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Want An "Offshore-proof" Job?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 07.19.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Americans use restaurant visits almost like "micro vacations," especially when times are tough, because going out to eat is one of the cheapest ways to get out of the house for a couple of hours, he said.

Rather Than "Why Not Go Public?", It's "Why?"

Brian Hamilton | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business
Brian Hamilton

For a long time, one of the reasons for doing an IPO was that everybody else was doing it. It was a status symbol. But I don't think the entrepreneurs of today care as much about that. Good for them.

Slow Payers Hurting Companies' Cash Flow, Hiring

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 08.08.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Cash is tied up in inventory as well as receivables, and that has a significant effect on cash flow and consequently, a significant effect on how much companies can use for capital expenditures or new jobs.

Five Fraud-Fighting Tips for Businesses

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 08.05.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Desperate times call for desperate measures, the saying goes. So it's not surprising that fraud in the workplace increased during the economic crisis and recession.

Private-company Sales, Margin Growth Continue

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 07.22.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Privately held U.S. companies -- the millions of businesses that drive job creation and GDP -- are growing sales so far this year at about the same ra...

The JOBS Act: IPO On-ramp or Public Company Off-ramp?

Brian Hamilton | Posted 06.30.2012 | Small Business
Brian Hamilton

What really separates a good company is the quality of the product -- not the money backing the company, which is why I encourage managements to spend most of the time discovering how to develop their great idea with limited capital.

Does Size Matter?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 06.24.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Privately held companies have a huge impact on the U.S. economy, and new data shows that sales and margin performance through the recession and so far in the recovery has varied, depending on the size of the company.

Who's Hiring?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 06.09.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Friday's jobs report showed that fewer-than-expected positions were added in March. But several industries that have driven a lot of the hiring over the last year continued to add workers last month. Who's been hiring, and which industries have the kind of business fundamentals that could pave the way for adding more jobs?

The Hottest Industries To Start A Business In

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 06.02.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

There are, of course, many considerations to starting your own business. But if you've been wondering what fields might be fertile for a new business, a good place to start is the Bureau of Labor Statistics' new employment projections for 2010 to 2020.

Private Businesses Are Improving, But a Big Unknown Lurks

Brian Hamilton | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business
Brian Hamilton

Are the best years of the United States behind us? I don't think so, but the national debt will remain the biggest threat to this glacier of an economy.

How SecondMarket Gives Startups A Bridge To An IPO

Barry Silbert | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business
Barry Silbert

How does a startup know when the time is right to leverage the private company stock market? Although there is no clear-cut formula, certain indicators, such as number of shareholders, the age of the startup, and market traction can be utilized.

Why Startups Are Shying Away From IPOs

Barry Silbert | Posted 08.16.2011 | Business
Barry Silbert

Many Americans are unaware that the U.S. public stock markets no longer support growth-stage companies. Systemic changes have caused companies to remain private far longer than in previous decades.

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SEC May Make It Easier (For Some) To Buy Into The Next Facebook

HuffingtonPost.com | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 06.11.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- It may soon become a lot easier for startups to raise capital -- and avoid the regulatory scrutiny and costs associated with going public....

BACKDOOR IPOs: SEC May Make It Easier For Startups To Raise Cash

Posted 06.08.2011 | Business

U.S. securities regulators may ease constraints on share issues by private companies, making it easier for start-ups to raise money, the Wall Stre...

Colorado Springs Now Outsources Its Outsourcing Efforts

Colorado Springs Independent | J. Adrian Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

No matter how you describe it, Colorado Springs' attempt to "be more efficient" by looking at outsourcing many basic city services to private companie...

LBO Debt Weighs Heavily On Newly Private Companies

The New York Times | Andrew Ross Sorkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The credit quality of firms taken private in the last few years has "visibly eroded" since the credit crunch began last summer, analysts at Fitch Rati...