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8 Ways You're Blocking Your Success

Peggy McColl | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
Peggy McColl

At first glance the concept of breaking through what blocks you seems complicated, but it's not. Here are the top eight things that block us from our goals, and how to get unblocked.

What The Other Guys Are Using: The 10 Hottest Startup Web Tools

Jeff Giesea | Posted 10.09.2011 | Small Business
Jeff Giesea

With so many new services, the challenge today comes in choosing the best web apps in the market, and one piece of information every business operator wants to know is: what are other savvy businesses using?

Small Business Optimism Continues To Decline Amidst Uncertainty

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business

Amidst anemic consumer spending and national uncertainty over the fate of the debt ceiling, small-business optimism declined for the fifth straight mo...

Startup Financing 101: Don't Waste Your Money on Equipment. Go See A Lender Instead.

Fred Wilson | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

Don't use your precious funds raised in dilutive equity rounds to buy servers and other capital equipment. Go see a bank, finance company, or manufacturer about a financing arrangement.

In Wake of Japan Quake, A Search For Entrepreneurs

Reuters | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business

(By Tim Kelly) - On a recent trip to Japan's devastated northeast coast, venture capitalist Yoshihito Hori chanced upon a group of fishermen outside...

Mark Cuban: Solving Our Country's Patent Law Flaws

Mark Cuban | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Mark Cuban

If we had process patents or the culture of software litigation in the 1980s as we have today current technology would consist of running terminals on DEC and Wang Computers at the local library for $10 per hour and there probably would not be a world-wide web.

How I Built A $100 Million Startup Without Dropping Out of School

Catherine Cook | Posted 01.05.2012 | Technology
Catherine Cook

At school, I didn't want to talk about myYearbook because I wanted my classmates to like me and, as has been discussed by women far more successful than I, no one likes a successful, ambitious girl.

The Power of Interns

Rebecca Kantar | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Rebecca Kantar

Building an effective team starts with attracting and recognizing talent. Minga received nearly 30 intern applications for ten spots on its summer team.

Rise of Political Consultants: When the Washington-Main Street Disconnect Began

Don McNay | Posted 10.07.2011 | Business
Don McNay

For many years, the two parties were the Democrats and the Republicans. Now I view it as people who depend on Wall Street versus people who don't depend on Wall Street.

Six Ways Corporations Can Kill Your Startup Dream

Marty Zwilling | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

If you really want to be an entrepreneur, there is no time like the present. Old habits die hard, so the longer you wait, the harder it will be to make the jump, and your odds of success go down.

Small Businesses Cut Jobs In July: NFIB

Reuters | Posted 10.04.2011 | Business

(Reuters) - Small business owners cut jobs in July for the second straight month because of weak housing starts and meager spending on services, the...

Investors Prefer Fact-Based to Faith-Based Economics

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 10.04.2011 | Business
Robert S. McElvaine

It appears that investors know that the endlessly repeated catechism of the faith-based Marketists -- "When the American people have to tighten their belts, the government should do the same" -- is the opposite of the truth.

Two Work-From-Home Danger Zones And How To Beat Them Back

Karen Leland | Posted 10.04.2011 | Business
Karen Leland

Pondering my own situation got me wondering about what other non-productive work-from-home habits other small business owners might be struggling with.

What Glastonbury's Mud Loving Customers Can Teach Organisations

Tricia Fox | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business
Tricia Fox

The media is awash this weekend with pictures and tales from Glastonbury's mud embracing customers. Up to their knees in brown stuff, and soaked to th...

Now Easier for Immigrant Entrepreneurs to Start Companies in the U.S.

Brad Feld | Posted 10.03.2011 | Business
Brad Feld

Yesterday there was solid progress on the Startup Visa Movement -- specifically making it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to start their companies in the US.

Executive Order Could Slash Jobs Deficit

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.03.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Congress' focus is in the wrong place. The biggest challenge the U.S. faces right now is the jobs deficit, not the budget deficit. Unemployment rates determine a healthy and functioning economy, and those rates are reaching new heights.

Like Is the New Link: Attracting Clients in a Social Media World

The New York Public Library | Posted 10.03.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Almost half of the world's Internet users are on Facebook. But how many are "likable?" For anyone with something to sell, this is a particularly tricky question.

Up Your Game

Nell Merlino | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business
Nell Merlino

"And after spending two and a half years as your Secretary of State, traveling nearly 600,000 miles, I have reached one overarching conclusion: Simply...

Small Business Borrowing Hits 3-Year High

Reuters | Ann Saphir | Posted 10.01.2011 | Small Business

By Ann Saphir CHICAGO (Reuters) - Borrowing by small U.S. businesses jumped in June to the highest level in more than three years, a si...

Five Secrets for Successful Business Networking

Kristi Ling | Posted 10.01.2011 | Business
Kristi Ling

I've identified a few practices regularly used by super successful and dynamic people. Add these to your networking savoir-faire, and you'll begin to see big results.

A Customer Complaint Is a Gift

BJ Gallagher | Posted 10.01.2011 | Business
BJ Gallagher

This complaint-is-a-gift notion is not one that comes naturally to anyone. None of us like to hear negative feedback. But feedback is the breakfast of champions.

William Alden

Debt Ceiling Debate Sows Fear Among Small Business Owners | William Alden | Posted 09.29.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- Michael Gardner, owner of Siegel's Clothing Superstore & Tuxedos in San Francisco, has written orders for underwear and socks, but he hasn...

Failure To Raise The Debt Ceiling Is Bad For Business

John Arensmeyer | Posted 09.29.2011 | Business
John Arensmeyer

With each passing day that politicians fail to make a deal, economic uncertainty grows, shaking the environment for small and large businesses alike.

Google Executives Are Exceptions Worth Emulating

Marty Zwilling | Posted 09.27.2011 | Technology
Marty Zwilling

I challenge each of you, as you reflect on your own vision and entrepreneurial plans, to take a lesson from Larry and Sergey. This world needs more exceptional people. Act like one and you too may beat the odds.

Make It Rain: 10 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Business' Cash Flow

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 09.27.2011 | Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

Cash flow is the blood that lubricates the components of your company. Check out the 10 most powerful techniques I've used to maximize my business' cash flow.