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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

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

Tips For Starting A Small Business, From Tory Johnson (WATCH)

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The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank | Posted 12.07.2011 | Small Business
Steve Blank

While it's not clear yet whether the numbers of startups in Helsinki are sufficient to ignite, it feels like it's getting there (and given the risk-averse and paternal nature of Finland, that by itself is a miracle).

Innovation Plus Job Creation = National Self-Employment Initiative

Kristie Arslan | Posted 12.06.2011 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

Washington is awash in rhetoric about the importance of America's small businesses as engines of economic recovery, but there is little to no action coming out of the policy arena to help these businesses actually fuel economic growth.

Entrepreneur Takes On Former Employer After Firing

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen) - Bryan Van Noy got a pink slip in 2007. After dusting himself off, he set out to launch a business that would challenge traditi...

How Steve Jobs Has Screwed Up My Life

Gene Marks | Posted 12.06.2011 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Steve Jobs, now that you're gone, I wonder if the technology world will once again slip into mediocrity. Will people accept less quality and more difficult functionality, enabling service companies like mine to get back to work and make lots of money?

Shelby.TV's Reece Pacheco on TechStars, Startups and Company Culture

Ramon Nuez | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business
Ramon Nuez

NYC seems to be a fountain of startup talent. Zev and I have been incredibly lucky to be invited to speak with so many great companies. On our next stop, we pay a visit to one of New York City's hottest startups -- Shelby.TV. 

Growing your Business: Why you Don't Have to do it Alone

Nell Merlino | Posted 12.04.2011 | Women
Nell Merlino

Women who know they have a great business, who know they are ready to spread their wings and are smart enough to recognize that a little help from their friends goes a long way will do well.

Franchise Ownership: Should Unemployed Boomers Start Looking Into It?

Joel Libava | Posted 12.05.2011 | Small Business
Joel Libava

For those that were employed in executive-level positions, and have been out of work for a long-time, one increasingly popular option that's being looked at is franchise ownership. But is becoming the owner of a franchise business the answer?

A Taste of Change: Why Getting a Slice of the Beverage Business Isn't so Crazy After All

Porter Gale | Posted 12.05.2011 | Small Business
Porter Gale

Here was a woman in her kitchen, with no experience in the beverage category, and she decided to do what was seemingly impossible. The task? She was going to get a slice of the beverage industry.

White Lake, Mi: Kettle Corn Business Pops | Posted 12.05.2011 | Home

"I never worked this hard at any job in my life, but I really love it because we're working for ourselves," said Mike Heary, who left his manufacturin...

Great Board Meetings

Brad Feld | Posted 12.05.2011 | Small Business
Brad Feld

I've had a string of great board meetings lately. They all had several similar attributes.

Starbucks, General Electric Seek Cover In Arms Of Small Business

Reuters | Posted 12.04.2011 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Facing talk of "class warfare" in Washington and protest marches on Wall Street, some of the biggest players in corporate America are link...

States Agree on Exports

David Adkins | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
David Adkins

With the president's submission of three pending trade agreements to Congress, exports might also be one of the few areas where both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue can reach agreement.

No Exit In Sight: Venture-Backed IPOs Slip To 2-Year Low

Reuters | Posted 12.04.2011 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Just five venture-capital backed companies held initial public offerings last quarter, data from the National Venture Capital Association ...

Zaarly Founder: How To Tell If You're Actually On To Something

Bo Fishback | Posted 12.04.2011 | Small Business
Bo Fishback

When I left what I thought was my dream job to launch a start-up, I truly believed I was onto something huge. Initially, I was following my instincts; however, looking back, some key indicators reinforced my gut feeling. Think you're on the precipice of the next big thing? Ask yourself these questions first.

5 Things Michael Jackson's Doctor Taught Me About My Small Business

Gene Marks | Posted 12.03.2011 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The story behind the death of Michael Jackson taught me a lot. Not just about Propoful or the danger of sedatives. But, if you can believe this, about the decisions I make when running my ten person company.

Rocky Point, NY: Rising Costs Are Tough For Pizza Maker To Swallow | Posted 12.03.2011 | Home

"A product like mozzarella has gone up $1.50 per pound in the last few years. That affects the cost of a slice. If we absorb the increase we lose, if we charge too much we lose, so we keep the price at $2.25; we just can't have the same profit margin," said Vincent Prestigiacomo, who owns Pompei Pizza in the Kohl's Shopping Center in Rocky Point, N.Y.

For Maryland Small Businesses, A Lost Four Years

Patch | Posted 12.03.2011 | Small Business

There have been days when Julie Upchurch has stood in the middle of her Gambrills flower shop and asked, “Why am I doing this?” Five years ago,...