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These Four Companies Think Online Video Can Help Your Business

Kevin Ducoff | Posted 04.23.2013 | Small Business
Kevin Ducoff

Check out these four companies -- from big-name contenders to newly formed startups -- that think online video can help your business.

The Hiring Guru: Hiring New Employees? Start With a Phone Call

David Jensen | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
David Jensen

Screening candidates by phone helps narrow the field. This process can be tedious as there are many outgoing and incoming telephone calls. The conversations themselves can also be deceptive but will save a great deal of time in the long run as you'll eliminate some potential time-wasting interviews.

Packaging -- How to Land Yourself on Time Magazine's World's 100 Most Influential People List

Peter Sheahan | Posted 04.22.2013 | Small Business
Peter Sheahan

We've all heard the notion that a single great idea has the capacity to change the world. But in truth, ideas don't manifest change. People do, specifically people who can elevate those ideas by clearly articulating how they can be put into practice in the real world.

When Delegating Feels Like More Work for You

Lauren Bacon | Posted 04.22.2013 | Small Business
Lauren Bacon

A lot of bosses are terrible at delegating. Yes, the first time you delegate, it will cost you more time and energy than if you did it yourself. But before long, all it takes is the effort to forward the email, stop at their desk, shoot them an instant message. "Could you take care of this?" "Sure." Done.

The Art of Divorce Recovery

Don McNay | Posted 04.22.2013 | Divorce
Don McNay

I equated divorce to failure. I don't mind telling the world about my business failures (and success), but there was something about my marriage ending that I wanted to keep to myself.

Kiva Zip Joins Forces with Innovative Mentoring Programs for Small Business Entrepreneurs in Underserved Communities

Kiva Zip | Posted 04.15.2013 | Small Business
Kiva Zip

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifOur entrepreneurs are mostly people who see starting a business as an avenue to a better life. They have an idea, a vision and a lot of passion.

Deficit-Free Economic Stimulation

Steve Pociask | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Steve Pociask

Congress has it hands full again. With the potential of cutting government spending and raising taxes, most Democrats and Republicans have one thing they can agree on - either option could jeopardize an already weak economic recovery.

Creating Jobs for Native Americans

Kiva Zip | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Lack of access to seed funding is just one of the challenges faced by Native entrepreneurs. Like many small business owners and aspiring owners, there are few places to receive critical business training, technical support and financial literacy skills.

The Era of Giant Chain Stores Is Over -- And They've Ruined America

James Howard Kunstler | Posted 04.21.2013 | Small Business
James Howard Kunstler

The unintended consequence of the giant chain stores' victories was the total destruction of local economic networks, that is, Main Streets and downtowns, in effect destroying many of their own livelihoods. We can get that all back, but it won't be a bargain.

Need to Start the Small Business Engines

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 06.27.2013 | Small Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

"Struggle" seems to be the operative word for the condition of small business today. Is there anything that can be done to help them in that struggle?

Butter + Love

Dark Rye | Posted 04.21.2013 | Taste
Dark Rye

Walla's baked goods were an immediate hit. People told her the cookies tasted just like grandma's, but Walla was also putting a modern spin on things.

Raise the Minimum Wage or Cut Low-Wage Taxes?

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 04.19.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

President Obama just called for an increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour. Yet he made no effort to save the "temporary stimulus" 2% payroll tax cut. So what's better for low-wage workers: an increase in the minimum wage or a decrease in payroll taxes?

PHOTOS: The 25 Most Innovative Businesses In NYC

Business Insider | Posted 02.15.2013 | New York

With so much focus on tech startups and the newest apps, we sometimes forget that some of the most innovative businesses are the ones that put a new s...

Businesses Take Time to Build

Andrew_Yang | Posted 04.16.2013 | Small Business

One of my mentors once said to me, "It takes at least four or five years to see if a company is going to work. Generally more. If you're really fast, maybe you can get a sense of where things are going by the end of Year Three."

Brooklyn Brew Kids Teach You How To Brew

Dark Rye | Posted 04.15.2013 | Taste
Dark Rye

People have been making beer, or at least something resembling beer, since the dawn of civilization.

A Busy Mom Organizes Her Overwhelming Schedule Into A Million-Dollar Business

Posted 02.14.2013 | 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...

Mr. President: Time to Partner With the Small Business Community

Kristie Arslan | Posted 04.14.2013 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

Unfortunately, the political and economic environment is sour at best for our smallest businesses even though we are the fastest growing economic sector. Roadblocks and barriers continue to stand in our way.

Kiva Zip Partnership Helps Mi Casa Business Success Graduates Achieve Their Dreams

Kiva Zip | Posted 04.14.2013 | Business
Kiva Zip

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifMi Casa Resource Center is collaborating with Kiva Zip to provide loan assistance to low-income business owners unable to access loans from traditional lenders.

Small Businesses: Did You Find Your Network and Mentor Yet?

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 04.14.2013 | Small Business
Mehrunisa Qayyum

By extending a kind gesture, which might only take five minutes for an established entrepreneur, may result in success in not one new entrepreneur's business, but in others.

4 Reasons to Never Trust the Stock Market

Gene Marks | Posted 04.14.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The rising stock market is a good thing. And the smart business people I know are taking advantage of it (or plan to). But they are wary. I don't trust the markets. And neither should you.

Tips From the Rock n' Roll CEO No. 11: These Days, It's Survival of the Quickest

Jared Gutstadt | Posted 02.11.2013 | Business
Jared Gutstadt

This entire affair is proof that being quick is nothing to be scared of. There's no need for long email chains or bloated meetings -- just do something. Be fearless, be inspired, and have fun.

Taking the Mobile Path: The Key to Moving Small Business Forward

Teresa Zobrist | Posted 04.13.2013 | Technology
Teresa Zobrist

The smartphone has become the center of our digital universe. It's how we engage with family and friends, the way we buy products and the way we stay informed, generating billions of transactions a day, millions of times a second. What has not been as apparent, however, is just how valuable all that data can be to help small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) grow their businesses and attract new customers.

The Key to Brewing-Up Jobs: Innovative Partnerships Supporting Small Businesses

Jim Koch | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Jim Koch

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWhile hard work and persistence allowed me to achieve my American Dream, there are many small businesses that have the same potential, but similar to my experience, are viewed as too risky by traditional lenders.

Unemployed? Become a Weebie!

Stephen Viscusi | Posted 04.09.2013 | Small Business
Stephen Viscusi

I needed a place to work that was not my home. I discovered a place that's like working at a Starbucks in the lobby of an Ian Schrader hotel: Meet "WeWork."

The Key to Prosperity: Manufacturing American Jobs

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

It appears that the national conversation may be about to pivot from an almost obsessive concentration on big government and expense reduction to a concern for the well-being of the individual citizen and revenue generation.