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Putting Americans to Work

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.31.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

At a time when unemployment is the key political issue and when virtually everyone in politics is struggling to find ways to reduce the ranks of the unemployed, why doesn't some smart politician realize that the arts are one way to help solve this problem?

What If Universities Recruited Entrepreneurs Like They Recruited Athletes?

John Dearborn | Posted 03.28.2012 | Small Business
John Dearborn

If entrepreneurial education is important to America's economy and global competitiveness, and good for its students, why don't we recruit entrepreneurs for our colleges the way we do athletes?

8 Mobile Trends For Small Businesses To Watch In 2012

Bo Fishback | Posted 03.27.2012 | Small Business
Bo Fishback

Small businesses can get overwhelmed trying to figure out which social networks or new types of communication should be added to your communication toolbox. So what trends do you need to be paying attention to -- and acting on -- in 2012?

A Burger Breakthrough?

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters - By Gary M. Stern) - As the fast-casual restaurant buzz whets appetites across the nation, the recipe for success is anyone's guess, from Fi...

Murdoch-Backed Startup Flops

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters - By Yinka Adegoke) - Beyond Oblivion, a digital music startup backed by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and investment bank Allen & Co Director S...

Small Businesses Split Over SOTU

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters - By By Carla Tonelli) Last night’s State of the Union address from President Barack Obama left small business owners divided over his plan...

'William Foster Is A Good Man,' And The Detroit Journal Will Show You Why

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.25.2012 | Detroit

The Detroit Journal isn't a reincarnation of the city's first newspaper, it isn't a journal and it isn't about Detroit as a city proper. Which is why ...

State of the Union: A "Level Playing Field" Must Include the Self-Employed Agenda

Kristie Arslan | Posted 03.25.2012 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

If the President and Congress are really serious about ensuring a fair tax code, they'll take action on the tax and other policy changes that level the playing field for the foundation of the American economy: the self-employed.

From Googol to Glory: The Tale of Sergey and Larry

Greg Voakes | Posted 03.25.2012 | Small Business
Greg Voakes

Larry Page and Sergey Brin were once computer science nerds trying to find their way in a world without Google -- but they quickly got to work on what would later become the algorithm behind the world's most heavily trafficked search engine.

The Agony and Ecstasy of a Small Business

Wendy Brandes | Posted 03.25.2012 | Small Business
Wendy Brandes

So why don't I move my production overseas, especially when a ring that cost $40 to produce in New York City cost $4 in Asia?

So What If Romney's Rich?

Gene Marks | Posted 03.25.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

I run a small business. I speak all day to other small business owners. Are we jealous? Hell, yeah! Why? Because we all want to be like Mitt Romney. Isn't that the point?

State of the Union: Small Businesses Can Expect More of Obama's Failed Promises

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Lloyd Chapman

President Obama is one of the most anti-small business presidents in U.S. history and his policies have devastated the middle class economy. His policies have forced millions of small businesses to close their doors and millions more people to lose their jobs.

The Startup Skill Set

Daniel Tenner | Posted 03.24.2012 | Small Business
Daniel Tenner

Success in the startup world has more to do with skills than with ideas. The best approach as a new entrepreneur is to try and fill the glaring gaps in your skill set, so that if your startup fails, at least it will be failing for an interesting reason.

Twitter Is Much More Than Social: Co-Founder Dorsey

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2012 | Technology

(Reuters) - Twitter is much more than a social network and has no time to waste worrying about newcomers like Google+ as it becomes more important as ...

Small Business Lending Rises At Chase, Citi

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Global lending giants Chase (JPM.N) and Citi (C.N) said they substantially increased loans to U.S. small businesses last year, both exceed...

Tech, Tech, No Tech

Patrick FitzGerald | Posted 03.24.2012 | Small Business
Patrick FitzGerald

What if you have an idea for a company that is not technology-related, is not going to revolutionize the way people socialize, communicate, shop, or -- gasp -- is an actual brick and mortar business? Can it be done and do you have a shot?

Kodak Bankruptcy Dims Once Bright Hollywood Star

Reuters | Posted 03.21.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters - By Sue Zeidler) - Kodak's star may never shine again in Hollywood. The bankruptcy of the American icon that invented the handheld camera...

Startup Boards

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 03.21.2012 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

How does an entrepreneur manage this beast called the board, which has five heads, lots of opinions and shows up every four weeks?

Why Wall Street's Loss Is New York's Gain

Dinesh Moorjani | Posted 03.20.2012 | Small Business
Dinesh Moorjani

A flower has grown from the ashes of New York's financial industry meltdown. That flower is the city's innovation economy -- and it's here to stay.

New York Startups Drive Manhattan Office Surge: Report

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Manhattan, arguably the financial capital of the world, has media and technology companies to thank rather than banks for its improving of...

Egypt's Entrepreneurs See New Dawn Post-Revolution

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters - By Andrew Torchia) - Two months after mass protests ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak last February, Ahmed Essam resigned from his jo...

While We're Sitting on the Cabinet, Let's Bring Something to the Table

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Within a matter of months, if Obama's proposed merger is successful, small businesses will once again be unrepresented on the president's cabinet, and even worse -- they will no longer have a federal agency to assist them.

Free at Last! Leaving a Bad Job to Launch a New Business

Zondra Hughes | Posted 03.19.2012 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

Life is a dream when you love your job and it's a nightmare when you hate it. So what can you do if you are living a nightmare? Leave that job behind, according to two young entrepreneurs who found their passions in their second careers.

How The SBA Can Better Serve The Other 29,353,039 Small Businesses

Gene Marks | Posted 03.19.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The Small Business Administration shouldn't be in the business of telling us how to run our business. There are plenty of highly qualified professionals out there to provide this kind of help. The SBA should be in the business of helping us do business with the Federal government.

5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make While Raising Capital

Eric M. Jackson | Posted 03.18.2012 | Small Business
Eric M. Jackson

Raising capital can be a challenging process, especially in an economic environment marked by so much uncertainty and risk. But entrepreneurs often make the process harder on themselves by committing several common mistakes. Here are five pitfalls to avoid.