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Motivating Employees: 3 Ideas That Just Might Work for You

Janine Popick | Posted 04.10.2012 | Small Business
Janine Popick

I recently got interviewed by one of my employees who is looking to hone in on his career path. He's a newly appointed manager and he wants to make su...

Think Big, Work Small: How to Get Your Startup Off the Ground Fast

Janine Popick | Posted 04.08.2012 | Small Business
Janine Popick

When you're starting your business, you want things to happen fast. You have some choices to make. You can choose to have the perfect store layout whe...

Social Media and the 'Blind Voting' Dilemma

Jackie Barrie | Posted 04.09.2012 | Books
Jackie Barrie

I'm in a dilemma. One of my books has been nominated for an award, and I can't decide how I feel about asking non-readers to vote. There's an angel on one of my shoulders, and a devil on the other.

Psst...Here's How Your City Can Bring In More Business

Gene Marks | Posted 04.09.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Let the big names like New York and Chicago host the Olympics and be "world class". I can always visit those places for a day. But create a "world class" school system in my city and I'll have customers (and employees) for life. That's what my small business needs.

Waukee, IA: Locally Owned Hardware Store Carves Out A Niche In Waukee | Posted 02.15.2012 | Home

"Here, I get in and out and I'm happy. I also like the idea of supporting local business."...

Mastering the Awkward Conversation in 5 Easy Steps

Michael Parrish DuDell | Posted 04.08.2012 | Business
Michael Parrish DuDell

No matter what business you're in, there will come a day when you'll be forced to sit someone down for a good old fashioned confrontation

What's Your Strategy? The Devil Is in the Details

Sophie Gold | Posted 04.08.2012 | Business
Sophie Gold

Over the last couple of days I have been receiving emails asking how to put together a winning strategy for 2012. To be honest, it's a loaded question.

The Government's Secret War Against Small Business

Robert Levin | Posted 04.08.2012 | Small Business
Robert Levin

State tax auditors are being told to shake down local businesses to generate revenue. And while big businesses have internal tax specialists who can fight unjustified assessments, small businesses often have no choice but to pay since the cost to them of fighting back is so high.

The Perfect Entrepreneurial Resume Doesn't Exist

Patrick FitzGerald | Posted 04.07.2012 | Small Business
Patrick FitzGerald

You have an idea for a phenomenal company. Problem is you have zero background in that industry, no prior entrepreneurial experience, never got an MBA and can't lean on your family for financing or business resources. At first glance, you're facing an uphill battle. But personal and empirical evidence has proven that it can be done.

Why Taking On A Partner Can Be Riskier Than Marriage

Frank Farwell | Posted 04.04.2012 | Small Business
Frank Farwell

Sure, starting a business is scary and financially dangerous. But that doesn't mean entrepreneurs should take on a partner just to hold their hand and put a few dollars in the equity pot. Thankfully, there are alternatives formal partnerships.

Women Entrepreneurs Fear Failure More Than Men: Study

Reuters | Posted 04.04.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters - By Deborah L. Cohen ) - Babson College and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor recently released the results of a comprehensive 2010 study ...

Citizens United: Bad for Small Business and Bad for Democracy

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 04.04.2012 | Latino Voices
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Among the victims of mega-corporate power will not only be everyday citizens and their elections, but also small businesses in our country.

Nate C. Hindman

Romney's Past At Bain Haunts Some VCs' Future | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 02.02.2012 | Small Business

In the U.S. election race, private equity has become a very public issue. So much so that the usually secretive industry is stepping out from behin...

House GOP Introduces Proposal To Duel With Obama Plan

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Republicans plan legislation granting small businesses – and potentially nearly every company in the country – a ...

Small Business Borrowing Hits 4-Year High In December

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters - By Ann Saphir) Borrowing by U.S. small businesses rose in December to the highest level in more than four years, pointing to continued stre...

The (Really) Immaculate Reception

Gene Marks | Posted 04.02.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

I'm an expert at reception areas. If you don't get it right there, well, it doesn't bode well for what's behind the next door. I know a good, organized reception area when I see one. And I've seen some pretty scary ones.

Mompreneur: A Day In The Life

Sandy Abrams | Posted 04.02.2012 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

While Mompreneurs look for a daily balance between chaos and symmetry, we are most happy when the biggest ROI comes in the form of a well-adjusted family.

A New York Story: Putnam Rolling Ladder Co.

Nick Barnicle | Posted 04.02.2012 | New York
Nick Barnicle

2012-02-01-pullquote.jpgWeaving through ladders of all shapes and sizes and buckets of bolts, nuts, and hinges, you begin to get the sense that little has changed since Putnam Rolling Ladder moved to Soho in the 1930s.

Job Hunting Skills From the School of Hard Knocks

Don McNay | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business
Don McNay

I could have skipped the 500 resumes if I had better understood the importance of networking. I get frustrated watching some people try to network. They get too aggressive, telling people they need a job rather than letting businesses know why they should be hired.

The Only Man in America that Obama Has Not Fooled Speaks Out

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Lloyd Chapman

If you stop listening to Obama read his speeches and start watching what he does, you realize he's anti-small business all the way.

Obama Returns Focus To Small-Business Tax Breaks

Reuters | Posted 01.31.2012 | Small Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Tuesday to revive a plan to give small businesses tax breaks and help start-up firms, ide...

How Success Cost a Small Business Owner His Health Insurance

Richard Kirsch | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Small business is iconic in America. For years, big business has cleverly used small businesses to be messengers for campaigns financed by corporate America. At Health Care for America Now, it was a lesson that we took to heart.

Ten Ways to Buzz It Up on Facebook

Noelle Bell | Posted 03.31.2012 | Media
Noelle Bell

In following these ten steps, you'll see how your fan page performs, the benefits it gives you, and how you can adjust your Facebook marketing accordingly.

The State of Small Business: Credit and Jobs Must be Addressed

John Arensmeyer | Posted 03.31.2012 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

For too long, small businesses have been struggling to bear the brunt of the recession. Lending has all but dried up, and too many lawmakers are spending more time playing politics than working to pass smart legislation to help them. How do we know small business owners feel this way? We asked them.

Immigrants: Engines of Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Economic Growth

Suren Dutia | Posted 03.31.2012 | Small Business
Suren Dutia

Highly skilled immigrants are America's competitive advantage, and it is critical today more than ever that we woo and welcome them to our shores.