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Dear Graduate

Dal LaMagna | Posted 07.04.2011 | College
Dal LaMagna

One of the harder problems about being an entrepreneur is letting go of the security of the job you might have with some large company. Chances are this isn't your problem if you're a recent graduate; so go for it.

Entrepreneurs: Master 'The Pivot'

Cathy Belk | Posted 07.03.2011 | Business
Cathy Belk

As startups gather feedback from customers or investors, there's often a progression of strategic forks in the road requiring a relatively dramatic shift, also known as "the pivot."

Startup Bibles: Top Entrepreneurs Pick Their Favorite Books

Scott Gerber | Posted 07.03.2011 | Business
Scott Gerber

Young Entrepreneur Council Members pick their favorite business books and explain why.

Student Works Four Jobs To Pay For College

The Huffington Post | Briana Gerdeman | Posted 07.02.2011 | College

Editor's Note: PatchU is Patch Media's program to form great relationships with colleges and universities around the country. The PatchU Network is ...

Fred Wilson: First Time Vs. Serial Entrepreneurs

Fred Wilson | Posted 07.02.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

I've been thinking a lot about the differences between first time and serial entrepreneurs. We invest in both and do not have a preference between the two. But there are significant differences.

Fred Wilson: How To Find And Buy A Domain Name

Fred Wilson | Posted 06.28.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

I believe that a good domain name is an important success factor in building and launching consumer web services. It's not in my top ten but it could be.

How To 'Green' Your Business

Brett Caine | Posted 06.22.2011 | Business
Brett Caine

Sustainability is essential to helping today's companies achieve many of their major business priorities, including attracting and retaining great talent and reducing capital expenses.

How To Find A Mentor

Steve Blank | Posted 06.21.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

Lots of entrepreneurs believe they want a mentor. In fact, they're actually asking for a teacher or a coach. A mentor relationship is a two-way street. To make it work, you have to bring something to the party.

Why It's Less Risky To Never Get a "Real" Job

Scott Gerber | Posted 06.21.2011 | Business
Scott Gerber

There are over 81 million young people unemployed worldwide. Not to mention tens -- if not hundreds -- of millions more that are underemployed. In the...

Building Prosperity Through Small Business Entrepreneurs: An Update

Randall Kempner | Posted 06.21.2011 | Business
Randall Kempner

In developing countries, there are many other firms with good ideas that can both address a social challenge and earn profits. However, the vast majority of small business entrepreneurs lack access to resources they need to thrive.

Department of Interior Sued for Refusing to Release Names of Individuals Involved in Contracting Abuses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 06.21.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The ASBL maintains that contracting officers who intentionally misrepresent large businesses as small should be prosecuted, and held accountable for their actions.

Why Credit Card Branding Is Costing Small Business Owners

Odysseas Papadimitriou | Posted 06.20.2011 | Business
Odysseas Papadimitriou

Business and consumer credit cards are actually more similar than they are different, which therefore begs the question, should the Credit CARD Act of 2009 apply to business credit cards?

When Is It Best To Hire A Contractor?

Donna Fenn | Posted 06.15.2011 | Business
Donna Fenn

When is it better to work with contractors rather than hire employees?

Websites Connect Startups With Investors

Lynn-Ann Gries | Posted 06.15.2011 | Business
Lynn-Ann Gries

Online platforms have emerged in recent years to connect entrepreneurs with investors. They enhance traditional venture investing, but they won't replace it.

Use Game Mechanics To Build Customer Loyalty

Seth Priebatsch | Posted 06.14.2011 | Business
Seth Priebatsch

Game mechanics are more than just a way to have fun with your customers -- they can also solve real problems. If you're not thinking of your customers as gamers yet, you're missing out on all the fun.

Small Business Confidence Slips In March: NFIB

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2011 | Business

Small businesses grew less optimistic about the economy in March but raised prices for a second straight month, a potential warning sign about inflation, a survey showed on Tuesday.

Cutting Taxes Will Boost Entrepreneurship: Kauffman Foundation

Tim Kane | Posted 06.12.2011 | Business
Tim Kane

What's the secret sauce for job creation? Step one is to identify who actually creates jobs (hint: entrepreneurs). Step two is to find the best way to stimulate them.

Bankers Grab Your Collateral When You Default

Jerry Chautin | Posted 06.07.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Both SBA and conventional lenders want to lien your home. In addition to securing your equity, lenders believe that you will work harder to make the business successful when your home is at risk.

How To Build Your Business For The Virtual Workforce

Brett Caine | Posted 06.07.2011 | Business
Brett Caine

With the creation of new here and now workplaces, the opportunity for on-demand collaboration and business innovation is limitless.

Cleantech Startups Turn To Big Companies For Capital

Reuters | Nichola Groom | Posted 06.07.2011 | Business

Fledgling solar power companies looking to grow beyond their venture capital roots are increasingly catching the eye of deep-pocketed corporate investors.

Sam Adams Launches Micro-Loans For Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs

Grub Street New York | Posted 06.06.2011 | Food

The Boston Beer Company, maker of Samuel Adams, is looking to distribute up to a million dollars in micro-loans this year, all through its Brewing the...

Eco-Friendly Microfinance: It's Time To Clean Up The Bandwagon

DeSmogBlog | Joanna Zelman | Posted 06.06.2011 | Green

Microfinance is intended to help the poor. The poor are often the most affected by climate change. Yet, some microfinance programs actually further co...

Startup Fever: Why it Matters

Joan K. Smith | Posted 06.06.2011 | Business
Joan K. Smith

A culture that doesn't encourage the support of new, young -- and yes, even crazy -- ideas is a moribund culture that will not keep up with rapid fire changes in the global marketplace.

Entrepreneurs: Slow Down To Speed Up

Brad Feld | Posted 06.06.2011 | Business
Brad Feld

I see so many startups rushing to just get stuff out, without thinking hard about "what that stuff is and why anyone would care."

Venture Capitalists Aren't Investing In Black Entrepreneurs

Mike Green | Posted 06.05.2011 | Business
Mike Green

Investing in high-growth companies creates jobs while generating more wealth for investors. The formula has worked for the private venture capital investment community. Unfortunately, no such active community exists in black America.