be the gentleman to your audience.

Crafting an Infographic Narrative | Posted 08.12.2013 | Technology

The best infographics are created when a story comes first. In a completed piece, every data point, piece of copy, and design element should support the story. This does not mean, however, that the story an individual or organization wants to tell will intuitively translate to the infographic medium.

Cleaning Up After Her Daughters, Mom Trips Upon A Million Dollar Idea

Posted 06.12.2013 | 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...

Why Amazon Is Bad for (Small) Business

Steven Power | Posted 08.12.2013 | Small Business
Steven Power

It's important to strike a balance. Yes, Amazon is good for reaching a broader audience, but it can't be the exclusive model you use to market and sell your product, especially when it's clear they aren't operating in your favor.

LOOK: Small Business Are Terrified Of Risk

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.11.2013 | Small Business

Entrepreneurs just aren't the daredevils they used to be, according to a new study. Small business owners have become decidedly more conservative a...

Make Sure You're Paying New Hires the Right Amount: 9 Professionals Weigh In

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 08.11.2013 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

What's one resource that you use for evaluating pay scales for new hires? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC).

#Mompreneurs: Branding Yourself for Business

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.11.2013 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Rene Syler is the perfect example of someone who had success on national television and was fired, hit rock bottom trying to stay in an industry that just didn't fit anymore and then created her own career built around her own unique brand online.

A Modest Proposal: Thinking Outside the White Male Box

Hank Williams | Posted 08.11.2013 | Technology
Hank Williams

I have a modest proposal that could easily quadruple the inventive capacity of the country. It's simple, yet powerful, and with the right funding, it could be a game changer. The idea: let's completely remove the shopworn expression "think outside the box" from circulation for retooling.