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Groton, CT Patch: After Irene, Family Grocery Store Closes After 63 years.

groton.patch.com | Deborah Straszheim | Posted 11.14.2011 | Home

The Universal Food Store has been owned by Frank Quaratella's family since 1947. But after it was forced to close during Hurricane Irene, the personab...

Why Glenn Beck Is The Ultimate Small Business Guy

Gene Marks | Posted 11.14.2011 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Let me be clear: I'm not a fan of Glenn Beck. But as a small business owner I respect what he's doing.

Obama To Speed Government Payments To Small Businesses

Reuters | Posted 11.14.2011 | Small Business

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Steve Holland) - President Barack Obama will announce plans on Wednesday to accelerate payments to small businesses with governm...

Enterprise Risk Management: Are We Ignoring the Segment With the Most Critical Need?

Jay Vadiveloo | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Jay Vadiveloo

Most of the current Enterprise Risk Management guidelines and principles are designed for large- and medium-sized organizations. Minimal attention is being paid to the largest, fastest growing and most important segment of the American economy, small businesses.

Ten Lessons from Ten Years of the Self-Employed Life

Mark Silver | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Mark Silver

It took me quite awhile to get into the groove of working from home productively. At this point, I can't imagine leaving the house for fifty hours a week to go work somewhere else.

U.S. Small Businesses Play Smaller Role Than In Other Wealthy Countries

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business

This post has been corrected. The idea of small businesses driving a broader jobs recovery in the United States is weakened by a simple truth: Smal...

Mikey Likes It! How to Leverage a Satisfied Customer

Andrea Sittig-Rolf | Posted 11.13.2011 | Small Business
Andrea Sittig-Rolf

Every business should assemble an Ambassador Toolkit. It'll help you better leverage your satisfied customers and turn them into a walking and talking word-of-mouth army.

Small Business and the Simple Math of Job Creation

Carol Roth | Posted 11.13.2011 | Small Business
Carol Roth

There are 28 million small businesses in this country that only need to hire an employee or two on average to completely reverse the jobs crisis. That must not be ignored.

Small Business Optimism Falls For Sixth Straight Month, Survey Finds

Posted 11.13.2011 | Business

Small businesses in the United States became less confident in the economy's future for the sixth straight month in August following a bruising sp...

The Myth of The Million-Dollar Idea

Thom Ruhe | Posted 11.12.2011 | Small Business
Thom Ruhe

Founders like Brian Scudamore remind us that rather than breakthrough ideas accelerated by loads of venture capital, it is often simple solutions to everyday problems, combined with years of persistence and business-building, that lead to entrepreneurial success stories.

When 'Decision Fatigue' Frazzles Your Small Business Brain

Karen Leland | Posted 11.12.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Faced with the daily task of deciding everything -- from what social media buttons should be above the fold on our home web page to who we should invite to the Friday meeting -- there are some ways we small business owners can maximize our power to choose while protecting our brain's much-needed mojo.

Obama Is Not Trying to Create Jobs; He's Trying to Get Re-elected

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.09.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

I don't think President Obama is trying to create jobs. His jobs bill is designed to get him re-elected. I think if you looked at the facts you'd agree.

Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs: The Lifeline for a Healthy Economy

Andy Monshaw | Posted 10.31.2011 | Business
Andy Monshaw

Why are small to medium-sized businesses like a medical clinic or a plant nursery so important to our economy?

Go With What Works

Joe Sestak | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Joe Sestak

If job creation for Americans is our real goal, and not large companies' bottom line, the data over the past twelve months has sent a strong message: small businesses are the real engine of job growth and should be the focus of any policy to spur job acceleration.

Is Inspiration a Success Metric?

Michele Colucci | Posted 11.08.2011 | Business
Michele Colucci

In economies like these, we have to work smarter. Necessity, being the true mother of invention, drives a lot of true innovation. But is that enough?

More for Them, Less for You

Carl Gibson | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Carl Gibson

The current crop of Republicans vying for the presidential nomination are all champions of a reverse-Robin Hood methodology that calls for soaking the poor to give more lavish tax breaks to the rich, and calling it "job creation."

Fail Fast, Fail Forward: Lessons in Social Media for Business

Beverly Macy | Posted 11.07.2011 | Technology
Beverly Macy

The bottom line is to do something, even if it fails at first. Do not be a poser talking a good social media game but not really being engaged.

Revitalize An Industry: Lessons From A Digital Pawn Shop

Todd Hills | Posted 11.06.2011 | Business
Todd Hills

At a time when businesses around the world are looking for ways to modernize and adapt to rapidly-changing new technologies, it's easy to overlook opportunities to innovate in industries deemed firmly entrenched or depleted.

GOP Congressman Defends Plan To Skip Obama's Jobs Speech

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.03.2011 | Politics

PALATINE, Ill. (AP/The Huffington Post) -- An outspoken Republican congressman from Illinois is defending his decision to boycott President Barack Oba...

Regulations, Taxes Aren't Killing Small Business, Owners Say

McClatchy | Kevin G. Hall | Posted 11.03.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy. However, lit...

10 Unusual Things I Didn't Know About Google (Plus the Worst Investment Decision I Ever Made)

James Altucher | Posted 11.02.2011 | Technology
James Altucher

I made the worst decision in venture capital history in late 2000. I was a partner at a venture firm called 212 Ventures. What? You never heard of it?...

Are Startup Incubators Inflating A Tech Bubble?

John Dearborn | Posted 11.02.2011 | Small Business
John Dearborn

The current proliferation of startup incubators may exacerbate the very problem that incubators were invented to solve in the first place.

How To Divy Up Equity When Hiring

Brad Feld | Posted 11.02.2011 | Small Business
Brad Feld

This week our fearless co-founders set out to create a cap table and hire a CTO.

GOP Congressman Skipping Obama's Jobs Speech, Calls President 'Idiotic'

Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics

House Republican Joe Walsh, a Tea Party favorite from Illinois, will not be attending President Barack Obama's Sept. 8 jobs speech, the Chicago Tribun...

7 September Events That Will Likely Affect My Business in 2012

Gene Marks | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business
Gene Marks

My hair is growing faster than our economy. And I'm bald. But hold on, because September is potentially shaping up to be even more disruptive for my company than August.