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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.

Helped by The Help

Nelson Davis | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business
Nelson Davis

There is a bonus lesson in how The Help finally got to the marketplace and that is you have to take calculated risks.

Businesses Increasingly Pessimistic About Future Economic Conditions

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business

Optimism for the American economy continues to evaporate, even as President Obama readies a supposedly major jobs plan to be unveiled in a speech befo...

Why Governments Don't Get Startups

Steve Blank | Posted 11.01.2011 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Not understanding and agreeing what "Entrepreneur" and "Startup" mean can sink an entire country's entrepreneurial ecosystem. ------ I'm getting ready...

Mobile Devices Are Creating Meeting Madness At Small Businesses

Karen Leland | Posted 11.01.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Small businesses suffer just as much as major corporations from their constant checking of cell phones in important meetings and even one-on-one conversations. And while big businesses have more staff to cushion the impact, small businesses are by nature tight on resources and need to get the most productivity out of the people they do have.

CATO Institute Needs to Look at the Facts Regarding the SBA

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.31.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

If the CATO Institute sincerely wants to help get our economy back on track and create jobs, they need to support small businesses, federal small business contracting programs, and my campaign to end the diversion of small business contracts to corporate giants.

Dreaming Is Fine, but Doing Is Better

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 10.31.2011 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

Americans have always been dreamers. But given the current state of the world economy, we must temper "Dream big!" optimism with pragmatism.

Should Every Restaurant Have A Farm?

Liza de Guia | Posted 11.06.2011 | Food
Liza de Guia

"Last year we had way more produce than we could use, so this year, we tried to scale back a little bit to hit the sweet spot a little more closely." ...

Small Business Borrowing Held Back In July By Debt Ceiling Crisis

Posted 10.31.2011 | Business

(Ann Saphir) - Small U.S. businesses in July moderated what had been a blistering pace of borrowing, held back by uncertainty over U.S. economic g...

What Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Facebook's Early Years

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 10.30.2011 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

Entrepreneurs dream of Zuckerberg-style fame, not to mention the total decimation of competition. Here are five lessons from Facebook's early years for every entrepreneur.

30 Ways To Improve Your Business Email Communications

Wempy Dyocta Koto | Posted 10.30.2011 | Business
Wempy Dyocta Koto

As entrepreneurs, business leaders and aspiring company directors, think very carefully about the words filling the borders of your emails, documents, instant messages and social media profiles.

The Number One Killer of Startups

Steve Blank | Posted 10.30.2011 | Small Business
Steve Blank

What makes startups succeed or fail? More than 90% of startups fail, due primarily to self-destruction rather than competition.

Small Business Hiring Slows In August

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2011 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Hiring by small businesses slowed in August and employers reduced hours, an independent survey showed on Sunday, suggesting the recent sto...

Hiring 101: Developing a True Nose for Talent

Rob Asghar | Posted 10.29.2011 | Business
Rob Asghar

Even if an organization is able to reorganize in a way that eases out its under-performers, most managers still lack solid hiring skills, and few have a well-developed nose for talent that makes a difference. Here are a few counter-intuitive rules for finding the best talent.

Hurricane Irene: What Are The Best Ways To Prepare?

Posted 10.26.2011 | Small Business

As Hurricane Irene takes aim, business owners up and down the East Coast are hoping for the best -- but if they're smart, preparing for the worst. ...

Steve Jobs Makes Me Better

Fauzia Burke | Posted 10.26.2011 | Technology
Fauzia Burke

Like millions whose lives have been made better by your products, we, as a family and a business, thank you, Steve Jobs, for improving our family life, saving us money in our small business and giving us the tools to do our best work.

NYC Leads With Incubators for Green and Tech Startups

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 10.26.2011 | New York
John Tepper Marlin

The stimulus was not as effective as hoped, in part because state and local officials were expected to move faster than they were able. However, state and local officials and local entrepreneurs are now responding to the need for new jobs in interesting ways.

How to Land Superstar Clients

Karen Leland | Posted 10.25.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

How exactly does a small business secure a magical stable of superstar clients? It starts by defining what makes up your unique ideal client profile.