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Small Business CFOs: Do You Need One?

Janine Popick | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
Janine Popick

It's a growing pain that many small businesses have. Company founders and CEOs are rarely equipped to handle financing strategies, budgets and dealing with investors. But bringing on a chief financial officer is not cheap.

Sherman Oaks, CA: Shower Truck Helps Homeless 'Feel Like A Human Again'

shermanoaks.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

Once a week, a mobile shower truck from the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission offers showers to people who are living on the streets or in their cars...

Westport, CT: A New Antique Store... For Classic Video Games

westport.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

"It's not like John Wayne movies, where they keep reissuing them on DVD. Once these are gone, they're gone."...

Santa Cruz, CA: Breaking The Rules With A Plus-Size Second Career

santacruz.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

"I hear women all the time say that the sizes stop at 12 and they won't buy something until they lose five pounds. Why should they have to lose five p...

Plymouth, MN: A New Career In Inflatables

plymouth-mn.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

"He was working 80 hours a week, and I often felt like a single parent. But it was the right thing at the right time." ...

Stonington, CT: Remembering The 'Real' Friendly's

stonington.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

We sat at the counter and tried to get some eggs and toast in our bellies so that we wouldn't die of a hangover during commencement....

Fair Lawn, NJ: Deli Expands, Despite Death And Taxes

fairlawn.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

“It’s unfortunate he never got to see this place. He always wanted something bigger and better.” ...

Groton, CT: Betting On Prepared Food In Lean Times

groton.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

“The area right here has been accustomed to a convenience grocery. We felt that we could bring that back, and get people back in.”...

Cockeysville, MD: Flood Washes Away Local Businesses

cockeysville.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

"How many of these floods are we going to go through? Are they going to sacrifice us? Are they going to help us move? They need to let us know their p...

Clinton Hopeful About an Interdependent Future

Robyn Greenspan | Posted 12.12.2011 | Business
Robyn Greenspan

Speaking to the live audience at the Javits Center, and thousands by webcast, Clinton ticked off a roster of ills faced by the world's poor.

Zach Carter

Small-Business Owners Don't Like Ryan's Tax Math

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Joseph Rotella is president and owner of the Spencer Organ Co., a small business with 10 employees that specializes in rehabilitating pi...

Mobile Marketing: 5 Ways to Make Sure Your Business Doesn't Get Left Behind

Claire Hughes Johnson | Posted 12.12.2011 | Small Business
Claire Hughes Johnson

Smart businesses are already advertising on smartphones, here's how not to get left behind.

How Convertible Debt Works

Brad Feld | Posted 12.12.2011 | Small Business
Brad Feld

Last night I gave a talk hosted by SVB at their Palo Alto office. I had a ton of fun talking to and answering questions from about 75 entrepreneurs who -- at the minimum -- enjoyed eating the great food and wine that SVB provided on a luscious evening in Palo Alto. Several questions came up about Convertible Debt.

The DIY Approach to Job Creation

Kristie Arslan | Posted 12.11.2011 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

Putting people back to work does not necessarily mean giving a corporation an incentive to hire. In fact, the best job for some of the nine million unemployed could be one they create for themselves: self-employment.

Caren Maio Speaks About Nestio and Her Time at TechStars

Ramon Nuez | Posted 12.11.2011 | Business
Ramon Nuez

Her team is working on a service that solves a real problem for many New Yorkers -- finding an apartment.

Six Innovative Family-Friendly Workplace Practices

Mark Harbeke | Posted 12.11.2011 | Business
Mark Harbeke

October is National Work and Family Month. There is a definite business case for making your organization more family friendly: in addition to longer average employee tenures, firms that have this focus earned 49% more revenue and were more likely to be profitable.

More Jobs -- Steve and Small Business

Nelson Davis | Posted 12.11.2011 | Business
Nelson Davis

From the beginning, the creator and the creation were a single bonded brand. It is an exceptional business achievement if people think of you when they see the product and the product when they see you.

Politicians Must Choose Entrepreneurship Over Diversity in Immigration Debate

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 12.11.2011 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

Washington DC needs to reassess its priorities: Do we want to grant 50,000 random people with baseline high school degrees citizenship to support some antiquated diversity needs? Or do we want to give visas to 50,000 foreign entrepreneurs who can jumpstart our economic recover?

Finding Your Way to Loyalty

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 12.11.2011 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

You must meet the wants, needs, and/or desires of your shopper and her consumers if you want to cultivate loyalty.

Small Business Confidence Rises In September: NFIB

Reuters | Posted 12.11.2011 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Small businesses in the United States grew more confident in the economy's future for the first time in seven months during September as t...

Chambers & Businesses... A New York Perspective

Juan Guillen | Posted 12.11.2011 | Latino Voices
Juan Guillen

I happen to be a fan of constructive criticism; it's how one grows. As a community, we need to stop being so critical of each other. Let's show a little bit more love for one another -- there is enough room for all of us to love each other, and still be in business for ourselves.

Offbeat Insider Knowledge on Imports: Some Basics and Why the "Loaf Question" is Important.

Atim Oton | Posted 12.10.2011 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

My New York City based company has leveraged its location, contacts and city in more ways than some importers I know. How? Let me show you some ways.

Small Businesses - We need You.

Shivani Siroya | Posted 12.10.2011 | Small Business
Shivani Siroya

In her September 22nd Triple Pundit piece, Gerri Stengel makes a passionate case for the ability of small businesses to foster communities and social ...

Steve Jobs' Life Helped Me Think Different. His Death Inspired Me to Live Different.

Robert Levin | Posted 12.10.2011 | Small Business
Robert Levin

Steve Jobs died at 56. My guess is that had he not had access to the best medical practitioners who employed the latest practices, he might have died...

Food Court: Winners And Losers Of The Week

Food52 | Posted 12.10.2011 | Food
Food52

In which Shelly Peppel and Fran Brennan, the editors of Food52 News, pass judgement on the week's top food news.   • Winner: The man...