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3 Reasons to Make Time for Social Media

Janine Popick | Posted 05.01.2012 | Small Business
Janine Popick

Using social media marketing to grow your business is worth it. Here are three reasons you need to be out in front of this new medium:

Stop the Regulation!

Job Creators Network | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business
Job Creators Network

We want businesses to feel confident enough to undertake new projects and hire new workers, not terrified of the bureaucratic traps that might lie around the corner.

The Life-threatening Costs Of Becoming A Big Business

Greg Voakes | Posted 06.07.2012 | Small Business
Greg Voakes

The success of a company relies on a confluence of many things, one of which is an intuitive, user-friendly product that makes your life easier. However, business ethics and how your company conducts itself can quickly kill, or at least severely damage, the profit margin and reputation you have been working so diligently to establish.

5 Reasons To Improve Cash Flow Forecasting

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 05.01.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

By knowing exactly what cash you have coming in and going out and when those transfers occur, you ensure your business has enough cash to continue operating from day to day. But there are other reasons to improve your cash-flow forecasts, according to accounting and financial experts. Here are five important ones.

Maine Restaurant Housed Inside Former Church

Reuters | Posted 05.01.2012 | Small Business

(By Ros Krasny - Reuters) - A passerby seeing the imposing church building with its massive, red doors bearing the word "Grace" and a mysterious trian...

Small Business Borrowing Jumps

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2012 | Small Business

(By Ann Saphir - Reuters) - Borrowing by U.S. small businesses rose in January, another sign that recent stronger economic data may be more durable th...

Is the House Crowdfunding Bill Being Killed in the Senate?

Scott Edward Walker | Posted 04.30.2012 | Business
Scott Edward Walker

Startups are currently prohibited from selling stock or other securities via crowdfunding sites or social networking sites; they may, however, accept donations.

Mompreneurs: Behind The Scenes Of A Monthly Membership Biz

Sandy Abrams | Posted 04.30.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Jessica has her finger on the pulse of what her market wants. She's poised to continue to deliver products that solve the ongoing problem for busy parents who want a unique learning experience for their kids.

Crowdfunding Will Make The Next U.S. President

Kevin Lawton | Posted 04.30.2012 | Small Business
Kevin Lawton

A serious presidential contender will soon commit to a generous crowdfunding exemption. They don't have any choice. Because it's what people are demanding. And these people are the types who know how to effectively use social media.

Why Most Small-Business Owners Didn't Vote For Rick Santorum

Gene Marks | Posted 04.30.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Although the data may never be fully known, I believe that the majority of people who own a small business did not come out and vote for Rick Santorum in Arizona and Michigan last night. And I know why.

Do Apple, Bank of America, GM and Chevron Sound Like Small Businesses to You?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 04.29.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

The most recent data from the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) shows that last year the Obama administration diverted billions of dollars in federal small business contracts to some of the biggest companies in the world.

Top Signs Your Business Should Borrow

Brian Hamilton | Posted 04.29.2012 | Small Business
Brian Hamilton

There are times when it is good to borrow money, but those times are limited. So how do you know when you truly need to borrow for your business? The answer is not always obvious.

Senate Pushes Bills To Boost Small Business Growth

Reuters | Alexandra Alper | Posted 04.29.2012 | Small Business

By Alexandra Alper WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate majority leader Harry Reid announced plans on Tuesday to push forward legislation to s...

The Oscars of Entrepreneurship

Cathy Belk | Posted 04.29.2012 | Small Business
Cathy Belk

Now that we've all recovered from the Oscars, I find myself wondering: Who would we ceremoniously lavish with praise in the entrepreneurial world? Who among the investors, entrepreneurs and advisors should we commend for their startup savvy and used as a benchmark for performers in years to come?

Why I Started The Honest Company

Jessica Alba | Posted 04.26.2012 | Small Business
Jessica Alba

As a new parent, I desperately needed a place where I could get all my daily essentials -- from diapers to cleaning products -- and I could trust that they would be safe, eco-friendly, affordable, and effective. So I decided to create it.

Business Owners Can Learn To Love Actuaries -- While Still Hating Credit Scores

Robert A. Berman | Posted 04.25.2012 | Small Business
Robert A. Berman

It's not really fair to blame actuaries for creating the biggest financial crisis in living American memory. I am, of course, talking about how tens of thousands of small business owners with long and successful track records are going out of business because they cannot get a simple business loan from their neighborhood banker.

Mompreneurs: From Product Idea To Miracle

Sandy Abrams | Posted 04.25.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Like many mompreneurs, the thought of knowing there's got to be a better way took hold of Shelly Ehler. She knew she had to make her ShowNo Towel.

Location, Location, Location: Where Should You Start Your Company?

Patrick FitzGerald | Posted 04.25.2012 | Small Business
Patrick FitzGerald

In real estate, we can all agree that location is king. But what about for entrepreneurship? Where should you start your company?

Small Businesses Cope With Rising Gas Prices

AP | By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG | Posted 02.24.2012 | Small Business

NEW YORK -- As any driver knows, rising gas prices can put a dent in a household budget. For small business owners, it can hurt – or even wipe o...

Ames, IA: Unemployment's High, So Why Does This Growing Ames Tech Company Struggle To Find Workers?

ames.patch.com | Posted 02.22.2012 | Business

"We could have grown faster. At times we've pushed clients away or asked them to wait."...

Shakopee, MN: Pilot Turned Comedian Celebrates One Year Of Laughs

shakopee.patch.com | Posted 02.22.2012 | Business

"I did three minutes during open mic, got a few laughs and caught the bug."...

Post-Grateful Dead Player Scores Medical Hit

Reuters | Posted 02.22.2012 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen - Reuters) - For Jeff Chimenti, a rock keyboardist who plays with offshoots of the Grateful Dead, it has been anything but a "lon...

27 People Who Lied To Me Last Week

Gene Marks | Posted 04.23.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Want to own a small business? It's not as romantic as you may think. We deal with a lot of headaches. And boy, do we hear a lot of lies! Don't believe me? Here's just a partial list of 27 people who lied to me this past week alone.

The Rise of Couponing in Small Business

Greg Voakes | Posted 04.23.2012 | Small Business
Greg Voakes

More and more small businesses are offering coupons, and the number of online coupons increased 360 percent since 2009. As more retailers get online, that number will continue to multiply.

Job Creators: It's Not Just The 1%

Noel A. Poyo | Posted 04.23.2012 | Latino Voices
Noel A. Poyo

According to the most recent Census Bureau Survey of Business Owners (2007), Hispanic-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of the small business sector, expanding at nearly twice the rate of the national average between 2002 and 2007.