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This Woman's $20 Million Franchise Started In Her Living Room

Posted 08.17.2012 | Women

At, we're always talking about how important it is for women to continue dreaming, no matter how impossible their goals may seem. Shan...

The 10 Best States For Immigrant Entrepreneurs

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 06.16.2012 | Small Business

A new report from the Fiscal Policy Institute has found that more and more immigrants in America are showcasing their inner entrepreneur and running b...

Lunchbox That Cooks Your Food And Keeps It Warm

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 06.15.2012 | Small Business

Fast food will take on new meaning with a futuristic lunch box that will cook your food and keep it warm on the go. New York City-based Vim & Vigor De...

Drew Guarini

Single Mother of Four as Entrepreneur and Dessert Artist | Drew Guarini | Posted 06.15.2012 | Small Business

Divisive international hitmaker Kanye West is currently an of-the-moment fashion designer with incredible demand for his new Air Yeezy 2 sneakers with...

Extreme Storytelling: What It Means for Your Business

Michael Parrish DuDell | Posted 08.15.2012 | Small Business
Michael Parrish DuDell

Strategy and spreadsheets are fantastic; they're important, too. But a story, a real life story, is very often the most effective way to develop true consumer loyalty.

Nate C. Hindman

Entrepreneur Tries To Disrupt Dry-Cleaning World | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 06.17.2012 | Small Business

How many times has a dry cleaner disrupted your wardrobe plans? You leave work at the end of the day and race to the local launderer, only to find...

Launch Pad: How to Create Thousands of Jobs in a Few Months

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 08.14.2012 | Small Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

Imagine thousands of small businesses who want to grow, each hiring a handful of people in the next few months. What would that do for our economy? ...

Immigrant Business Owners On The Rise In US

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 06.14.2012 | Small Business

Immigrants are assuming a bigger role on Main Street, according to a new report from the Fiscal Policy Institute's Immigration Research Initiative. ...

Romney Leaves A Mess At Local Cafe: 'Stuff Got Broke'

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 06.14.2012 | Small Business

A restaurant owner in Iowa has a message for Mitt Romney and his staffers: Next time you step foot in my cafe, mind your manners. Dianne Bauer, wh...

Hopeful Sign: Small Manufacturers Buy Big Machines

AP | JOYCE M. ROSENBERG | Posted 08.14.2012 | Small Business

NEW YORK -- Small businesses that make machines and components for other manufacturers are experiencing an upswing that could be a sign of things to c...

How Not to Start Your Own Website

Jennifer Armstrong | Posted 08.13.2012 | Small Business
Jennifer Armstrong

When we first launched our "women's lifestyle with a feminist twist" website, we called it Sirens, inspired by strong, iconic female historical characters. Now it's called The Sexy Feminist. Which of these actually says anything about the content of the site? It took us six years to get it right.

A Wake Up Call for Obama

Frank A. Weil | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

The wake-up call is to get out, get into the mud, and see and feel what it is like on the ground with the masses of America. While he is at it, he should tell them in plain language what he promises them for their future of optimism.

Nate C. Hindman

CEO Of Dating Startup Found Love On His Own Site | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 06.14.2012 | Small Business

In the early days of his online dating startup Grouper, Michael Waxman saw signs that suggested he was onto something. First, it worked for him. Af...

Cutting Regulations Is Not the Top Priority for Small Businesses

J. Kelly Conklin | Posted 08.13.2012 | Small Business
J. Kelly Conklin

Small businesses like mine need regulations to balance our interests against those of powerful special interests -- and there is nothing naive about that.

Skyrocketing Health Care Costs Hurt Businesses, Families and the Bottom Line

Kristie Arslan | Posted 08.13.2012 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

While most Americans may be expecting their health care costs to go down under the health care reform law, the self-employed, who are already facing an increase in costs, are bracing for even more.

Entrepreneurs: Don't Forget Your Personal Finances

Women & Co | Posted 08.13.2012 | Small Business
Women & Co

You put in long hours and hard work to build your business -- and it's easy to neglect your personal finances. But that could be a huge mistake. Consider five key issues:

Why Franchising Matters (and How to Get Into the International Franchise Expo This Weekend for Free)

Chris Hurn | Posted 08.13.2012 | Small Business
Chris Hurn

Franchising, as a business model, is good for the current lean economic environment, and it's great for job creation. The franchise industry provides over 20 million people with employment, and it generates more than $2 trillion in economic activity yearly.

Inspired By Motherhood, She Invented A Product To Protect Kids From Toxins

Posted 06.13.2012 | Fifty

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...

Fact Check: EPA Regulations Are Not Small Business's Kryptonite

John Arensmeyer | Posted 08.11.2012 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

When it comes to EPA regulations that promote clean and renewable energy, don't believe the hype -- small business owners support 'em.

The Purpose of Business Is a Business of Purpose

Somik Raha | Posted 08.08.2012 | Business
Somik Raha

Business strategy that focuses exclusively on the head while ignoring the heart won't work, for it becomes dry and lacks the motivating power to inspire people to dream up amazing ideas and make them happen.

Slow Payers Hurting Companies' Cash Flow, Hiring

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 08.08.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Cash is tied up in inventory as well as receivables, and that has a significant effect on cash flow and consequently, a significant effect on how much companies can use for capital expenditures or new jobs.

Mompreneurs: From Laid Off to Launch... After 40

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.08.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

After being laid off twice within six months, there was only one thing for Judy Goss to do: start her own business.

Former Banker on How to Recover From Small Business Lending Crisis

Karin Kamp | Posted 08.07.2012 | Small Business
Karin Kamp

The salvation for small businesses appears to be the community banks that represent just 10% of all U.S. banks. These bankers live in the community. These are the old-fashioned relationship bankers that want to know about the character of the person they lend to.

The Small Business Distortion

Nicholas Johnson | Posted 08.07.2012 | Small Business
Nicholas Johnson

Here's an important lesson for anyone watching state or federal tax policy debates: just because elected officials say they're doing something for "small businesses" and "job growth" doesn't mean that they really are.

How to Build a Social Media Brand

Melinda Emerson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Building a social media brand is a major factor in small business success, but the key is being niche focused.