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Exports: Turning the Table

Robert M. Simpson | Posted 12.31.2012 | Impact
Robert M. Simpson

A glimpse into the future of the economy in Central Upstate New York and similar areas across the U.S. could come from two Syracuse-area companies that would seem to have nothing in common.

For Most Small Businesses, the Price of Tea in China Does Matter

Gene Marks | Posted 12.30.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The price of tea in China does matter. Even to the Greek pizza shop owner in Pennsylvania.

Romney and Obama Need Something More Than Their Typical Campaign Rhetoric

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Lloyd Chapman

It saddens me to realize none of the most important issues will ever make it into the presidential race. America will likely choose its next leader based on who can spend the most on divisive and negative corporate-backed television campaign ads.

6 Steps to Have a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Melinda Emerson | Posted 12.30.2012 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Once you decide on the right crowdfunding partner, follow these six steps to have a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Janell Ross

Hurricane Sandy Provides Business Opportunities In Queens | Janell Ross | Posted 10.30.2012 | Small Business

NEW YORK-- Valerie Chamberlain met her sister at the 99 cents store they own near the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue Monday. The...

Why Isn't Your Business Blogging Yet?

Elle-Rose Williams | Posted 12.24.2012 | Business
Elle-Rose Williams

Not only are more and more people embracing the blogging trend, but more and more businesses are too. I would recommend businesses to begin their content strategy and content marketing plans as soon as they possibly can -- because the more you put into it -- the more you get out.

6 Small Business Issues at Stake in This Election

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 12.29.2012 | Small Business
Stacy Mitchell

A number of critical small business issues are at stake in next month's federal and state elections. Here are six of the most important.

New Poll Dispels Myth That Entrepreneurs Want High-Income Tax Cuts Preserved

John Arensmeyer | Posted 12.29.2012 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

The truth of the matter is that small business owners are far more concerned about improving economic conditions for the middle class -- a category virtually all their customers fall into and which 97 percent of them are part of, too.

Selling Isn't About You

Anne Zink | Posted 12.29.2012 | Business
Anne Zink

The most successful salesperson I know is also one of the most considerate and giving people I know. Do you think that's a coincidence?

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...