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Altadena, CA: After Losing Everything, Finding Freedom On Rails

altadena.patch.com | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

"I was tied down to a marriage and family for 40 years and now I am allowed to do what I want to do."...

10 Reasons Why Women Make Better Entrepreneurs

Adelaide Lancaster | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business
Adelaide Lancaster

What if gender differences made women even better business owners? It's not hard to make a compelling case. Let's take a stab at it.

No IT Staff? Use The Apple Genius Bar

Karen Leland | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Most small businesses I know can't afford to have a full-time computer person on hand, so they often utilize outside resources for their technology needs. For Mac users, the Genius Bar, available on site at stores around the world, often serves the function of troubleshooter for any computer-related snafus.

Groupon Rewards Program: The Top 3 Things Merchants Misunderstand

Seth Priebatsch | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business
Seth Priebatsch

Never one for subtle movements, Groupon's come out swinging at loyalty. Unfortunately for Groupon, just shouting "loyalty" a bunch of times doesn't make it true. My message to merchants is this: Don't fall for this latest daily deal [Grou]Ponzi scheme.

Entrepreneurial Hotbeds: A Homegrown Mix Of Science And Luck

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen) - Nick Cronin moved to Chicago from Milwaukee to stack the entrepreneurial deck in his favor, hoping to leverage the city's impr...

Small Businesses Still Struggling: Geithner

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2011 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Small businesses still face a very tough economy and are experiencing more challenges than larger businesses after the recession, Treasury...

10 Tips to Make Your Booth Stand Out at a Trade Show

Scott Gerber | Posted 12.18.2011 | Small Business
Scott Gerber

I'm about to unveil my new business idea at a trade show. How can I get peoples' attention and attract them to my booth?

Social Business: A Boost for Small Business

Ed Abrams | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business
Ed Abrams

Becoming a social business is inevitable if a company wants to become more innovative, efficient, and resilient. Shouldn't your company be well-connected?

How The Wall Street Occupiers Can Help My Small Business

Gene Marks | Posted 12.18.2011 | Small Business
Gene Marks

To all of you who are spending your weekends and valuable time protesting as part of the "occupy movement," I want to thank you. But you guys can help me. If you wouldn't mind, can I ask you for a few favors? As a small business owner?

Want To Turn Your Hobby Into A Biz? Don't Miss This Event (Seriously)

Stylelist Home/The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home

A scene from last year's Summit. Who: Hello Craft, a fabulous non-profit dedicated to advancing and empowering indie crafters, designers and ar...

How The FDA May Be Stifling Medical Innovation At Healthcare Startups

Ray Leach | Posted 01.14.2012 | Small Business
Ray Leach

Regulatory burdens and healthcare reform are causing big uncertainties for venture investors that could limit the capacity of drug and medical device startups to bring products already in the pipeline to market.

Small Business Lending 'Finally Turning The Corner': PayNet

Reuters | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen) - Startup activity is expected to pick up this year and into 2012 as sectors such as amusement and recreation services continue ...

Of Pigs, Pythons and Web Startups

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

One of my portfolio companies has venture capitalists and angels stampeding over each other to invest. All of this when a recent WSJ report bemoaned the fact that Web startups have hit a cash crunch. So which is it: a stampede or cash crunch?

What Is A Revenue Based Loan?

Fred Wilson | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

Revenue-based financing can be a great option for profitable companies looking for a straightforward way to raise funding without dilution, change of control, or a personal guarantee.

Salvage Your Job, From Tory Johnson (WATCH)

Posted 09.05.2013 | MarloThomas

Have you unhappy in your current job role, but have only been there a short period of time? Career Expert Tory Johnson talks about how to explain your...

How to Social Bookmark Your Small Business Blog

Karen Leland | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

"If you write it, they will come." Well, at least that's what all those small businesses that start a blog in the hope of driving hoards of potential customers to their site anticipate will happen.

Let's Take Small Business Saturday to the Next Level

Robert Levin | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
Robert Levin

Small Business Saturday is a day set aside in November (this year it's taking place on the 26th) when people are encouraged to forgo the mall or the big box stores and buy from small businesses. I want ideas on how we can take it to the next level.

Small Business CFOs: Do You Need One?

Janine Popick | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
Janine Popick

It's a growing pain that many small businesses have. Company founders and CEOs are rarely equipped to handle financing strategies, budgets and dealing with investors. But bringing on a chief financial officer is not cheap.

Sherman Oaks, CA: Shower Truck Helps Homeless 'Feel Like A Human Again'

shermanoaks.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

Once a week, a mobile shower truck from the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission offers showers to people who are living on the streets or in their cars...

Westport, CT: A New Antique Store... For Classic Video Games

westport.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

"It's not like John Wayne movies, where they keep reissuing them on DVD. Once these are gone, they're gone."...

Santa Cruz, CA: Breaking The Rules With A Plus-Size Second Career

santacruz.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

"I hear women all the time say that the sizes stop at 12 and they won't buy something until they lose five pounds. Why should they have to lose five p...

Plymouth, MN: A New Career In Inflatables

plymouth-mn.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

"He was working 80 hours a week, and I often felt like a single parent. But it was the right thing at the right time." ...

Stonington, CT: Remembering The 'Real' Friendly's

stonington.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

We sat at the counter and tried to get some eggs and toast in our bellies so that we wouldn't die of a hangover during commencement....

Fair Lawn, NJ: Deli Expands, Despite Death And Taxes

fairlawn.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

“It’s unfortunate he never got to see this place. He always wanted something bigger and better.” ...

Groton, CT: Betting On Prepared Food In Lean Times

groton.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

“The area right here has been accustomed to a convenience grocery. We felt that we could bring that back, and get people back in.”...