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Harder For Women To Start Businesses Than Men, New Book Says

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 07.03.2012 | Small Business

Starting a business can be a complex and difficult process for anyone, but it may be even harder for women. A book and accompanying video recently ...

Small Businesses Remain Optimistic But Aren't Hiring

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 06.01.2012 | Small Business

Small businesses remained optimistic in May, but few had plans to hire more workers, according to a poll released Thursday by online payroll services ...

The Path to Sustainable Economic Growth

Job Creators Network | Posted 07.10.2012 | Small Business
Job Creators Network

While the year started with some hopeful employment numbers, job creation is trending in the wrong direction.

What Are The Best And Worst States For Small Businesses?

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 05.08.2012 | Small Business

In case you were wondering, yes, there is an ideal place to start your small business. According to a new survey from the Kauffman Foundation and Thum...

Closing the Leadership Gap

Geri Stengel | Posted 06.16.2012 | Women
Geri Stengel

Changes now, in attitudes, awareness and culture could end the stagnation of small women-led businesses and make them into the economic drivers we need.

Flyover Country? Not This Kansas City

Jason Grill | Posted 06.10.2012 | Business
Jason Grill

The City of Fountains has been praised as a great place to live, work and visit for many years, but recently it is becoming a hot bed for entrepreneurial investment, high culture and the innovations of the future.

Redesign Business for a Robust Economic Future

Geri Stengel | Posted 05.27.2012 | Business
Geri Stengel

Nice girls do fire people. If they don't do what's needed, they aren't helping the business or the employee. Being tough or, as it's called when men do it, assertive and strong, is good business if done right.

Optimism Should Be at the Top of an Entrepreneur's Checklist

Alana Muller | Posted 04.22.2012 | Small Business
Alana Muller

Above all, great entrepreneurs are optimistic. Their passion, their belief, their can-do attitude all lead to a positive vision for the future. In fact, you might wonder, what is better than an optimistic entrepreneur? The answer: Many optimistic entrepreneurs!

Peer-To-Peer Job Sites Inspire Micro-Entrepreneurs

Reuters | Posted 02.09.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters - By Darren Dahl) - Chris Mok, like many Americans over the past few years, lost his job in the wake of the Great Recession. While Wok, 46...

Kauffman Targets Entrepreneurs During Super Bowl

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 01.31.2012 | Small Business

Move over, E-Trade baby and Go Daddy girls. There's a new Super Bowl ad in town, and it's the first of its kind. The Kauffman Foundation, a privat...

Top Advocate For Entrepreneurs Resigns

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 01.03.2012 | Small Business

Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a leading entrepreneurship advocacy group, is stepping down. Schramm, ...

Top 6 Reasons Obama's Economic Policies Failed in 2011

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Judging by his actions, it seems that Barack Obama is becoming one of the most anti-small business presidents in U.S. history. People need to stop listening to what he says and start watching what he does.

Global Entrepreneurship Week: A Smarter World By Startups

Jonathan Ortmans | Posted 01.14.2012 | Small Business
Jonathan Ortmans

What Global Entrepreneurship Week is showing us is that nascent entrepreneurs are already wired to think across borders and increasingly have more in common with each other than their own cultural elders.

The Apple DeathStar: How The Rise Of Apple Has Created A Bull Market In Declining Companies

Paul Kedrosky | Posted 12.31.2011 | Small Business
Paul Kedrosky

Apple has created a kind of interplanetary weapon that has the capacity to quickly raze entire planets -- or at least entire companies. Startups constantly forget this. While it's nice to imagine creating whole new markets, most new markets form by shrinking old ones.

Entrepreneurial Hotbeds: A Homegrown Mix Of Science And Luck

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen) - Nick Cronin moved to Chicago from Milwaukee to stack the entrepreneurial deck in his favor, hoping to leverage the city's impr...

It Takes a Village to Raise a Startup

Nick Seguin | Posted 12.12.2011 | Small Business
Nick Seguin

The classic top-down approach to job creation is deeply flawed. It's not enough to simply put more people on payroll. For the economic recovery to truly take off, we need companies that are innovative, disruptive and scalable. The most effective action governments can take to support job creation is to create conditions that support individual entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneur-Friendly Policies (Finally) Showing Promise -- But Leadership Required

Jeff Bussgang | Posted 12.03.2011 | Small Business
Jeff Bussgang

Despite the partisan rhetoric and bickering, the last few months have seen substantial progress amongst policy makers in the areas of helping the startup economy thrive.

U.S. Entrepreneurs Need A 'True Global Mindset'

Ted Zoller | Posted 01.14.2012 | Small Business
Ted Zoller

For entrepreneurs in the United States, and for all of us who support them, a wake-up call is in order. We need to work harder at learning and practicing the global game than we've done so far.

The Myth of The Million-Dollar Idea

Thom Ruhe | Posted 11.12.2011 | Small Business
Thom Ruhe

Founders like Brian Scudamore remind us that rather than breakthrough ideas accelerated by loads of venture capital, it is often simple solutions to everyday problems, combined with years of persistence and business-building, that lead to entrepreneurial success stories.

An Entrepreneurial Way to Rebuild America

Robert E. Litan | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business
Robert E. Litan

America can get the infrastructure it truly needs without adding to the deficit if policy makers would enable the private sector to do the job.

How Entrepreneurs Can Help The Job Market

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 11.09.2011 | Small Business

With the latest Department of Labor statistics revealing no net increase in jobs for the first time in 11 months, the Kauffman Foundation has released...

From Disabled Veteran To CEO (WATCH)

Thom Ruhe | Posted 10.24.2011 | Small Business
Thom Ruhe

Life's greatest rewards start by making a choice to actively participate in our own lives instead of simply observing them. So what's holding you back?

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.

The Startup Act: A Proposal To Jumpstart The American Economy

Carl J. Schramm | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business
Carl J. Schramm

It's time to re-start America by jump-starting our startup engines of growth. We have no time to waste.

Getting Value From R&D Dollars

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 08.17.2011 | Technology
Gary Liberson, PhD

Universities want to make money, but are often clueless about the effort it takes to bring an idea to the marketplace. The problem of innovation and universities is similar to what corporations are facing today.