As the world moves faster and faster and tools get better, businesses need good planning more than ever. Unfortunately, as the need has grown, so too has the size of the whoppers that experts who should know better tell.
Entrepreneurship is the rising global economic tide that is lifting all boats, and that is true whether you are a newly-minted Chinese millionaire, an Indian woman who is fond of quoting Gandhi, or a small business person in the U.S.
Small Business Saturday on November 27th is a day for all of us to support the small businesses that we care about. A day to celebrate the small businesses that boost our local economies and preserve our neighborhood character.
The America that owned my boyhood pride -- for all its failings -- seemed a far larger place than I find myself living in today. We are, I fear, living in a country the size of a gated, restricted country club.
North Chicago Auto Service is a solid small business with deep ties to its community. Which is why its owner, Richard Otero-Cintrón, was so surprised to learn that his long-time bank had rejected his loan application.
Despite the clear need and obvious benefit to our economy, ACCION and other microlenders have reached but a small percentage of the millions of microenterprises in the U.S. Getting the word out -- that we are lending -- is part of our challenge.