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NAACP Silent as Federal Contracts to Minority-Owned Small Businesses Drop

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 07.24.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

I'm surprised that the NAACP has been silent on an issue that strikes at the heart of the organization's mission. That is, federal contracting with small businesses owned by minorities has dropped significantly in the last year.

Who Speaks for Small Business? Not the NFIB

Ellen Bravo | Posted 07.23.2012 | Small Business
Ellen Bravo

Many small business owners maintain the NFIB's agenda doesn't address their priorities, and say the lobbying group even fights against policies that small businesses need.

Eight Big Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating a Lease for Your Business

Melody Stevens | Posted 07.23.2012 | Small Business
Melody Stevens

It's no secret to business owners that there are great deals to be had in this tenant-friendly economic climate. However, if you combine inexperience, emotion, and an inflexible landlord, you have a recipe for some disastrous decisions.

Mompreneurs: Best Friends & Business Partners

Sandy Abrams | Posted 07.23.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Understanding the options and myriad details of business ownership is critical before deciding to go from friends to business partners.

How About National BIG Business Week?

Gene Marks | Posted 07.23.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

It's the big companies in this country that are truly the engines of our economic growth. It may be politically correct to celebrate the little guy. But it's the big guy who should be receiving the attention.

From Waiting Tables To Wardrobing Hollywood Stars: 'I Knew I Wanted More'

Posted 10.18.2012 | MarloThomas

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...

A Cautionary Tale: When Your Boss Wants to Become Your Friend

Nedda Alammar | Posted 07.22.2012 | Small Business
Nedda Alammar

When my boss wants me to just roam around his office/cubicle and talk about whatever until he's ready to leave and maybe go out for drinks with him, my defenses are up.

Private-company Sales, Margin Growth Continue

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 07.22.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Privately held U.S. companies -- the millions of businesses that drive job creation and GDP -- are growing sales so far this year at about the same ra...

National Small Business Week: Main Street Means Business

Fred R. Becker, Jr. | Posted 07.22.2012 | Small Business
Fred R. Becker, Jr.

Even as recent headlines detail yet one more investment debacle at a behemoth Wall Street bank, small businesses and credit unions continue to carry the water for America's communities and ultimately, our entire nation's economic well-being.

How Do You Know When You Have a Good Business Idea?

Susan Feldman & Alison Pincus | Posted 07.22.2012 | Technology
Susan Feldman & Alison Pincus

Despite starting a new business during the worst economic downturn of our lifetime, our passion consumed us and we forged ahead. Good times or bad, an innovative business can prevail.

Four Steps to Managing Your Online Reputation

Carol Roth | Posted 07.22.2012 | Small Business
Carol Roth

For a small business, online gossip or negative reviews can be the difference between securing or losing a potential customer (and sometimes hundreds of them). So, how do you manage your online reputation? Here are four best practices for your small business to implement.

Death Watch: Billion-Dollar Startups

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.18.2012 | Business

So, the Facebook IPO did not exactly take off like a rocket. That's a blow to those, like us, who see a tech bubble forming around every corner. B...

Five Things Small Business Owners Need to Know About Capitol Hill

Bill Cheney | Posted 07.17.2012 | Small Business
Bill Cheney

If small business owners want to see more credit available, they need to keep their eye on Washington as much as their local lending institutions. And yes, we need the help.

The Key to Inspiring Self-Confidence

Melissa Van Rossum | Posted 07.17.2012 | Parents
Melissa Van Rossum

Kids and adults alike need to face their fears, embrace their struggles and learn from the process. As they do, authentic confidence will emerge.

How to End the Education Crisis: 10 Classes Every Business School Should Be Teaching

Gene Marks | Posted 07.17.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

If our students emerged from their universities better prepared for life in the business world, there would be more opportunities awaiting them. So to that end, here are just a few courses I believe every fine business school should offer.

The Challenge of Hiring Linksters

Karen Leland | Posted 07.16.2012 | Small Business
Karen Leland

In one short month summer will be here, and millions of Linksters, also known as "The Facebook Generation," will be working in small businesses as office assistants, interns, busboys, lifeguards and camp counselors.

Nate C. Hindman

New York Tech Booms, Even As City's Jobless Rate Rises

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 05.17.2012 | Small Business

NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday the launch of a website mapping Internet startups in New York City that are hiring. Speaking ...

Soccer Moms Score Big With A Very Simple Idea

Posted 10.18.2012 | MarloThomas

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...

Tips From the Rock 'n' Roll CEO #2: Be a Punk, Start a Company (And Wear a Hoodie While You're At It)

Jared Gutstadt | Posted 07.15.2012 | Business
Jared Gutstadt

By the '70s, rock had become a bloated mass with few points of entry. That paradigm was smashed by punks like the Clash, who, armed with talent, bypassed the existing machine. Visionary CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg have done the same.

Are You Doing Your No. 1 Job as an Entrepreneur?

Melinda Emerson | Posted 07.15.2012 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Your ability to sell is key. Introspection today should set your expectations for tomorrow. Once you get the hang of power selling, closing a sale will be thrilling and more fun than work.

Designer Co-Founder Series: Fab.com

Chris Johnson | Posted 05.15.2012 | Small Business
Chris Johnson

A design shopping site emerges, investors line up, and soon Demi Moore is tweeting about sales and signups go moonward. It all happened. Fab now has 160 design-obsessed staffers. We stammer when we say it too -- one-sixty. They had 10 when Fab launched 11 months ago.

Young Entrepreneur Council: 10 Tricks for Startups Trying Out Marketing Stunts

Scott Gerber | Posted 07.14.2012 | Small Business
Scott Gerber

What's a fun paid marketing stunt that's worth the cash for small-but-savvy startups that might not have huge budgets?

Is Tech Addiction Killing Your Small Business?

Melody Stevens | Posted 07.14.2012 | Small Business
Melody Stevens

We have crossed the line. Internet and technology use has ceased being about helpful tools to grow and sustain a business. Instead, in many cases it has become an obsession, a compulsion and an addiction.

Nate C. Hindman

This Man Pays $100,000 For Good Ideas

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 05.14.2012 | Small Business

Convinced that cash prizes stimulate innovation, the CEO of one Bellevue, Wash.-based technology firm is giving $100,000 to employees with great ideas...

Two Heads Are Better Than One

Dr. Douglas C. Merrill | Posted 07.14.2012 | Small Business
Dr. Douglas C. Merrill

People come pre-wired with expectations of how businesses should be run. Do people show up for work at 9:00 a.m.? Is it OK to show up for work in a hoodie and unshaved? How about remote employees -- is that OK or too much trouble?