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Small Business Borrowing Makes Big Month-By-Month Jump: PayNet

Posted 12.03.2011 | Business

CHICAGO (Ann Saphir) - Borrowing by small U.S. businesses jumped in August, a bright spot in an economy whose weaknesses are so pronounced that th...

Small Business Borrowing Jumps: Paynet

Reuters | Posted 12.03.2011 | Small Business

(By Ann Saphir) - Borrowing by small U.S. businesses jumped in August, a bright spot in an economy whose weaknesses are so pronounced that the Federal...

Starbucks To Collect Donations To Spur U.S. Job Creation

AP | By SARAH SKIDMORE | Posted 12.03.2011 | Business

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Starbucks hopes customers will be willing to pay at least $5 more when they stop in for their morning cup of Joe. Starting Nov. 1, ...

Fair Lawn, NJ: Former Analyst Casts Sopranos Actor To Pitch Deli

fairlawn.patch.com | Posted 10.12.2011 | Home

"I may not be making as much money. Yet. But I'm coming to work with a smile on my face every day. I'm happier."...

Use SlideShare To Tell Your Small Business Story

Karen Leland | Posted 11.30.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

I checked in with a few other small business folks to get their take on integrating SlideShare into the overall business yarn, and here's what they had to say.

Making The Pitch: What A 20-Year Old Whiz Kid Did Right

Porter Gale | Posted 11.30.2011 | Small Business
Porter Gale

What are the biggest factors in landing your pitch? I had an opportunity to witness what it takes in the flesh while eating breakfast with Brian Wong, a 20-year whiz kid and the CEO of Kiip.

The Business Of Divorce: Separating Can Be 'Painful,' 'Costly' For Small Businesses

Posted 11.28.2011 | Small Business

When Glenn Phillips went through a contentious divorce, his company unwittingly came along for the ride. Phillips, the founder of software cons...

Doing Good!

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 11.27.2011 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

Looking at the world picture, professional and corporate success must embrace global activism and advocacy for women.

Entrepreneurship Education Is Key to U.S. Economic Growth

Jack E. Kosakowski | Posted 11.27.2011 | Education
Jack E. Kosakowski

When I talk to students, I am struck by their keen insight into important issues currently affecting our economy, such as small business growth and job creation.

How's Your Wolfpack? Startups and the Vegas Litmus Test

Scott Shamberg | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business
Scott Shamberg

Are you ready to build something? Willing to "take the leap"? Then be honest with yourself. Open yourself up to difficult questions. Find a visionary leader who attracts extraordinary talent... talent that would thrive together as a "wolfpack" in Vegas.

Small Business Confidence Falls To 2-Year Low

Reuters | Posted 11.27.2011 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Small business confidence fell to a two-year low in the third quarter on increased economic uncertainty that could keep growth on a slow p...

Speed Can Kill

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 11.27.2011 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Startup funding events are processes instead of panics and fire drills. In my experience, such frenzy is seldom necessary, but for some reason there appears to be an epidemic of "This deal is moving fast; if you want in you've got to hurry." Invariably, my response to such entreaties is: No.

Women Business Owners Get the Shaft, Again

Jerry Chautin | Posted 11.27.2011 | Small Business
Jerry Chautin

In February, the SBA published its final rules to set aside $6.5 billion in federal government spending for Women-Owned Small Businesses or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses. But on September 9, the Washington Business Journal said to date, women-owned businesses only got $500,000.

How To Draw Up A Capitalization Table

Fred Wilson | Posted 11.26.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

Cap Tables (short for capitalization tables) are spreadsheets that show how much everyone owns of the company. If you want to make a cap table for your company, feel free to replicate this format.

How To Turn Your Customers Into Fans

Lou Imbriano | Posted 11.26.2011 | Small Business
Lou Imbriano

As someone who comes from the sports and entertainment world, I view consumers from a different perspective than those who work in most "mainstream" b...

10 Tips From 10 Top Entrepreneurs

Porter Gale | Posted 11.26.2011 | Small Business
Porter Gale

In the spirit of collaboration (and entrepreneurship), I sent a quick email out to my successful self-employed friends and asked, "What is the best advice you have for business owners?"

U.S. Entrepreneurs Need A 'True Global Mindset'

Ted Zoller | Posted 01.14.2012 | Small Business
Ted Zoller

For entrepreneurs in the United States, and for all of us who support them, a wake-up call is in order. We need to work harder at learning and practicing the global game than we've done so far.

Buy Local -- How YOU Can Improve the Economy

Michael Salguero | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Michael Salguero

If you want to improve this economy, don't look to Washington. Try buying local, buy from independent store owners, craftspeople and artists. If each of us changed even a small portion of our purchasing habits, we could collectively dig our country out of this economic mess.

Greeks, Diners And American Entrepreneurs

Cynthia Kounaris | Posted 11.25.2011 | Business
Cynthia Kounaris

All big businesses started as small businesses -- from Ford to Apple, from General Electric to McDonald's. They were started by entrepreneurs, by people with a dream and the drive to make it happen.

Could a Simple Bill Save the World Economy?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.24.2011 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

If President Obama really wants to create jobs and save the world economy, he will keep his campaign promise and support and sign the Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act.

What Makes a Good Venture Capitalist?

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 11.22.2011 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

Michael Arrington, editor of the popular tech startup news site, TechCrunch has decided to shift gears and become a venture capitalist (VC). Debates...

Bernanke and the War on Senior Citizens

Don McNay | Posted 11.23.2011 | Small Business
Don McNay

If you follow what the Federal Reserve is doing, all the moves are designed to protect Wall Street at the expense of Main Street.

Affton, MO: When A Tornado Destroys A 20-Year Old Auto Shop

affton.patch.com | Sally Tippett Rains | Posted 11.22.2011 | Home

“The day of the tornado, all morning long I had been at the shop paying bills,” said Sharon Richey of Affton, Mo. “I let my employees off for Ne...

Golden Opportunity For Small Businesses

Reuters | Posted 11.22.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen) - With the price of gold soaring, Mark Rich saw a chance to transform his family's struggling jewelry business into a moneymakin...

What's Your Small Business's Sound Bite?

Karen Leland | Posted 11.22.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

If you think sound bites are just for movie stars, politicians and the pundits on TV, think again. In today's get-to-the-point-centric world, your small business spin has power.