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Affton, MO: When A Tornado Destroys A 20-Year Old Auto Shop

affton.patch.com | Sally Tippett Rains | Posted 11.22.2011 | Home

“The day of the tornado, all morning long I had been at the shop paying bills,” said Sharon Richey of Affton, Mo. “I let my employees off for Ne...

Golden Opportunity For Small Businesses

Reuters | Posted 11.22.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen) - With the price of gold soaring, Mark Rich saw a chance to transform his family's struggling jewelry business into a moneymakin...

What's Your Small Business's Sound Bite?

Karen Leland | Posted 11.22.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

If you think sound bites are just for movie stars, politicians and the pundits on TV, think again. In today's get-to-the-point-centric world, your small business spin has power.

Startup Hires Autistic Adults

AP | By CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 03.20.2013 | Small Business

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. -- The software testers at Aspiritech are a collection of characters. Katie Levin talks nonstop. Brian Tozzo hates driving. Jamie ...

Speaking with Sam Tarantino CEO and Co-founder of Grooveshark

Ramon Nuez | Posted 11.21.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

One of the reasons why I love interviewing startups - especially in NYC - is that you never know who you are going to meet. I was invited to meet-up w...

Thoughts on Our Federal Government, Taxes, Small Business and More

Mark Cuban | Posted 11.21.2011 | Small Business
Mark Cuban

Our Congress has progressively lost the moral hazard of doing what is right for the country rather than doing what is right for the party and politician.

Is The Startup America Initiative Moving Fast Enough?

Ray Leach | Posted 11.21.2011 | Small Business
Ray Leach

While I do wish that the macroeconomic situation in the country wasn't making it so hard for the Startup America initiative to generate outcomes more quickly, I actually couldn't be more impressed with the speed and the implementation of the White House's program.

Is There A Recipe For Entrepreneurialism?

Porter Gale | Posted 11.20.2011 | Small Business
Porter Gale

Some people thought I was crazy when I announced that I had resigned as Vice President of Marketing, at Virgin America. Others applauded and sent kudos. It's time to try something new. Crazy? Maybe, but as the phrase goes, "we only live once." So, all systems go.

Corporate America Lends A Hand To Small Business

Rieva Lesonsky | Posted 11.19.2011 | Small Business
Rieva Lesonsky

Corporate America has long offered a variety of programs and products designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners.

What It Means To Be 'Lean'

Fred Wilson | Posted 11.16.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

To me, lean is a state of mind that a founder and team needs to have across all aspects of the business. The specific product and engineering approaches are at the core of the lean startup movement. But if you can apply lean to hiring, sales, marketing, customer service, finance, and everything else, you will be rewarded with a fast, nimble company.

Avoid Extremes to Solve Our Nation's Problems

Blanche Lincoln | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Blanche Lincoln

The sooner we remove incendiary politics from our nation's rulemaking process, the sooner we can restore the health of our economy -- and our political culture.

How To Work With A Website Designer

Karen Leland | Posted 11.15.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Given the tight budgets most small businesses operate on, getting it right the first time with a web designer is critical. To save you some pain, here are just a few things to consider.

Groton, CT Patch: After Irene, Family Grocery Store Closes After 63 years.

groton.patch.com | Deborah Straszheim | Posted 11.14.2011 | Home

The Universal Food Store has been owned by Frank Quaratella's family since 1947. But after it was forced to close during Hurricane Irene, the personab...

Why Glenn Beck Is The Ultimate Small Business Guy

Gene Marks | Posted 11.14.2011 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Let me be clear: I'm not a fan of Glenn Beck. But as a small business owner I respect what he's doing.

Obama To Speed Government Payments To Small Businesses

Reuters | Posted 11.14.2011 | Small Business

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Steve Holland) - President Barack Obama will announce plans on Wednesday to accelerate payments to small businesses with governm...

Enterprise Risk Management: Are We Ignoring the Segment With the Most Critical Need?

Jay Vadiveloo | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Jay Vadiveloo

Most of the current Enterprise Risk Management guidelines and principles are designed for large- and medium-sized organizations. Minimal attention is being paid to the largest, fastest growing and most important segment of the American economy, small businesses.

Ten Lessons from Ten Years of the Self-Employed Life

Mark Silver | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Mark Silver

It took me quite awhile to get into the groove of working from home productively. At this point, I can't imagine leaving the house for fifty hours a week to go work somewhere else.

U.S. Small Businesses Play Smaller Role Than In Other Wealthy Countries

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business

This post has been corrected. The idea of small businesses driving a broader jobs recovery in the United States is weakened by a simple truth: Smal...

Mikey Likes It! How to Leverage a Satisfied Customer

Andrea Sittig-Rolf | Posted 11.13.2011 | Small Business
Andrea Sittig-Rolf

Every business should assemble an Ambassador Toolkit. It'll help you better leverage your satisfied customers and turn them into a walking and talking word-of-mouth army.

Small Business and the Simple Math of Job Creation

Carol Roth | Posted 11.13.2011 | Small Business
Carol Roth

There are 28 million small businesses in this country that only need to hire an employee or two on average to completely reverse the jobs crisis. That must not be ignored.

Small Business Optimism Falls For Sixth Straight Month, Survey Finds

Posted 11.13.2011 | Business

Small businesses in the United States became less confident in the economy's future for the sixth straight month in August following a bruising sp...

The Myth of The Million-Dollar Idea

Thom Ruhe | Posted 11.12.2011 | Small Business
Thom Ruhe

Founders like Brian Scudamore remind us that rather than breakthrough ideas accelerated by loads of venture capital, it is often simple solutions to everyday problems, combined with years of persistence and business-building, that lead to entrepreneurial success stories.

When 'Decision Fatigue' Frazzles Your Small Business Brain

Karen Leland | Posted 11.12.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Faced with the daily task of deciding everything -- from what social media buttons should be above the fold on our home web page to who we should invite to the Friday meeting -- there are some ways we small business owners can maximize our power to choose while protecting our brain's much-needed mojo.

Obama Is Not Trying to Create Jobs; He's Trying to Get Re-elected

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.09.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

I don't think President Obama is trying to create jobs. His jobs bill is designed to get him re-elected. I think if you looked at the facts you'd agree.

Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs: The Lifeline for a Healthy Economy

Andy Monshaw | Posted 10.31.2011 | Business
Andy Monshaw

Why are small to medium-sized businesses like a medical clinic or a plant nursery so important to our economy?