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Most Great Entrepreneurs Don't Drop Out of Harvard

Marty Zwilling | Posted 02.05.2012 | Small Business
Marty Zwilling

The most successful entrepreneurs are those with multiple real-life experiences, who have personal exposure to markets where opportunities are being left on the table.

Rochester, MI: Owner Of Polish Restaurant Is Living The American Dream

rochester.patch.com | Posted 02.04.2012 | Home

"The customers know everything is from scratch and that's why we've been here 23 years."...

Morton Grove, IL: For Store Owner, The Magic Comes To An End

mortongrove.patch.com | Posted 02.04.2012 | Home

"Customers have to realize it's not just the bottom-line dollar."...

What Comes Next: Finding Signals From The Startup Noise

Christina Cacioppo | Posted 02.04.2012 | Small Business
Christina Cacioppo

Over the past few months, I've seen over 160 companies come through eight different accelerator programs. It's a skewed group, but it captures the zeitgeist of a certain segment of the tech industry.

The Power of the Black Purse: Making Our Voices Heard this Holiday Season!

Stacey Tisdale | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
Stacey Tisdale

The American recession has become the black community's depression, but we still have tremendous power. What would happen, if this holiday season, we only shopped at companies that were truly committed to giving us jobs and helping us thrive?

Finish Off Your Year With a Bang: How to Throw an Epic Office Holiday Party

Janine Popick | Posted 02.01.2012 | Small Business
Janine Popick

We throw epic office parties. Here's our recipe for success.

eBooks: The New Darlings of Small-Business Branding

Karen Leland | Posted 02.01.2012 | Small Business
Karen Leland

I still find that many small business owners are confused about the part eBooks play in their overall marketing plan. Here are the four most common questions I get asked about using eBooks to build a small business's brand.

M.B.A., But No Job? It's Time to Become an Entrepreneur

Frank Farwell | Posted 02.01.2012 | Small Business
Frank Farwell

Today's stark economy negates the working-for-yourself honeymoon and forces rookie entrepreneurs to pay absolute attention from day one. That's why today's entrepreneurs may have a leg up on us old-timers.

John Boehner Is a Bag of Hot Air

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Lloyd Chapman

If Speaker Boehner and the GOP wanted to go above and beyond supporting small businesses, they would urge House Small Business Committee Chair Sam Graves to campaign to stop federal small business contracting fraud by supporting H.R. 3184.

A National Rural America Jobs Plan

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 01.31.2012 | Small Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

Global competitiveness through connectivity in underserved rural areas, supported by the U.S. government -- now that's an investment worth pursuing.

Why 'The PayPal Mafia' Is Killing It

Eric M. Jackson | Posted 01.31.2012 | Small Business
Eric M. Jackson

It was a unique combination of circumstances, talent, and audacity that would make PayPal an incubator for so many successful entrepreneurs.

The Government Is Trying Everything to Create Jobs Except the Only Thing That Will Work

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 01.30.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

For years I've been listening to pundits and politicians talk about job creation in America and I'm constantly stunned and frustrated because no one is talking about the single most fundamental issue related to job creation in America: small businesses.

Boomer Professionals Embrace Video Conferencing

Don McNay | Posted 01.30.2012 | Business
Don McNay

Video conferencing is not a new technology. But being able to do it easily and efficiently, with good quality, is new to me. It opens up new ways to communicate and grow my business.

A Street Closing in Queens Hurts Business but Unites a Community

Daniel Medina | Posted 01.30.2012 | New York
Daniel Medina

The customers are gone. Empty red steel chairs line rows of computer desks where they once sat. A tall stack of bills lies on a cracking, worn-out wooden desk that cannot be repaired until business is good again, if that is anytime soon.

Crowdfunding's Fraud Bogeyman

Kevin Lawton | Posted 01.29.2012 | Small Business
Kevin Lawton

The resistance to crowdfunding comes in the form of the "fraud bogeyman." Apparently, this phantom stalks only unregistered investments, waiting to emerge from the shadows and steal all of our money. Of course, fear is a potent tool, but wherever it's sold, one can usually find a lack of real arguments.

Startups Using Secondary Markets: 'It's Almost Like I'm A Mini-Public Company'

Reuters | Posted 01.29.2012 | Small Business

By Deborah L. Cohen CHICAGO (Reuters) - With IPOs out of fashion for many companies, Scott Painter, the CEO of TrueCar, did the next best thing. ...

Small Businesses Created 55K Jobs In November But Employees' Hours And Wages Dip

Reuters | Posted 01.29.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters) - U.S. small businesses created 55,000 jobs in November but employees worked fewer hours and earned less money, according to a survey on Tue...

Define Your Own Legacy, Don't Leave it to Everyone Else

Glenn Llopis | Posted 01.29.2012 | Latino Voices
Glenn Llopis

Leaders must commit themselves to a cultural promise in order to define their legacy. Why? Because the challenges that we face today require focusing on others, not just ourselves.

A 'B2B' Gold Rush?

Lynn-Ann Gries | Posted 01.28.2012 | Small Business
Lynn-Ann Gries

It seems that investors are beginning to show a little love to business-to-business Internet companies, also known as "B2B" firms. Most of these companies will never be household names. Still, they can become very profitable and generate significant returns for investors, as well as wealth and jobs for the communities they're in.

Twilight: 5 Lessons Your Business Can Learn From The Movie

Carol Roth | Posted 01.28.2012 | Small Business
Carol Roth

With the last installment in the uber-popular Twilight saga bringing in the big bucks all over the globe, here are a few business lessons you can take away from this very valuable franchise.

Message to Founders: Always Ask for 'The Order'

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 01.28.2012 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Starting a company is one of the hardest things anyone can do. You've already taken the leap.

Michael Grass

Locals, Feds Smile For Cameras At Small Business Saturday Event

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Grass | Posted 11.26.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Federal and local District of Columbia officials smiled for the cameras on Saturday in support of an initiative to support small busines...

Twitter Reacts to Small Business Saturday

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 11.26.2011 | Small Business

Black Friday may be America's biggest shopping day of the year, but Small Business Saturday is also gaining momentum among the masses. In its seco...

If You Are Not Selling the Dream, What Are You Selling?

Sophie Gold | Posted 01.25.2012 | Business
Sophie Gold

When you observe entrepreneurs who are selling the dream you always notice that they have a big, fat smile on their face. Why? Because they are probab...

Companies Inconsistent On Consequences Of 'Regulatory Overreach'

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Large and small companies have told Republican-led congressional committees what the party wants to hear: dire predictions of plant...