The traditional classroom model doesn't work for every student -- but there are programs we can implement during classroom time to link learning to the real world -- and strengthen our future workforce and create jobs in the process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.