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Meet The Next Joe The Plumber

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 08.24.2012 | Small Business

The Romney camp seems to have found its Joe the Plumber, but instead of unclogging toilets, "Chris the Baker" makes cookies. On Wednesday, the Romn...

What Small Business Owners Can Learn From Nike's Lebron X Brand Pricing Controversy

Erica Nicole | Posted 10.23.2012 | Business
Erica Nicole

Nike is under scrutiny over a the LeBron X, slated to hit stores this fallat $315 -- the most expensive shoe marketed by the company. But Nike brand marketers aren't plotting evil deeds -- they're simply doing their job.

MOMPRENEURS: Cycling Their Way to Success

Sandy Abrams | Posted 10.23.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Why put your car in the garage when you can park indoor spin bikes and run a spin class there instead? This was the humble beginning to the now thriving Fit On Studios start-up in Los Angeles in 2010.

With DipJar, The Tip Jar Goes Electronic

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 08.24.2012 | Small Business

For cashless (or skimpy) tippers, there may soon be no excuse. A new electronic tip jar, dubbed the DipJar, accepts credit and debit cards to better a...

No Marketing Budget? No Problem

Jim Bush | Posted 08.23.2012 | Small Business
Jim Bush

These are just a few of the ways you can tap into the unprecedented power of today's customer and help them become your strongest supporters without spending an extra dime on traditional marketing.

5 Lessons From The Tootsie Roll Company

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 08.23.2012 | Small Business

A lot of the lessons America's larger companies have to offer aren't that helpful to budding entrepreneurs. Sure, small companies would love to offer ...

Ab Circle Pro Hit With Huge Fine For Deceptive Ads

AP | MARCY GORDON | Posted 10.23.2012 | Small Business

WASHINGTON — Companies marketing the Ab Circle Pro exercise device have agreed to pay as much as $25 million in refunds to customers to settle f...

The Wild Blue Wander

Bryce Longton | Posted 10.23.2012 | Small Business
Bryce Longton

Traveling sometimes hinges on a single email: someone, somewhere in your network, has been storing personalized tidbits and recommendations about a place. Get your hands on it, and your trip is National Geographic; miss it and your trip is National Lampoon.

Warren Buffett's Favorite Candy Company

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 08.23.2012 | Small Business

What's Warren Buffett's favorite investment? Nope, it's not his cartoon series "Secret Millionaires Club." And it's certainly not muni bonds. It's...

INFOGRAPHIC: The Deadliest Jobs In America

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 10.09.2012 | Small Business

According to a new study of America's deadliest jobs by workplace safety education company eTrain Today, the deadliest industry, and those workers mos...

The Snuggie And 10 Other Surprising Product Fads

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 08.22.2012 | Small Business

What does it take to make a hit product? If past fads are any indication, it takes a little bit of everything: a dash of inspiration, the swell of a s...

Business Management: A Smarter Approach to Product Strategy

Scott Steinberg | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business
Scott Steinberg

Instead of attempting to project so far out with ambitious designs, consider releasing more limited versions of your product in waves over the course of the same time period. That way, consumers can have access to the product sooner rather than later.

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Groupon Fiasco Threatens To Take Down Entire Business

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 08.23.2012 | Small Business

Who knew a massage could be so stressful? A Groupon for a discounted rub-down may cause a spa in Hallandale, Fla. to shut down. Modern Wellness...

WATCH: This Hover Vehicle Is Like Something Out of 'Star Wars'

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 08.21.2012 | Small Business

Sometimes a catchy jingle or a creative viral marketing ploy is all a company needs to get some exposure. Other times, you need the power of The F...

Shelby Comin' Around the Mountain

Guy Cimbalo | Posted 10.21.2012 | Small Business
Guy Cimbalo

What's your workplace mantra? For Apple employees it's "Think different." For Kinko's, it's apparently "I can't help you with that." New York startup Shelby.tv just emerged from a process of defining their own.

Measurable Advertising Is Key to Growth and Profits

Frank Farwell | Posted 10.21.2012 | Small Business
Frank Farwell

Whether your business is a restaurant, small manufacturer, sporting goods retailer or day care center, measurable advertising works the same. Here's the blueprint.

The 'Carpet Capital Of The World' Is Dead

New York Times | Posted 10.21.2012 | Small Business

Not that long ago, the mills that once produced nearly half the world’s carpets could not find enough workers. The road along the Interstate was jam...

See What McDonald's And Other Famous Company Logos Looked Like Back In The Day

Yahoo! Finance | Posted 10.21.2012 | Small Business

A company logo is often considered the most critical element of a corporate brand. Stocklogos.com, an identity design community that offers high-quali...

Lockups and Insider Selling

Fred Wilson | Posted 10.21.2012 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

Venture capital is about capturing the value between the startup phase and the public company phase. Others should be focused on capturing the value post the public offering.

Florida Fossils Dealer Seeks Dinosaur's NY Return

AP | Posted 08.21.2012 | Small Business

NEW YORK — A Florida fossils dealer whose dinosaur was seized by the U.S. government so it could be given to the government of Mongolia wants it bac...

Labeling Gaffe Leads To Prison Horror

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 08.21.2012 | Small Business

You can skip today’s "Scared Straight" episode, kids. This prison horror story should suffice. Pet food found its way onto the plates of prisoner...

This Artist Wants To Zombify Your Personal Photos

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 08.21.2012 | Small Business

Your wedding photo could use a bit more blood and guts. Or so thinks zombie-loving artist Rob Sacchetto. Sacchetto is the man behind ZombiePortrait...

'Ruby Sparks' Reminded Me That Persuasion Marketing Sucks

Karen Leland | Posted 10.20.2012 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Old-school marketing was about persuading clients, pushing them as to why they should hire you or buy your product. New-style marketing is about inspiring potential customers to come out and play, pulling them toward you -- of their own free will.

WATCH: Amazing Time-Lapse Video Shows How Walmart Conquered The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 08.21.2012 | Small Business

Here's a reminder that even huge corporate behemoths start out as small businesses. The video above shows how Walmart has grown in the United State...

Youth Unemployment: Is It The Bad Economy Or Inability To Overcome Adversity?

Don McNay | Posted 10.18.2012 | Business
Don McNay

I wonder if young people understand how to deal with adversity. If young people have been sheltered from overcoming failure, they may not understand that adversity ultimately leads to opportunity.