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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 | 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?

Facebook's First Backers Feel The Love As IPO Approaches

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2012 | Small Business

(By Sarah McBride - Reuters) - For the handful of venture capitalists who backed Facebook (FB.O) in its early days, a huge financial payoff is not the...

The Life Out Loud: A Tea With Heart

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.14.2012 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Tyler Gage is the 26-year-old founder and CEO of Runa, a sustainable, fair-trade Amazonian tea company. It's a cool story. He's a cool dude.

Hear the One About the Lawyer Who Started a Company?

Chris Johnson | Posted 07.14.2012 | Small Business
Chris Johnson

He realized he wanted to build things more than be a lawyer. So he left Cahill Gordon & Reindel and taught himself to code, learning Ruby on Rails in a six week self-imposed lock-up.

Don't Just DO the Numbers, Track the Numbers

Andrea Sittig-Rolf | Posted 07.10.2012 | Small Business
Andrea Sittig-Rolf

Like every salesperson, I have a set quota I'm responsible for meeting each month. The only difference is; it's self-imposed since I am my own boss! W...

Mompreneurs: Daily Cues to Stick to Goals

Sandy Abrams | Posted 07.11.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Some people know what their calling is at a very young age and that passion just sticks with them for life. Nancy Shapiro was born to teach. Now, she's turned that gift of helping others into a business.

Startup City Report: Las Vegas

Bryce Longton | Posted 07.10.2012 | Small Business
Bryce Longton

With 300 sunny days a year, the Neon Museum, and a brand new airline shuttling desert dwellers straight to the beach, Vegas isn't looking like a bad bet.

The Path to Sustainable Economic Growth

Job Creators Network | Posted 07.10.2012 | Small Business
Job Creators Network

While the year started with some hopeful employment numbers, job creation is trending in the wrong direction.

Tax Credit Report: 7 in 10 Small Businesses Eligible for Combined $15.4 Billion in Healthcare Tax Credits

John Arensmeyer | Posted 07.10.2012 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

The reality is, most small businesses operate within thin profit margins. And that means they're less likely than big businesses to be able to afford health coverage for their workers.

What Happens When You Don't Mail the Invites

Bryce Longton | Posted 07.10.2012 | Small Business
Bryce Longton

You're up to your neck in cake, music, and photography and now it's the invitations. The lingo comes in like, caliper, grammage, and calligraphy, and that's before you even get to RSVP cards and return addresses. A lot to consider.

Nate C. Hindman

Fab Pivots From Gay Social Network To Online Retail Phenom | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 01.06.2013 | Small Business

NEW YORK -- In December 2010, Jason Goldberg gave his investors the bad news first. Fabulis, the gay men's social network he started one year earlier ...

4 Key Tips for Creating a Stellar Advisory Board

Andreas Bernström | Posted 07.09.2012 | Small Business
Andreas Bernström

By clearly defining what obstacles, challenges or opportunities lay in front of you, you will have an advantage over competitors in being able to implement and create a strategy for long-term success and sustainability.

Two Big Ones, Off the Shelf

Lesa Mitchell | Posted 07.08.2012 | Small Business
Lesa Mitchell

We've done a pretty good job of harvesting research, but in an economic crunch, why not try to do more? To illustrate the upside, here are two stories of "shelf technologies" that got turned into startup companies -- and what it took to do it.

Take the Quantum Leap to Success

Eli Davidson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Business
Eli Davidson

Sudden exponential growth is not just for physics labs and can occur in our business lives as well as our personal lives.

How About We Do Pushups

Bryce Longton | Posted 07.08.2012 | Small Business
Bryce Longton

The clock turns to eleven and everyone hits the floor, palms flat or knuckles down, planking. Every hour, on the hour, the team gets down and sweats it out together.

Shop Main Street From Your Street

Bryce Longton | Posted 07.08.2012 | Small Business
Bryce Longton

That jacket right there. That's the one you wore right out of the store in Tuscany. And those funky sunglasses? Bought from a street vendor in Seoul. ...

Teenage Whiz-Kid Raises $7 Million For Startup Payments Company

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2012 | Small Business

(By Sarah McBride - Reuters) - Gumroad, a start-up payments company run by 19-year-old entrepreneur Sahil Lavingia, has raised $7 million in a funding...

Could Your Small Business Benefit From a Strategic Off-Site This Spring?

Karen Leland | Posted 07.13.2012 | Small Business
Karen Leland

While off-site strategy and planning sessions are often considered the purview of Fortune 500 companies, small businesses can benefit tremendously from a focused foray out of the office.

Fresh Start For Seamless

Chris Johnson | Posted 07.07.2012 | Small Business
Chris Johnson

Founded in 2000, Seamless flourished in the post dot com era as a web-based food delivery service, was acquired six years ago, and then spun out again last year. The spin out came with new capital and a renewed focus on product (think mobile) and innovation (think more mobile). It's a fresh start -- a born again startup.

5 Tips for Entrepreneurs Starting a Business

Women & Co | Posted 07.04.2012 | Money
Women & Co

Linda Kempkin had a vision to help women entrepreneurs quickly secure a strong Internet presence for their new businesses. We thought it would be helpful to know what lessons she would share with readers who may be thinking about making the leap to entrepreneurship.

Expert Oddity: Sidetour Brings You Amazing Local Experiences

Chris Johnson | Posted 07.03.2012 | Small Business
Chris Johnson

Easily one of the more fascinating startups we've seen, SideTour curates small group experiences with local experts. Excursions range from dinner with a banker-turned-monk to a go-round of Little India in Queens with a writer who covers South Asian affairs for the New York Times.

Obama Visits Boost Local Businesses

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 05.03.2012 | Small Business

WASHINGTON -- Call it the Obama effect: A presidential visit can be good advertising for restaurants and businesses. Vermilion in Alexandria, Va., is...