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Hiring: Easy as Pie

Steve Blank | Posted 10.22.2011 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Having sat through hiring discussions as an entrepreneur, board member, and now an interested observer, here's what I've concluded.

Why It's Time To Stop Telling Young People They're the "Future"

Scott Gerber | Posted 10.22.2011 | Business
Scott Gerber

I recently spoke at the White House's Champions for Change event. The following is my speech: "I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news: W...

The CrowdFunders: IndieGoGo's Most Extraordinary Campaigns

Slava Rubin | Posted 10.22.2011 | Small Business
Slava Rubin

In the coming months, we'll introduce you to the extraordinary entrepreneurs behind some of the most ground-breaking IndieGoGo campaigns in a series called The CrowdFunders.

Chemo 101: A Web Success Story

Robert Schwab | Posted 10.22.2011 | Denver
Robert Schwab

Kristin Gustafson started marketing even before she launched the website that keeps chemotherapy patients, nurses, doctors and caregivers abreast of the latest information available about life in the Chemo Room.

How The Market Collapse Hurts Non-Investors: 24/7 Wall St.

24/7 Wall St. | Douglas MacIntyre | Posted 10.21.2011 | Business

Those who don’t invest in the stock market would like to pretend stock market crashes don’t concern them, but the truth is that they do. It’s no...

Hope in Sight for Credit-Starved Small Businesses?

John Arensmeyer | Posted 10.19.2011 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Although Heidi's business was booming, credit for small businesses had dried up and she couldn't get a loan -- that is, until she gave a bank everything she owned and signed her and her husband's life insurance over as collateral.

Kelvin's Slush: "Kicking Slurpee's Ass Since 2009"

Liza de Guia | Posted 10.18.2011 | Food
Liza de Guia

"Ultimately, I hope our customers have a great experience. I hope it cools them down. I hope it reminds them of their youth. And, most of all, I hope ...

500 T-shirts: Fashion And Culture At Demo Day

Julia Plevin | Posted 10.18.2011 | Technology
Julia Plevin

Black t-shirts were on sale for $250,000 at 500 Startups' Demo Day on August 16. Kind of.

How To Use QR Codes To Engage Your Customers

Karen Leland | Posted 10.18.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Even though QR codes are relatively simple to set up and use, many small businesses don't know where to begin.

65 People Who Could Care Less About My Small Business

Gene Marks | Posted 10.17.2011 | Small Business
Gene Marks

One thing about leaving your job and starting a business is that you find out, very quickly, that it's a cold and lonely world out there. No one really cares about you or your business. You're completely on your own.

Introducing The 'Ice House Entrepreneurs Series': A Crash-Course In Battling Hardship With Entrepreneurship

Thom Ruhe | Posted 10.16.2011 | Small Business
Thom Ruhe

For the next eight weeks, we'll look at the world through the eyes of "Ice House Entrepreneurs" who will describe in their own words the opportunities they found, the challenges they faced and, more importantly, the mindset that enabled them to succeed.

Concept Meets Code: 10 Tips for Entrepreneurs Dealing with Developers

Tim Berry | Posted 10.16.2011 | Small Business
Tim Berry

I've seen it too many times: starry-eyed would-be Internet entrepreneur meets real developer, dream in hand. This is culture clash. More often than not, it ends up with wasted time, wasted money and dashed dreams. Concept meets computer code.

Entrepreneurs Reveal the Secrets of Market Research (and Ice Cream)

Matt Cohen | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business
Matt Cohen

If you had been putting together a survey about ice cream, would your list of demographic and psychographic questions have included a question of when people eat ice cream?

How Does Government Money Create Jobs?

Robert Schwab | Posted 10.15.2011 | Denver
Robert Schwab

How can government money actually create jobs? Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration is working hard to find an answer.

Washington Is Kicking Small Businesses While They're Down

Robert Levin | Posted 10.15.2011 | Small Business
Robert Levin

While they are campaigning, every politician talks about the importance of small business to the health of the economy. Now, Mr. President, senators, and congressmen, we need you to make some painful decisions and do the right thing for those small businesses you claim to value.

10 Weird Ways To Make Lots Of Money

Steve Gillman | Posted 10.15.2011 | Books
Steve Gillman

Many odd enterprises have few formal requirements in terms of degrees and licensing, making them easier to start.

An Open Letter to the Budget Super Committee

Kristie Arslan | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business
Kristie Arslan

We self-employed are doing our part to help the nation reduce its debt by paying taxes. Frankly, if some of the nine million unemployed Americans were given some incentive to join our ranks, we'd be paying down that debt a lot faster.

One Honored Obama Campaign Promise Could Help Slash Jobs Deficit

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.12.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

It defies all logic and reason for President Obama to be aware of this problem, acknowledge it during his campaign, and yet do nothing. It is a win-win for the American people and our economy.

Does Your Small Business Need a Virtual Assistant?

Karen Leland | Posted 10.12.2011 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Here are just a few signs that a virtual assistant might be a productivity enhancer for your small business.

We May Be Out of the Woods: Banks Are Lending Again

Brian Hamilton | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Brian Hamilton

It looks as if the banking industry may be coming out of the woods. While this does not return the economy to pre-recessionary lending levels, it is a positive trend nonetheless.

Live Like Your Life Depends On It

Jen Sincero | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Jen Sincero

You must go after the things you desire like your life depends on it, because guess what? Your life does depend on it. The life you truly want to live does.

Gay Marriage: A Boon for Small Business?

Reuters | Posted 10.11.2011 | Small Business

(By Cynthia Hsu at FindLaw.com) Can legalizing gay marriage increase business? With gay marriage statutes passing in certain states across the U.S., i...

You Built a Great Startup, But Can You Scale It?

Marty Zwilling | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Every founder moving into the executive role has to step back and take a hard look at what works, and what doesn't work. The best ones can do that, and they adapt.

As the Economy Tumbles, a CEO Playbook for Marketing

Zach Clayton | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Zach Clayton

As markets spiral downward -- quickly followed by consumer confidence -- each CEO must ask hard questions about how to grow his business in this tumultuous economic environment.

Republicans Trying to End Small Business Programs Again

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.10.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Well, it looks like they are at it again in Washington. Republicans in the Senate are once again trying to end all small business programs for women, minorities and veterans.