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Michael Grass

Locals, Feds Smile For Cameras At Small Business Saturday Event | 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...

Alexander Eichler

Occupy Wall Street Takes On Black Friday Amid Skepticism | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.24.2011 | Business

With Black Friday heralding the start of the shopping season, a bevy of groups identified with the Occupy Wall Street movement are asking consumers to...

SpotOn Pivots And Gauri Manglik Gets Fondu

Ramon Nuez | Posted 01.23.2012 | Small Business
Ramon Nuez

To pivot or not to pivot? That was the question that CEO and co-founder, Gauri Manglik, had to come to terms with.

No Black Friday

Laura Munson | Posted 01.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Munson

This holiday season, I want us to stop. I want us to continue the gratitude of the day before. I want us to sleep in and maybe take a walk into town later to see what the local shops have for sale. Even if it costs a bit more.

Groupon Cupcake Deal Backfires, Forces Baker To Make 102,000 Cupcakes: 'It's Been An Absolute Nightmare'

Posted 11.22.2011 | World

When the owner of a small bakery outside London posted a deal for cupcakes on Groupon, she ended up getting more than she bargained for. Rachel Bro...

Did The Super Committee Fail? Not To This Business Owner

Gene Marks | Posted 01.22.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The "Super Committee", that group of twelve Congressman who tried to come to an agreement on reducing our government's enormous deficit, did not fail. In the eyes of most small business people, they succeeded.

The Super Committee Punts, and the Odds Are Stacked Against Small Business

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

What's it going to take for small businesses to finally have a voice in Washington?

Africa's Entrepreneurial Hot-Spot

Randall Kempner | Posted 01.20.2012 | Small Business
Randall Kempner

Lagos is an incredibly tough place to grow a business. The power goes out all the time, the government regulations stifle start-ups, the educational infrastructure is highly insufficient and the traffic insane. But the entrepreneurial streak runs strong in the Nigerian people--and barriers that would paralyze a typical Western entrepreneur are not enough to stop Nigerians.

Could Online Piracy Act Hurt Small Tech Companies?

Reuters | Posted 11.20.2011 | Small Business

(By Stephanie Rabiner) - You've likely heard a lot about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the last few days, and chances are the chatter isn't goi...

$5 Billion For Michigan Small Businesses, Consumers

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.18.2011 | Detroit

Fifth Third Bank has pledged to make $5 billion in loans available in Michigan in 2012. That includes $2.5 billion for the Pure Michigan Business C...

Small Business Cybersecurity: A New Way To Customize Your Online Defense System

Julius Genachowski | Posted 01.18.2012 | Small Business
Julius Genachowski

Barely half of small businesses have a cybersecurity strategy or plan in place and nearly 80 percent say they lack a written Internet security policy. It's vital that small businesses take the necessary steps to increase their protection against cyber threats.

5 Easy Steps to Your Own E-Commerce Startup for $100

Marty Zwilling | Posted 01.17.2012 | Business
Marty Zwilling

If you have a unique creation or invention, and you are not selling it around the world on the Internet, now is the time to start. The cost of entry has never been lower. Anyone can be an entrepreneur today.

CEO of Sonar, Brett Martin, Speaks about the Social Landscape

Ramon Nuez | Posted 01.17.2012 | Small Business
Ramon Nuez

Zev and I have been trying to sit down with Brett for a few months now. It's been difficult because Bret is just an incredibly busy guy. He is found...

Brad Feld | Posted 01.17.2012 | Small Business
Brad Feld

As a young company, you want anyone interested in you to be able to reach you. While is theoretically useful, in my experience very few people actually use it because they have no idea where it actually goes.

Fund-Raising: Manage The Process, Don't Let The Process Manage You

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 01.17.2012 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

I've seen companies get sucked into the vortex of VC hell, bobbing in a sea called no-man's land where there is lots of "interest" but a disturbing lack of conviction. Don't let this happen to you.

Reducing the National Debt While Keeping Small Businesses Top of Mind

Kristie Arslan | Posted 01.16.2012 | Business
Kristie Arslan

It is our hope that the super committee will be able to come to a consensus that will alleviate the national debt and work in the favor of one of America's largest economic strongholds -- small businesses.

Bank Of America Nabs Malcolm Gladwell To Educate Small Business Owners

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.16.2011 | Business

Struggling small businesses need not fear any longer: Malcolm Gladwell is on the way, sponsored by Bank of America. Gladwell, the bestselling write...

Continuous Feedback

Fred Wilson | Posted 01.16.2012 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

We have a portfolio company that will remain nameless that does something I want to call out as super awesome. Every board meeting, as homework after ...

Now Is the Time to Invest in the Middle East and North Africa

David Weiss | Posted 01.15.2012 | Impact
David Weiss

Microenterprises on average only employ a few people, but they create job opportunities where very few exist. One individual we supported was Jassim, a young Iraqi entrepreneur who was the sole supporter of his three younger siblings.

Struggling Barber To Customers: Pay What You Want

Reuters | Posted 01.15.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters) - After more than 20 years of renting chairs from other barbers, Gregory Burnett finally opened his own shop, but the down economy has been ...

Startup Updater Sees Goldmine In 'Snail Mail'

Reuters | Posted 01.15.2012 | Small Business

(Deborah L. Cohen) - One entrepreneur's shrinking, outdated market is another entrepreneur's goldmine. Traditional mail may be on the wane, but tha...

Are you underearning?

Carolyn Ziel | Posted 01.15.2012 | Women
Carolyn Ziel

It's important to understand your personal relationship with money and the beliefs that were handed down to you about money. It's even more important to realize your true worth.