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Your Employees Don't Have to Like You, But They Have to Love You

Robert Levin | Posted 01.07.2012 | Small Business
Robert Levin

There are times when an employee will not agree with a decision that you have made. If the employee is not thinking to him or herself, "well I don't agree with her, but I do believe in her so I will respect the decision," the employee's relationship is doomed to fail and until it does, it will be a painful one.

Watch Your Step: How Foursquare Can Get Customers in the Door

Eric Yaverbaum | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business
Eric Yaverbaum

The ability to connect directly with their target customer is taking on a whole new meaning these days. Not only is social media a free marketing and promotional tool, it can be extremely useful if used appropriately and not in haste.

Looks Who's Leading Today's Entrepreneurial Resurgence

The Huffington Post | Rieva Lesonsky | Posted 01.04.2012 | Small Business

When I started working at Entrepreneur magazine back in the 1970s, no one really knew what an entrepreneur was -- few could even spell or say the word...

Conferences: A Time To Work 'On' Your Small Business, Not 'In' It

Karen Leland | Posted 01.04.2012 | Small Business
Karen Leland

How can you make a professional conference worthwhile for your small business? Step back from working "in" your business and work "on" your business instead.

Tyler Kingkade

Small Businesses To Super Committee: Tax Large Corporations

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Outraged by a new report about America's largest corporations dodging their taxes, small business owners are orchestrating a new campaig...

Who's The Best Republican Candidate For Small Business?

Gene Marks | Posted 01.04.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

It's time to "change my state." I must choose from among one of the Republican candidates who will run against President Obama. So who would be the best for my small business?

To Increase Small Business Loans, Revive What Has Already Worked

Steve Grossman | Posted 01.04.2012 | Small Business
Steve Grossman

The Small Business Administration's loan incentive program worked brilliantly, and it will work again. Washington should act -- and act now -- to provide another $2 billion to help small businesses, their workers and the taxpayers.

Refined Tax Code Will Stimulate Entrepreneurship

Kristie Arslan | Posted 01.03.2012 | Business
Kristie Arslan

A corporation is able to write off its employees' health insurance, lowering its taxable income. Self-employed business owners, on the other hand, must pay for health insurance with post-tax dollars.

10 Ways To Prevent Startup Exhaustion

Adelaide Lancaster | Posted 01.03.2012 | Small Business
Adelaide Lancaster

Most entrepreneurs are more concerned with their business's success than their own health and productivity. What they don't always realize is just how interrelated they are.

Women Entrepreneurs: It's Your Time

Lynn-Ann Gries | Posted 01.03.2012 | Small Business
Lynn-Ann Gries

Women entrepreneurs haven't received their share of investment. So, why should we care? Because female-led startups that receive the same level of investment as those led by men could add 6 million jobs to the economy within five years, one study found.

Too Many Startups Or Too Few Dollars?

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 01.03.2012 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

I frequently see disconnects between founders ("This business is going to change the world") and venture investors ("Really? You are super smart and I love your enthusiasm but I respectfully disagree") after a business has already been financed.

Congress Easing Capital Raising Rules For Small Companies

AP | By JIM ABRAMS | Posted 01.02.2012 | Small Business

WASHINGTON -- The House moved Wednesday to make it easier for small companies and banks to raise capital – and presumably spur economic growth &...

Small Business Lending Rises: Paynet

Reuters | Posted 01.02.2012 | Small Business

(By Ann Saphir) - The growth of borrowing among small U.S. businesses moderated in September but the overall level still registered a 14th monthly dou...

College Loan Debt Hobbles Budding Entrepreneurs

Scott Gerber | Posted 01.01.2012 | Small Business
Scott Gerber

Government can provide the first building block in the loan-relief-to-business-creation puzzle that has the capacity to transition our debt-ridden young people into self-employed job creators.

Why VCs Should Be Startup CEOs

Steve Blank | Posted 01.01.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Today, you can start a web/mobile/cloud startup for $500,000 and have money left over. Every potential early-stage Venture Capitalist should take a year and do it before he or she makes partner.

Small Businesses To Lawmakers: Give Us Some Credit!

John Arensmeyer | Posted 01.01.2012 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Small employers are struggling; lack of demand and weak sales are part of it, but one of the key barriers to their success -- hindering their ability to help remedy the economy's malaise -- is the inaccessibility of credit.

PHOTOS: A Look Inside Businesses With Google Street View

Huffington Post | Chris C. Anderson | Posted 01.06.2012 | Small Business

Google's new business street view has gone live, according to BBC. Whether people think Google's new business street view is creepy or cool, some bus...

WATCH: Snail Farming Goldrush?

Posted 12.31.2011 | Small Business

There's gold in them thar...snails? There's a booming new business in Bulgaria; heliciculture, or snail farming the BBC reports. In a country cons...

Obama Jobs Bill Ignores Basic Principle of Job Creation: Small Businesses Create All the Jobs

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The federal government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. Small businesses need those contracts, not the tax cuts proposed in the president's jobs bill.

Chasing Beauty for a Living

Kathleen Hyppolite | Posted 12.27.2011 | Black Voices
Kathleen Hyppolite

You can say that I leap first, look later. I believe that you need some of that impulse, fearlessness and confidence as an entrepreneur. You have to have heart and Lord knows, I've got tons. But for floral design you also need an eye and a hand.

Becoming an Expert in Any Field

Don McNay | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

There is a misconception by some business people that one media appearance can make a business an "overnight sensation." I've seen people spend too much time pursuing that "lucky break."

Gerry Smith

Small Businesses Become Growing Target For Hackers

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 12.24.2011 | Technology

A growing number of cyberattacks are targeting small businesses, from construction companies to local grocery stores, presenting an emerging threat th...

Maplewood, MO: Moments After A Layoff, A Decision To Open A Motorcycle Shop

maplewood-brentwood.patch.com | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

“I decided I was not going to let my fate be in the hands of others any longer.”...

Small Business Essentials

Nelson Davis | Posted 12.21.2011 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

If you are only focused on what business is trendy today and how much money you can make quickly, the end is already in sight for your enterprise.

Tewksbury, MA: Keeping the Feds From Confiscating Motel That Housed Drug Deals

tewksbury.patch.com | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

“I may sell (the motel) eventually, but the government doesn’t have the right to take it... It’s not right.”...