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Berkeley, CA: How Berkeley's Last Video Rental Store Survived The Digital Apocalypse | Posted 02.15.2012 | Home

"It's like the theater in a way. There is some magic about coming to the video store."...

Small Walnut Farmers Cut Supply To Big Foods Company

Reuters | Posted 04.14.2012 | Small Business

(By Mihir Dalal and P.J. Huffstutter - Reuters) - Some California farmers plan to stop selling their walnuts to Diamond Foods Inc in the wake of an ac...

Nate C. Hindman

For Young Entrepreneurs, Social Mission Trumps Money | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 02.13.2012 | Small Business

On a Saturday in February, three days after Facebook filed for what's expected to be the largest Internet IPO ever, 350 young entrepreneurs with Zucke...

Alicia Ciccone

By The Numbers: How Are Small Businesses Doing State By State? | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 02.10.2012 | Small Business

Are some states more popular than others when it comes to starting and running a small business? With many entrepreneurs still fighting to keep their ...

Dependency Is Like a Walking Stick

Amy Russell | Posted 04.11.2012 | Impact
Amy Russell

I don't use a walking stick. I would become too dependent on one. When you learn to become dependent on something, not having that "thing" makes whatever task you are facing immensely harder, mentally.

Is It Time To Be an Entrepreneur?

Marc Joseph | Posted 04.10.2012 | Business
Marc Joseph

Are today's entrepreneurs desperate and opening a business because they just can't find a job? Let's hope not, because that is almost a guarantee your business will fall into the two thirds that fail.

Two Giant Steps Forward for Entrepreneurs

Steve Blank | Posted 04.10.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

While MBA's have had a stack of texts to help them "execute" a business model, The Startup Owner's Manual joins the growing library of books for practitioners in "search" of a business model.

How to Succeed in Small Business Even During Hard Times

Stanley A. Dashew | Posted 04.09.2012 | Small Business
Stanley A. Dashew

What bothers you? I mean, what really grates on your nerves? Chances are, whatever the problem, others feel the same way. I made my first fortune in starting a company that automated the credit card industry, because paper cards were very problematic and really grated on the nerves of bankers.

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Choosing the Right Domain Name for Your New Business

Janine Popick | Posted 04.09.2012 | Small Business
Janine Popick

With so many URLs floating around, getting a good domain name for a new company can be almost as tough as reducing the national debt -- almost, but not impossible.

Motivating Employees: 3 Ideas That Just Might Work for You

Janine Popick | Posted 04.10.2012 | Small Business
Janine Popick

I recently got interviewed by one of my employees who is looking to hone in on his career path. He's a newly appointed manager and he wants to make su...

Think Big, Work Small: How to Get Your Startup Off the Ground Fast

Janine Popick | Posted 04.08.2012 | Small Business
Janine Popick

When you're starting your business, you want things to happen fast. You have some choices to make. You can choose to have the perfect store layout whe...

Social Media and the 'Blind Voting' Dilemma

Jackie Barrie | Posted 04.09.2012 | Books
Jackie Barrie

I'm in a dilemma. One of my books has been nominated for an award, and I can't decide how I feel about asking non-readers to vote. There's an angel on one of my shoulders, and a devil on the other.

Psst...Here's How Your City Can Bring In More Business

Gene Marks | Posted 04.09.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Let the big names like New York and Chicago host the Olympics and be "world class". I can always visit those places for a day. But create a "world class" school system in my city and I'll have customers (and employees) for life. That's what my small business needs.

Waukee, IA: Locally Owned Hardware Store Carves Out A Niche In Waukee | Posted 02.15.2012 | Home

"Here, I get in and out and I'm happy. I also like the idea of supporting local business."...

Mastering the Awkward Conversation in 5 Easy Steps

Michael Parrish DuDell | Posted 04.08.2012 | Business
Michael Parrish DuDell

No matter what business you're in, there will come a day when you'll be forced to sit someone down for a good old fashioned confrontation

What's Your Strategy? The Devil Is in the Details

Sophie Gold | Posted 04.08.2012 | Business
Sophie Gold

Over the last couple of days I have been receiving emails asking how to put together a winning strategy for 2012. To be honest, it's a loaded question.

The Government's Secret War Against Small Business

Robert Levin | Posted 04.08.2012 | Small Business
Robert Levin

State tax auditors are being told to shake down local businesses to generate revenue. And while big businesses have internal tax specialists who can fight unjustified assessments, small businesses often have no choice but to pay since the cost to them of fighting back is so high.

The Perfect Entrepreneurial Resume Doesn't Exist

Patrick FitzGerald | Posted 04.07.2012 | Small Business
Patrick FitzGerald

You have an idea for a phenomenal company. Problem is you have zero background in that industry, no prior entrepreneurial experience, never got an MBA and can't lean on your family for financing or business resources. At first glance, you're facing an uphill battle. But personal and empirical evidence has proven that it can be done.

Why Taking On A Partner Can Be Riskier Than Marriage

Frank Farwell | Posted 04.04.2012 | Small Business
Frank Farwell

Sure, starting a business is scary and financially dangerous. But that doesn't mean entrepreneurs should take on a partner just to hold their hand and put a few dollars in the equity pot. Thankfully, there are alternatives formal partnerships.

Women Entrepreneurs Fear Failure More Than Men: Study

Reuters | Posted 04.04.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters - By Deborah L. Cohen ) - Babson College and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor recently released the results of a comprehensive 2010 study ...

Citizens United: Bad for Small Business and Bad for Democracy

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 04.04.2012 | Latino Voices
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Among the victims of mega-corporate power will not only be everyday citizens and their elections, but also small businesses in our country.

Nate C. Hindman

Romney's Past At Bain Haunts Some VCs' Future | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 02.02.2012 | Small Business

In the U.S. election race, private equity has become a very public issue. So much so that the usually secretive industry is stepping out from behin...

House GOP Introduces Proposal To Duel With Obama Plan

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Republicans plan legislation granting small businesses – and potentially nearly every company in the country – a ...

Small Business Borrowing Hits 4-Year High In December

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters - By Ann Saphir) Borrowing by U.S. small businesses rose in December to the highest level in more than four years, pointing to continued stre...

The (Really) Immaculate Reception

Gene Marks | Posted 04.02.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

I'm an expert at reception areas. If you don't get it right there, well, it doesn't bode well for what's behind the next door. I know a good, organized reception area when I see one. And I've seen some pretty scary ones.