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WATCH: Snail Farming Goldrush?

Posted 12.31.2011 | Small Business

There's gold in them thar...snails? There's a booming new business in Bulgaria; heliciculture, or snail farming the BBC reports. In a country cons...

Obama Jobs Bill Ignores Basic Principle of Job Creation: Small Businesses Create All the Jobs

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The federal government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. Small businesses need those contracts, not the tax cuts proposed in the president's jobs bill.

Chasing Beauty for a Living

Kathleen Hyppolite | Posted 12.27.2011 | Black Voices
Kathleen Hyppolite

You can say that I leap first, look later. I believe that you need some of that impulse, fearlessness and confidence as an entrepreneur. You have to have heart and Lord knows, I've got tons. But for floral design you also need an eye and a hand.

Becoming an Expert in Any Field

Don McNay | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

There is a misconception by some business people that one media appearance can make a business an "overnight sensation." I've seen people spend too much time pursuing that "lucky break."

Gerry Smith

Small Businesses Become Growing Target For Hackers

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 12.24.2011 | Technology

A growing number of cyberattacks are targeting small businesses, from construction companies to local grocery stores, presenting an emerging threat th...

Maplewood, MO: Moments After A Layoff, A Decision To Open A Motorcycle Shop

maplewood-brentwood.patch.com | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

“I decided I was not going to let my fate be in the hands of others any longer.”...

Small Business Essentials

Nelson Davis | Posted 12.21.2011 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

If you are only focused on what business is trendy today and how much money you can make quickly, the end is already in sight for your enterprise.

Tewksbury, MA: Keeping the Feds From Confiscating Motel That Housed Drug Deals

tewksbury.patch.com | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

“I may sell (the motel) eventually, but the government doesn’t have the right to take it... It’s not right.”...

Smithtown, NY: Serving Coffee To Commuters Through Hard Times

smithtown.patch.com | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

"When you have a family, that changes things. It's not so much about you."...

Altadena, CA: After Losing Everything, Finding Freedom On Rails

altadena.patch.com | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

"I was tied down to a marriage and family for 40 years and now I am allowed to do what I want to do."...

10 Reasons Why Women Make Better Entrepreneurs

Adelaide Lancaster | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business
Adelaide Lancaster

What if gender differences made women even better business owners? It's not hard to make a compelling case. Let's take a stab at it.

No IT Staff? Use The Apple Genius Bar

Karen Leland | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Most small businesses I know can't afford to have a full-time computer person on hand, so they often utilize outside resources for their technology needs. For Mac users, the Genius Bar, available on site at stores around the world, often serves the function of troubleshooter for any computer-related snafus.

Groupon Rewards Program: The Top 3 Things Merchants Misunderstand

Seth Priebatsch | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business
Seth Priebatsch

Never one for subtle movements, Groupon's come out swinging at loyalty. Unfortunately for Groupon, just shouting "loyalty" a bunch of times doesn't make it true. My message to merchants is this: Don't fall for this latest daily deal [Grou]Ponzi scheme.

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...

Small Businesses Still Struggling: Geithner

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2011 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Small businesses still face a very tough economy and are experiencing more challenges than larger businesses after the recession, Treasury...

10 Tips to Make Your Booth Stand Out at a Trade Show

Scott Gerber | Posted 12.18.2011 | Small Business
Scott Gerber

I'm about to unveil my new business idea at a trade show. How can I get peoples' attention and attract them to my booth?

Social Business: A Boost for Small Business

Ed Abrams | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business
Ed Abrams

Becoming a social business is inevitable if a company wants to become more innovative, efficient, and resilient. Shouldn't your company be well-connected?

How The Wall Street Occupiers Can Help My Small Business

Gene Marks | Posted 12.18.2011 | Small Business
Gene Marks

To all of you who are spending your weekends and valuable time protesting as part of the "occupy movement," I want to thank you. But you guys can help me. If you wouldn't mind, can I ask you for a few favors? As a small business owner?

Want To Turn Your Hobby Into A Biz? Don't Miss This Event (Seriously)

Stylelist Home/The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home

A scene from last year's Summit. Who: Hello Craft, a fabulous non-profit dedicated to advancing and empowering indie crafters, designers and ar...

How The FDA May Be Stifling Medical Innovation At Healthcare Startups

Ray Leach | Posted 01.14.2012 | Small Business
Ray Leach

Regulatory burdens and healthcare reform are causing big uncertainties for venture investors that could limit the capacity of drug and medical device startups to bring products already in the pipeline to market.

Small Business Lending 'Finally Turning The Corner': PayNet

Reuters | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen) - Startup activity is expected to pick up this year and into 2012 as sectors such as amusement and recreation services continue ...

Of Pigs, Pythons and Web Startups

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

One of my portfolio companies has venture capitalists and angels stampeding over each other to invest. All of this when a recent WSJ report bemoaned the fact that Web startups have hit a cash crunch. So which is it: a stampede or cash crunch?

What Is A Revenue Based Loan?

Fred Wilson | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

Revenue-based financing can be a great option for profitable companies looking for a straightforward way to raise funding without dilution, change of control, or a personal guarantee.

Salvage Your Job, From Tory Johnson (WATCH)

Posted 09.05.2013 | MarloThomas

Have you unhappy in your current job role, but have only been there a short period of time? Career Expert Tory Johnson talks about how to explain your...

How to Social Bookmark Your Small Business Blog

Karen Leland | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

"If you write it, they will come." Well, at least that's what all those small businesses that start a blog in the hope of driving hoards of potential customers to their site anticipate will happen.