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Introducing The 'Ice House Entrepreneurs Series': A Crash-Course In Battling Hardship With Entrepreneurship

Thom Ruhe | Posted 10.16.2011 | Small Business
Thom Ruhe

For the next eight weeks, we'll look at the world through the eyes of "Ice House Entrepreneurs" who will describe in their own words the opportunities they found, the challenges they faced and, more importantly, the mindset that enabled them to succeed.

Concept Meets Code: 10 Tips for Entrepreneurs Dealing with Developers

Tim Berry | Posted 10.16.2011 | Small Business
Tim Berry

I've seen it too many times: starry-eyed would-be Internet entrepreneur meets real developer, dream in hand. This is culture clash. More often than not, it ends up with wasted time, wasted money and dashed dreams. Concept meets computer code.

Entrepreneurs Reveal the Secrets of Market Research (and Ice Cream)

Matt Cohen | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business
Matt Cohen

If you had been putting together a survey about ice cream, would your list of demographic and psychographic questions have included a question of when people eat ice cream?

How Does Government Money Create Jobs?

Robert Schwab | Posted 10.15.2011 | Denver
Robert Schwab

How can government money actually create jobs? Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration is working hard to find an answer.

Washington Is Kicking Small Businesses While They're Down

Robert Levin | Posted 10.15.2011 | Small Business
Robert Levin

While they are campaigning, every politician talks about the importance of small business to the health of the economy. Now, Mr. President, senators, and congressmen, we need you to make some painful decisions and do the right thing for those small businesses you claim to value.

10 Weird Ways To Make Lots Of Money

Steve Gillman | Posted 10.15.2011 | Books
Steve Gillman

Many odd enterprises have few formal requirements in terms of degrees and licensing, making them easier to start.

An Open Letter to the Budget Super Committee

Kristie Arslan | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business
Kristie Arslan

We self-employed are doing our part to help the nation reduce its debt by paying taxes. Frankly, if some of the nine million unemployed Americans were given some incentive to join our ranks, we'd be paying down that debt a lot faster.

One Honored Obama Campaign Promise Could Help Slash Jobs Deficit

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.12.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

It defies all logic and reason for President Obama to be aware of this problem, acknowledge it during his campaign, and yet do nothing. It is a win-win for the American people and our economy.

Does Your Small Business Need a Virtual Assistant?

Karen Leland | Posted 10.12.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Here are just a few signs that a virtual assistant might be a productivity enhancer for your small business.

We May Be Out of the Woods: Banks Are Lending Again

Brian Hamilton | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Brian Hamilton

It looks as if the banking industry may be coming out of the woods. While this does not return the economy to pre-recessionary lending levels, it is a positive trend nonetheless.

Live Like Your Life Depends On It

Jen Sincero | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Jen Sincero

You must go after the things you desire like your life depends on it, because guess what? Your life does depend on it. The life you truly want to live does.

Gay Marriage: A Boon for Small Business?

Reuters | Posted 10.11.2011 | Small Business

(By Cynthia Hsu at FindLaw.com) Can legalizing gay marriage increase business? With gay marriage statutes passing in certain states across the U.S., i...

You Built a Great Startup, But Can You Scale It?

Marty Zwilling | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Every founder moving into the executive role has to step back and take a hard look at what works, and what doesn't work. The best ones can do that, and they adapt.

As the Economy Tumbles, a CEO Playbook for Marketing

Zach Clayton | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Zach Clayton

As markets spiral downward -- quickly followed by consumer confidence -- each CEO must ask hard questions about how to grow his business in this tumultuous economic environment.

Republicans Trying to End Small Business Programs Again

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.10.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Well, it looks like they are at it again in Washington. Republicans in the Senate are once again trying to end all small business programs for women, minorities and veterans.

The End Of The Startup Boom?

Eric Ries | Posted 10.10.2011 | Small Business
Eric Ries

It doesn't matter if you call it a boom or a bubble. The startup business moves in cycles, and what goes up will eventually come down.

Are You Ready to Jump Into the World of Self-Employment?

Don McNay | Posted 10.10.2011 | Small Business
Don McNay

If Americans like the idea of self-employment and know it presents the greatest opportunity for growth, what is stopping some of them from taking the plunge?

Retaining Sustainable Storefronts in the Urban Realm

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.09.2011 | Home
Charles R. Wolfe

Vital storefronts are an indicator of urban success, while empty businesses are akin to the ruins of Pompeii.

Block Out The Noise

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 10.09.2011 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Remaining flexible and nimble should always be the goal but especially in periods of uncertainty.

8 Ways You're Blocking Your Success

Peggy McColl | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
Peggy McColl

At first glance the concept of breaking through what blocks you seems complicated, but it's not. Here are the top eight things that block us from our goals, and how to get unblocked.

What The Other Guys Are Using: The 10 Hottest Startup Web Tools

Jeff Giesea | Posted 10.09.2011 | Small Business
Jeff Giesea

With so many new services, the challenge today comes in choosing the best web apps in the market, and one piece of information every business operator wants to know is: what are other savvy businesses using?

Small Business Optimism Continues To Decline Amidst Uncertainty

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business

Amidst anemic consumer spending and national uncertainty over the fate of the debt ceiling, small-business optimism declined for the fifth straight mo...

Startup Financing 101: Don't Waste Your Money on Equipment. Go See A Lender Instead.

Fred Wilson | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

Don't use your precious funds raised in dilutive equity rounds to buy servers and other capital equipment. Go see a bank, finance company, or manufacturer about a financing arrangement.

In Wake of Japan Quake, A Search For Entrepreneurs

Reuters | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business

(By Tim Kelly) - On a recent trip to Japan's devastated northeast coast, venture capitalist Yoshihito Hori chanced upon a group of fishermen outside...

Mark Cuban: Solving Our Country's Patent Law Flaws

Mark Cuban | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Mark Cuban

If we had process patents or the culture of software litigation in the 1980s as we have today current technology would consist of running terminals on DEC and Wang Computers at the local library for $10 per hour and there probably would not be a world-wide web.