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QR Codes: How to Get More From Using a Quick Response Code

Carol Roth | Posted 02.26.2012 | Small Business
Carol Roth

QR codes allow businesses to take their advertising and make it immediately actionable. Here are four ways to make the most of these bar codes on steroids.

The Social Entrepreneur's Dilemma

Patrick FitzGerald | Posted 02.26.2012 | Small Business
Patrick FitzGerald

In order to make a potentially game-changing idea a long-standing reality, it's highly recommended that social entrepreneurs look at their business model and ask a very simple question: Could my company be a profitable one?

Pushing Through and Making It Work

Kathleen Hyppolite | Posted 02.26.2012 | Black Voices
Kathleen Hyppolite

I wasn't always a floral designer. Yes, I love what I do and I can't imagine doing anything else but not very long ago, I was an event planner. I guess technically, I still am.

Not Jobs -- Create New Companies

Mickey Bergman | Posted 02.26.2012 | Business
Mickey Bergman

The solution to our unemployment challenge will not come from existing large companies hiring more employees. Rather, it will come from the creation of new small and medium businesses.

8 Ways To Successfully Start Your Own Business

James Marshall Reilly | Posted 02.26.2012 | Books
James Marshall Reilly

If we reframe high unemployment as an economic growing pain that will lead to a rise in startup companies that will create the jobs we need while simultaneously serving as a catalyst for the development of new products, it becomes clear what we should be doing. Starting companies.

The Top Industries For Independent Businesses In 2011

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

American small businesses' biggest wish this holiday season may be more revenue, but privately held firms saw sales increases in a number of industrie...

Obama to Approve a Series of Anti-Small Business Policies That Will Cheat the Middle Class out of Billions

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 02.22.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The Obama administration has quietly adopted a series of anti-small business policies that will cost small businesses and minority-owned small businesses billions of dollars a month.

The Gift of Connecting

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 02.22.2012 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

I encourage you to find a philanthropic cause that provides meaning in your life. For Dermalogica, and for me personally, it has always been about women entrepreneurs.

Ideas, Inventions and Patents are Worthless Without Knowing Who Will Buy Your Product

Jerry Chautin | Posted 02.20.2012 | Business
Jerry Chautin

The Pulvers needed help with forming a legal entity, advice on marketing and on protecting their product against knockoffs. So Dick Fenster put together a team of SCORE volunteers that included a lawyer and two engineers with patent and marketing experience.

BYO for Business -- Is It Right for Your Company?

Brett Caine | Posted 02.20.2012 | Small Business
Brett Caine

According to global research, bring your own device is rapidly taking hold in business as employees prefer to use their personal mobile devices rather than standard-issue company ones.

Small Businesses Key to Recovery: Walsh

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 02.17.2012 | New York
Reporters Uncensored

By Maura Kelly Mayor Bloomberg has stated many times that small businesses are the chief engine of growth in New York City. However convincing entrep...

Entrepreneurs' Memoirs: A Gold Mine of Information for Self-Employed Wannabes

Frank Farwell | Posted 02.19.2012 | Small Business
Frank Farwell

Entrepreneurial memoirs are a treasure chest of information and entertainment and fit the bill perfectly for all the work-for-yourself wannabes on your holiday list

Immigrants Started Half Of Top U.S. Startups

Reuters | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business

(By Sarah McBride - Reuters) - Immigrants founded or cofounded almost half of 50 top venture-backed companies in the United States, a new study shows,...

The Big Distraction

Max Skolnik | Posted 02.19.2012 | DC
Max Skolnik

We have lost sight of the true problems facing the District. While we fiddle with the composition of a new ethics board and technical changes to the municipal code, DC burns with 30% child poverty and 50% youth unemployment rates.

Pitch-A-Thons Give Startups In Second-Tier Cities Investor Love

Reuters | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen - Reuters) - The crowd was restless as startups, investors, MBA students and a host of entrepreneurial wannabes waited in anticip...

12 Free (Or Almost Free) Tools To Grow Your Business

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccione | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business

Whoever said nothing in life is free didn't do their research. It turns out there's a wide selection of free tools and solutions out there to get your...

GORUCK: The Most Passionate Brand Following in the World

Matt Browner Hamlin | Posted 02.19.2012 | Small Business
Matt Browner Hamlin

Jason McCarthy, a former Green Beret and the founder of the rucksack company GORUCK, says a lot of things that command your attention. But when he speaks about his company's growth in the last year, my ears really pick up.

The Post Office Shutdown: Answers To Your Most Important Questions

Gene Marks | Posted 02.18.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

So what if, with all this talk of deficits and national debt and budget overages, our government takes the unprecedented step of shutting down its mail services? Many small business would worry. But I say to my fellow small business owners: do not fear.

Mark Pincus, Zynga Chief, 'Beat IPO To The Punch'

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 12.18.2011 | Small Business

Zynga chief Mark Pincus beat today's IPO to the punch, reported The Wall Street Journal. As Zynga, the four year-old social gaming company, saw its...

"Rudolph" Sings of Santa as Savvy Manager, Marketer

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 02.15.2012 | Comedy
Michael L. Millenson

Like everyone else, I've cheerfully hummed, whistled and sung along to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for as long as I can remember. But when I listen...

Hey Entrepreneur, Is This the Time to Be Winding Down?

Sophie Gold | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business
Sophie Gold

What is the difference between you and the founders of Macy's and Walmart?

Buying Local Yields More Jobs, Stronger Communities

Jeff Milchen | Posted 02.15.2012 | Small Business
Jeff Milchen

Even a modest shift of 10% more spending going to independent community-based businesses this season would create dramatic changes for the better in our economy, including a wave of new job creation.

Betrayed: Federal Audit Criticizes Small Business Administration for Excluding Small Businesses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

By relying on flawed statistics, the SBA rendered small businesses ineligible to receive $112 billion dollars in federal contracts last year.

Are Women Entrepreneurs Selling Themselves Short?

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 12.15.2011 | Small Business

Women in less developed economies are more likely to start or maintain a business venture than those living in developed countries, according to the 2...

Plan on Giving Your Clients a Holiday Gift?

Andrea Sittig-Rolf | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business
Andrea Sittig-Rolf

With this opportunity comes many gift-giving-etiquette questions and like most business opportunities, you can easily look foolish if you're not aware of the strategy involved.