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Valerie Jarrett: Small Businesses Embody the Spirit That Makes America Great

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 04.02.2013 | Small Business
Valerie Jarrett

Supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs has been a priority for President Obama since Day One of his administration. Why? Because he knows small businesses are responsible for creating two out of every three new jobs in the United States.

Can Business Use Social Media to Succeed?

Jure Klepic | Posted 06.02.2013 | Business
Jure Klepic

It's obvious that businesses will have to undertake a major transformation in consumer interaction, but how can this be accomplished when so many CMOs have not taken the social media world to heart?

Empowering Small Businesses and Highlighting What Is Working

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

When we launched "Opportunity: What Is Working" last July, we envisioned the section as a place to spotlight the opportunities that do exist around job creation. Today, we add to HuffPost's family of sections dedicated to telling the stories of these opportunities a new section called "What Is Working: Small Businesses." Sponsored by Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses initiative -- a $500 million investment supporting businesses in 11 cities -- the section will bring together a multitude of voices, starting conversations around small business from many angles: highlighting the role of community colleges, sharing tips from successful entrepreneurs, asking what the federal and local governments can do to support businesses, and inviting successful business owners to share tips and financial advice. In doing so, we hope to reflect the state of American small business and its vital role in the economy at large.

Want More Social Media Publicity? Ask Che Guevara!

Valiant Lowitz | Posted 06.01.2013 | Small Business
Valiant Lowitz

The term "guerrilla" used to get a pretty bad rap. Our dear comrades in South America associated it with armies or military tactics, but today it gets thrown around quite a bit in discussions about online marketing.

Small Business Awareness of the Cloud's Benefits Is Growing

Mike Foreman | Posted 06.01.2013 | Small Business
Mike Foreman

Small businesses have always looked to their local computer contractors whom they know and trust to advise them which software is best suited to their needs.

Tory Burch: Empowering Women Through Entrepreneurial Education

Tory Burch | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
Tory Burch

We've realized that many of the women who participated in our mentorship programs needed something beyond advice and direction. They needed tools to help them develop their business and scale it.

The Rise Of Women Leaders In A Shifting Business Landscape

The Huffington Post | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact

Twenty five years ago, the share of women-owned businesses was dismal. But thanks to a concerted effort by both the private and public sectors and mem...

Success From Understanding History

Don McNay | Posted 05.31.2013 | Business
Don McNay

Most people are afraid of change. They want affirmation from "what everyone else is doing" and don't want to spend the time and effort to keep on educating themselves. I've been as guilty of that as anyone.

Social Media as a Stored Value Currency

Ingrid Sanders | Posted 05.29.2013 | Small Business
Ingrid Sanders

If you are a small business owner and are not a regular contributor to the primary social networks, you are likely missing out.

How to Get International Angel Investors for Your Startup

Steve Strauss | Posted 05.29.2013 | Small Business
Steve Strauss

How are you going to change the world, even your little part of the world? Angels play a big game, and if you want to play with them, you have to play a big game too.

Are You Handcuffed By Your Goals?

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 05.29.2013 | Small Business
Stacey Alcorn

In 2013 I took a stance to start living without goals. I still work 60 hours a week. I still enjoy every evening and weekend with my amazing family doing stuff that we love. The difference is, I no longer encumber my creativity by being so focused on one thing that I lose sight of something better.

Chink's Cheesesteaks Changes Name To Joe's

AP | Posted 03.29.2013 | Small Business

PHILADELPHIA -- The owner of a historic cheesesteak shop in Philadelphia says he's changing its controversial name. Chink's Steaks owner Joe Groh say...

Lessons Employees Can Learn From the NCAA's March Madness

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Steve Siebold

Believe it or not, allowing your employees to get wrapped up in March Madness is actually a good thing, and in the long run will increase productivity and expand the way your employees approach their jobs.

Netflix Is Genius. Spacey is Brilliant. I Am Just Lazy.

Gene Marks | Posted 05.28.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Damn you Netflix! You've shown how lazy I really am about social media. And how in the world can I get off the sofa and take any action if you keep making brilliant shows like House of Cards?

You're Building a Business -- But Can You Sell It?

Jack Garson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Small Business
Jack Garson

You can build a business that people will clamor to buy. It takes know-how and discipline. Here's the info -- you supply the willpower.

6 Surprising Things You Can Do Online

Denise Gosnell | Posted 05.27.2013 | Business
Denise Gosnell

Long gone are the days when computers were bulky pieces of equipment that costs thousands of dollars apiece. Today's smartphone and iPad devices can now do more than the large, bulky computers of the 1990s.

Which Web Host Should You Choose for Your Small Business?

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 05.27.2013 | Small Business
Jeff Hindenach

If you want your business to stand out, you need a solid e-commerce tool, a useful and well-designed interface, and a reliable site that users can always access. A solid web hosting service can give you all three of those. So which web hosting is the best?

Customer Service: The New Proactive Marketing

Hulya Aksu | Posted 05.26.2013 | Business
Hulya Aksu

Being in business means more than just selling your services or goods. In 2013, being in business means selling, monitoring, engaging, social sharing, online reviewing, reputation managing, generating, and -- most importantly -- listening.

The Unseen Bean: Roasting Coffee in the Dark

Dark Rye | Posted 05.25.2013 | Taste
Dark Rye

When you lose the use of one sense, the others become heightened. That's certainly true for Gerry Leary of Boulder, Colorado. Leary has been blind since birth, yet he operates a successful coffee roasting business and a café near Boulder's main pedestrian mall, Pearl Street.

Business Plan Yes, But Comprensive and Detailed, Not So Much

Tim Berry | Posted 05.25.2013 | Small Business
Tim Berry

Of course you should know your business, your team, your strengths and weaknesses, and your market. That's absolutely essential. But do you take the business time to describe it in comprehensive detail, with edited text, statistics and formal research? No.

From Idea to IPO

Daniel Newman | Posted 05.25.2013 | Small Business
Daniel Newman

To create the jobs, the careers and the environment where "The Employee" can flourish. There is something about that in which cannot be easily put to words. But is rewarding unlike anything else for an entrepreneur.

Trying to Lean In, Sheryl, but Facebook's Not Making it Easy

Catherine Ventura | Posted 05.24.2013 | Business
Catherine Ventura

Sheryl Sandberg's advice -- Lean In -- is a positive and valuable one. It's ironic, however, that the company she helps run makes it hard for women business owners to do just that.

John Celock

Senators Back $23.3 Billion Online Sales Tax | John Celock | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A measure to allow state and local governments to collect sales taxes from online purchases received key support in the United States Se...

Help on the Way for Small Businesses Struggling With Health Care Costs

John Arensmeyer | Posted 05.22.2013 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

It's critical small business owners are aware of the many benefits the new law offers. The fact that small businesses have been suffering from high health care costs for decades isn't front-page news, but that something is coming online soon to help them is.

Startups Must Adapt to New Customer Buying Dynamics

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.22.2013 | Small Business
Marty Zwilling

Learning how to craft and nurture great customer experiences around your product is critical. The future of your business these days depends on it.