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Credit-Card Borrowing Is Hurting Small Businesses

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Once upon a time loans from friends and family ranked as the most prevalent way for entrepreneurs to fund business start-ups. Now, credit cards have jumped to the top of the list.

Job Hunter's Bootcamp for the Unemployed

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

The most interesting stories are no longer about millionaires and billionaires, and celebrities who Twitter; they're about ordinary people finding creative jobs in the rapidly changing marketplace.

The Recession Creates a New Business Paradigm: Entrepreneurial Independence and Individualism

Susan Wilson Solovic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan Wilson Solovic

People are fed up and tired of fighting the traditional career path, so a number of people have become employed by creating their own jobs -- by starting a business.

Going GaGa For Business

Nelson Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nelson Davis

Just one year ago the pop music phenomenon known as Lady Gaga was preparing to perform at Palm Springs California's White Party, perhaps the largest G...

When a Single New York State Job Delivers a Million Dollars in Benefits

David Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Becker

I have never met better friends of farmers than Cornell Agricultural Cooperative Extension staffers. Now one group at Cornell is being threatened with the ax: The Integrated Pest Management Program.

Merola's Market: Family Business In Debt Rescued By Dana Conklin And Other Loyal Customers

Family Business In Debt Rescued By Loyal Customers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Small towns across the country are feeling the burden of the recession, and the Long Island, N.Y. town of Point Lookout is no exception. Like many sma...

Small Business In Debt Rescued By Loyal Customers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A family-run grocery store in a Long Island hamlet was saved by the loyalty of its customers after nearly losing the fight to stay in business during the recession.

Are Women Business Owners Really Second Class Entrepreneurs?

Adelaide Lancaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Adelaide Lancaster

The difference between the women we work with and our society's notion of "real" entrepreneurs is that most of them are focused on the long-term viability and sustainability of their venture instead of its fast growth.

Is Authenticity in Social Media Dead?

Anne Hill | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Hill

A simple series of steps will help identify the strengths and point of view that are unique to you, and that will engage your audience and keep them engaged.

Shahien Nasiripour

Fed Still Doesn't Know How To Stimulate Lending To Small Businesses | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Two years after the credit crunch mushroomed into a full-blown credit crisis, the Federal Reserve continues to search for answers in its quest to boos...

Bernanke To Banks: Lend To Small Businesses

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Getting loans flowing more normally to creditworthy small businesses will help the economic recovery, Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke ...

Rebuilding and Revitalizing America's Rural Communities

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

There is more potential for economic growth in rural American than at any time in decades; we just need to embrace new strategies to help create a thriving rural economy.

Finding Inspiration for Invention in Life's Major Annoyances

Renee and Don Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Renee and Don Martin

To paraphrase a well-worn idiom, annoyance is the mother of invention. So, mompreneurs, if your revenues are dwindling and you need to develop new pr...

Shahien Nasiripour

Federal Reserve Adopts Megabanks' Arguments, Warns Against Added Protections For Small Business Credit Card Users | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Federal Reserve warned Congress in a recent report that protecting small businesses from the kind of "harmful" credit card practices it prohibits ...

Obama Administration Faces Court Battle Over Contracting Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Tuesday, March 30, the American Small Business League (ASBL) filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in United States District Court, Northern ...

ADHD Entrepreneurs

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael B. Laskoff

Starting a new business is ridiculously hard. So why would any sane individual set out on this sort of quixotic journey? Some will tell you it's for love or passion, but I think that people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) do it out of necessity.

In Business and Speaking, Silence Can Be Golden

Tim Berry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tim Berry

I've often seen how silence can work as a tool. As you talk with somebody, and particularly in negotiations, use this to your favor. Take your time.

Are You Willing to Strike Out?

Simon Sinek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Simon Sinek

In 1923, Babe Ruth broke the record for most home runs in a season. That same year, he also broke the record for highest batting average.

Women's Business

Jane Pak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jane Pak

What brings the business elite together, forgoing the casual Friday, in a room at a hotel for lunch? The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

One in Three Businesses at Risk in Independent Contractor Crackdown

Jim Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Thomas

An effort by the Treasury and Labor Departments to reclassify independent contractors as employees is projected to add $7 billion to the government's bottom line over the next ten years.

California Jobs Budget Reflects the Values and Priorities of Californians

John A. Perez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
John A. Perez

This week, I unveiled the California Jobs Budget, a plan designed to confront and resolve the two most urgent priorities facing California: closing our budget deficit and putting Californians back to work.

Obama Proposes Tax Cut for Mega Rich Venture Capitalist Contributors

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

President Barack Obama has proposed new legislation that will allow many of the nation's wealthiest venture capitalists to avoid paying billions of do...

Don't Trust SBA or Lender Endorsed Business Plans

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Falsely promoted business plans and "plug-in-the-number-templates," will not help you get financing. There are no shortcuts to circumvent the lengthily process of doing it the right way.

New In-depth Report Challenges Obama Small Business Track Record

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The American Small Business League (ASBL) has concluded an examination and report on President Barack Obama's track record for small businesses, and u...

Entrepreneurial Activity At A 14-Year High

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Despite, or perhaps because of, the recession, U.S. entrepreneurial activity is at its highest rate in 14 years. And yes, that includes the tech boom ...