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Small Business Job Creation -- Rhetoric vs. Reality

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 12.28.2012 | Small Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

How many more of these "bipartisan" deals to block new job creation now while raising government spending in the future has Congress made to get rid of Obama?

Zach Carter

Employer Threatens To Cut Worker Hours, Block Raises Because Of Obamacare | Zach Carter | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics

Terry McTaggart, the president of a Michigan convenience store, liquor and home heating conglomerate, sent his employees a letter this month suggestin...

Just Say 'No' to Golf (and Other Advice for Female MBAs)

Julie Kantor | Posted 12.26.2012 | Business
Julie Kantor

I found a quiet alcove of the hotel and began to envision a clear and lucrative playing field for women off the golf course. Frankly, I see a game where we can all better leverage our creativity and comparative advantages.

Ugg Sales Plummet

AP | Posted 11.02.2012 | Small Business

Bad news for sheepskin boot fans.

Alice Hines

The Taiwanese Family Who Invented 'Sexy Halloween' | Alice Hines | Posted 11.08.2012 | Small Business

It would be hard to picture Hung-Chan Tsai, the 77-year-old chief executive of Leg Avenue, whose wife cooks Taiwanese lunches for the company's 80 emp...

Cut the Cords! How to Set Up a Mobile Office

Women & Co | Posted 12.26.2012 | Small Business
Women & Co

Telecommuting, traveling, working from the field -- at any given moment you may be heading out, away from your desktop and your files, yet you can't afford the time to actually be away from your work.

Finding Your Purpose Through Prayer

BJ Gallagher | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

Finally the day came when I had exhausted my list of ideas. None had worked out, nine months had gone by, and I was now out of money... and terrified. I woke up one morning, sat on the edge of my bed, bowed my head and began to pray.

Mom and Pop Go Global

Jake Colvin | Posted 10.25.2012 | Business
Jake Colvin

eBay paints a remarkable new portrait of exporters in the digital age and should spark a discussion about how policymakers can remove more of the obstacles that would allow exporters to meet the needs of international customers.

10 Ways You Make Yourself (And Everyone Else) Miserable

Posted 10.26.2012 | Small Business

By Jeff Haden, visit Inc. Happiness--in your business life and your personal life--is often a matter of subtraction, not addition. Consider,...

Small-Business Voters Back 'None Of The Above'

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 12.25.2012 | Small Business

You might think taxes are the biggest issue for small-business voters, with all the sparring between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger ...

Go Ahead, Make a Mistake

Robyn Greenspan | Posted 12.23.2012 | Small Business
Robyn Greenspan

Fear of making a mistake is sometimes the barrier to taking any action, but that also prevents any learning from happening too. And every lesson serves as a building block toward the next success.

Four Companies That Need a Credit Check

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 12.23.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

When a company is evaluating its own financial health and planning for growth or for weathering a downturn, an assessment of your current situation and probability of default helps create a more complete picture.

Small Business Owners Want to Keep It Simple

Kate Maxwell | Posted 12.24.2012 | Small Business
Kate Maxwell

Given limited resources, the question of how to practically and effectively support entrepreneurs is an important one. To try to better understand what business owners themselves would like, we asked them.

How the Online Marketing Industry Is Impacting Local Businesses

Zev Gotkin | Posted 12.24.2012 | Small Business
Zev Gotkin

As small and local businesses enter increasingly competitive markets, meeting consumers where they already are -- on the Web -- is one marketing tactic they simply can't afford to ignore.

Mending the American Dream

Doreen Clark | Posted 12.23.2012 | Business
Doreen Clark

The file cabinet of melancholy justifiably highlights negativity and glass-half-empty metrics; however, our mindset may be detrimental to progress and the mending of The American Dream. We must ask, "What is working?"

Painful Profit: How Entrepreneurs Are Cashing In On Obstacle Course Races

Outside Online | Posted 12.23.2012 | Small Business

It's a warm March night in New York City. The Wix Lounge, a cooperative work and event space just off Union Square, is packed with a motley crew of co...

How To Start A Business In Detroit

MLive Detroit | Dustin Block | Posted 12.23.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT, MI - Scott Moloney nearly moved into the wrong building, jammed his ice cream machine the first time he used it, and spent a summer weekend b...

'Clean Energy Is Good for Business'

William S. Becker | Posted 12.22.2012 | Small Business
William S. Becker

An ongoing argument in the presidential election campaign is whether Gov. Romney's or President Obama's positions are better for small businesses on issues such as government regulation and energy policy. I asked David Levine for his opinion.

The Unseen ROI of Poetry

Carolyn Ziel | Posted 12.22.2012 | Small Business
Carolyn Ziel

Our fun, exciting idea becomes more about achieving a goal than enjoying the process and having fun along the way. Our vision has shifted from an inspired big picture to the minutia of details. What if we could find balance in both?

Why Pioneers Focus on Ownership Versus Leadership

Gil Laroya | Posted 12.22.2012 | Small Business
Gil Laroya

Are you a leader or an owner? Do you strive to just get things done, or do you think about how and why you're doing those things, as well as how doing those things makes you feel?

5 Steps to Successful Marketing With Multiple Media

Marty Zwilling | Posted 12.22.2012 | Small Business
Marty Zwilling

The importance of effective marketing has never been higher, for every startup, in this age of information overload and customer relationships.

New Rules Could Kill Community Banks

Reuters | Emily Stephenson | Posted 12.22.2012 | Small Business

By Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York's top state bank regulator called on Washington on Monday to spare community banks ...

Why Crowdfunding Is The Next Big Thing: Let's Talk Numbers

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 12.22.2012 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Entrepreneurs in the U.S. are waiting with their hands up for the SEC to arrive with new solicitation and general legislation rules that would allow them selling shares over the Internet utilizing the equity- based crowdfunding model.

Five Ways Small Businesses Can Make the Most of Facebook

Brian Honigman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Small Business
Brian Honigman

Why devote 10 minutes a day to Facebook? There are many reasons why, but most importantly Facebook can help strengthen your relationships with your customers. The smaller your business, the more important these connections can be to help keep your company thriving.

The Politics of Small Business

Nick Friedman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Small Business
Nick Friedman

If the presidential candidates want to address the "small business problem," they need to start tackling the issue of capital. Policies must be put in place that eliminate the fear over access to capital, and encourage bright minds to take calculated risks that could end up reaping exponential rewards.