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MOMPRENEURS: From Music Manager to Nail Spa Owner

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.01.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Most people can't imagine making the leap into a completely different career, but Donna moved past this fear by taking her experience in the music biz and applying it to her new venture.

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

Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living

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

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Laundromat (VIDEO)

Mike Sternoff | Posted 07.31.2012 | Chicago
Mike Sternoff

Every layoff is accompanied with a tough call home. Every new hire, a dinner to celebrate. This video is the story of Joseph. Like many other Americans he was laid off during the height of the recession. He then took a risk and opened a business.

What Does a Startup Have to Do to Get Noticed?

Marty Zwilling | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business
Marty Zwilling

What's an entrepreneur to do to get his new business noticed these days? You need to build the highest platform you can, to stand out and be heard above all the rest.

Promote Your Business: 6 Ways Technology Can Help

Women & Co | Posted 07.31.2012 | Small Business
Women & Co

Whether your company is fully established or is in the "start-up" phase, here are six things you can do to improve your business' findability and increase its exposure to potential customers in the interactive space.

Why the Proposed Startup Act 2.0 Is Embarrassing

Gene Marks | Posted 07.31.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

It will clearly help this country over the long term by keeping those people who our own universities educated here, where many of these students want to be, rather than forcing them to leave. It seems so fundamentally right that it's unbelievable these rules weren't changed decades ago.

New Study Shows We Are Overworked and Overwhelmed

Karen Leland | Posted 07.30.2012 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Just in case your overflowing email inbox and chaotic to-do list weren't proof enough, according to a national study released earlier this month, one in three American employees are chronically overworked.

Get Paid What You're Worth

Andrea Sittig-Rolf | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business
Andrea Sittig-Rolf

In a rough economy, how do you decide how and what to be paid? Should you charge an hourly rate or by the specifics outlined for each project? What about charging a fee based on the value you bring to your clients?

A Startup's Best Friend

Bryce Longton | Posted 07.30.2012 | Small Business
Bryce Longton

It's Wednesday and you deserve puppy photos. Here are five four-legged office comrades we've seen at startups around town.

How I Reframed Paying My Taxes: Why Self Talk Matters

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 07.30.2012 | Small Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

I found myself saying, "I can't believe we have to send that much of our money to the government."

I'm 2 Degrees From Kevin Bacon and Other Social Media Perks

Janine Popick | Posted 07.30.2012 | Small Business
Janine Popick

Even though the world is getting smaller, your network is at an all-time high! Use it to your advantage, because the tools that can make this easy are right at your fingertips.

Who Represents Small Business Matters

J. Kelly Conklin | Posted 07.30.2012 | Small Business
J. Kelly Conklin

While we may not all share the same political ideology, we all do have one thing in common: every day we get up, leave home and head to our respective enterprises. That is how we survive and hopefully prosper.

Enabling Small Business Job Growth: An Entrepreneur's Counter-Proposal to President Obama

Donna Childs | Posted 07.30.2012 | Small Business
Donna Childs

The Obama administration's current proposed programs are incompatible with the dynamism that enables small business job growth. But with a more flexible approach, President Obama could deliver a winner.

Gina Romero on Women Entrepreneurs on the Web (WeOW)

Christel Quek | Posted 07.30.2012 | Women
Christel Quek

The Athena Network Singapore & Asia-Pacific and Women@Google have created "Women Entrepreneurs on the Web" (WeOW) to provide training and education to women entrepreneurs.

5 Tips for Turning a New Signup Into a Power User

Megan Berry | Posted 07.30.2012 | Small Business
Megan Berry

In the first experience, your users decide how much of their time or money they will invest in your company. Will they become a lifelong devoted fan, sharing your company with all their friends or will they drop off after the first signup?

Creating Conditions for Small Businesses to Thrive

Stacey Lawson | Posted 07.29.2012 | Small Business
Stacey Lawson

By investing in our small businesses, we invest in job growth. One of the best ways to help small businesses lift more Americans into the middle class is to remove the economic barriers that are holding small businesses back.

Harness Your Spark & Hustle

Tory Johnson | Posted 07.29.2012 | Small Business
Tory Johnson

Current and aspiring female entrepreneurs took cues from some of my favorite business rockstars at the small-business master class. Three key messages resounded among every speaker.

Mompreneurs: Mixing Business & Pleasure With Trunk Shows

Sandy Abrams | Posted 07.29.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Many women are happy with three simple pleasures: our friends, a cocktail and some shopping. It's even better when it all supports a small business or local entrepreneur.

It Ain't Over: They Ditched Their Jobs In The Stock Market For Pickles

Posted 06.01.2012 | 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...

'I Am Going To Burn Home Depot To The Motherf***ing Ground'

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business

It may be National Small Business Week, but lighting fires in a big box retailer to express support for a local shop owner seems a bit extreme. Ran...

Small Business Marketing: Grow Your Business the Easy Way -- Engage!

Gail Goodman | Posted 07.24.2012 | Small Business
Gail Goodman

Positive engagement is the social proof people need to do business with you, especially if someone they know is engaging with you, too. This social proof helps build trust, something you just can't buy with advertising.

NAACP Silent as Federal Contracts to Minority-Owned Small Businesses Drop

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 07.24.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

I'm surprised that the NAACP has been silent on an issue that strikes at the heart of the organization's mission. That is, federal contracting with small businesses owned by minorities has dropped significantly in the last year.

Who Speaks for Small Business? Not the NFIB

Ellen Bravo | Posted 07.23.2012 | Small Business
Ellen Bravo

Many small business owners maintain the NFIB's agenda doesn't address their priorities, and say the lobbying group even fights against policies that small businesses need.

Eight Big Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating a Lease for Your Business

Melody Stevens | Posted 07.23.2012 | Small Business
Melody Stevens

It's no secret to business owners that there are great deals to be had in this tenant-friendly economic climate. However, if you combine inexperience, emotion, and an inflexible landlord, you have a recipe for some disastrous decisions.

Mompreneurs: Best Friends & Business Partners

Sandy Abrams | Posted 07.23.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Understanding the options and myriad details of business ownership is critical before deciding to go from friends to business partners.