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Where have all the U.S. startups and young firms gone?

Source: Journalist's Resource

Posted: 11/21/2013

Views: 251

Report shows that "young firms" - those founded five or fewer years before - contribute significantly to job creation in the United States.

You're Probably Wrong About Millennials

Source: By Dan Schawbel for HBR Blog Network

Posted: 9/3/2013

Views: 226

Stereotypes abound about Gen Y employees. Can you give them a fair shot?

5 Customer Appreciation Tips

Source: By Adam Gottlieb for The Frugal Entrepreneur

Posted: 8/26/2013

Views: 213

Startups are able to provide customer service and a personal touch that larger companies simply cannot. Here are 5 things that you can do to show your appreciation today.

5 WAYS TO USE MARKET COMPETITION TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Source: By Yosef Martin for YEC

Posted: 8/23/2013

Views: 198

Market competition can create a battleground. My goal was to win the war. This mindset might be controversial, but many businesses have failed because they did not capitalize on their competitors’ faults. I built my business from modest beginnings to achieve multimillion-dollar revenues by distinguishing my venture from others like it.

How to Hire Top Talent Without a Big Budget

Source: By Chad Brooks for Fox Small Business Center

Posted: 8/22/2013

Views: 168

A study by CareerBuilder discovered that when unable to meet a job candidate's salary requirements a number of employers focus on satisfying their work-life balance needs. Specifically, one-third of companies offer potential employees flexible schedule options when they can't match their financial wishes, while 19 percent provide more vacation time

How Straying From the Pack Can Open the Door to Success

Source: By Andrea Huspeni for Young Entrepreneur

Posted: 8/20/2013

Views: 121

With the barriers to entry low and the cost to launch a startup minimal, going against the grain is kind of a necessity for young entrepreneurs looking to make it the world of startups.

Are You an Agile Content Creator? 6 Traits of Change Agents

Source: By Carla Johnson for the Content Marketing Institute

Posted: 8/19/2013

Views: 61

Changing buyer behavior is forcing us to shift the ways we function as marketers and content creators. Strategies for engaging customers and building relationships have become increasingly complex; to be successful, we must be willing to think differently on all levels and adapt to an unpredictable business environment — not just a marketing environment.

How Women Entrepreneurs Innovate And Disrupt

Source: By Geri Stengel for Ventureneer

Posted: 8/15/2013

Views: 68

Do men and women innovate differently? I asked an expert, Larry Keeley, author of Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs and co-founder of Doblin, an innovation consulting firm. He analyzed three decades of innovations, who made them, and how they did it.

8 Tips for Successful Business Development

Source: By SMB Authors for Noobpreneur

Posted: 8/14/2013

Views: 65

Business development is a role that covers a multitude of sins, and CEOs are frequently in a quandary when it comes to choosing a suitably qualified person for the job.What exactly should they be doing, for example, and how should their success or failure be measured? Here are a few useful tips that should be kept in mind when thinking about business development strategies, especially for start-ups for which it will probably all be new territory.

13 Money-Saving Tips for Small Business Owners

Source: By Staff Contributors for YFS Magazine

Posted: 8/13/2013

Views: 69

Do you cringe when you hear the words “cut costs”? Do you have more money going out than you have coming into your business? If so, it may be time to consider money-saving measures to rejuvenate your bottom line.If you’re unsure where to start, thirteen entrepreneurs share their recommended cost-cutting tips to help you gain control of your finances and work smarter from the ground up.

How to Face Fear in Business and Take Better Risks

Source: By Steven LeVine for YFS Magazine

Posted: 8/12/2013

Views: 57

As entrepreneurs, we’re used to being questioned about everything we do. Perhaps it’s one reason we became entrepreneurs in the first place — to prove that we’re better off doing whatever everyone else thinks we shouldn’t.

Hey, Innovators and Entrepreneurs: Your Complete Guide to SXSW V2V

Source: By Jenna Goudreau for Entrepreneur

Posted: 8/9/2013

Views: 73

V2V brings together leaders from the startup and creative industries for four days of panels, pitch events, mentor sessions, networking and parties. Organizers expect 1,500 people to attend the startup-focused conference at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas hotel and casino. High-profile keynote speakers include Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, AOL co-founder Steve Case and FEED founder and CEO Lauren Bush Lauren.

5 Quick and Easy Tips to Boost Your Small Business Cash Flow

Source: By Megan Totka for Small Business Trends

Posted: 8/8/2013

Views: 62

Maintaining a healthy cash flow is a big challenge for many small businesses. It can be hard to balance everything so that you have enough cash on hand to pay your bills and your employees’ salaries—and if your credit is tight, coming up with the funds is even more challenging.  

Scaling Your Content Marketing Team: 3 Lessons From the Field

Source: By Jay Acunzo for Content Marketing Institute

Posted: 8/7/2013

Views: 69

Making sense of a career in content marketing has never been easy: It’s media, but it’s marketing; it’s art, but it’s science; it’s about quality and audience, but it’s also about quantity and company metrics. Let’s face it: It’s exciting (yet scary) to create content for a living while simultaneously navigating an ambiguous career path.

3 Social SEO Tweaks Every Business Should Make

Source: By John Jantsch for Duct Tape Marketing

Posted: 8/6/2013

Views: 67

SEO, Content and Social Media are so tightly wound together these days that business owners and marketers need to grab every little advantage they can to wring the most out of their efforts in each area.

5 Steps to Take After You Raise Startup Capital

Source: By Sunil Rajaraman forYFS Magazine

Posted: 8/5/2013

Views: 75

In late 2011, we raised $1M from Crosslink Capital, and spent most of 2012 deploying the capital to hit major milestones. Thanks to solid advisors, we’ve put together a real plan to hit profitability and grow the company.

CREATE THE WORK-LIFE BALANCE THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

Source: By Elizabeth Saunders for YEC

Posted: 8/1/2013

Views: 59

As a time coach, I talk to people who want to live a more balanced life on a daily basis—including startup founders. It can be a struggle, but my real-world experience has uncovered that founders can achieve work-life balance IF all five of the following conditions are met

Seeking Capital, Some Companies Turn to ‘Do-It-Yourself I.P.O.’s’

Source: By Amy Cortese for the NY Times

Posted: 7/31/2013

Views: 70

The founder of People’s Grocery, a nonprofit focused on food justice issues, Mr. Ahmadi hoped to open a for-profit grocery store that would offer fresh produce in West Oakland, Calif., a so-called “food desert,” meaning its 25,000 residents have few healthy food options. A public-private loan fund, California FreshWorks Fund, had issued a letter of intent to lend Mr. Ahmadi two-thirds of the $3.6 million he needed to open the People’s Community Market.

Big Questions Every Business Plan Should Answer

Source: By Megan Totka for Small Business Trends

Posted: 7/30/2013

Views: 50

 Every small business needs a business plan. It’s an essential document that’s not just for start-ups and expansions – because a great business plan can serve as a road map for your company and help you make the right adjustments when things go wrong. Your business plan should be a living, breathing portfolio that evolves along with your company.

Three Qualities Every Leader Needs to Succeed on a Team

Source: By Peter Bregman for Harvard Business Review

Posted: 7/29/2013

Views: 45

As I watched John's team struggle, I was reminded of the popular columnist Dan Savage, who employs a formula of "good, giving, and game" on the topic of personal relationships. In some ways, a leadership team is no different than any long-term relationship. If you want to be a good partner — personally or professionally — you need to be three things:  

The Best Ways to Get Paid: Solutions For Every Type of Small Business

Source: By Stephanie Faris for Smallbiz Technology

Posted: 7/26/2013

Views: 63

No matter how small your business, “cash only” is no longer a viable option. But for both businesses and customers, the dilemma of how to get paid by customers and clients still persists. The issues of security, speed, cost and convenience are the top concern, but with so many choices, how does a small business know which one to select?

Walking Away from NBA to Become an Entrepreneur

Source: By Kate Rogers for Fox Small Business Center

Posted: 7/25/2013

Views: 61

Jonathan Bender landed the gig of a lifetime for many athletes—a multi-million-dollar contract to play basketball for the Indiana Pacers, right out of high school. But after a decade in the NBA and two retirements, Bender decided to walk away for good to take on an even greater challenge—becoming an entrepreneur. 

10 Tips, Tools and Strategies to Help You Create an Effective Customer Loyalty Program

Source: By Jennifer Peaslee for Small Biz Technology

Posted: 7/24/2013

Views: 58

Gallup research shows that loyalty programs only work when paired with customer engagement – the emotional connection between a customer and a business/brand. Unfortunately, having a loyalty program does not automatically translate into engagement. As proof, the same Colloquy research found that active participation in loyalty programs declined 4.3 percent, indicating that after people sign up, businesses have trouble continuing to engage customers.

9 Ways to Deal with Unhappy Customers

Source: By Staff Contributers for YFS Magazine

Posted: 7/23/2013

Views: 65

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. Eighty-one percent (81%) of companies with strong capabilities and competencies for delivering customer experience excellence are outperforming their competition.

Small Startup? 5 Easy Ways To Look Bigger Than You Are

Source: By Michel Theriault for Forbes Magazine

Posted: 7/22/2013

Views: 52

Many small entrepreneurs make the same mistakes and fail to project the professional image their clients expect. Sometimes it’s because they don’t want to spend the money and sometimes it’s because they feel their skills, capabilities, and background are all they need to sell themselves and win business.

HOW ARE YOU EVALUATING YOUR CLIENTS?

Source: By Robert Glaxer for YEC

Posted: 7/19/2013

Views: 50

In a service business, picking the right clients can mean the difference between success and failure (as well as happiness and aggravation). This is especially true when a business is based on extended, ongoing work. As a small business, my firm, Acceleration Partners, has taken on many clients for ongoing work. When our company finds the right client, we often enter long-term partnerships that are beneficial to both parties for many years.

11 Ways to Engage Customers Using Social Media

Source: By Staff Contributors for YFS Magazine

Posted: 7/18/2013

Views: 53

Are there rules of engagement in social media? If so, which ones apply to small businesses?“If you’ve ever wondered how to engage better on social media, you’re not alone,” according to Everything-PR.com. “The world of Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest can be confusing—and most marketers are still trying to figure things out. When should you post? What should you post? What are the rules?” Thirteen entrepreneurs share practical tips on how to best engage customers using social media.

6 STARTUP LESSONS FROM MAN’S BEST FRIEND

Source: By David Adelman for YEC

Posted: 7/17/2013

Views: 63

Man's best friend is said to help you get through almost anything and is always there to comfort you.  However, they are also there to teach you lessons, including valuable lessons to be used in your go-go startup life.

5 Tips for Competing as a Little Guy in a Big, Busy Space

Source: By Phillip Klien for Small Business Trends

Posted: 7/16/2013

Views: 38

Chances are, if you and your company are doing something right, you’ve attracted the attention of a giant. That could mean you’ve spent years perfecting your product or service only for Google, Amazon or Microsoft to step in and launch their take on your idea. Then other companies catch onto the trend, too.They say imitation is the highest form of flattery.

Angel Investments Since the Economic Downturn

Source: By Scott Shane for Small Business Trends

Posted: 7/15/2013

Views: 37

 I want to point out some changes in angel deals and angel investments over the same period.Because there is a lot less information on angel investing than on venture capital, I will concentrate on just four dimensions of angel finance:The number of investors.The amount invested annually.The number of businesses funded each year.The average size of the investments. 

HOW TO BUILD A REAL CONNECTION WITH YOUR CUSTOMER

Source: By Dan Martell for YEC

Posted: 7/12/2013

Views: 57

Now, you need customers, revenue, and growth. Here’s the sequence most entrepreneurs follow:Step 1: You launch a blog Step 2: You launch your Facebook page Step 3: You start promoting your writing to your fan community of 50. 

If You Want Entrepreneurial Success, Learn to Embrace Failure

Source: By Ivan Widjaya in Small Business Trends

Posted: 7/11/2013

Views: 57

When you see opportunities, you need to give it a go. When you fail, try and try again.  Before you know it, you are used to taking risks and when you are used to the fail-and-try-again cycle, eventually you will make it – big time.You see, entrepreneurship is not about finding success on your first try.  Entrepreneurship is about finding success through a series of failures – the faster you fail, the faster you will find success.

5 WEBSITE MISTAKES THAT ARE COSTING YOU CUSTOMERS

Source: By Nathalie Lussier for YEC

Posted: 7/10/2013

Views: 45

Your website might not be delivering the message you thought it was. Here are five of the most common startup website mistakes that I see founders make when creating their own website or hiring a designer to create it for them — and what to do about each:

Entrepreneurs Reveal Top Marketing Challenges

Source: By Staff Contributors for YFS Magazine

Posted: 7/9/2013

Views: 44

How can you meet your company’s toughest marketing challenges head-on?From finding creative ways to market your small business to learning which marketing strategies and tactics work best for your business, marketing challenges are not uncommon. So we asked entrepreneurs to share their biggest marketing dilemmas alongside practical solutions they use to overcome them.

5 THINGS TO AVOID WHEN RAISING MONEY FOR YOUR STARTUP

Source: By David Ehrenberg for YEC

Posted: 7/8/2013

Views: 49

Of course, there are a lot of things you need to do when you’re trying to raise money for your startup. But there are also a lot of things you want to avoid. If you’ve landed a meeting with a potential investor, you don’t want to blow it. Avoid the following 5 “don’ts” and you’ll be on the right path to making a favorable impression:

Five Strategies for Building the Perfect Small-Business Website

Source: By Matthew Toren for BlogEntrepreneur

Posted: 7/5/2013

Views: 43

If you own a small business and want to build a strong online presence, a well-thought-out website is the most powerful marketing vehicle available to you. Since your site will often be the first of your web properties that a visitor comes in contact with, making a good impression is vital. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to ensure that you’re building your site effectively.

8 Tips to Get Ahead During a Summer Slow Down

Source: By Nellie Akalp for Small Business Trends

Posted: 7/3/2013

Views: 59

Some seasonal businesses heat up during the summertime, but most businesses see a major slow-down during the summer months. Clients and customers take vacations, and new projects and purchases are usually delayed until after the vacation season dies down.However, this downtime isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Savvy small business owners know they can use the time to update their skills, technology, marketing, and anything else that can drive their business forward for the rest of the year. Below are some suggestions for ways you can make the most of the summer months.

69 Percent of U.S. Entrepreneurs Start Their Businesses at Home

Source: By Anita Campbell for Small Business Trends

Posted: 7/2/2013

Views: 51

If you operate your business from home, you’re not alone. A recent survey of U.S. businesses indicates the majority of entrepreneurs do the same.And that’s not just in the startup phase either. According to the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report, more than half of U.S. entrepreneurs continue to operate their businesses from home long after those businesses are up and running. The study examined Total Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) across industry sectors in the U.S.

Most Mobile Efforts Aimed at Branding, Not Sales

Source: By Chad Brooks for Fox Small Business Center

Posted: 7/1/2013

Views: 61

Businesses are focusing their mobile strategies on increasing brand loyalty, not increasing the number of sales made via smartphones and tablets, new research shows.

Should Your Business be Set Up as a LLC?

Source: By Bonnie Lee for Fox Small Business

Posted: 6/28/2013

Views: 49

Could your business operate as an LLC business? When choosing what typy of business you plan to create, make sure you consider LLC.

20 Plus Ways to Build a Website or Web Presence

Source: By TJ McCue for Small Business Trends

Posted: 6/27/2013

Views: 67

Even though websites are known to increase business profitiability, nearly fifty percent of American businesses do not have a website. Learn how to build an effective website to help your business grow.

HOW EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING HAS CHANGED IN A SOCIAL-LOCAL-MOBILE WORLD

Source: By Michael Ventura for Co.Create

Posted: 6/26/2013

Views: 50

Sub Rosa’s Michael Ventura discusses how the digital world has changed the nature of experiential marketing and how brands should be looking at creating meaningful experiences that fit consumers’ SoLoMo lifestyles.

Tax Breaks Every Small Business Needs to Know About

Source: By Bonnie Lee for Fox Small Business Center

Posted: 6/24/2013

Views: 49

Even though it is not tax season, small businesses are entitled to tax breaks. Here are some you should be aware of.

Why Hadoop projects fail — and how to make yours a success

Source: By Guy Harrison for Venture Beat

Posted: 6/24/2013

Views: 48

Learn from other startup failures by reading great suggestions and "how to's."

How To Avoid Bad Advice That Can Kill Your Small Business Or Startup

Source: By Ross for Crowdspring.com

Posted: 6/4/2013

Views: 71

What works for one entrepreneur does not necessarily work for others, so why should you read startup advice?

The Hidden Costs of Starting a Company

Source: By Adriana Herrera for The New York Times

Posted: 6/3/2013

Views: 76

An entrepreneur talks about the unexpected sacrifices she's had to make to start her company.

Free lunch vs. other perks: Why not let employees vote?

Source: By Anne Fisher for CNNMoney

Posted: 5/31/2013

Views: 66

How much of a voice do your employees have in making decisions like which benefits they'd prefer, or how their workspaces are set up?  

6 Ways Your Startup's Location Can Boost Your Bottom Line

Source: By Peter S. Cohan for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 5/30/2013

Views: 48

Location matters tremendously because it determines whether your startup has access to resources needed to grow. Here are six considerations when it comes to choosing a location for your startup office that will help boost your bottom line.

Win the Attention of Your Distracted Consumer

Source: By Jake Sorofman for the HBR Blog Network

Posted: 5/29/2013

Views: 50

In an age when your customer is inundated by messages and information from multiple channels, how can you market to them best? Some great examples are included from large brands.

Four Things Female Founders Should Know

Source: By Erica Nicole for Forbes

Posted: 5/28/2013

Views: 42

While many business challenges are common for all founders, there are unique lessons that women entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn in business.

For Entrepreneurs, Failure Isn't Always a Good Teacher

Source: Art Papas for HBR Blog Network

Posted: 5/15/2013

Views: 60

Art Papas is co-founder and CEO of Bullhorn, a global leader in recruiting software, talks about what failure can teach entrepreneurs.

How startups can get cheap office space

Source: By Anne Fisher for CNN Money

Posted: 5/13/2013

Views: 65

If you're running your company from your kitchen table, you probably wish you could get out of the house and find more professional digs. But lining up space in an office building can be pricey.

5 Things Never Heard at the Most Innovative Companies

Source: By John Kotter for Forbes

Posted: 4/30/2013

Views: 94

What are the clear indicators that your company is losing its innovation “mojo?”

5 Things People Must Change About The Way They Lead

Source: By Glenn Llopis for Forbes

Posted: 4/29/2013

Views: 81

For business and society to flourish, people must reevaluate their own leadership style and approach. 

Startup CEO: We Had The Perfect Product Launch Planned, And Then It All Went

Source: By icofounder.com

Posted: 4/29/2013

Views: 66

This CEO describes why focusing on a big launch is the wrong strategy.

3 Ways to Respond to Negative Feedback

Source: By Mark McGuinness for OPEN Forum

Posted: 4/25/2013

Views: 75

It is hard not to react when people provide negative feedback about your work. This article includes some tips for making this a productive experience for all.

Pitch Perfect: How to Prepare to Speak in Front of Investors

Source: By Matthew Toren for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 4/22/2013

Views: 63

A step-by-step guide to what entrepreneurs need to know before pitching to investors.

10 Questions Startups Use to Make Change Happen

Source: By Martin Zwilling for Forbes

Posted: 4/19/2013

Views: 51

Ten key questions that will help entrepreneurs stay ahead of most of their competitors in the startup world.

Why Building a Business Is Not About You

Source: Karl Stark and Bill Stewart for Inc.

Posted: 4/16/2013

Views: 52

Linking yourself to your business, emotionally or financially, is fraught with danger.

The Rising Threat of Patent Trolls and What You Can Do to Protect Your Startup

Source: By Andrea Huspeni for YoungEntrepreneur.com

Posted: 4/15/2013

Views: 54

Picture this: You're a young entrepreneur, and you've just launched your first startup.All of a sudden, you receive a letter from an obscure company claiming you infringed on their patent. Don't think this can happen to you? Think again. 

Why a Liberal Education Creates Great Entrepreneurs

Source: by John Dearborn on Huffington Post

Posted: 4/15/2013

Views: 57

More and more, there are good arguments for why a liberal education--a broad definition encompassing everything from history, literature and languages to mathematics, science and psychology--creates great entrepreneurs.

Motivate Your Team Like a Final Four Coach

Source: By Linda Dulye for foxbusiness

Posted: 4/3/2013

Views: 68

As a fiercly proud Syracuse University alumna, I am on Cloud 9 these days. 

You Can Boost A Team's IQ By Micromanaging How They Interact

Source: By Annie Murphy Paul, The Brilliant Blog

Posted: 4/2/2013

Views: 66

What makes a group intelligent?

5 Tools to Research the Demographics of Your Twitter Followers

Source: By Ann Smarty for Small Business Trends

Posted: 4/1/2013

Views: 66

a problem. We have plenty of followers on our Twitter accounts, and yet we are getting next to no retweets, mentions or overall benefits from those followers.

Seven Payroll Tips for Small Business Owners

Source: By Bonnie Lee for foxbusiness.com

Posted: 3/29/2013

Views: 47

Having a staff on payroll can seem very commonplace as well as essential to running a small business, but many owners get in trouble with Uncle Sam because they don’t understand the complexity of payroll tax law.

Local Business Models Can Be Profitable

Source: By Chad Brooks for Fox Small Business

Posted: 3/21/2013

Views: 63

While going global is often the mantra of small businesses looking to grow, staying local can be a profitable route, too.

4 R’s Boost Engagement: Respect, Respond, Relate, Recognize

Source: By Deborah Shane for Small Business Trends

Posted: 3/20/2013

Views: 74

So much of our success in business and life depends on our ability to be a “people person” and our likeability factor.

Entrepreneur on Being Aggressive: Not a Bad Thing

Source: By Gabrielle Karol for Fox Business Small Business Center

Posted: 3/13/2013

Views: 90

Small Business Spotlight: Metis Communications

Will Silicon Valley ever share the wealth?

Source: By Carlos Kemeny for venturebeat.com

Posted: 3/11/2013

Views: 77

Your city is probably considered a ‘thriving startup community’.

Exitround is an Ashley Madison for entrepreneurs. Sort of.

Source: By Jolie O'Dell for venturebeat.com

Posted: 3/6/2013

Views: 81

So, imagine you’re a startup founder. You’ve been going at it for a year or two, and you think it’s going pretty well.

The 25 Most Powerful Women Engineers In Tech

Source: By Julie Bort for businessinsider.com

Posted: 3/5/2013

Views: 64

When a pregnant Marissa Meyer took over as Yahoo's CEO last year, the tech industry seemed to enter a new era: the end of the glass ceiling.

We will download 70 billion mobile apps in 2013 (50% Android, 41% iOS)

Source: By John Koetsier for venturebeat.com

Posted: 3/4/2013

Views: 75

In 2013, we’ll download ten apps for every single woman, man, and child on planet Earth.

How to cope with the sadness of a successful exit

Source: By Jason Cohen for venturebeat.com

Posted: 3/1/2013

Views: 53

My fingers trembled as I fed page 34 of 72 into the fax machine, deftly pressing the head of each page into its creaky jaws so that this cheap machine wouldn’t snag two pages at once, obscuring the precious scribbles adorning the footer of each page where it read: “Seller’s Initials: _______”. 

What You Need to Know About the S Corp Deadline of March 15

Source: By Nellie Akalp for Small Business Trends

Posted: 2/28/2013

Views: 62

Choosing the right business structure for your small business can seem like a daunting task.

14 Proven Ways To Get Tons Of Followers On Twitter

Source: By Alyson Shontell for Business Insider

Posted: 2/27/2013

Views: 53

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered which tweeting habits encourage people to follow you on Twitter, and which do not.

How To Keep Your Small Business' Expense Spending Under Control

Source: By Business Insider

Posted: 2/25/2013

Views: 64

When you empower your employees with an expense account, you trust that they won't blow a few thousand bucks on a meal at Le Bec Fin.

The Smallest Businesses Face the Biggest Cyber Risks

Source: By Ted Devine for Small Business Trends

Posted: 2/21/2013

Views: 62

While many of us long for the days when people had real-life conversations rather than truncated text chats, the reality is that the Internet is here to stay. And in the Internet Age, data is king.

It’s raining ed-tech accelerators

Source: By Christina Farr for venturebeat entrepreneur

Posted: 2/20/2013

Views: 57

Ed-tech entrepreneurs will be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking an accelerator or incubator program.

Talking Through Big Problems Can Save A Business Millions

Source: By Dan Waldschmidt, Edgy Conversations

Posted: 2/19/2013

Views: 50

It all started with an email.

What Happened to the Recovery in Small Business Sales?

Source: By Scott Shane for Small Business Trends

Posted: 2/18/2013

Views: 56

Sales at the average small business, which had been trending upward from their nadir at the end of the Great Recession, turned south in February 2012 and declined during the better part of 2012, data from Intuit reveals.

Why We’re So Bad At Measuring Impact, And How To Fix It

Source: By Andrew Zolli for fastcoexist.com

Posted: 2/14/2013

Views: 54

Data scientists and information economists in particular are beginning to pair with social innovators to understand the dynamics of interventions, and separating what works from what doesn’t.

Why Your Small Business Has the Motivational Edge Over Big Companies

Source: By Rieva Lesonsky for Small Business Trends

Posted: 2/13/2013

Views: 54

Are you looking to hire employees this year, wondering how you can keep the employees you do have from heading off for greener pastures, or struggling for ways to keep them motivated?

It’s so easy to start a company, everyone’s doing it now

Source: By Dylan Tweney for venturebeat.com

Posted: 2/12/2013

Views: 57

To paraphrase investor Peter Thiel, we were promised flying cars, and what we got were 140 characters. 

The Youngest Ever Person To Raise Venture Capital Shares The Secrets To His Success

Source: By Dan Martell, Clarity Blog for Business Insider

Posted: 2/8/2013

Views: 58

Brian Wong is the CEO of Kiip (pronounced “keep”), a category-creating mobile rewards network that is redefining mobile advertising through an innovative platform that leverages “moments of achievement” in games and apps to simultaneously benefit users, developers and advertisers.

How to Configure Your Startup Team

Source: By Mark Suster for Both Sides of the Table

Posted: 2/6/2013

Views: 68

I am fond of quoting that about 70% of my investment decision of an early-stage company is the team.

It's Usually The Smartest Employees Who Ruin A Company's Culture

Source: By Max Nisen for Business Insider

Posted: 2/4/2013

Views: 58

Intelligence is obviously highly valued by employers.  

10 Myths Small Business Owners Believe About Their Insurance

Source: By Ted Devine for Small Biz Trends

Posted: 1/31/2013

Views: 55

Small business owners have a lot on their plates.

Why Tweaking Your Career Vocabulary Can Radically Improve Your Life

Source: By Amber Rae for Fast Company

Posted: 1/30/2013

Views: 106

Reimagining the words we use to define work--and ourselves--is a powerful exercise.

Sometimes You Need To Stop Pleasing People And Just Get Your Work Done

Source: By Derek Sivers, Sivers.org for Business Insider

Posted: 1/28/2013

Views: 54

You have a bigger audience than you had just a few years ago.

Beginner Social Media Tips for Local Business Marketing

Source: By Timothy Carter for Small Business Trends

Posted: 1/24/2013

Views: 69

Local businesses that don’t use social media platforms are missing out on opportunities that could attract more customers and help them reach new markets.

5 Low Cost SEO Software Tools for Small Business

Source: By Pratik Dholakiya for Small Business Trends

Posted: 1/14/2013

Views: 110

Without tools, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is working blind.

Study Says Youngest Companies Are Top Job Creators

Source: By Small Business Insider

Posted: 1/11/2013

Views: 57

Small business advocates and government leaders have long argued that small businesses are key to economic recovery.

Here Are The Jobs With The Biggest Wage Growth Right Now

Source: By Vivian Giang for Business Insider Careers

Posted: 1/9/2013

Views: 53

Those in the creative field still have a chance to make a living doing what they love.

Write Better Job Descriptions And Build A Stronger Team

Source: By Jamillah Warner for Employment Trends/Small Business Trends

Posted: 1/8/2013

Views: 61

Is your job description helping you attract the right people?

Ways to Hire Smarter in 2013

Source: By Rieva Lesonsky for Employment Trends

Posted: 1/7/2013

Views: 51

Is hiring more employees one of your New Year’s resolutions?

5 Apps for Keeping New Year's Resolutions

Source: By Michael Gowan, TechNewsDaily contributor for Mashable

Posted: 12/27/2012

Views: 67

Many people probably will be welcoming the new year with familiar resolutions: Live healthier, save more and, in general, improve one's life.

How To Get Employees To Embody Your Brand

Source: By Robin William, Gallup Business Journal for Business Insider

Posted: 12/21/2012

Views: 58

Sometimes, employees get mixed messages about how they're expected to behave toward customers.

How One Clear Verb Can Take Your Presentations From Blah To Amazing

Source: By Achim Nowak for Fast Company

Posted: 12/20/2012

Views: 55

If you're a leader, you'll find yourself in front of a group time and time again.

Stressed Entrepreneurs Are Still Happier than Other Workers

Source: By David Mielach for Fox Small Business Center

Posted: 12/10/2012

Views: 58

Stress and worry may be a part of the job for entrepreneurs, but new research has found that entrepreneurs also say they have many other positive experiences at work.

You Will Be A Terrible Entrepreneur At Least Once

Source: By Jason Freedman, 42 Floors for Business Insider War Room

Posted: 12/6/2012

Views: 60

So there have been times that I’ve been a really sucky entrepreneur.

Your End of Year Legal Checklist

Source: By Nellie Akalp for Small Business Trends

Posted: 12/4/2012

Views: 56

We’re entering the home stretch of 2012.

Your Smartphone Knows You So Well It’s Scary

Source: By Sam Laird for Mashable Tech

Posted: 11/30/2012

Views: 51

Smartphones offer a motherlode of convenience, in large part because of how much information they retain and, essentially, how well they know us.

5 Huge Misconceptions About Your 'Average User'

Source: By Kevin Purdy for Fast Company

Posted: 11/29/2012

Views: 49

Despite the pandemic proliferation of “Share this” buttons and smartphone apps with little "send this out" arrows, 82 percent of all web content sharing happens by simple copy-and-paste.

9 Ways To Make Better Executive Decisions

Source: By Max Nisen for Business Insider War Room

Posted: 11/28/2012

Views: 56

Small-business owners have to make a wide variety of important decisions every day.

You Need To Really Know Every Person To Make A Virtual Team Work

Source: By Max Nisen for Business Insider War Room

Posted: 11/26/2012

Views: 43

One of the most dominant trends in the workplace is the rise of the virtual team.

The Mechanics Of Making Money And The Business Physics Of Revenue

Source: By Steve Wilkinghoff for Small Business Trends

Posted: 11/15/2012

Views: 48

Think about a graceful hang-glider and a massive new Boeing Dreamliner screaming overhead.

Study: Women Business Owners Don’t Feel Cyber-Safe

Source: By Donna Fuscaldo for Fox Small Business Center

Posted: 11/14/2012

Views: 47

Women business owners know the Internet is integral to their success, but many worry about potential cyber-attacks, according to a survey from insurance company The Travelers Companies.

11 Success Secrets The Experts Won't Tell You

Source: By Dan Waldschmidt, Edgy Conversations for Business Insider

Posted: 11/9/2012

Views: 56

1. Just because social media is free doesn’t mean it gets you results.

Four Stories of Small Businesses Surviving After Sandy

Source: By Sarah E. Needleman for the Wall Street Journal

Posted: 11/8/2012

Views: 47

Superstorm Sandy has come and gone, but it has left a lasting impact on the owners of millions of small businesses.

4 Ways To Improve Your Business Networking

Source: By Lisa Barone for Small Business Trends

Posted: 11/7/2012

Views: 44

As small business owners and consultants, we understand the importance of networking.

There Is Such A Thing As Over-Networking

Source: By Jessica Stillman, Inc. for Business Insider War Room

Posted: 11/5/2012

Views: 32

As a general rule of thumb in life, knowing the right people socially never hurt anyone in achieving their dreams.

Friday Must-Reads

Source: By THE WSJ SMALL-BUSINESS TEAM

Posted: 11/2/2012

Views: 30

Expanding payrolls: Small business hiring numbers for October showed more being hired than laid off, according the NFIB. Washington Post

The Art of Presentation

Source: By Walter Dailey for foxbusiness.com

Posted: 11/1/2012

Views: 44

Yesterday I was cruising the grocery store aisles for sugar for my morning coffee-fix.

72 Percent of Freelancers And Consultants Say They’re Entrepreneurs

Source: By Jamillah Warner for Small Business Trends

Posted: 10/31/2012

Views: 47

We train our children to be consultants.

15 Of The Hottest Crowdfunding Sites Out There

Source: By Max Nisen for Business Insider War Room

Posted: 10/29/2012

Views: 43

Everybody knows about Kickstarter.

10 Unexpected Things Every Business Plan Needs

Source: By David Mielach for foxbusiness.com

Posted: 10/25/2012

Views: 42

All great businesses may start with an idea, but the first step toward turning your idea into reality is creating a well-thought-out business plan.

4 Mistakes Young Entrepreneurs Make That Waste Time And Money

Source: By Scott Annan, The AIMbitious Startup for Business Insider

Posted: 10/24/2012

Views: 40

I mentor many college students, including those at Colgate University (my alma mater) for the school’s own entrepreneurship program, TIA – Thought Into Action Institute.

Doing Business As (DBA) Filing: Sole Proprietorship

Source: By Small Business Editor

Posted: 10/23/2012

Views: 43

Choosing a business name is one of the first things you need to consider when you start a business.

How to find a cofounder you can fight with

Source: Guest post by Steve Blank for venturebeat.com

Posted: 10/22/2012

Views: 36

I often get asked about finding cofounders and I usually give the standard list of characteristics of what I look for in a founder.

Eight Bold Strategies That Don't Risk Your Business

Source: By Dan Waldschmidt for Edgy Conversations

Posted: 10/19/2012

Views: 32

Building a successful business isn’t about doing one big thing right one time.

Companies Really Lose Out When They Don't Promote Women

Source: By Max Nisen for Business Insider War Room

Posted: 10/17/2012

Views: 39

Women are still vastly underrepresented at the top of companies. 

Keeping Your Sales Team Motivated When Starting Up

Source: By Young Entrepreneurs Council for Foxbusiness.com

Posted: 10/16/2012

Views: 49

How do you keep your startup sales team motivated to exceed their targets?

Steps To Effective Change Management

Source: By Dale Kirke for Small Business Trends

Posted: 10/15/2012

Views: 39

Change management is a complex process which varies according to each individual organization’s needs.

Allied Minds and the DOD: 50,000 scientists at 100 labs creating technologies fueling 100 startups a year

Source: By John Koetsier for venturebeat.com

Posted: 10/12/2012

Views: 221

The U.S Department of Defense spends $100 billion a year funding 50,000 scientists in 100 research labs to create innovative new technologies.

How to Leverage Big Brands for Your Small Business

Source: By Amie Marse for smallbusinesstrends.com

Posted: 10/11/2012

Views: 43

No man is an island, and no small business is either.

Strategist Tells Us How Small Businesses Can Use 'Big Data' To Outsmart Their Competitors

Source: By Max Nisen for businessinsider.com

Posted: 10/10/2012

Views: 48

Terms like "big data" and "revenue management" can seem very intimidating to small-business owners, but big data has revealed some great insights that are applicable to businesses of any size.

Q&A: Finding Your Passion

Source: By Antonio Neves for foxbusiness.com

Posted: 10/8/2012

Views: 42

Question: I graduated from college a few months ago and I haven’t been able to find a job.

Casual Corp: You’re doing startup funding all wrong

Source: By Ricardo Bilton for venturebeat.com

Posted: 10/5/2012

Views: 48

HEADERIf you’re like most startups, you’re likely in a perpetual search for more and more funding.

What It's Like When A Startup Is Launching A Major New Product

Source: By Alyson Shontell for Business Insider

Posted: 10/4/2012

Views: 37

Most consumers never know how much work goes into big product releases at tech companies.

9 Steps to Close Your Startup Sales Deals

Source: By Matthew Bellows for Small Business Trends

Posted: 10/3/2012

Views: 41

Selling a brand new product or service is tough.

10 Tips for Building a Social Media Strategy

Source: By David Mielach for Business News Daily

Posted: 9/28/2012

Views: 38

Social media can be a double-edged sword for businesses.

Looking for the 'Next Big Thing'? Ranking the Top 50 Start-Ups

Source: By Zoran Basich and Emily Maltby for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 9/27/2012

Views: 41

Venture capitalists are still investing in flashy Internet start-ups, but the "Next Big Thing" is more likely to be a maker of humdrum Internet plumbing for businesses.

Are 87 Percent of Small Businesses Using Social Media Wrong?

Source: By Lisa Barone for Small Business Trends

Posted: 9/25/2012

Views: 36

Vocus teamed up with Duct Tape Marketing to survey 400 decision makers at small- and medium-sized businesses to learn about their struggles and successes using social media.

Small Business Owners Reveal Their Most Important Business Goals

Source: By David Mielach for BusinessNewsDaily

Posted: 9/24/2012

Views: 30

For small business owners, cash flow is king

New Privacy Laws to Protect Individuals and Businesses on the Web

Source: By Amie Marse for Small Business Trends

Posted: 9/21/2012

Views: 38

In the past ten years, the Internet has grown so fast that it’s almost incomprehensible.

An Idea Who’s Time Has Come

Source: By Peter Doyle for innovationexcellence.com

Posted: 9/17/2012

Views: 39

“Sorry I can’t help you, I really want to, but they won’t let me,” my bank manager looked at me with an embarrassed look.

How To Train Your Team And Make It Connect

Source: By Jamillah Warner for smallbiztrends.com

Posted: 9/14/2012

Views: 38

Staff training is an on going part of business.

How To Make Your Business Blog Informative

Source: By Amie Marse for Small Business Trends

Posted: 9/13/2012

Views: 44

There’s a fine line between having a fun and interesting blog and having an informative blog.

5 ways to stand out from the crowd at a tech conference (without wearing a wedding dress)

Source: By Christina Farr for venturebeat.com

Posted: 9/12/2012

Views: 36

At Disrupt, the annual conference in San Francisco, a booth was jammed into every inch of space, product demoes were taking place in the bathrooms, and entrepreneurs scrambled to leave a lasting impression in 10 seconds or less.

Are You Making It Hard For Customers To Buy From You?

Source: By Don Peppers for Fast Company

Posted: 9/11/2012

Views: 34

What every marketer should worry about most is minimizing obstacles during the buying process--even if all it means is lacing up a pair of shoes.

Invest in Start-Ups for Innovation?

Source: By Linda Bernardi for innovationexcellence.com

Posted: 9/10/2012

Views: 36

I want to focus in on Jason Yotopolous’s following point in this Venture Beat article: SAP gives startups millions of dollars worth of software: 

Why and How to Register Your Small Business

Source: By US Small Business Administration for Small Business Trends

Posted: 9/7/2012

Views: 33

Keeping an eye on the legal and regulatory requirements of simply being in business is a constant struggle for small business owners.  

GoFundMe Helps You Launch a Crowd-powered Fundraising Project

Source: By Ivan Widjaya for Noobpreneur.com

Posted: 9/6/2012

Views: 46

I was searching the web for ideas, as usual, and as I am searching the web for crowd funding information, I stumbled on GoFundMe.

5 Rules For Making Your Vision Stick

Source: By Craig Chappelow for Fast Company

Posted: 9/5/2012

Views: 49

A corporate mission statement isn't merely words to slap on a coffee mug or on the wall of your reception area.

What Small Businesses Need to Know About Data Breaches

Source: By David Mielach, BusinessNewsDaily staff writer for foxbusiness.com

Posted: 9/4/2012

Views: 41

Data breaches can cost small businesses in a big way. From losing money and information to losing the trust of your customers, data breaches affect small businesses in a variety of ways.

14 Ways to Incorporate Social Good Into Your Startup Culture

Source: By The Young Entrepreneur Council for Small Business Trends

Posted: 8/30/2012

Views: 46

Gen Y employees don’t necessarily distinguish between personal and professional anymore.  

Thinking of Majoring in Entrepreneurship? Read This First

Source: By Adam Toren for entrepreneur.com

Posted: 8/29/2012

Views: 45

It's back-to-school season, and you know what that means: It's time to pick classes.

How Much Information Should you Give VCs for Due Diligence?

Source: By Mark Suster for bothsidesofthetable.com

Posted: 8/28/2012

Views: 40

This is a hot topic I’ve been asked a lot about recently.You’re on a first date with a VC – how much should you tell them?You’re heading into a full partner meeting and you’ve been asked for a full data pack before – should you give it?When is it appropriate for a VC to call your customers?

Access to Credit and Business Survival

Source: By Scott Shane for Small Business Trends

Posted: 8/27/2012

Views: 49

A paper published last year by Traci Mach of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and John Wolken, formerly of that organization, shows how important access to credit is for small business survival.

Protect Investors with Executive Liability

Source: By Ryan Hanley for Small Business Operations

Posted: 8/24/2012

Views: 50

D and O (directors and officers Insurance) also protects company executives.  Whether you are a for-profit or not-for-profit organization, an executive liability package should be considered just as important as general liability.

3 Steps for Fixing Big Business Blunders

Source: By Gwen Moran for entrepreneur.com

Posted: 8/22/2012

Views: 41

As companies grow and employees and business owners are stretched thin, all manner of mistakes, errors and accidents that can put your company at risk become more likely to happen.

The Leadership Discipline of Successful Startup Entrepreneurs

Source: By Susan Schreter for foxbusiness.com

Posted: 8/21/2012

Views: 49

For eight years I’ve been studying what startup entrepreneurs do and don’t do during the first 18 months in business that may dictate their fate. 

Increased Approvals of Small Business Loans by Big Banks Are a Good Sign for Entrepreneurs

Source: By Rohit Arora for Small Business Trends

Posted: 8/20/2012

Views: 47

Lending at big banks (classified as banks with $10B+ in assets) are rising, thanks to increased activity by mid-sized institutions within this category.  This is welcome, positive news for small business owners.

8 Ways to Encourage Innovation Without Leading to Burnout

Source: By The Young Entrepreneur Council for Small Business Trends

Posted: 8/15/2012

Views: 44

Daily life at a startup is inherently exciting. Since capital is limited, teams are small, allowing each employee to wear multiple hats and fulfill fluid job descriptions, all to reach unprecedented goals

5 Ways Analytics Can Help Grow Your Business

Source: By Lisa Barone for smallbiztrends.com

Posted: 8/14/2012

Views: 48

Small business owners know that their customers are headed online.

Should You Create Your Business Plan on Pinterest?

Source: By Tim Berry for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 8/13/2012

Views: 42

Lots of people are loving Pinterest, the fabulously successful new social platform for sharing pictures. People are posting not only personal pictures, but increasingly business pictures, as well. And Pinterest business-success stories are popping up everywhere on the Web.

3 Steps to More Insightful Thinking

Source: By Karl Stark and Bill Stewart for Inc.

Posted: 8/10/2012

Views: 41

It's easy to fall back on 'group think' to address business challenges. But if you really want to generate game-changing ideas, you need a different approach.

6 Rules of Effective Marketing Copy

Source: By Kentin Waits for Open Forum

Posted: 8/9/2012

Views: 45

Whether you’re writing your own copy, or hiring a professional to write it for you, your marketing copy should follow these six basic rules, so that it stands out and gets noticed for the right reasons. 

5 Rules: How to Avoid a Spam Filter

Source: By Geoffrey James for Inc.

Posted: 8/8/2012

Views: 45

Does your role involve emailing people you don't know? Make sure you're not landing in the junkmail box.

Why Should Your Customers Trust You?

Source: By Dan S. Kennedy and Matt Zagula for Entrepreneur

Posted: 8/7/2012

Views: 38

People trust for the wrong reasons. By understanding how people actually come to trust, you will be able to deliberately manufacture maximum trust. 

4 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Olympic All-Around Champion Gabrielle Douglas

Source: By Erica Nicole for YFS Magazine

Posted: 8/6/2012

Views: 46

What can entrepreneurs learn from Gabby Douglas' journey to gold? Here are four lessons that every small business owner can medal in - starting today!

Why a Laser Focus is Bad for Business

Source: By Tara Hunt for Inc.

Posted: 8/3/2012

Views: 43

Lots of founders will tell you that if you're not intensely focused on your start-up 24/7, you're not in it to win. Here's why that's bad advice.

Your Small Business Should Hire a Dedicated Social Media Expert

Source: By David Choate for Small Business Trends

Posted: 8/2/2012

Views: 50

For sales, e-mail may remain the most critical wrench in your business toolbox, but your specialized tools for social media can reach a different crowd entirely

Will They Buy? 3 Ways to Tell

Source: Schuyler Brown for Inc.

Posted: 8/1/2012

Views: 43

How to figure out which prospects will become customers and which are wasting your time.

Olympic Training Tips for Coaching Employees to Greatness

Source: By Gwen Moran for Entrepreneur

Posted: 7/31/2012

Views: 45

Just as Olympians need great coaches to reach their highest potential, your high-performing employees need coaching to do the same 

Speak My Language: Getting Customers to Listen

Source: By Jamillah Warner for Small Business Trends

Posted: 7/30/2012

Views: 41

How do you captivate an audience enough to get them to listen to you and buy from you? According to Zhivago, author of Roadmap to Revenue, you learn how to talk to future clients by interviewing and listening to your current ones.

The 6 Personalities Every Startup Needs to Thrive

Source: By Jon Stein for Fast Company

Posted: 7/27/2012

Views: 39

No office is a monoculture. Here's how to bring together the personalities that will make your business thrive.

Five Tips to Help Your Marketing Messages Sing

Source: By Andrea K. Hammer for Entrepreneur

Posted: 7/26/2012

Views: 42

With attention spans short and competition intense, clear language is essential to help marketing messages sing and spark interest in your business.

5 Ways to Build a Better Business Through Blogging

Source: By Lisa Barone for Small Business Trends

Posted: 7/25/2012

Views: 43

Blogging comes chock full of benefits. It increases your authority in your market, it ensures there is always content to promote, and it can give you a boost in the search engines. But those aren’t the only ways blogging can help your business.

Facebook Revamps its Small Business Resource Site

Source: By Lisa Barone for Small Business Trends

Posted: 7/24/2012

Views: 45

Facebook for Business, the social network’s resource area for small and mid-sized agencies, has undergone a significant revamp to help SMBs get more from the site.

The Real Deal on Crowdfunding

Source: By Susan Schreter for Fox Small Business

Posted: 7/23/2012

Views: 44

Will the JOBS Act really help entrepreneurs raise (and save) money? Learn the benefits of this new legislation, as well as what you should look out for.

6 Questions to Tune Up Your Growth Engine

Source: By Karl Stark and Bill Stewart for Inc.

Posted: 7/20/2012

Views: 46

Is your business model firing on all cylinders? These questions will help you determine if your business needs a few tweaks to keep humming along smoothly. 

To Make Big Plans a Reality, Be Clear - Crystal Clear - About Each Incremental Step

Source: By Patty Azzarello for Fast Company

Posted: 7/19/2012

Views: 49

You have a world-changing idea. Great. So what are its component parts? Who's going to do them? When? And what if there's conflict?

How to Start Conversations That Make Instant Connections

Source: By Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman for Entrepreneur

Posted: 7/18/2012

Views: 62

Consider these 12 steps for starting conversations that click and, ultimately, lead to more productive relationships.

Don't Spam Your Customers!: How Often Should You Send Marketing Emails?

Source: By Celina Connerfor The Frugal Entrepreneur

Posted: 7/17/2012

Views: 50

Getting an email marketing campaign right takes a combination of know-how, research, and a bit of trial and error. One of the most difficult aspects of email marketing is trying to determine how often customers want to get email communications from your company.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Source: By Marty Zwilling for Startup Professionals Musings

Posted: 7/16/2012

Views: 54

Here is just a sampling of the latest terminology and lingo that I think every entrepreneur should know, who may be looking for funding now, or down the road. 

The Upside-Down Approach to Innovation

Source: By Anita Campbell for Open Forum

Posted: 7/13/2012

Views: 53

What if we approached innovation from the opposite direction—by getting rid of what isn’t working, before we try to come up with something that works? Here are three steps to approaching innovation from this angle. 

13 Tips to Starting Up in a Brand New Region

Source: By The Young Entrepreneur Council for Small Business Trends

Posted: 7/12/2012

Views: 45

We asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), "What advice would you give a CEO launching or expanding in a brand new region?" Here's what YEC community members had to say...

The 10 Commandments for Entrepreneurs

Source: By Kira M. Newman for Tech Cocktail

Posted: 7/11/2012

Views: 58

10 principles that all entrepreneurs should heed.

7 Tools for Measuring Your Marketing ROI

Source: By Mark Britton for Fox Small Business

Posted: 7/10/2012

Views: 51

There are all sorts of smart, low-cost tools available for measuring your marketing ROI and below are seven tools for you to start using right away.  

7 Tips to Successful Fundraising for Young Entrepreneurs

Source: By Irving Fain for Young Entrepreneur

Posted: 7/9/2012

Views: 49

Here are some honest lessons I learned after raising my company's Series A round of financing.

Dear Startup: Your Goal is To Make a Profit, and Here's How

Source: By Peter Nguyen for YFS Magazine

Posted: 7/6/2012

Views: 41

Many people want to start their own business. But I've noticed that quite a few of would-be entrepreneurs don't always have realistic expectations.

Queen of Content: 5 Ways to Create Great Content for Your Brand

Source: By Alex Honeysett for The Daily Muse

Posted: 7/5/2012

Views: 41

Get started with these five simple ways to find the right content for your brand.

10 Tips for Being More Independent With Your Small Business

Source: By Susan Payton for Small Business Trends

Posted: 7/4/2012

Views: 48

You may think you won your independence from the workforce when you quit your job, but the truth is: running your own business sometimes means you’re dependent on many factors. Here are tips to help you get your independence back as a business owner.

4 Leadership Lessons From the Founding Fathers

Source: By Doug Dickerson for Fast Company

Posted: 7/3/2012

Views: 42

Here are four leadership principles our Founders taught us. In celebration of our independence, let us note how their ideals hold true today.

Business, Not Government, is Leading the Green Movement

Source: By Kelly Spors for Small Business Trends

Posted: 7/2/2012

Views: 44

As governments and politicians drag their feet on sustainability, businesses continue to take large steps.

Prepare Your Startup Team for Investor Due Diligence

Source: By Marty Zwilling for Startup Professionals

Posted: 6/29/2012

Views: 70

If your startup is great enough to get a term sheet from angel investors or a venture capitalist, the next step for the investor is to complete the dreaded due diligence process.

The Art of Social Listening

Source: By Alan W. Silberberg for Up and Running

Posted: 6/28/2012

Views: 39

Are you listening; really listening to the conversations going on about you and your products?

4 Ways to Increase Your Sales Productivity by 243%

Source: By Rieva Lesonsky for Small Business Trends

Posted: 6/27/2012

Views: 47

What if you knew there was an easy way to make it way more likely that when you call a client or prospect to make a sale, you’d get a call back?

Your First 5 Hires Can Make or Break Your Company - Here's How to Choose Carefully

Source: By Todd McKinnon for Fast Company

Posted: 6/26/2012

Views: 43

For any company, talent is the most important piece to the long-sought-after puzzle to long-term success. So, how do you get this combination of people right for that next breakthrough idea and the team that will support it? Here are five pointers:

How to Reduce the Risk of Buying: From You!

Source: By Pawel Grabowski for Small Business Trends

Posted: 6/25/2012

Views: 41

Fact: People love to buy but … they are afraid to do so. Use the following tips below to minimize the risk of buying from you. 

Blogging to Build Your Business

Source: By Melinda F. Emerson for The New York Times: Small Business

Posted: 6/22/2012

Views: 45

Blogging for business is not a new concept, but for many small businesses, especially service businesses, it can be an extremely effective tool to build your social media footprint, establish your brand, or position yourself in your area of expertise.

6 Steps to Better Networking for Young Entreprenerus

Source: By Matt Villano for Young Entrepreneur

Posted: 6/21/2012

Views: 44

All young entrepreneurs know that time is money, which makes the time we spend at industry networking events almost as precious as the funding for which we’re all gunning.

Have You Reinvented Your Business Lately?

Source: By Rieva Lesonsky for Small Business Trends

Posted: 6/20/2012

Views: 43

What has it taken to keep your small business thriving—or even just surviving—for the past four years since the U.S. economy crashed? For my business, it’s been an ongoing process of reinvention.

5 Tips for Generating Breakout Opportunities

Source: By Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha for Entrepreneur

Posted: 6/19/2012

Views: 46

Success for a startup is all about seizing those unusually consequential opportunities -- those breakthroughs, deals and discoveries that rocket their company forward at an accelerating rate of growth.

How to Pick the Perfect Investor

Source: By David Lonsdale for Inc.

Posted: 6/18/2012

Views: 43

Choosing an investor to help fund your company is like choosing a spouse, only more complicated. Here's how to know you've found The One.

5 Practices Startups Should Borrow From Big Businesses

Source: By Aaron Shapiro for Fast Company

Posted: 6/15/2012

Views: 47

There's plenty that even the most cutting-edge startup founders can learn from old-school Fortune 500 CEOs. Here are five lessons that fly in the face of the typical startup ethos.

Strategic Money is a Beautiful Thing

Source: By Jimmy Lewin for Cayenne Consulting

Posted: 6/14/2012

Views: 44

For years I have been advising clients to look carefully at strategic investors for new capital before looking for financial investors.

Keep Your Best Employees: 5 Steps

Source: By Eric V. Holtzclaw for Inc.

Posted: 6/13/2012

Views: 42

Looking to attract and retain the talent required to take your company out of start-up phase and onto the next level? Be open to change.

Four Rules for Innovative Leadership

Source: By Gwen Moran for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 6/12/2012

Views: 45

Management consultant and bestselling business author Jason Jennings finds that the problem often boils down to four issues -- attachment, ego, control and complacency. Lead your market by ditching those innovation killers and following these rules...

The Small Business Tax: Government Regulations

Source: By Anita Campbell for Small Business Trends

Posted: 6/11/2012

Views: 55

When governments impose regulations on small businesses that drive up the cost of doing business, it’s like imposing a tax.

The Missing Element of Every Entrepreneur’s Business Plan

Source: By Shirley Engelmeier for Fox Small Business

Posted: 6/8/2012

Views: 39

The basis of almost every enterprise is a comprehensive business plan that includes an extensive description of the company’s mission and success strategy. Rarely though, do entrepreneurs include a workforce strategy that can enhance bottom line results. 

For Small Business, Necessity is the Mother of Reinvention

Source: By Ned Smith for Fox Small Business

Posted: 6/7/2012

Views: 45

Reinvention in this challenging economic environment has been job No. 1 for the majority of small businesses.

So You Think Your Customers Trust You? 5 Reasons To Think Again

Source: By Don Peppers for Fast Company

Posted: 6/6/2012

Views: 37

Humans are social by nature, and technology is now amplifying that tendency. The more we interact, the more trust we demand, and because this is also true for our interactions with businesses, your customers now expect you to be a lot more trustworthy than you have been so far.

What Google+ Local Pages Means to Your Business

Source: By Lisa Barone for Small Business Trends

Posted: 6/5/2012

Views: 43

If you’re a small business owner who prides themselves on keeping up with all the local search blogs, you may now be overwhelmed with all the news regarding Google+ Local pages and the effect it will have on how you market your business online.

7 Ways To Disrupt Your Industry

Source: By Bruce Kasanoff & Michael Hinshaw for Fast Company

Posted: 6/4/2012

Views: 38

Massive disruption is coming, and the only question is whether your firm is going to cause it or fall victim to it. In the spirit of helping established firms best serve their customers, we offer seven ways your firm could disrupt its own industry, raising the standards of customer experience and creating new opportunities for growth...

Turmoil in Greece: Could Entrepreneurs Save Europe’s Economy?

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 6/1/2012

Views: 51

Ongoing problems in Greece, including a growing movement to reject massive spending cuts some see as forced upon the country in return for international aid, could further threaten economic recovery for the European Union. Meanwhile, some in Europe see entrepreneurship as one solution for getting local economies back on track. Here’s a look at what’s happening in the EU and some tips for starting and growing a business there or anywhere.

If Small Businesses Were President for a Day

Source: By Kate Rogers for Fox Business

Posted: 5/31/2012

Views: 44

Small businesses are feeling more optimistic about financial prospects, however many still believe the economy is in a recession. If they were in President Obama's shoes for one day, business owners responded that they would lower taxes, reduce regulation and tackle health-insurance issues.....

How Your Start-Up Stacks Up

Source: By EMILY MALTBY for Wall Street Journal

Posted: 5/30/2012

Views: 47

Systematic data analysis has changed the business of scouting for baseball talent, "Moneyball" style, and has altered Wall Street trading, now ruled by algorithms crafted by so-called quants.Can analytical rigor also help entrepreneurs such as Sharon Schneider, of suburban Chicago, make better decisions about how to manage their start-ups? .......

For NJ Resort Entrepreneur, Summer Is High Season

Source: By David Mielach, BusinessNewsDaily staff writer

Posted: 5/29/2012

Views: 44

Chances are good that if you are staying, shopping or eating in the seaside town of Cape May, N.J., you just might be doing so at a property owned by Curtis Bashaw.

25 things investors say when rejecting your startup

Source: Brian Witlin

Posted: 5/28/2012

Views: 45

After speaking with a number of fellow “hustlers” (fellow fundraising CEOs), I was able to amass an awesome list of classic messages people have received from investors after initial contact or initial pitch. As the title implies, below are 25 ways people get rejected from investors.

A Harvard Professor Analyzes Why Start-Ups Fail

Source: By JESSICA BRUDER for New York Times

Posted: 5/25/2012

Views: 41

Noam Wasserman, a Harvard Business School professor, wants you to survive. For more than a decade, he has been hunting for reasons that explain why start-ups and their founders self-destruct. He has surveyed nearly 10,000 founders from 3,500 ventures, compiling his results in a huge database that he has mined for patterns........

Audit Tips for Small Business Owners

Source: By Bonnie Lee for Fox Business

Posted: 5/25/2012

Views: 41

There are several factors that can raise eyebrows at the IRS and trigger an audit, but knowledge is power, and understanding what agents are looking for in a return can help you avoid the hot seat.........

Start-Ups Crowd 'Accelerators'

Source: By SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN And EMILY MALTBY for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 5/24/2012

Views: 38

Applications to some of the roughly 200-plus business "accelerators" world-wide have more than doubled in the past two years, as growing numbers of entrepreneurs seek them out for seed capital and advice. ......

4 Cloud Storage Options for SMBs

Source: By Lisa Barone for Small Business Trends

Posted: 5/23/2012

Views: 41

As earlier predicted, cloud storage options are becoming increasingly popular, offering users the ability to access files and documents regardless of where they are in the world or what device they have in their hand......

10 Ways to Crowdfund Your Startup

Source: By BusinessNewsDaily Staff

Posted: 5/22/2012

Views: 47

Crowdfunding might sound easy, but successful crowdfunding generally doesn’t happen by accident.......

Small Business Loans and Small Loans to Business

Source: By Scott Shane for Small Business Trends

Posted: 5/21/2012

Views: 53

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the decline in “small loans to business” during the Great Recession and economic recovery that followed. Now I am back to tell you that data on “small business loans” paints an even worse picture of the small business credit markets.....

Tips for Deducting Entertainment Expenses

Source: By Bonnie Lee for Fox Small Business Center

Posted: 5/18/2012

Views: 56

There are so many rules governing tax deductions, but the area riddled the most with rules is entertainment. And the IRS loves to audit this line item on a business tax return.......

CEO Drama and How to Avoid It

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 5/17/2012

Views: 48

You don’t need to be the leader of a multimillion-dollar corporation to create unnecessary drama in your business. Today’s news is full of stories about the latest CEO missteps. .......

Ten Ways You Should be Using Quickbooks

Source: By BusinessNewsDaily Staff

Posted: 5/16/2012

Views: 46

Entrepreneurs use the accounting program QuickBooks accounting software more than any other. They use it whether they’re starting a new business or streamlining an existing one. ....

Getting More Impact from Integrated Marketing

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 5/15/2012

Views: 44

Integrated marketing can mean different things to different people and in different markets. But in general, its about managing marketing through multiple channels to create a single message. If you’d like to improve the integration of your own marketing campaign, here are 10 ideas to consider:

Brewing the American Dream

Source: By Rohit Arora for Small Business Trends

Posted: 5/14/2012

Views: 54

Every big business started as a small business. Jim Koch, founder of The Boston Beer Company, like any entrepreneur, knows the struggles of being a small business owner. One of the biggest challenges is securing capital in a tight credit market............

How Small Businesses Can Dispose Assets

Source: By Bonnie Lee for Fox Small Business Center

Posted: 5/11/2012

Views: 48

Whenever you dispose of a business asset, whether you junk it, sell it, lose it, donate it, trade it in, get it repossessed, destroyed, or converted to personal use, you may have a taxable event. The decision might not be taxable, but it’s usually reportable and sometimes you might enjoy something of a tax refund........

Team Building: Getting the Message Across Without Micromanaging

Source: By Jamillah Warner for Small Business Trends

Posted: 5/10/2012

Views: 59

When the list is longer than the time you have, it’s easy to sacrifice some important things just to get through the day. For the small business owner, communication with your team is one of those things that can get lost.....

Why Small Business Owners Should Pick Their Battles

Source: By Walter Dailey for Fox Small Business News

Posted: 5/9/2012

Views: 39

If you’re someone who keeps an eye on current events, you get the impression that the average person doesn’t have a huge pile of extra cash lying around. It’s likely rising fuel, energy and food costs are indeed taking more money out of the hands of consumers.......

Win Old Sales with This Simple Technique

Source: By Pawel Grabowski for Small Business Trends

Posted: 5/8/2012

Views: 50

Selling can be frustrating. You spend hours practically chained to your desk researching potential clients and finding out the right angle to approach them. You try to make the initial contact and if you’re lucky, you meet some of them in person and you sell........

The Accomplishment Journal for Women Entrepreneurs

Source: By Sarah Kirkish

Posted: 5/5/2012

Views: 54

Early on in my career I worked with an engineer named Max who always said, “You get what you measure.” The Accomplishment Journal for Women Entrepreneurs: From Goals to Results: A Simple System To Build Your Business & Be More Effective does just that......

Are You Hiring For Your Small Business?

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 5/4/2012

Views: 44

Are you hiring for your small business? If you’re like other small business owners, your hiring may have slowed a bit last month. Here are some of the reasons and some additional information on the state of small business hiring.......

How to Get Money From Crowdfunding

Source: By Kate Rogers for Fox Business News

Posted: 5/2/2012

Views: 44

Last month President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Startups Act (JOBS) Act, enabling entrepreneurs to legally fund their businesses through crowdfunding......

National Small Business Week is Coming: Look for Big Things in May!

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 5/2/2012

Views: 45

Can you feel the excitement? National Small Business Week is coming beginning May 20. It will be an opportunity for folks all across the US to celebrate small businesses and, of course, for small businesses to learn about added resources as well. Follow what’s happening in our small business roundup week below:.....

Is Your Business Great to Own?

Source: By Todd Taskey for Small Business Trends

Posted: 5/1/2012

Views: 42

Many CEOs and business owners will agree that the benefits of ownership far outweigh the struggles and daily challenges. While entrepreneurship is still one of the best ways to fulfill the American dream, only a small percentage of companies are truly “great to own.”.......

Small Business No Longer Plagued By Recession Pessimism

Source: By Scott Shane for Small Business Trends

Posted: 4/30/2012

Views: 46

According to the spring 2012 release of the twice-a-year PNC Economic Outlook Survey, small business owners are no longer as pessimistic about the economy as they were during the economic downturn and the early part of the recovery. However, they aren’t exactly back to their pre-recession optimism either.

How to Deal With the Office Debbie Downer

Source: By Donna Fuscaldo

Posted: 4/27/2012

Views: 49

Small businesses are only as good as their employees. Have one bad apple and it can wreck the entire apple cart........

Identifying Your Ideal Customer

Source: By Susan Payton for Small Business Trends

Posted: 4/26/2012

Views: 42

Who do you think your products or services appeal to? If your answer is “everyone” keep reading. Businesses with too large a target market (i.e. every household in America) struggle to get any customers at all, and here’s why: not understanding who your customer really is keeps you from being able to better serve that customer.

Environment Improving for Small Business?

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 4/25/2012

Views: 50

Is the environment improving for small businesses? Some say it is. Here are some ideas about how to make the most of current trends and about where we, as small business owners, may be headed. Is your business showing signs of improvement?

Tips Reveal Path To Better Entrepreneurship

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 4/24/2012

Views: 41

If you want to be a better entrepreneur, don’t miss these important tips. We’ve collected from far and wide on the Web to help you make your business better today.Success MetricsEnsuring your business success. Simple tips can make your business better, increasing your odds of success. Is success in business luck, skill or a combination of both. Check this list and you’ll see steps every entrepreneur can take. Entrepreneur

Raising Cash: How to Screen for Fundraising Help

Source: By Susan Schreter For Fox Business

Posted: 4/23/2012

Views: 41

Raising money for a business is one of the most hated and avoided tasks among startup entrepreneurs and small business owners. It’s understandable too, because the process of cold calling strangers and asking for cash is time-consuming, intimidating and stressful.

Tips Offered On Building Your Business From Scratch

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 4/20/2012

Views: 48

Starting a small business presents huge challenges, but many who’ve succeeded believe it’s worth all the struggle. Here are some tips we hope will help you as you build a new business. Do you have any suggestions to share with other entrepreneurs starting out?

How Every Manager Can Create a Culture That Works

Source: By Ned Smith, senior writer at BusinessNewsDaily

Posted: 4/19/2012

Views: 53

If you want to run a high-performing company, you can't afford employees who are just along for the ride. From corner office to cubby, your work force must be fully engaged. In other words, they must be "all in," according to Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, co-authors of the bestselling "The Carrot Principle" and "The Orange Revolution."  

An Incubator Dominated By Boomers, Minorities, Hopes to Turn Detroit Around

Source: By Kate Rogers for FOX Business

Posted: 4/18/2012

Views: 46

 Next SlidePrevious SlideIn a 120,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Detroit where the first Corvette was built, a new type of innovation is being hatched.TechTown, an entrepreneurial incubator run by Wayne State University, launched in 2007 and, according to its founders, has since created more than 650 companies—hoping to turnaround one of the hardest–hit cities in America post-recession.  

How to Choose a Business Incubator

Source: By Susan Payton for Small Business Trends

Posted: 4/17/2012

Views: 42

Indiana Ranks as One of the Worst States for Entrepreneurs

Source: Newscore for Fox Small Business Center

Posted: 4/17/2012

Views: 66

More and more entrepreneurs are overlooking Indiana as a place to start a business, according to a recent study by the Kauffman Foundation. In 2010, the number of Indiana impresarios choosing to start a business fell below the national average — at 190 per 100,000 adults, making it the fifth-worst state in the country for entrepreneurial activity

Rarity of High Growth Young Companies

Source: By Scott Shane For Small Business Trends

Posted: 4/16/2012

Views: 39

Policy makers love young high growth companies for their job creating capabilities. However, they are often quite naïve about how rare these companies actually are.

When Will You Start Your Business?

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 4/13/2012

Views: 49

There’s no time like the present to start your business. Don’t be stopped by all the doubts or all the delays life seems to put in your way. Here’s a look at how to make your entrepreneurial dreams come true.

Louisiana Sees Growth in Entrepreneurial Spirit

Source: By Newscore

Posted: 4/12/2012

Views: 45

Louisiana has the nation’s fourth highest rate of entrepreneurial activity, with 460 new business owners per 100,000 adults, according to the 2011 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. The state offers tax incentives and innovative developments that helped spur many entrepreneurs to invest in the Pelican State’s pro-corporate atmosphere.

How Small Business Can Benefit from Time Tracking

Source: By Curt Finch For Small Business Trends

Posted: 4/11/2012

Views: 45

As a small business owner, it can be hard to justify going through the motions and controls of the larger corporations. Your time is already limited and enterprise software can be quite expensive. So when I say that you really should be comprehensively tracking employee time, you might be skeptical. Let me tell you why you shouldn’t be.

New Small Business Lessons in Social Media

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 4/10/2012

Views: 41

You’ve heard social media is critical for your business. But social media and business are changing all the time. Are you keeping up with the latest in how online media channels can boost your business and how your business can effectively use them?

Job Creation by Angel-backed Companies Collapsed in 2011

Source: By Scott Shane For Small Business Trends

Posted: 4/9/2012

Views: 41

That should have been the headline of the recent report on the angel capital market put out by the Center for Venture Research (CVR) at the University of New Hampshire. The CVR tells us that angel investments created 165,600 new jobs in 2011; but last year it said that angel investments produced 370,000 new jobs in 2010. Taken together, the CVR’s figures show that job creation by angel-backed companies dropped a whopping 55 percent between 2010 and 2011.The change in the number of jobs created per investment is similar. The CVR’s data show that the average number of jobs at angel-backed companies fell 58 percent (from 6 to 2.5) between 2010 and 2011.

How to Embrace the Sharing Economy

Source: By Kelly Spors For Small Business Trends

Posted: 4/5/2012

Views: 58

Most businesses worry about selling things. But perhaps they should think more about sharing them.

How to Bounce Back From Business Mistakes

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 4/4/2012

Views: 58

This collection of posts looks at what to do when you realize you’ve gone down the wrong path or have made a serious misstep in your business. The key, of course, is to pick yourself up and get back in there…with a little helpful advice, of course.

Why Your Company Needs A Moving Start-Up Story

Source: By MIKE MICHALOWICZ for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 4/3/2012

Views: 52

I have an altar to Bruce Springsteen in my house. On it sits my prized possession: a guitar pick Bruce tossed out into the audience at one of his concerts.If you come to my house, I will tell you a long, drawn-out, mostly truthful story about where I got it, why it's important, and the many hardships I endured to acquire it. To me, and to those who live through my story, Bruce's pick is priceless. Sure, at face value it's a piece of plastic worth mere pennies, inspiring a shrug and a tepid "cool," in response. But after you find out it's Bruce Springsteen's guitar pick, and after you hear my epic tale of how it came into my life, the value of the pick goes up considerably. Now it's worthy of oohs and ahhs and the inevitable, "Oh my gawd, may I touch it?"

Learn the Rules for Entrepreneurship

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 4/2/2012

Views: 57

The rules of entrepreneurship are always changing. From mastering the latest rules of small business funding to identifying the next global hotspot for entrepreneurship, the information you need is always in flux. What new rules for entrepreneurship have you learned?

Ten Tax Tips for Business Owners

Source: Written By Bonnie Lee Fox Business

Posted: 3/30/2012

Views: 56

There are only a couple more weeks left in tax season, and if you are a small business owner and have not yet filed, the clock is ticking.  

Congress Approves Startup-Focused JOBS Act

Source: By Alex Fitzpatrick for Mashable.com

Posted: 3/27/2012

Views: 45

The House of Representatives voted to pass the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS Act) Tuesday...

Startup Company Growth

Source: By Scott Shane for Small Business Trends

Posted: 3/26/2012

Views: 45

Everyone – entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers, employees and just plain concerned citizens – would like to see new companies add workers.

Why Companies Should File For Patents Now

Source: By Expert Blogger John Villasenor for Fast Company

Posted: 3/20/2012

Views: 53

Filing patent applications between now and March 2013, while the first-to-invent rules are still in place, can provide some significant benefits.

Should Startups Focus More On Growth, Or Innovation?

Source: By Fast Company Staff

Posted: 3/16/2012

Views: 50

Scott Case, CEO of Startup America, shares his recipe for startup success.

Cloud Computing Might Be the Next Big Jobs Generator

Source: By Ned Smith for foxbusiness.com

Posted: 3/15/2012

Views: 47

Cloud computing has the potential to become a greater generator of jobs in the U.S. than the Internet was in its early years, a new study says.

5 Easy Ways to Increase YOU on Your Web site

Source: By Lisa Barone For Small Business Trends

Posted: 3/14/2012

Views: 61

Your customers are obsessed with social media. They’ve discovered that it’s through social media that they can get to know more about your brand.

New Strategy Shapes Up for Small Business

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 3/13/2012

Views: 53

There’s a new strategy shaping up for small business, one having less to do with plans set in stone and more with strategic thinking on the fly.

Entrepreneurs Face Challenges, Share Resources

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 3/12/2012

Views: 54

Small business owners and entrepreneurs face many challenges but also share many new resources. It’s an opportunity for your company to get ahead.

How to pitch your startup at conferences

Source: By Rocky Agrawal for venturebeat.com

Posted: 3/9/2012

Views: 50

I attended the Launch conference in San Francisco yesterday and saw quite a few pitches. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs are still making the same mistakes they’ve been making for years.

If You Get on This Bus You're Crazy, They Hope

Source: By Kate Rogers for foxbusiness.com

Posted: 3/8/2012

Views: 48

You'd have to be crazy to get on a bus full of strangers and road trip across the country for three days, creating a startup along the way.

The Number One Reason SMBs Go Social Is…

Source: By Lisa Barone for smallbiztrends.com

Posted: 3/7/2012

Views: 51

eMarketer commented on some new social data from Street Fight that identified the number one reason small business owners enter the waters of social media. Curious as to what it was? Are you?

How To Deal With Being The Youngest Person At The Executive Table

Source: By Darren Herman, DarenHerman.com for businessinsider.com

Posted: 3/6/2012

Views: 54

I’ve always been the young guy at the executive table, but after turning 30 this past weekend, I realize that will probably change...

Can I go online and ask hundreds of individuals to invest in my company?

Source: by Susan Schreter for foxbusiness.com

Posted: 3/5/2012

Views: 45

Politicians have become big fundraising machines online. Can I go online and ask hundreds of individuals to invest small amounts (like $50) in my new company? I want to raise about $15,000 to $25,000.

Help Out By Signing Up for Startup America

Source: By Anita Campbell for smallbiztrends.com

Posted: 3/4/2012

Views: 45

It’s Fight Club here at Small Business Trends … and we need your help.  

Tips Help Entrepreneurs with Loans and Other Needs

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 3/1/2012

Views: 46

Small business owners need information to make their small businesses grow, information on things like getting business loans and using e-mail marketing and social media. We’ve put together a roundup below that has a a bit of it all. Please take the time to drop by and see whether these tips can help you. 

Entrepreneurs: Working Hard, or Hardly Working?

Source: by Rieva Lesonsky for smallbiztrends.com

Posted: 2/28/2012

Views: 48

It’s a truth universally accepted (and also supported by many surveys) that today’s young people are more interested than ever in entrepreneurship.  

Why AOL Ventures Is Targeting Early Stage Startups [VIDEO]

Source: By Mashable Video

Posted: 2/16/2012

Views: 51

AOL Venture, the venture capital arm of AOL, is one part early-stage investment firm and one part incubator of new and unique AOL products. The focus on seed and series A rounds is unusual among corporate investors, and founding partner Mike Brown, Jr. says it is because the fund is focused on helping entrepreneurs succeed early on and building AOL’s reputation in the early stage community.

Everything I needed to know about startups, I learned from Chuck Norris

Source: By Evan Peelle for Venturebeat.com

Posted: 2/15/2012

Views: 59

Every time I’m faced with a big problem in my business, I’ve found a way to get past it by asking myself, “W.W.C.N.D.?” (That’s “What would Chuck Norris do?”)

Tips for Expanding Your Business Internationally

Source: By Cindy Vanegas for foxbusiness.com

Posted: 2/14/2012

Views: 60

A year and a half ago, David Greenberg decided to expand his in-home tutoring business, Parliament Tutors, beyond its U.S. borders and into London, Paris, Toronto, Montreal, Shanghai and Tel Aviv. The young entrepreneur, who was looking to capitalize on international students' desires to study in the U.S., embarked on the expansion full throttle.

Science launches its third startup this month, mom-commerce site Wittlebee

Source: By Jolie O'Dell for VentureBeat

Posted: 2/13/2012

Views: 47

Sean Percival and his wife, Laurie, are known in the L.A. tech scene for being a particularly stylish couple.So of course, when the couple welcomed their first child, the world expected the child to, you know, live up to the family standard. But there was a slight roadblock.

Solving the Small Business Credit Mess

Source: By Barry Moltz for smallbiztrends.com

Posted: 2/10/2012

Views: 51

The U.S. federal government said the Great Recession was over in June 2009. Unfortunately, it’s at least year three and counting of a very difficult economic climate for many people . It’s not just the protesters at Occupy Wall Street or in your local community; it’s every darn small business owner. Why are they so mad?

How To Build a Rockin’ LinkedIn Presence

Source: By Lisa Barone for smallbiztrends.com

Posted: 2/8/2012

Views: 56

Let’s face it: Too many of us spend a lot of time actively ignoring LinkedIn. We don’t intend to, it’s just not as flashy as some of the other social networks. But if you haven’t checked out the business social networking site lately, it’s time to stop ignoring LinkedIn and go back.

What Startups Want in 2012

Source: By the Young Entrepreneur Council for foxbusiness.com

Posted: 2/7/2012

Views: 47

What are some job skills and specializations that startups will be looking to hire for this year? -- Fahmi F. of Las Vegas, NV  The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC promotes entrepreneurship as a solution to unemployment and underemployment and provides entrepreneurs with access to tools, mentorship, and resources that support each stage of their business’s development and growth.

How to build your startup without learning code

Source: By Tony Navarro for venturebeat.com

Posted: 1/30/2012

Views: 82

If you can’t code but aspire to start a Web business, odds are you feel just like the ostrich. Ostriches can’t fly, and to add insult to injury, they’re one of the largest bird species out there. They have to hobble around looking for something to do while their avian counterparts swoop into the air in boundless directions.

How to Start a Business in a Recession

Source: By Rich Karpinski for entrepreneur.com

Posted: 1/27/2012

Views: 51

The early years of this century have already seen two significant downturns: the dot-com bubble-and-burst, and the housing-crash-led recession of 2009. Terry Pham launched his first Dallas-area bubble-tea store during one and survived them both. 

How to gauge marketing: Stop measuring page views, start measuring qualified leads

Source: By Laura Horton for VentureBeat

Posted: 1/26/2012

Views: 55

Small-business budgets are tight, and executives are scrutinizing marketing budgets like never before. As proof of their value, marketing teams have traditionally pointed to successes like how website page views have grown by 200% in the past month, or how campaign response rates increased from 3% to 8% last quarter.

Obama’s State of the Union: Where Was the Tech?

Source: By Lance Ulanoff for Mashable.com

Posted: 1/25/2012

Views: 68

rom what I’ve heard, President Barack Obama is a bit of a gadget nerd. He likes his iPad and his BlackBerry, and fought to keep using the RIM device as he entered the White House in 2009.

Is Your Site Mobile Friendly? Google Can Tell You

Source: By Susan Payton for Smallbiztrends.com

Posted: 1/24/2012

Views: 65

According to one statistic, half of all local searches are performed on a mobile device.  With more people accessing websites using their smartphones, making sure you website is readable on a phone is not something you can ignore. Load times, readability and images often render differently on a smaller screen.  If a website is less functional when viewed on a phone versus a regular PC or laptop, many mobile users will simply leave a site.

For Tech Startups, the U.S. -- Not China -- Is the Place to Launch

Source: By Peter S. Cohan for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 1/23/2012

Views: 48

China may be growing at a jaw-dropping clip, but the U.S. has a far more developed ecosystem for entrepreneurs -- a difference that carries implications for anyone seeking to startup in the world's most populous country.

4 Strategic Requirements For Corporate Tweeting

Source: By Richard S. Levick for Fast Company

Posted: 1/20/2012

Views: 171

Michelle Obama’s first day on Twitter was the tweet heard 'round the world, with more than 60,000 followers signing up to follow her the morning she launched. Initial tweets from @MichelleObama noted that her staff would be doing the heavy lifting initially, but that every tweet from the First Lady herself would be signed “mo.” It was a nice touch of transparency, creating excitement without over-promising.

Online Ad Spending to Surpass Print for First Time in 2012 [STUDY]

Source: By Lauren Indvik for Mashable.com

Posted: 1/19/2012

Views: 63

For the first time in U.S. history, marketers are projected to spend more on online advertising than on advertising in print magazines and newspapers.

Your One-Minute Guide To SOPA And PIPA, Who's Protesting And Why

Source: By Kit Eaton for Fast Company

Posted: 1/18/2012

Views: 52

Love acronyms? Then this post is for you! SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith to prevent theft of American-produced content (and, notionally, other nations' content) via any of the classic means of accessing paid movies, music, and so on online--without paying for it. PIPA is the Protect IP Act, a bill designed to have a slightly broader sweep than SOPA with the intention of protecting goods that are copied by counterfeiters--anything from drugs to handbags. Both are massively controversial, hence the online protests today from names as big as Google and Wikipedia.

Is Social Media the New Small Business PR?

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 1/17/2012

Views: 54

We hear a lot these days about the importance of social media in small business success. But how can social media be used most effectively in your small business? We look at the answer to that question and much more in this Small Business Trends roundup. Enjoy!

Employer vs. Contractor: How to Classify Workers for Tax Purposes

Source: By Bonnie Lee for Foxbusiness.com

Posted: 1/13/2012

Views: 55

A couple of years ago, California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) came into the wine country and swept through the spa industry with worker classification audits. Masseuses, working as independent contractors for several spas as well as for themselves, were reclassified as employees. The state taxing agency hit the spas hard with bills for employment taxes, along with penalties and interest. Some spas suffered such huge liabilities they were forced out of business.

Learn From the Experts: Top Biz Tips for 2012

Source: By Small Business News

Posted: 1/12/2012

Views: 54

You can learn a lot from small business owners who have been there before you. Sure, every small business is different, but there’s a clear advantage to getting tips from the experts. We’ve gathered some of the best and most varied of this advice for the beginning of 2012. We hope the links here will give you new direction and new vitality in the coming year.

Twelve Rules for Closing a Sale

Source: By Grant Cardone for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 1/11/2012

Views: 48

Like any game there are rules to selling, especially when it comes to closing a sale. To ensure sales success in your business, whether you're a startup or an established entrepreneur, here are a dozen of my best commandments for sealing the deal.

11 Red Flags Startups Should Avoid When Hiring

Source: By The Young Entrepreneur Council for Small Business Trends

Posted: 1/10/2012

Views: 48

Getting to a point where it’s time to hire employees is a huge milestone for startups. But there are lots of things to consider when looking to hire someone to join your startup team, including whether or not that person’s goals are in line with the company goals and how good a fit the candidate is with the company culture. Ultimately, it might just be a matter of what your instinct is telling you about the candidate’s character and motivation.

The Race to Nab Web Addresses

Source: By Sarah E. Needleman for The Wall Streeet Journal

Posted: 1/9/2012

Views: 54

This week will bring the long-awaited opening up of a new realm of Web addresses in which just about any word—such as dot-furniture or dot-arcticvacations—can serve as a domain name. And to some, that spells opportunity.

Top 5 Microbusiness Opportunities for 2012

Source: By Dawn R. Rivers for Small Business Trends

Posted: 1/6/2012

Views: 45

Believe it or not, the economy is slowly getting better. I’ll grant you, the last two calendar quarters for which we have numbers (2nd and 3rd quarters, 2011) have seen pretty sluggish growth but it was growth nonetheless.

How to tell your story in 2-4 minutes…and win

Source: By Matt Marshall for VentureBeat

Posted: 1/5/2012

Views: 65

One of the things I’ve learned over the past two years years while leading the DEMO conference is that great entrepreneurs are able to pitch their company stories clearly and engagingly in about two minutes.

Small Signs That Small Business Lending Is Up

Source: By Angus Loten for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 1/4/2012

Views: 50

There are signs that more banks may be loosening the purse strings for small firms, as business conditions improve and as borrowers become more willing and able to take on debt.

KaChing in the New Year

Source: By Gwen Moran

Posted: 1/3/2012

Views: 46

Ringing in the new year with a few resolutions? As you make plans to eat more healthfully and finally run that 5K, it might also be a good time to set some business goals. While the best resolutions will vary from business to business, here are three key promises most companies should keep.

Four Rules to Build Your Blog Readership

Source: By John D. Leavy

Posted: 12/29/2011

Views: 55

What role does a blog play in your organization’s web presence? While your website may take the formal, straight-laced, good-foot-forward posture, a blog usually plays it more casual. A website provides a one-way communication link “squawking the corporate line," a blog can draw draws the reader into the conversation. People can read the blog postings and make their comments. They can also read what others are saying.

10 Trends for Online Marketers in 2012

Source: By John Arnold

Posted: 12/28/2011

Views: 53

Because I'm on a lot of airplanes, I've noticed that marketing trends are a lot like air travel. Some trends are ready for takeoff while others need time for more passengers to get on board.

Six Year-End Tax-Saving Tips

Source: by Mark J. Kohler for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 12/27/2011

Views: 50

Some tips to help small-business owners take advantage of tax savings before the end of the year.

Chris Brogan on Cultivating Visibility

Source: By Chris Brogan

Posted: 12/21/2011

Views: 61

Marketing is often an interruption. What if you make it more of a flow?As business owners and entrepreneurs, there's this awkwardness to our efforts to communicate. Sometimes we make the mistake of bugging people only when we need something. Other times we interrupt people and try to push our way into their attention because we haven't yet earned the visibility any other way.

How to Read a Franchise Disclosure Document

Source: By Julie Bennett

Posted: 12/20/2011

Views: 54

At least two weeks before you sign a franchise agreement, you'll receive a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) from the franchisor, as mandated by the Federal Trade Commission. Drafted by franchise attorneys, these complicated documents typically run to hundreds of pages, and the language can be intimidating.

How to Tell Your Business Story in 60 Seconds or Less

Source: By Carmine Gallo for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 12/19/2011

Views: 55

Many small-business owners don't think enough about their company's story and how it comes across. These tips will help you develop a succinct story that should take no more than 60 seconds.

Cooking Up New Business Ideas from Old-World Recipes

Source: By Alina Dizik

Posted: 12/16/2011

Views: 55

Not all great ideas are new. Sometimes Old World concepts play muse to entrepreneurs.Startups can draw on anything from ancient food to beauty rituals to create a business with a distinctly vintage feel.

Are Women Too Complacent in Silicon Valley?

Source: By Leslie Bradshaw

Posted: 12/15/2011

Views: 65

The gender gap continues in Silicon Valley, but many women stand idle. According to the New York Times, and the Study of California Women Business Leaders, gender discrepancies persist in the technology sector, especially at the executive and engineering levels. While a growing number of women have joined forces via #changetheratio, others continue to remain complacent to the gap.

How to Find a Franchise Loan in 2012

Source: By Michelle Goodman

Posted: 12/14/2011

Views: 55

Franchisees in search of financing have had it rough the past few years. But it's not all gloom and doom on the lending front. Recent numbers for SBA franchise loans--issued by banks but guaranteed up to 85 percent by Uncle Sam--are encouraging.

Seven Rules for Coping with Sales Rejection

Source: By Jane Porter

Posted: 12/13/2011

Views: 61

Mark Carlson couldn't even look at the phone without feeling anxious about being rejected by prospective clients. Soon, sales at T. Charles Wilson Insurance Service, the Aurora, Colorado, firm he bought three years ago, began to decline, dropping from $1.6 million in 2009 to $1.4 million last year. He knew he had to overcome his apprehension fast.

New Legal Structures for 'Social Entrepreneurs'

Source: By Kyle Westaway

Posted: 12/12/2011

Views: 65

You may have noticed the emerging class of "social entrepreneurs" who are creating companies that seek profit but also are devoted to a social purpose, to create long term, sustainable value.

Why Investors EVADE Non-Disclosure Agreements

Source: By Tiffan Clark

Posted: 12/9/2011

Views: 78

Entrepreneurs always have questions about non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) as a means of protecting their business ideas. A consultation with a number of investors and of the blogosphere provides insight into the use of NDAs and the reasons entrepreneurs shouldn’t expect investors to sign them.

Military Veterans Prepare for a New Role

Source: By Sarah E. Needleman

Posted: 12/8/2011

Views: 57

Former Navy Petty Officer Ronnie Reum knows how to safely jump out of a helicopter into the ocean but is having a hard time finding clients for his small commercial-cleaning company.The 36-year-old veteran, who has little business experience, is now being mentored in marketing with the help of an eight-month-old "business accelerator." Veteran Entrepreneurial Transfer Inc. of Milwaukee is one of a handful of free programs that have sprung up in recent years to assist veterans attempting to become entrepreneurs after struggling to join the civilian work force.

How to Use Social Media for Research and Development

Source: By Jason Falls and Erick Deckers

Posted: 12/7/2011

Views: 83

Have you ever wished you could use social media to conduct a focus group on your product or service offerings? No, you can't just open a Twitter account and say, "Hey, what do you think of our new recipe for pie?" But you can approach social media and use it for research and development two different ways: social media monitoring and directly seeking customer feedback. This is feasible even for a small business or one without a research-and-development budget.

How a Startup Went From Zero Revenue to $1 Million in a Year

Source: By Mashable Video

Posted: 12/6/2011

Views: 69

When Shane Snow co-founded Contently a year ago he had just 48 cents in his bank account. Fast forward to the end of 2011 and the startup is on track to clear over $1 million in revenue.

How to Make a Personal Connection with Customers

Source: By entrepreneur.com

Posted: 12/5/2011

Views: 67

isn't always enough to create and promote an outstanding product or service. Often, your sales approach matters just as much as what you're selling. The most successful entrepreneurs create a connection with the customer by bringing their own personal touch to the sales process.  

How to Run Business Software Between Macs and PCs

Source: By Jonathan Blum

Posted: 12/2/2011

Views: 67

The age-old debate has been Mac versus PC but, increasingly, small business owners must think Mac and PC.With Apple machines gaining ground on market-dominating PC business computers, more workplaces are powered by a combination of both platforms.

As Wages Rise, Tough Choices

Source: By SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 12/1/2011

Views: 76

Small businesses, already on a tight budget, are looking for new ways to cut costs as they brace for minimum wage increases in several U.S. states next month.

Paying for the petabyte future, one gigabyte at a time

Source: By Dylan Tweney

Posted: 12/1/2011

Views: 74

Cloud storage is easy, but if you’ve got a lot of data, the costs can escalate quickly.Case in point: DNAnexus, a startup that is storing DNA data so researchers can access it and analyze it through a web interface, is using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to power its applications and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) to store data.

10 Hot Startup Sectors for New Business Ideas in 2012

Source:

Posted: 11/29/2011

Views: 120

In his inauguration speech, President Obama paid homage to entrepreneurs. The path to greatness, he rhapsodized, has been paved by "the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things--some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom."

How to Survive the Peaks and Valleys of a Seasonal Business

Source: By Jenna Schnuer

Posted: 11/28/2011

Views: 72

Scott Jones and his partner, Kell Hicklin, loved entertaining. So when they decided to tank their respective careers in marketing and human resources, the couple determined it was time for a complete change. They bought a then-failing seasonal inn and restaurant on Martha's Vineyard.

Mentor Support Key to Starting a Business

Source: Sangeeta Badal and Rajesh Srinivasan

Posted: 11/25/2011

Views: 79

Social capital is important at every stage of entrepreneurship, but it is particularly important when the potential entrepreneur needs access to resources and expertise at the startup. Gallup surveys in 83 countries indicate that adults who have access to a mentor are three times more likely to say they are planning to start a business (14%) than those who do not have a mentor (5%).

Merchants Take Swipe at the New Debit Fees

Source: By Robin Sidel for the Wall Street Journal

Posted: 11/25/2011

Views: 69

Merchants have been eagerly awaiting the promised savings from a new law that slashed their fees for accepting debit-card payments, but many are finding the early results disappointing.

Measuring Offline Vs. Online Word-of-Mouth Marketing

Source: By Mikal E. Belicove

Posted: 11/23/2011

Views: 79

The now commonly held notion that social media-related marketing is a requirement for business success may not carry as much water as once thought.

Startup Initiatives Sprout from Global Entrepreneurship Week

Source: By Carol Tice for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 11/18/2011

Views: 80

Global Entrepreneurship Week has inspired many different activities and events that support entrepreneurship. Now, it's more like a year-round movement than a week. Here is a look at some of the new GEW-inspired programs that will keep startups growing in the months to come.

Seven Secrets to Resilience

Source: BY Lambeth Hochwald for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 11/16/2011

Views: 81

As the economy improves in fits and starts, selling your products and services remains unusually tough. Never has resilience been more critical for small-business owners. The ability to steadfastly push through challenges is a valuable trait that seems to come naturally to some entrepreneurs. Others can adapt over time to become wiser and more confident after each trying situation

Will Repealing the 3% Withholding Tax Help Businesses Hire?

Source: By Carol Tice for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 11/11/2011

Views: 88

The Senate repealed 3 percent withholding yesterday, joining the House, and the White House has already said President Barack Obama will approve as well. Another piece of good news for both businesses and veterans, just in time for Veterans Day, regards an amendment known as the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

New Google Search Update Could Spell More Trouble for Business Websites

Source: By Jason Fell for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 11/8/2011

Views: 91

If you don't update your business website very often, you may want to rethink your online content strategy. An update to Google's search algorithm that puts a higher priority on high-quality content, the search giant has announced a new update that aims to provide users with "the most up-to-date results."  

Business Groups Object to Major Domain Name Expansion

Source: By: Riva Richmond for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 11/4/2011

Views: 92

Web addresses are about to get a major facelift, and small companies could see higher costs, and few gains, when a flood of new online domains take effect.The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers [ICANN] is pushing forward with its plan to add as many as 1,000 new top-level domains to the familiar line-up of .com, .org and .biz next year.What could this mean for your small busniess?

10 Creative Money-Saving Tactics for Small-Business Owners

Source: By: Gwen Moran for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 11/1/2011

Views: 117

Business owners are always trying to save money. But these days, even small savings can make a big difference to the bottom line. What's more, there are an increasing number of innovative ways to make a budget go further -- if you know how.If you're seeking new ways to do more with less, consider the following tactics other small-business owners have adopted to stretch a dollar. Some examples are cloud servers, automated barcodes, online video tutorials, and reward-based pay.

When 'Friending' Becomes a Source of Start-Up Funds

Source: By Sarah E. Needleman and Angus Loten for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 11/1/2011

Views: 100

Social networking is pretty good for keeping abreast of far-flung friends. Could it work for entrepreneurs looking for investors?

How to be Your Own Media Company

Source: by Chris Brogan for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 10/26/2011

Views: 113

You started a new business. You have a great product, and you've figured out who should buy it. Now you're ready to get sales and bring in customers. This is when you decide how to execute a marketing plan. In the old days, that was a lot simpler. Still, there are inexpensive ways to market your stuff, as long as you accept one fact: You're also a media company.

The legal checklist every startup should reference

Source: By Scott Edward Walker for VentureBeat

Posted: 10/25/2011

Views: 95

This corporate lawyer lists 10 fundamental legal mistakes that he's seen startups repeatedly make over the course of his career. Check them out!

How to Start Video Blogging for Your Business

Source: By John D. Leavy for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 10/19/2011

Views: 127

In helping entrepreneurs make the most of their websites, I've generally found that visitors to a blog with videos spend twice if not triple the time on it than they would with a site that's only text and pictures.  

Four Ways to Cut Small Employer Health-Care Costs

Source: By: Diana Ransom for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 9/29/2011

Views: 142

At a time when sales remain anemic and the prospect of a double-dip recession looms, rising health-care costs couldn't have come at a worse time for many of the nation's small businesses. Many business owners blame the surge in premiums on the health-care overhaul. 

Why Mentors Matter More than Money

Source: By Victoria Stilwell for Bloomberg Businessweek

Posted: 9/20/2011

Views: 166

The Startup America Partnership, launched in January at the White House with the goal of supporting startups, will this fall begin pairing entrepreneurs with mentors from dozens of partner organizations. The Small Business Administration is matching 100 cleantech ventures with mentors through a program begun in February and hopes to expand that to 1,000 companies in different industries. Moreover, a new wave of startup accelerators such as DreamIt and TechStars put young companies through intensive weeks of learning from experienced entrepreneurs while they develop their own products.

3 ways small firms can drive innovation

Source: By Sarah E. Needleman and Angus Loten for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 8/30/2011

Views: 186

Management experts say companies big and small may be able to generate ideas by soliciting input from all levels of an organization and allowing employees to set aside time for creative projects.Three ways small firms may be able to drive innovation are through creative writing, customer feedback and collaboration.

Where the Action Is

Source: By Emily Maltby for the Wall Street Journal

Posted: 8/22/2011

Views: 200

Cities across the country have become hubs for specific industries. Entrepreneurs are moving there and flourishing in the teeth of a bleak economy. The cities, in turn, are nurturing the entrepreneurs by giving them access to funding, mentors and facilities.There are big benefits to setting up shop in the right spot—especially among lots of peers in the same field.

Six Traps That Wreck Established Businesses

Source: By Karen E. Klein for Bloomberg Businessweek

Posted: 8/12/2011

Views: 207

Longevity in business can leave owners complacent, unprepared, and misaligned with their personal goals. Here's how to avoid the key dangers success can bring.

U.S. markets buoyed Thursday by encouraging jobs report

Source: By Zachary A. Goldfarb, Neil Irwin and Cezary Podkul for The Washington Post

Posted: 8/11/2011

Views: 198

Stock markets in the U.S. opened sharply higher Thursday, responding to a better-than-expected report on jobless claims and continuing the wild swings that have characterized every trading session in the past week. 

Why Do We Hold Fast To Losing Strategies?

Source: By Tim Harford for Fast Company

Posted: 8/10/2011

Views: 211

We tend to bet more aggressively when the odds aren't in our favor. The right response, however, is to change direction, as Tim Harford's writes in Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure.  

Uncle Sam's New, $5M Incubator for Student Entrepreneurs

Source: By Carol Tice for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 8/8/2011

Views: 188

A lot of great business ideas lurk in the halls and research labs of science and engineering schools at America's colleges and universities. Now, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has formed a public-private partnership that will put $5 million toward getting more ideas out of the research phase and launched as successful business startups. 

Facebook For Business: 5 Lessons Learned

Source: by Debra Donston-Miller for InformationWeek.com

Posted: 8/5/2011

Views: 198

Generating value from social networking requires more effort than merely launching a Facebook page. Get started with these guidelines.  

How to Stop Stress in 60 Seconds or Less

Source: By Lisa Girard for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 8/4/2011

Views: 191

Five quick ways business owners can avoid becoming overwhelmed.

Why Now Is the Time to Seek Investors

Source: By Barbara Weltman for the Wall Street Journal

Posted: 8/3/2011

Views: 197

Need funding for your business? Thanks to a special tax break, now's the time to seek a cash infusion from a private investor. There's a catch though: The window to use the break closes on Dec. 31, and the opportunity might never come around again.

Business Owners Are Busy--Hiring

Source: By Romy Ribitzky for Portfolio.com

Posted: 8/1/2011

Views: 193

The nation’s economy may be growing at a tepid rate of 1.3 percent in the second quarter, but small businesses are hiring at an annual rate of 2.9 percent, finds the latest monthly reading of the Intuit Small Business Employment Index out this morning. 

How Iteration-itis Kills Good Ideas

Source: By Scott Anthony for the Harvard Business Review

Posted: 7/29/2011

Views: 199

Most corporations are swimming in great ideas. If you are a leader and you aren't seeing them, starting looking for signs of a bad case of iteration-itis.  

The Business of Communicating Values

Source: By Rosanna M. Fiske for the Harvard Business Review

Posted: 7/28/2011

Views: 202

Can a company be ethical if no one is around to notice?

Top 5 Reasons Why Blogs Deserve Our Respect (and Are Important for Business)

Source: By Judy Shapiro for socialmediatoday

Posted: 7/27/2011

Views: 202

Te next time a social media expert disses blogs, remember blogs are about as old-fashioned as the thinking of the person who uses them. Blogs done right are blogs that help build businesses.  

Your Customers Are Talking. Are You Listening?

Source: By Gail Goodman for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 7/26/2011

Views: 219

Customer research can be yours for the asking, if you're willing to pay attention. 

Is Disorganization Sapping Your Small Business's Health?

Source: By Carol Tice for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 7/25/2011

Views: 208

Lay out clear, simple rules and explain them to employees, and you can clear up the disorganization and get things done.  

Turning Stress into an Asset

Source: By Amy Gallo for Harvard Business Review

Posted: 7/22/2011

Views: 211

How can you take the stress you thought was killing you and make it constructive?

Are You Operating Your Business in Multiple States? What You Need to Know

Source: By Nellie Akalp for Smallbiztrends.com

Posted: 7/21/2011

Views: 238

As a small business owner, it can sometimes feel like you’re expected to be an expert in tax and state law. One common area of confusion and misconception is conducting business in multiple states. By law, if your company plans to conduct business in any other states than your state of incorporation (or LLC formation), then you may need to register your business in those states. This process is called foreign qualification.

Want to go to IT Martini? We have free tickets!

Source: JumpStart, Inc.

Posted: 7/21/2011

Views: 214

Do you like networking with tech people? Do you like martinis? If the answer is yes to either, we have free tickets to IT Martini for you!

Launching a start-up? Do it without titles.

Source: By Jeff Bussgang for Venturebeat.com

Posted: 7/20/2011

Views: 215

A start-up is so fluid, roles changes, responsibilities evolve, and reporting structures move around fluidly. Titles represent friction, pure and simple, and the one thing you want to reduce in a start-up is friction.  By avoiding titles, you avoid early employees getting fixated on their role, who they report to, and what their scope of responsibility is – all things that rapidly change in a company’s first year or two.  

How to Become Ubiquitous

Source: By Dorie Clark for the Harvard Business Review

Posted: 7/14/2011

Views: 208

What are your strategies for becoming ubiquitous? And how do you ensure the people who matter are talking about you?

Five Critical Questions Your Business Plan Should Answer

Source: By Tim Berry for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 7/12/2011

Views: 213

Answering these questions periodically can help keep long-term goals in mind while you adjust your immediate steps and actions.

The Big Idea? Execute Right

Source: By Lea A. Strickland for Portfolio.com

Posted: 7/11/2011

Views: 212

Innovative ideas are easy to come by. What's more difficult to find in today's marketplace are people who can carry out their vision from concept to millions of dollars in investors' pockets.

It's a Great Time to Start a Small Business

Source: By Frank Farwell for the Huffington Post

Posted: 7/8/2011

Views: 223

Frank Farwell explains why sometimes the darkest days of the economy can be the best time to start a new business.

Distributed Workforce: More Than a Trend

Source: By Gary Swart for FOXBusiness

Posted: 7/6/2011

Views: 231

With both companies and workers reaping benefits from the free-agent model, the distributed workforce is more than a trend. Like online shopping, a virtual workforce is an accepted business model. Rather than earning you that trip to the asylum, today’s online workers will provide mission-critical work, drive business growth, and be fundamental to the overall success of your business.

5 Ways to Stop Dreaming and Start Building Your New Business Now

Source: By Jenn Houser for Inc.com

Posted: 7/5/2011

Views: 235

Dreaming is easy. Starting? Not so much. Here are 5 ways to make the first steps easier.  

7 Signs It's Time To Escape From Your Comfortable—But Boring—Job To Start Your Own Business

Source: By Gwen Moran for www.businessinsider.com

Posted: 7/5/2011

Views: 227

If you feel trapped in a cubicle, the thought of being your own boss can be intoxicating. But are you really ready to declare your independence from that steady paycheck and start your own business? 

Employee Perks Return Amid Fears of Poaching

Source: By Sarah E. Needleman for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 6/28/2011

Views: 242

Employers are bringing back employee perks that were eliminated or downgraded during the recession in attempt to deter competitors from poaching their top talent, concludes a survey released Tuesday.

Mobile ad spending to quadruple to $4 billion by 2015

Source: By Tucker Echols for The Business Journal

Posted: 6/23/2011

Views: 243

If you're sick of ads on your smartphone, brace yourself. Media consultant BIA/Kelsey predicts mobile ad spending will more than quadruple in the next four years to $4 billion.

What Type of Startup Funding is Right for Entrepreneurs?

Source: By IdeaCrossing Staff

Posted: 6/21/2011

Views: 262

An innovative product has been developed. A niche target market has been honed. The business plan is sound. Now, all that the entrepreneur needs is capital to launch their startup—where should they turn?   

Peer-to-Peer Loans Grow

Source: By Angus Loten for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 6/17/2011

Views: 275

Fed Up With Banks, Entrepreneurs Turn to Internet Sites 

Business Rx: The summer to-do list for entrepreneurs

Source: The Washington Post

Posted: 6/12/2011

Views: 269

Summertime is the perfect time to start a new business. Here's The Washington Post's experts' advice on how to succeed, why to start now, and how to get the word out.

Gamification and small business loyalty

Source: By Gabe Zichermann for econsultancy.com

Posted: 6/10/2011

Views: 262

The era of the punch-card loyalty program is likely coming to an end. This article discusses newer loyalty programs, and how they can benefit your business.

Wanna Create A Great Product? Fail Early, Fail Fast, Fail Often

Source: By Jeremy Jackson for fastcodesign.com

Posted: 6/6/2011

Views: 268

Creating something innovative is indeed a risky undertaking. To do it, you have to crash often before you are able to fly. In this article, Jeremy Jackson discusses the ups and downs of designing prototypes.

Decisions, Decisions: How to Make Them Better and More Impactful

Source: By Inder Sidhu for huffingtonpost.com

Posted: 6/2/2011

Views: 263

Do you make definitive choices? Are you in touch with your emotions or prepared to stand by your convictions? If so, then you're on your way to being an effective leader. In this article, Inder Sidhu discusses what it takes to make decisions that can positvely impact your relationships, career, and company.  

What's Wrong With Board Meetings

Source: By Steve Blank for fastcompany.com

Posted: 6/1/2011

Views: 249

Steve Blank discusses the importance of board meetings and the necessary changes entrepreneurs must make to the traditional board meeting model. He suggests unusually innovative ideas for revolutionizing the traditional board meeting.

How to actually make money from social media

Source: By Peter Shankman for venturebeat.com

Posted: 5/31/2011

Views: 255

The biggest problem with Social Media is that too many people talk about it and not enough people actually use it to generate revenue. Marketing in the form of social media, and actually driving sales and generating revenue, makes you skilled in social media – not the word ‘guru’ or having a lot of Twitter followers.  Believe in what works, and nothing else. 

Five Ways to Boost Referrals to Find Customers

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 5/27/2011

Views: 252

We all know it takes money to make money, but is spending big bucks on advertising really worth the cost? 

10 Steps From Idea to Business

Source: By David Ronick for Inc.com

Posted: 5/25/2011

Views: 294

A cheat sheet to turn your vision for a successful new business into a reality.

To Incorporate or Not Incorporate?

Source: From The Entrepreneurs Network

Posted: 5/18/2011

Views: 277

Whether or not to incorporate your business depends very much on your type of business, the potential liability and how big you want to grow your business.There are both advantage and disadvantages incorporating a business versus operating it as a Sole Proprietorship or a simple Partnership. 

Five Time-Saving Tips for Updating Web Content

Source: By Khoa Bui for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 5/13/2011

Views: 292

The benefits of continually adding fresh, relevant content to a business's website are usually pretty clear. Doing so can help boost your site's rankings in search engines which, in turn, can help you find new customers. But for many small-business owners, finding the time to frequently update their websites can be a challenge.

Guy Kawasaki on the Art of Enchantment

Source: By Jennifer Wang for Entrepreneur

Posted: 5/12/2011

Views: 297

Entrepreneurship is synonymous with selling, and being enchanting about it--by influencing behavior in "ethical, long-lasting ways"--will help you sell, says Guy Kawasaki, founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures, co-founder of Alltop.com and Apple Computer's former chief evangelist. He's also the bestselling author of 10 books, including, most recently, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, chock-full of usable startup and social media tips on how to do just that.

SEC to Form Small-Business Committee

Source: By Angus Loten for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 5/10/2011

Views: 292

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is forming a small-business committee to review fundraising rules for small private firms that critics say hinder access to capital and are stunting economic growth.Testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday, SEC Chair Mary Schapiro said the new division will focus on “regulatory questions posed by new capital-raising strategies,” among other issues. 

Five Ways to Channel Your Inner Millionaire

Source: By Scott Halford for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 5/4/2011

Views: 300

By nature, many entrepreneurs are inventors and good at solving problems. But how easily, or naturally, do these creative and practical processes come to most people? How can we harness the right frame of mind to make money and improve productivity?The part of the brain that sets humans apart from the rest of the animal kingdom is our prefrontal cortex (PFC). It is the "executive" part of the brain -- the moneymaker. It regulates emotions, thoughts and ideas and makes success and fulfillment possible.

Collective Force

Source: By Gwen Moran for Entrepreneur

Posted: 5/1/2011

Views: 304

A growing number of specialized, market-specific business accelerators are helping entrepreneurs around the country get their businesses off the ground.Different from the collections of disparate startups housed together in office parks, these more unusual incubators march to the beat of their own drums, developing businesses in a particular sector or focus. Unique and purpose-driven, these business accelerators have produced some impressive successes. Here's a look at some of the most interesting.   

Lorain Innovation Fund continues to fill niche in northeast Ohio

Source: By Gene Monteith for hiVelocity

Posted: 4/21/2011

Views: 318

ABS Materials, StreamLink Software, and Thermedx may appear to have little in common. One is an advanced materials company. Another provides software to nonprofits. And the other is a biomedical firm.Yet all three share one trait: They received early stage funds from the Lorain County Community College Innovation Fund.

7 Deadly Sins of Sales Pitching

Source: By Eric Markowitz for Inc.

Posted: 4/20/2011

Views: 353

You give a clean, mean, 30-second elevator pitch. Then what? 

Nine Business Fields Showing Recovery Signs

Source: By Rob Reuteman for FOXBusiness

Posted: 4/18/2011

Views: 320

The beleaguered U.S. consumer is beginning to pry open his wallet again, after keeping it mostly slammed shut during a couple years of deep recession. Nine small business sectors have benefited most from increased consumer spending. 

75 Items You May Be Able to Deduct from Your Taxes

Source: By Mark J. Kohler for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 4/12/2011

Views: 317

Life is expensive, from business expenses to personal expenses to paying Uncle Sam on April 15. Wherever you go, it may seem like your wallet is open. One way to save money each year is to find legitimate tax write-offs that intersect both personal and business expenses.Consult this list of 75 possible tax deductions for business owners. It's just a start and not every one of these items is always a legitimate deduction. For example, you may be able to deduct entertainment expenses, but only when entertaining a client, customer or employee, while also meeting particular IRS rules.

Lawmakers: SBIR Reauthorization Will Spur Job Growth

Source: By Kate Rogers for FOXBusiness

Posted: 4/7/2011

Views: 318

The House of Representatives’ Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology met Thursday for a hearing on "Creating Jobs Through Small Business Innovation."At the center of the hearing was a push from both House Democrats and Republicans to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR).  Rep. Sam Graves(R-MO) said the SBIR reauthorization is long overdue, it’s been eight years since the last one was passed. The version being considered will run three-years, which supporting lawmakers say is the right amount of time to review the program to see what is and isn't working.  

More Small Businesses Sold Last Quarter

Source: By Emily Maltby for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 4/5/2011

Views: 388

Sales of small firms were up slightly in the first quarter of this year, according to the quarterly Insight Report from BizBuySell.com, an online marketplace for buying and selling small businesses.Closed business-for-sale transactions in the U.S. rose 2%, to 1,172, compared with 1,149 transactions in the first quarter 2010 and 1,146 in the first quarter of 2009. But the current figure is still 35% less than the 1,796 transactions closed in the first quarter of 2008.

Why You Need to Start Branding ASAP

Source: By Kate Rogers for FOXBusiness

Posted: 4/1/2011

Views: 397

When starting a new business, brand establishment tends to take a back seat to hiring the right people, attracting customers and generating sales, but maybe it shouldn’t. Experts say having a solid brand identity is a small business owner's safety net, and often the key to developing a solid clientele.Walter Dailey, executive producer and lead consultant at Dailey Sound Vector Media Group, said small business owners should view their branding strategy as an investment process:  As time goes on, and a business remains loyal to its branding, results will be evident. 

BMW to Launch NYC Tech Incubator With $100 Million Investment Fund

Source: By Austin Carr for Fast Company

Posted: 3/31/2011

Views: 396

Today, BMW announced the planned creation of a tech incubator in New York City to seed innovations in mobile and location-based services. The announcement follows the automaker's establishment in February of a venture capital company, BMW i Ventures, with an investment fund of as much as $100 million, and serves as yet another indication that BMW is turning its eye toward the mobile startup scene.But while such a strategy has obvious benefits in an industry increasingly looking to merge vehicles with high-end tech (BMW's iPhone integration, Ford SYNC, Hyundai's iPad owner's manual), the automaker is clear that it's not expecting to invest only in technology applicable to automobiles.

America's Next Top Energy Innovator: An Opportunity for Startups to Snag Government-Developed Technology for $1,000

Source: By Ariel Schwartz for Fast Company

Posted: 3/29/2011

Views: 402

The 17 national laboratories in the U.S.--including notables like the Argonne National Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and Los Alamos National Lab--are innovation machines, holding a total of 15,000 patents. Problem is, it costs tens of thousands of dollars for private companies to license the technologies, not to mention countless hours spent on paperwork. As a result, only 10% of all federal patents have been licensed for commercialization. The Department of Energy's solution: America's Next Top Energy Innovator, an initiative launched today as part of the recently announced Startup America campaign. 

Online Sales Tax: Who Wins, Who Loses?

Source: By Kate Rogers for FOXBusiness

Posted: 3/28/2011

Views: 418

A nationwide debate is re-heating up on the small business front, over whether retailers should be forced to impose an e-commerce tax on items sold over the Web.Some argue a “web tax” could help even the playing field for brick-and-mortar small businesses, which already tax store-sold goods, because their larger online competitors will now be forced to charge a sales tax as well. Others say it will further complicate an already complex tax system for business owners. 

More (Millions of) Cuts on the Horizon for the SBA?

Source: By Kate Rogers for FOXBusiness

Posted: 3/23/2011

Views: 342

Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, is taking President Obama's proposed $28 million in budget cuts from the Small Business Administration to another level, proposing to cut an additional $100 million of funding from the federal agency.Raymond Keating, chief economist at the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, said the federal budget in its current state is more of a threat to small businesses than these proposed cuts to the SBA.  

Small Businesses Need Funds to Compete -Geithner

Source: By Jeffrey Sparshott for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 3/22/2011

Views: 345

The administration has been pushing to demonstrate its concern for small businesses as it looks to repair relations with the business community and spur job growth. The SBA estimates that small companies generate about two-thirds of new jobs in the country. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, remains elevated at 8.9%.One of last year's big initiatives was a small-business jobs act. Geithner said Tuesday that three states—Connecticut, Missouri and Vermont—would receive federal funding under the law.The more than $53.4 million in funds, divided between the three states, is expected to generate 10 times that amount in lending. The State Small Business Credit Initiative leverages federal funding to support joint state and private-sector lending programs.

The Pros and Cons of Sole Proprietorship

Source: By Susan Schreter for FOXBusiness

Posted: 3/11/2011

Views: 364

Why does a company’s business structure matter so much? And what is it start-up entrepreneurs may not know about business organization that influences so many other important business decisions?The fast answer to these questions is a company’s legal structure determines income tax rates, the “ownership” of company debts, and the ease in which owners can invite partners and investors into a business.The leading business structure options that are available to start-up entrepreneurs in most states are a sole proprietorship, Limited Liability Company or one of several types of partnerships and corporations. 

Senate Passes Patent System Overhaul

Source: By Siobhan Hughes for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 3/9/2011

Views: 361

The Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation Tuesday to overhaul the U.S. patent system, reviving a long-stalled effort and raising industry hopes that the biggest changes to patent laws in almost six decades could soon be enacted.The 95-5 vote capped a six-year effort, and came amid a Democratic call for the country to innovate its way out of high unemployment—and concerns that China, which has said it issued a record number of patents in 2009, would gain another edge over the U.S.

Study: Start-up Rate at 15-Year High

Source: By Courtney Rubin for Inc.com

Posted: 3/7/2011

Views: 362

Start-up Rate at 15-Year High, but the high cost of employees may explain why more entrepreneurs are choosing to go at it alone, says a new Kauffman Foundation study.Far too many founders are choosing jobless entrepreneurship, preferring to remain self-employed or to avoid assuming the economic responsibility of hiring employees. This trend, if it continues, could have both short- and long-term impacts on economic growth and job creation. 

House Votes to Repeal 1099 Provision

Source: By Corey Boles for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 3/3/2011

Views: 392

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the 1099 tax-reporting requirement affecting small business owners, in what would be the first substantial change to the sweeping health-care package signed into law last year.This provision was included in last year's health-care law to partially pay for the cost of the changes included in the package.

Don't Let the IRS Reclassify Your Business as a Hobby

Source: By Bonnie Lee at Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 3/1/2011

Views: 370

If you’re a sole proprietor filing a Schedule C in industries that are generally seen as recreational such as quilting or jewelry making, and your business hasn’t made a profit in at least three of the past five consecutive years, the IRS may audit your business and reclassify it as a hobby.

Small Businesses Weigh Recovery Act

Source: By Emily Maltby for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 2/24/2011

Views: 372

Small-business owners respond to the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The stimulus was intended to give the economy a boost over several years. Many initiatives that expired or ran out of Recovery Act funding have been renewed in subsequent legislation.

President Barack Obama says small-business innovation is key to moving country forward

Source: by Alison Grant for The Plain Dealer

Posted: 2/22/2011

Views: 378

President Obama held a forum on small business at Cleveland State University.On hand were officials from JumpStart and NorTech, which co-hosted the event, other economic-development heavy hitters, politicians, educators and civic leaders, as well as the business owners

Freemium: Is the Price Right for Your Company?

Source: By Barbara Findlay Schenck for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 2/7/2011

Views: 382

Freemiums:the try-before-you-buy business model.

Obama, big business team to aid entrepreneurs

Source: By Catherine Clifford for CNNMoney.com

Posted: 1/31/2011

Views: 389

 The Startup America Partnership aims to support overall entrepreneurship by promoting new businesses and creating jobs.

How to Recession-Proof Your Sales Pitch

Source: By Mark Stevens for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 1/25/2011

Views: 451

Four tips to boost sales, especially in a tough economy.

Four Trends Startups Need to Know Now

Source: By Brad Sugars for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 1/19/2011

Views: 444

How to embrace the global, financial and social changes affecting your business this year.

10 Reasons to Start a Business This Year

Source: By Rosalind Resnick for WSJ.com

Posted: 1/10/2011

Views: 477

If there's one New Year's resolution you should try to keep this year, it's this one: To start your own business and be your own boss.

Boot Camps for Entrepreneurs

Source: By Eileen P. Gunn for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 1/6/2011

Views: 453

These programs can provide you with the tools you'll need before seeking out investors for your startup.

Five Reasons to Incorporate

Source: By Nina Kaufman for WomenEntrepreneur.com

Posted: 1/5/2011

Views: 453

So, you're ready to start your own business. But you're caught up in the creative excitement and don't want to deal with pesky management issues and decisions like incorporation. Must you form a business entity right out of the starting gate? Or can it wait for a later time? In short, when's the right time to incorporate?

Where To Find Capital Now?

Source: Dileep Rao, Ph.D. for Forbes.com

Posted: 12/30/2010

Views: 431

Your small company isn't sexy enough to entice venture capital nor does your collateral give skittish banks enough comfort. Bootstrapping aside, here are five often overlooked alternative sources of funding in this tough environment.

How to lure a start-up investor in 2011

Source: Jack Delosa for StartupSmart.com.au

Posted: 12/17/2010

Views: 485

What investors to target, how to prepare your deal and where to take it are all things you will need to get right in 2011.

5 harsh realities of being an entrepreneur

Source: By Jason Baptiste on VentureBeat

Posted: 12/15/2010

Views: 477

By knowing the harsh realities that lie ahead, you can be prepared when they come about. Here are some of the oft unspoken realities I’ve noticed entrepreneurs face regularly.

Straying From Tradition to Generate Solid Leads

Source: By Mike Michalowicz for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 11/11/2010

Views: 543

How do you get new leads? If you're like most entrepreneurs, you follow the standard operating procedure: Serve a client well and then ask for a referral. But this method rarely works and here's why. 

Local Branding: Make Your Company Part of the Community

Source: By Wise Bread for IdeaHub

Posted: 10/15/2010

Views: 564

Being seen as a valuable member of your local community can keep you in mind for prospective customers or clients in a way that many other branding strategies can't.

How to Act on Your Big Idea

Source: Jackie Davies for WomenEntrepreneur.com

Posted: 10/13/2010

Views: 565

New ideas are hard to come by. If you have one, act on it and don't wait for someone else to make it work. Here are some lessons learned.

Me & My Brand: Lively Entrepreneurs Ring Up Sales

Source: By Rosalind Resnick for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 10/11/2010

Views: 574

No matter what they're selling, my clients all face the same challenge: How to get the marketplace to sit up and pay attention. My advice: Be the brand.

Accounting tools for a growing business

Source: By Fahmida Y. Rashi for CNN Money

Posted: 10/1/2010

Views: 568

Accounting tools for a growing business

Entrepreneurs Mixed on Small-Business Bill

Source: By Emily Maltby for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 9/23/2010

Views: 549

The Small Business Jobs Act simmering in Washington contains a host of new tax credits and lending measures that are designed to spur hiring at small businesses. But business owners and advocacy groups have mixed reviews on the provisions.

For Small Business, Slow Gains In Credit

Source: By Shayndi Raice for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 9/23/2010

Views: 556

The worst may be over for small businesses struggling to obtain credit, but this important corner of the financial system doesn't show signs of recovering very quickly.

Marketing Strategy: Buddy Up

Source: By Emily Maltby for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 9/23/2010

Views: 561

Small Companies Ride Coattails of Larger Firms to Reduce Advertising Expenses

What You Need to Know About the Small-Business Bill

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 9/17/2010

Views: 565

Here's a look at what the Small Business Jobs Act, if passed, could mean for your business, including the potential potholes that you could be facing down the road.

Why Business Owners Are Heading Back to Campus

Source:

Posted: 9/8/2010

Views: 572

Many successful entrepreneurs are becoming serial students as they look to expand their skills and grow their businesses.

Ann Arbor SPARK to lead Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition for startup companies

Source: AnnArbor.com

Posted: 8/24/2010

Views: 616

Economic development group Ann Arbor SPARK is set to lead a new $1 million business plan competition for startup companies, officials announced 8/24/10.

Too Old to Start Up a Business?

Source: Dr. Susan L Reid for Open Forum

Posted: 8/23/2010

Views: 595

Think you're over the hill? Too old to start up a business, write a book, or travel the world? Do you think your accumulated years of life and living are working against you? Think again.

How to Land a Government Contract

Source: By Cindy Vanegas for Fox Small Business Center

Posted: 7/30/2010

Views: 622

Selling to Uncle Sam can provide significant revenues for small businesses. And while agencies are required to establish contracting goals and handout 24% of all government buying to small businesses, these highly-coveted deals can be a long and arduous process.

With Squeeze on Credit, Microlending Blossoms

Source: By Kristina Shevory for The New York Times

Posted: 7/30/2010

Views: 617

Tight credit and the recession have increased the demand for smaller loans in the United States, giving microlending a higher profile and broadening its appeal.

The Successful Optimist

Source: By Scott Halford for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 7/28/2010

Views: 626

Yes, Investors Make Decisions Based On What Other People Are Saying About You

Source: By Mark Suster for The Business Insider

Posted: 7/27/2010

Views: 634

Angels look for social proof from other angels.  It’s hard for angels to assess whether or not to invest because they often have day jobs and can’t commit to the kind of due diligence that most VCs go through. 

A Simple Plan

Source: By Ivy Hughes for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 7/23/2010

Views: 646

Your business doesn't necessarily need a complex strategy document, just some basics.

How Your Startup Can Make Money Now

Source:

Posted: 7/15/2010

Views: 628

These 5 tips will help you generate cash flow while you build a foundation for the future of your small business.

Passive Income for Every Entrepreneur

Source: By Scott Allen for OPEN Small Business

Posted: 7/14/2010

Views: 630

Passive income is maximizing your income with a minimal amount of effort by yourself or your employees. Why is it important for every entrepreneur? Let's consider five ways in which passive income can be incorporated into your business strategy. 

Small Business Credit Cards Stage a Tentative Comeback

Source: By Pat Curry for Fox Business

Posted: 7/14/2010

Views: 620

With the economy in fragile recovery, card issuers are cautiously adding back offers for small business credit cards.

The Art (and Journey) of Raising Funds

Source: By Rosalind Resnik for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 7/13/2010

Views: 645

For an entrepreneurial start-up, landing that first check from an investor is a milestone. What many start-ups don't realize is that the seed capital they raise – often from friends and family – is just the first step in a fundraising journey that can drag on for months or even years.

The 12 Best Sources Of Business Financing

Source: By Dileep Rao Ph.D., for Forbes.com

Posted: 7/6/2010

Views: 639

Precious capital remains hard to find for small businesses. Here are the most likely sources, from least attractive to most.

A Sample Can Be Simple and Cheap

Source: by Sarah E. Needleman for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 7/4/2010

Views: 656

Experts in entrepreneurship say only a rudimentary sample of your invention may be necessary to articulate to manufacturers how it should look and function. You may be able to piece something together on your own by combining premade parts or ingredients, and reduce the risk created by large upfront costs.

Cincinnati named Ohio's marketing hub

Source: By David Holthaus for Cincinnati.com

Posted: 7/1/2010

Views: 648

Cincinnati will soon be named a “Hub of Innovation and Opportunity” in consumer marketing, a state designation that will bring funding and other assistance meant to expand that business here.

Key employee attributes for startups

Source: By Steve Frederick for VentureBeat

Posted: 6/29/2010

Views: 642

A key challenge for startup executives is filling their staff with competent, motivated employees that share their vision and passion – and not people who want to punch in at nine and punch out at five, with a two-hour lunch in-between.

Supreme Court relaxes limits on innovations that can be patented

Source: By Peter Whoriskey for the Washington Post

Posted: 6/29/2010

Views: 640

The Supreme Court on Monday loosened the limits on the kinds of inventions that are eligible for patent protection in a case that was closely watched for its impacts on innovation.

How to Finance a Growing Business

Source: By Colleen Debaise for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 6/21/2010

Views: 651

We've looked at how you can get your hands on the cash necessary to start your own business. (See related article, "How to Fund a Start-up") But once you've been operating for a few years, you might need another round of cash—this time to expand or improve your business. Here's a brief look at the various financing options available to small businesses, starting with the easiest (lines of credit) to the more difficult (sizable bank loans) to secure.

Looking to jump-start your business? You might try entering a contest.

Source: By Dale Buss for the Wall Street Journal

Posted: 6/21/2010

Views: 654

A prestigious prize can be an invaluable marketing tool. But there's an art to choosing the right contests and boosting your chances of success.

The 20 Most Important Questions In Business

Source: By Christopher Steiner and Brett Nelson for Forbes.com

Posted: 6/18/2010

Views: 655

The 20 most important questions entrepreneurs need to answer--and keep answering--to build thriving businesses.

Control Freak No More: Picking No. 2

Source: By Sarah E. Needleman for The Wallstreet Journal

Posted: 6/16/2010

Views: 683

After years of growing their ventures, many small-business owners end up calling all the shots and rarely getting a moment's rest. An employee might make a good deputy is if he or she acts in the company's best interest without prompting. For owners who've built their businesses from the ground up, letting go some control to a second-in-command can be crucial to prevent burnout and problems stemming from unexpected emergencies, such as if an owner suddenly falls ill. 

How to Win Venture Capital

Source: By Colleen Debaise for The Wallstreet Journal

Posted: 6/15/2010

Views: 666

Six comprehensive steps to select, pitch, and negotiatie venture capital.

Forming an LLC: 5 Things You Need to Know

Source: By Charlotte Jensen at AOL Small Business

Posted: 6/10/2010

Views: 659

Here are the advantages of the LLC structure for entrepreneurs, and five things you need to know to jump-start the LLC process.

How to Find Your Angel Investor

Source: By Joanna L. Krotz for Business on Main

Posted: 6/10/2010

Views: 683

Angel investors are interested in start ups, and this article can help you attract and secure a funder for your business.

The Sweat Equity Myth: Why paying yourself first is good for business

Source: By George Cloutier for Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 5/28/2010

Views: 673

Venture capitalists call it "sweat equity"--the idea that business owners shouldn't pay themselves a salary while they're building a business. I call it working for nothing and being a fool.

Why I Keep Joining Business Groups

Source: By Jay Goltz for The New York Times

Posted: 4/29/2010

Views: 715

How to Pitch Your Business to Investors

Source: By Janine Popick for Inc.

Posted: 3/22/2010

Views: 808

There are three things to emphasize in your pitch.

How To Get Reporters To Pay Attention To Your Tiny Little Startup

Source: By Dan Porter for the Business Insider's War Room

Posted: 3/19/2010

Views: 792

Five tried and tested lessons you should learn about your quest for digital ink and the impact it can have on your business.

Entrepreneurs Question Value of Social Media

Source: By Sarah E. Needleman for The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 3/16/2010

Views: 783

Social media—services like Facebook and Twitter—have become popular marketing tools for small firms due to the low cost and easy-to-use format. Some entrepreneurs say they're highly effective, but new evidence suggests otherwise.

Starting a small business? Use these tips to find funding

Source: By Steve Strauss for USA TODAY

Posted: 3/15/2010

Views: 777

Where does one find the money to start a business? There are plenty of sources, which is a good thing, because it is unlikely that you will get all of your desired funding from any one place. 

Investors Bet on Betaworks, a New York Tech Incubator

Source: By Jenna Wortham for the New York Times

Posted: 3/11/2010

Views: 776

There are many indications that the start-up culture in New York has flickered back to life. Here’s one more for the list: Betaworks, an incubator for early-stage technology start-ups.

Venture-Capital Firms Caught in a Shakeout

Source: By Pui-Wing Tam for the Wall Street Journal

Posted: 3/9/2010

Views: 762

The technology bubble popped a decade ago, but the venture-capital industry that helped finance the boom stayed largely intact. Now venture-capital firms are going through their own brutal culling.

The 2-Minute Opportunity Checklist for Entrepreneurs

Source: by Daniel Isenberg for Harvard Business Review

Posted: 3/4/2010

Views: 772

Explaining Informal Investors

Source: By Scott Shane for Business Week

Posted: 2/26/2010

Views: 760

Finding so-called informal investors for a debt or equity financing in a small company isn't easy. It helps to understand who they are.

6 Tips for Presenting to A Tough Audience

Source: OPENForum.com

Posted: 2/12/2010

Views: 834

Should You Be An Entrepreneur? Take This Test

Source: Daniel Isenberg for the Harvard Business Review Blog

Posted: 2/12/2010

Views: 804

Report Warns Silicon Valley Could Lose Its Edge

Source: Claire Cain Miller for The New York Times

Posted: 2/10/2010

Views: 804

How To Start A Company In A Recession, Part One

Source: Matt Mireles, Business Insider

Posted: 1/28/2010

Views: 826

Angel Groups See Membership Gains As Investors Flock Together

Source: Jonathan Matsey, The Wall Street Journal Blogs

Posted: 1/26/2010

Views: 829

For Many Start-Ups, a Spot on the Nasdaq Is No Longer the Goal

Source: Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times

Posted: 1/17/2010

Views: 817

7 Steps to Create a Name for Yourself as a Young Entrepreneur

Source: Matt Wilson, Unstrappd.com

Posted: 12/1/2009

Views: 926

Earning credibility is  a tough hill to climb for any young entrepreneur.

How to Protect Your Brilliant Idea

Source: Colleen Debaise, Wall Street Journal

Posted: 11/29/2009

Views: 931

You want to spread the word about your business. But you also want to keep your innovative product or clever brand name safe from rivals, counterfeiters or rip-off artists.

Finding a buyer for your start-up

Source: John Ovrom, via VentureBeat

Posted: 11/19/2009

Views: 931

Entrepreneurs tend to look for one of two types of buyers when they decide to sell their business.

The Making of a Successful Entrepreneur

Source: Vivek Wadhwa, Business Week

Posted: 11/18/2009

Views: 914

Despite their impact on the economy, relatively little is known about entrepreneurs' backgrounds and motivations.

Need Funding? Better Get Creative

Source: Emily Maltby, The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 10/15/2009

Views: 913

With Venture Capital Scarce, Entrepreneurs Find Alternative Means

Venture Capital, Still Seeking the Next Big Thing

Source: The New York Times

Posted: 8/15/2009

Views: 1133

This may seem a less-than-ideal time for an entrepreneur to seek venture capital. But the capital well is far from dry, according to a survey by the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.

Start a Business Without Going Broke

Source: Debbie Dragon, Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 8/10/2009

Views: 1179

Starting a business is difficult enough when the economy is strong but when you decide to start a business amid a 9.7 percent unemployment rate--while foreclosures are at an all-time high and bankruptcies are reaching epic proportions--the odds for success seem hopeless.

A Small-Business Guide to Intellectual Property

Source: Darren Dahl, The New York Times

Posted: 8/5/2009

Views: 1182

The two most precious resources for any small-business owner are time and money. That’s why when the subject of intellectual property comes up, many owners run in the other direction.

Venture Capital Firms Still Optimistic About Fund-Raising

Source: Scott Austin, The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 7/29/2009

Views: 1086

Biotech leaps ahead in venture funding

Source: Reuters News

Posted: 7/27/2009

Views: 1091

Painful, but positive, changes for venture funding

Source: Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe

Posted: 7/27/2009

Views: 1062

Starting on a Shoestring

Source: Riva Richmond, The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 7/22/2009

Views: 1065

Learning The Art Of Listening

Source: Steven Berglas, Forbes

Posted: 7/19/2009

Views: 1059

Market Research On The Cheap

Source: Kern Lewis, Forbes

Posted: 7/17/2009

Views: 1064

Mompreneurs

Source: Sramana Mitra, Forbes

Posted: 7/17/2009

Views: 1057

Quick Tips: 6 Ways to Turn Investors' Heads

Source: Diana Ransom, Smart Money, Wall Street Journal

Posted: 7/15/2009

Views: 1059

How Bad Do You Want It?

Source: Hayli Morrison, Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 7/13/2009

Views: 1089

Perfecting the Pitch

Source:

Posted: 7/13/2009

Views: 1063

The Customer Knows Best

Source: Kelly K. Spors, The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 7/13/2009

Views: 1051

A Dozen Don'ts for Entrepreneurs

Source: Guy Kawasaki, How to Change the World

Posted: 6/30/2009

Views: 1104

Know Your Target Market

Source: Elizabeth Wilson, Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 6/25/2009

Views: 1103

How Big a VC Industry does the Economy need?

Source: Jonathan Ortmans

Posted: 6/23/2009

Views: 1111

Entrepreneurs, Get Atwitter About Twitter: Three Steps to Social Media Success

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 6/22/2009

Views: 1115

In Search of Innovation

Source: John Bessant, Kathrin Moslein, Bettina Von Stamm; Wall Street Journal

Posted: 6/22/2009

Views: 1081

Why Business Plans Don’t Deliver

Source: John W. Mullins, Wall Street Journal

Posted: 6/22/2009

Views: 1104

Can't afford health care? Barter for it.

Source: Tina Peng, CNNMoney.com

Posted: 6/19/2009

Views: 1097

Why Less Is More for Startups

Source: Vivek Wadhwa, Business Week

Posted: 6/19/2009

Views: 1083

Representative Fudge Announces New Small Business Lending Program

Source: Aketa Marie Simmons

Posted: 6/16/2009

Views: 1135

Entrepreneurship Lessons: Ten tips on raising funds for the first time

Source: Sanat Vallikappen, WSJ.com & LiveMint.Com

Posted: 6/15/2009

Views: 1137

Customers Your Company Doesn't Want

Source: Steve McKee, Business Week

Posted: 6/12/2009

Views: 1085

Entrepreneurship's 10 Commandments

Source: Knowledge@Wharton, Forbes

Posted: 6/11/2009

Views: 1106

In Pitching to Angel Investors, Preparation Tops Zeal

Source: Brent Bowers, The New York Times

Posted: 6/10/2009

Views: 1104

What Do Customers Really Want? Here’s How to Find Out

Source: Paul B. Brown, The New York Times

Posted: 6/9/2009

Views: 1104

5 Milestones to Reach Before Raising Venture Capital

Source: Mike McDerment, CenterNetworks

Posted: 6/8/2009

Views: 1116

Unique Ways Entrepreneurs Are Raising Money

Source: Diana Ransom, Wall Street Journal

Posted: 6/5/2009

Views: 1102

When Second Really is the Best

Source: Mark Henricks, Entrepreneur Magazine

Posted: 6/1/2009

Views: 1186

Your Employee Handbook

Source: David Port and Sara Wilson, Entrepreneur Magazine

Posted: 6/1/2009

Views: 1130

Put Ad on Web. Count Clicks. Revise.

Source: Stephanie Clifford, The New York Times

Posted: 5/30/2009

Views: 1128

The Secret to a Good Business Name

Source: Jennifer Wang, Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 5/29/2009

Views: 1104

Your Business Can Inspire People The Way Nonprofits Do

Source: Terry Barber, Forbes

Posted: 5/28/2009

Views: 1113

12 Must-Read Summer Business Books

Source: Business Pundit

Posted: 5/27/2009

Views: 1115

From Keyword to Business Idea in 8 Steps

Source: Allen Moon, Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 5/27/2009

Views: 1108

Tips for Entrepreneurs: Build Social Capital by Networking

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 5/27/2009

Views: 1128

Managing the Economic Crisis: The VC Way

Source: Claudia Capos, Michigan Ross School of Business

Posted: 5/22/2009

Views: 1128

Recession Leads to Decrease in Angel Group Investments - But Some Organizations Increase Activity

Source: Angel Capital Association

Posted: 5/18/2009

Views: 1125

Five Things Prospective Investors Are Looking for in Your Business Plan

Source: AllBusiness.com, via The New York Times

Posted: 5/12/2009

Views: 1112

So You Want to Get Funded?

Source: Business Week

Posted: 5/11/2009

Views: 1109

Are You Really an Entrepreneur?

Source: The New York Times

Posted: 5/7/2009

Views: 1133

What Will Fix the Venture Capital Crisis?

Source: The New York Times

Posted: 5/4/2009

Views: 1145

Stimulus Money Could Help Create Green Jobs in Ohio

Source: The Plain Dealer

Posted: 4/29/2009

Views: 1155

Critical Marketing Tools for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs: Public Relations for Entrepreneurs

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 4/6/2009

Views: 1238

A solid PR strategy is important for all early-stage entrepreneurs seeking to effectively communicate with diverse audiences.

Feared PC Virus Activated Harmlessly

Source: FOXNews

Posted: 4/2/2009

Views: 1207

The dreaded Conficker Windows worm phoned home as ordered Wednesday — but so far hasn't launched a full-scale attack on the Internet.

Angel Investors’ Wings Are Being Clipped

Source: New York Times

Posted: 3/31/2009

Views: 1223

Entrepreneurs had a harder time getting angel funding to get their start-up idea off the ground last year, according to a new report from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire. In 2008, angel investors funded young companies at the same pace as they did the year before, but they invested significantly less in each start-up.

Google launches venture capital arm

Source: cNet News

Posted: 3/30/2009

Views: 1233

Google has launched a venture capital arm to invest in a diverse array of industries, including the consumer Internet, software, clean tech, and health care.

2.25M to University Circle, Cleveland OH businesses/neighbors

Source: WKYC

Posted: 3/27/2009

Views: 1232

Of the $10 million in grants the Cleveland Foundation awarded Thursday for this quarter, $2.25 million will go to the Shorebank Enterprise Group to fund its Evergreen Cooperative Development Fund in and around University Circle.

Uncensored Sales Strategies

Source: FOXBusiness.com

Posted: 3/23/2009

Views: 1300

Sydney Biddle Barrows is a speaker, consultant, writer and sales professional. Her first book was a take on her life story that ended up on the Fortune Top Ten Best Business Books of the Year list, and it eventually found its way onto a couple of reading lists for classes at Harvard University.

So, you want to be an entrepreneur?

Source: WSJ.com

Posted: 2/27/2009

Views: 1328

In this bleak economy, lots of people are contemplating striking out on their own -- whether they're frustrated job seekers or people who are already employed but getting antsy about their company's prospects.

In Innovation, U.S. Said to Be Losing Competitive Edge

Source: NYTimes

Posted: 2/25/2009

Views: 1233

The competitive edge of the United States economy has eroded sharply over the last decade, according to a new study by a nonpartisan research group.

When angel and venture capital won’t work: Startup capital options for entrepreneurs

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 2/23/2009

Views: 1289

It pays to know all your startupoptions in a tight economy, as Angel investors and Venture Capitalists become ever more selective and guarded against risk. 

Sticking with what's safe

Source: Scott Shane via Crain's

Posted: 2/20/2009

Views: 1261

Case Western Reserve University entrepreneurship professor Scott Shane is the focus of a Wall Street Journalblog postingon what happens to self-employment in a bad economy.

The TechCrunch 2008 Year in Review

Source: TechCrunch

Posted: 2/19/2009

Views: 1383

One of the best decisions we ever made at TechCrunch was when we launched CrunchBase, our open startup directory, at the end of 2007. We aspired to make it the best current source of information about technology startups, people and investors. Data is added by TechCrunch editors, our amazing team of interns, and the community at large (it is a moderated wiki, so anyone can contribute data). Over the last year, the database has grown to include more than 15,000 companies, 26,000 people and 1,700 investors. In short, it’s finally gotten big enough to become interesting. So as 2008 drew to a close, we started running statistics on the structured data to see what we could learn.

Protect Your Intellectual Property Using Obfuscation

Source: Colorado Newspapers Online

Posted: 2/12/2009

Views: 1448

As the economy continues to slump, experts say it’s the entrepreneurs who will provide the spark that leads to recovery.

Youngstown Business Incubator a Bright Spot in Region

Source: http://www.wcpn.org/index.php/WCPN/news/24955/

Posted: 2/12/2009

Views: 1337

On Fridays, we explore developments in the region’s economy in a segment called Upside/Downside. These days, there’s been a lot on the downside, so we were excited to find a good news story in Northeast Ohio. Would you believe that there’s a block in Youngstown, Ohio that’s beginning to look a lot like a tiny Silicon Valley? It’s the result of the Youngstown Business Incubator, which is helping grow tech companies in an unlikely place. ideastream®’s Dan Bobkoff has the story. Plus, Eric Wellman talks with Brad Whitehead of the Fund for our Economic Future in Cleveland about how the incubator affects all of Northeast Ohio.

Planning a Start-Up? Help and Advice Abound

Source: WSJ.com

Posted: 2/6/2009

Views: 1312

Laid off in the recession and thinking of starting a business? Or just tired of working for someone else?

Cleveland Business Diary

Source: Cleveland.com

Posted: 2/4/2009

Views: 1457

Cleveland Business Diary

iGuiders Receives JumpStart Investment

Source: Venture Capital Access Online

Posted: 2/4/2009

Views: 1295

JumpStart Inc., the Northeast Ohio venture development organization that accelerates the growth of innovative early-stage businesses and ideas, recently announced an investment commitment of $275,000 in iGuiders, Inc. The Cleveland-based information technology company is developing a guided Internet search technology that simplifies complicated searches through the use of question and answer logic.

Working with service providers: Tips for entrepreneurs

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 2/2/2009

Views: 1455

Working effectively with service providers is crucial to an entrepreneur’s sustained success. Efficient and productive service provider relationships free up entrepreneurs to do what they do best -- grow their businesses.

73 Companies in the Cleveland Plus Region Attract $259 Million in Venture Investment

Source: NewsRX.com

Posted: 1/30/2009

Views: 1317

Even in the challenging economic environment of 2008, more companies in the Cleveland Plus region received investment last year than in any of the last five.

Starting up: Be an entrepreneur, even if you don't own your own business

Source: Idaho Statesman

Posted: 1/22/2009

Views: 1426

So far this column has been by, about and for people who have started or want to start their own company. I'd like to write this article for everyone else.

Top 20 Tax Tips for Businesses

Source: PRWeb.com

Posted: 1/22/2009

Views: 1478

Financial education company Pathfinder Business Strategies names the most powerful, yet underutilized tax deductions for businesses of all kinds of business.

Service Providers: How to Land a Small Business Client

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 1/20/2009

Views: 1844

Service providers often overlook early-stage entrepreneurs as a customer base, thinking they’re too early in their business development to need any services. But even the earliest stage entrepreneurs are looking to build long-term relationships with partners willing to cut them a deal in the short term for potential long term gains as they grow.  

Preparing for Venture Capital: The three must-haves for success

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 1/7/2009

Views: 1526

When preparing for venture capital funding, there are three critical things every entrepreneur must do to ensure success: refine your list of potential investors; master your elevator pitch; and prepare an impactful presentation.

Survey: Worried VCs expect to invest less in 2009

Source: TheDay.com

Posted: 12/17/2008

Views: 1614

Venture capitalists are bracing for their toughest year since the dot-com bust as they try to survive the bursting of an even bigger investment bubble.

Survival Tips for Entrepreneurs in Tough Economic Times

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 12/15/2008

Views: 1407

Today’s economic conditions can present entrepreneurs with both challenges and opportunities when it comes to sustaining and growing their business. Savvy entrepreneurs will use this time to get ahead of the pack, all the while laying the groundwork for tomorrow’s sustained successes.

Is Your Company Ready for Prime-time Funding?

Source: Baltimore Business Journal

Posted: 12/12/2008

Views: 1348

Although the private equity and venture capital markets are not very active now, sooner or later, investment firms will begin to actively seek out fresh opportunities.

The Right Move for Business?

Source: Columbus Business First

Posted: 12/12/2008

Views: 1340

Because small businesses will drive recovery, it makes sense for government to focus on a tax policy that helps them

Tight Credit Squeezing Small Businesses

Source: The Washington Post

Posted: 12/8/2008

Views: 1353

Small businesses are "getting hit from both sides," said Sandy K. Baruah, acting administrator of the SBA, because even the companies that have long relationships with financial institutions and are in solid financial condition are no longer getting new loans approved and are having existing lines curtailed.

A Growing Small-Business Trend: Personal Service Businesses

Source: U.S.News & World Report

Posted: 12/5/2008

Views: 1341

A number of start-up companies have identified this trend and are targeting personal services firms with products that help them find customers or improve their operations.

Bet on the jockey, not the horse

Source: Sacramento Business Journal

Posted: 12/5/2008

Views: 1357

Startup team is more important than business model, technology

How to tell if you are ready for prime time funding

Source: South Florida Business Journal

Posted: 12/5/2008

Views: 1311

While the private equity and venture capital markets are not very active now, sooner or later, investment firms will begin to actively seek out fresh opportunities.

VCs urge portfolio firms to make capital last

Source: Sacramento Business Journal

Posted: 12/5/2008

Views: 1310

With follow-on funding unlikely to materialize, it’s time to conserve

Advice for Startups Seeking Venture Capital

Source: BusinessWeek

Posted: 12/2/2008

Views: 1354

The financial crisis makes it harder to get funding, but those that prove themselves during this period will be better positioned to thrive

Downturn hits Massachusetts biotechnology companies

Source: The Boston Globe

Posted: 12/2/2008

Views: 1354

The pain on Wall Street has spread to the biotechnology companies in the Boston region, one of the industry's U.S. hubs.

Young and in Charge

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 12/2/2008

Views: 1312

Young entrepreneurs can earn client trust and establish credibility

Investors: The entrepreneur’s early customer

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 12/1/2008

Views: 1369

Entrepreneurs fighting for funding, market position and customers face unique, specific challenges – especially in this tough economic climate. While entrepreneurs are typically eager to focus their attention on marketing to the masses, they need to remember a critical audience often overlooked early on – the investor.

Biotech firms face cash shortages

Source: USA Today

Posted: 11/24/2008

Views: 1368

Almost 40% of small and midsize public biotechnology companies in the U.S. are in danger of running out of cash within a year and government help is needed to encourage investment, industry leaders say.

Clean technology investing: A bright spot in a rough economy

Source: Examiner.com

Posted: 11/24/2008

Views: 1389

Clean technology is an emerging bright spot that has shown staying power amidst the economic market turbulence of the last three quarters.

Insider tips on how to engage venture capitalists

Source: Puget Sound Business Journal

Posted: 11/21/2008

Views: 1378

With so much at stake for both the CEO and VC firm, it’s easy to see why both have to be selective. With that in mind, Stewart shared some of the not-so-obvious decision-making that OVP and other VC firms go through when determining which businesses to fund.

Emerging Technology Fund grants for Austin firms, Texas State

Source: American-Statesman

Posted: 11/17/2008

Views: 1361

The Texas Emerging Technology Fund is pumping more money into Central Texas technology startups.

VCs force tech firms to cut costs

Source: San Francisco Business Times

Posted: 11/14/2008

Views: 1348

Dot-com gloom looms

Best Small Businesses to Start

Source: U.S. News and World Report

Posted: 11/13/2008

Views: 1413

Learn from the examples of entrepreneurs who’ve succeeded in these hot start-up areas

Credit crunch snares clean-tech investors

Source: The Economist

Posted: 11/11/2008

Views: 1374

The price of oil aside, he says, the issues that stoked interest in clean tech, including global warming and energy security, are as prominent as ever.

Small Firms Get Local Loans

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 11/11/2008

Views: 1346

Community Banks May Be Option for Strapped Borrowers

10 Breakout Ideas For Small Businesses

Source: Investopedia

Posted: 11/3/2008

Views: 1438

In this article we will discuss 10 breakout ideas for small businesses looking for growth opportunities.

Can You Buy a Big Franchise?

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 10/31/2008

Views: 1453

Can a small fish survive in a big pond? Yes--even in this economy, big franchises are seeking single-unit franchisees just like you. 

Economy keeps investors, startups on the sidelines

Source: Dayton Business Journal

Posted: 10/31/2008

Views: 1357

Lots of businesses, including those that are already more established, are wondering how the economy will impact their quest for elusive investment capital.

Venture fund not abandoning enterprise IT

Source: The New York Times

Posted: 10/28/2008

Views: 1398

Not all news on the enterprise IT venture capital front is bad after all.

As stocks plunge, funds lose balance

Source: The Boston Globe

Posted: 10/27/2008

Views: 1760

Market woes changing the landscape for venture investing

Crisis Mode: Less Ventured

Source: The Washington Post

Posted: 10/27/2008

Views: 1405

Investors Stick With Start-Ups They Know

Online social media tools for entrepreneurs

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 10/27/2008

Views: 1474

Social media is becoming an increasingly important part of the Internet marketing landscape. Consider adding social media to your marketing mix to build your growing brand, and directly engage with key audiences to drive your new business venture.

To Survive, Net Start-Ups Slow Their Metabolism

Source: The New York Times

Posted: 10/26/2008

Views: 1367

Silicon Valley has always been a land of big, bold dreams. In the first Internet boom its start-ups either grew fast or died trying, sometimes spectacularly. The casualties of the bust, like Pets.com and Webvan, became legendary.

Funding becoming harder to get for green startups

Source: Reuters

Posted: 10/24/2008

Views: 1382

Saving the planet is looking a lot less profitable than it was a few months ago, and investors once enamored with finding the next high-flying alternative energy startup are retrenching.

Five Common Myths of Angel Investing

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 10/23/2008

Views: 1405

Prof. Shane analyzed Federal Reserve data and other research on business investments and discovered many misconceptions about these so-called angel investors in terms of who they are, how much they invest and what types of businesses they invest in.

Unearth the Hidden Publicity Gems in Your Business

Source: Fox Business

Posted: 10/22/2008

Views: 1379

Organizations that focus their PR solely on products, services and the general business plan are missing out on key opportunities to promote their brand and organization. By taking an in-depth look at all aspects of your organization, you can find more opportunities for exposing your brand.

Scaling back at Web startup firms could be proactive

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Posted: 10/21/2008

Views: 1383

Air is starting to leak from the Internet startup bubble, underscored by a wave of layoffs amid the slumping economy.

Angel investments up; number of deals down

Source: Washington Business Journal

Posted: 10/20/2008

Views: 1401

Angel investors increased their investments in entrepreneurial ventures by 4.2 percent in the first half of 2008 compared with the same period a year earlier.

Angel Investors Get Picky

Source: Business Week

Posted: 10/17/2008

Views: 1392

Competition for startup cash is tougher than ever, and companies that might have sought venture capital in the past are turning to angels

Start-Ups Give Idaho an Identity Beyond Potatoes

Source: The New York Times

Posted: 10/15/2008

Views: 1520

Idaho may be best known for its potatoes — it produces, after all, a third of all the potatoes in the United States. But its economy is increasingly being driven by technology and green manufacturing companies, big and small.

123 High-Tech Firms Launched in San Diego County

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

Posted: 10/14/2008

Views: 1419

Despite the growing sluggishness of the local economy, San Diego County was a strong center for high-tech business startups during the first half of the year.

Venture capital slashed $476 million in quarter

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Posted: 10/14/2008

Views: 1397

U.S. venture capitalists raised about $476 million less in the third quarter compared with last year, signaling a bleak climate for startups.

Choosing the Right Entity Type

Source: BusinessWest

Posted: 10/13/2008

Views: 1400

Make Smart Decisions to Protect Your Liability and Tax Status 

U.S. Venture Funds Raise $8.1B in 3Q

Source: Red Herring

Posted: 10/13/2008

Views: 1412

Fifty-five U.S. venture capital funds raised $8.1 billion in the third quarter of 2008.

Will Venture Capitalists Invest in Your Business?

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 10/13/2008

Views: 1424

Securing venture capital will radically alter your business, as you exchange equity and company control for a crucial infusion of cash, greater growth potential and a bigger return on investment. How can you get an answer the all-important question: Will VCs invest in your business?

SBA Introduces New Online Resource For Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs

Source: Small Business Trends

Posted: 10/8/2008

Views: 1390

The U.S. Small Business Administration unveiled a new Web site geared to the 50-plus entrepreneur, providing useful information, links and resources vital to starting, growing and expanding a small business.

Financial Fallout May Mean Fewer, But Better, Startups

Source: InformationWeek

Posted: 10/3/2008

Views: 1407

Technology startups could be in for a bumpy ride as the financial crisis hits them from both sides. Venture funding could get -- almost certainly will get -- harder to come by, just as IT departments tighten spending. Here's how some startups will find their way through the mess.

Innovation will help spark success in challenging economy

Source: Nashville Business Journal

Posted: 10/3/2008

Views: 1427

The economy is continually changing and evolving with a multitude of factors that play into its evolution. You need to be innovative and ready for changes in the economy, technology and new trends.

Does Venture Capital Spur Innovation?

Source: Business Week

Posted: 9/30/2008

Views: 1430

Some research shows that money follows innovation, not the other way around

3 Honest Ways to Raise Startup Money

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 9/23/2008

Views: 1407

Create a healthy foundation for your business by combining enthusiasm with honesty. 

Early-Stage Entrepreneurs: A checklist for success

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 9/23/2008

Views: 1481

It’s critical for early-stage entrepreneurs to stay on course from the very start. From research and marketing to mentorship and funding, consider this checklist for early-stage entrepreneur success.

Venture capital firms finding way back to Ohio

Source: Business First of Columbus

Posted: 9/19/2008

Views: 1391

More than a half-billion dollars in venture capital investment flowed to Ohio companies last year, a level expected to be exceeded this year despite turmoil in the credit markets.

How Startups Can Source Top Talent Online

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 9/8/2008

Views: 1760

Sourcing top talent is one of an entrepreneur’s highest priorities and possibly the most important task he or she will undertake during the early stages of business development. Fortunately the task of sourcing talent is easier than ever, thanks to a plethora of thriving online social networking and business communities.

Hot New Market: Online Worlds

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 9/4/2008

Views: 1459

Should you take your business to the virtual world? 

Scrounging for dollars, surviving on a shoestring

Source: Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)

Posted: 8/29/2008

Views: 1449

The economic downturn is forcing many entrepreneurs to find creative and nontraditional ways to fund their dreams.

The importance of angel investors: Bridging the funding gap

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 8/26/2008

Views: 1528

A common challenge for many entrepreneurs is sustaining funding levels and bridging the gap between seed money from family and friends and Series A investments. That’s where angel investors step in.

One-year-old biotech belt seeing results

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

Posted: 8/21/2008

Views: 1632

Advocates say the Cleveland-to-Pittsburgh partnership is attracting venture capital, talent.

Entrepreneurs Rework Plan for Success

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

Posted: 8/18/2008

Views: 1501

When Sheila Frazier enrolled in a 12-week startup business course at the Akron Urban League, she had a pretty good idea of what she wanted to do.

Franchising Tips for Entrepreneurs

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 8/12/2008

Views: 1715

Purchasing a franchise business has proven to be a smart business idea for many entrepreneurs pursuing the American dream. Entering the franchise arena isn’t without its risks, so it pays to carefully consider these franchising tips for deciding if it’s right for you.

Google to Extend Reach With Venture-Capital Arm

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 7/31/2008

Views: 1543

Ex-Entrepreneur Hired To Assist in Setup; Brand-Name Advantage

Initiatives in Biosciences Pay Off

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Posted: 7/31/2008

Views: 1490

Ohio a leader, magazine says, praising coordinated approach

Investors Network Making Impact

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

Posted: 7/30/2008

Views: 1493

Early-stage companies in region receive $32 million since 2005

Catching an Angel’s Eye: Attracting Angel Investors for Entrepreneurs

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 7/28/2008

Views: 2018

Attracting angel investors requires an understanding of what this unique breed of investor is seeking. Stand out from the startup masses with these insights from experienced investors, and you’ll be more likely to catch the eye of an angel.

Advisers key to successful sale of a business

Source: Daily Herald

Posted: 7/17/2008

Views: 1526

You've weighed the what-will-I-do-with-my-spare-time and how-long-will-I-need-money issues of selling your company, and it's still time to go. Now what?

An Entrepreneur's Most Important Asset

Source: Forbes.com

Posted: 7/15/2008

Views: 1793

When small-business owners run out of cash, the game's over. Buh-bye. That's why maintaining "liquidity"--banker speak for having enough cash on hand when things go wrong--is so critical.

Employee Motivation: Tips for Entrepreneurs

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 7/14/2008

Views: 1795

The success of new business ventures is tightly tied to employee motivation, and profitable entrepreneurs are serious students of the art and science behind motivating their employees.

Cincinnati awash in VC cash as several firms find ripe market for deals

Source: Business First of Columbus

Posted: 7/11/2008

Views: 1527

Intel Capital Raising Stake in Clean Tech

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Posted: 7/11/2008

Views: 1777

Intel Capital is boosting its investments in clean technology startups as a way to develop new sources of power for Intel processors.

Starting Up: The New Path To Dot-Com Success

Source: smSmallBiz.com

Posted: 7/8/2008

Views: 1650

Here are a few ideas for getting a web-based business up and automated.

Do's and Don'ts for Wooing Angel Investors

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 7/1/2008

Views: 1580

For a young business, it can be alluring: Find an "angel" investor to swoop in and help fund your growing company. With millions of small businesses and only a few hundred organized angel groups, where do you begin?

Avoiding Startup Pitfalls: An Entrepreneur’s Guide

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 6/30/2008

Views: 1834

Sidestepping the startup pitfalls so common in business is crucial to an entrepreneur’s success. Savvy entrepreneurs avoid these startup pitfalls by capitalizing on the experience of others, including tapping business mentors to help blaze their way.

Web 2.0 Tools for Getting Noticed

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 6/29/2008

Views: 1541

These latest web tools can help you differentiate your business.

Third Frontier awards grants to Northeast Ohio engineering, biomedical projects

Source: cleveland.com

Posted: 6/26/2008

Views: 1536

The Third Frontier Commission awarded $66.8 million in grants Thursday -- the bulk of which involve Northeast Ohio -- to bolster engineering and biomedical projects throughout the state.

Silver Lining

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 6/23/2008

Views: 1830

Every bust creates a boom, and the real estate market is no different. Here are 10 real estate businesses that are primed to take off.

Time on Your Side

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 6/23/2008

Views: 1536

How to keep your mind focused in the midst of multiple demands.

Who's Counting?

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 6/23/2008

Views: 1802

Full of ideas? Create multiple businesses while still in school. Here's how.

Problem Solving: Picking the right partner can make or break your business

Source: The Tennessean

Posted: 6/22/2008

Views: 1770

Partnerships inbusiness can be one of the most difficult issues an entrepreneur faces.Whom the entrepreneur chooses as a partner should be given as much consideration as which products the business makes or what markets the business enters.

Using entrepreneurial talents inside a big company

Source: The Orange County Register

Posted: 6/21/2008

Views: 1770

Andrew Morton accepts role as 'intrapreneur' rather than start his own business

The Only Guide to Investing an Entrepreneur Will Ever Need: Our Manifesto

Source: Inc.com

Posted: 6/20/2008

Views: 1808

A look at the thinking behind Inc.com's new investing blog.

On Being An Entrepreneur...No Ph.D. required

Source: New Pittsburgh Courier Online

Posted: 6/19/2008

Views: 1551

You can make money at everything and in everything. Many times we don’t realize the simplicity in ideas and concepts. Reality check: Ideas in action make money, nothing else.

The 4 People Every Business Owner Needs

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Posted: 6/17/2008

Views: 1510

Starting a business is tough, so it pays to get a little help from your friends.

Internet Marketing Tips for Entrepreneurs

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 6/16/2008

Views: 1927

Internet marketing continues to both expand and mature, offering several cost-effective strategies for entrepreneurs trying to build their business.

Riverwalk Project is Deal of the Year

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

Posted: 6/11/2008

Views: 1726

The regional economic development organization Team NEO honored several businesses, communities and partnerships with its 2007 Economic Development Impact Awards.

Ohio PERS investing more in venture capital

Source: The Daily Reporter

Posted: 6/10/2008

Views: 1676

Managers of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System said they are optimistic about venture capital investments in Ohio - and they're writing checks to prove it.

Keeping Track of Business

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 6/7/2008

Views: 1673

New project-management software takes aim at smaller and midsize companies

Web Sites Offer Access to Mentors

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 6/3/2008

Views: 1658

When Sturdy McKee sought to expand his physical-therapy practice two years ago, he wanted help understanding financial statements so that he could better plan the growth of the business and eventually acquire outside funding.

Management Team Building Tips for Entrepreneurs

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 6/2/2008

Views: 1953

Building a management team is one of the most important and exciting challenges any entrepreneur undertakes.

Building Investor Relationships: An Entrepreneur’s Guide

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 4/21/2008

Views: 1973

Many entrepreneurs aspire to fund their startup with money from angel investors or venture capitalists.

How We Create the Newest New Thing

Source: The Enquirer

Posted: 4/13/2008

Views: 1620

What are you doing at 4 p.m. Tuesday? If you're up for broadening your horizons, head to Cincinnati Museum Center to hear some "big ideas" that could have their home in Cincinnati soon.

Common Startup Misconceptions and How to Avoid Them

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 4/7/2008

Views: 1765

Most entrepreneurs have heard the myth that 90 percent of businesses close within their first year.

Business Networking for Entrepreneurs: A Networking How-To Guide

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 3/24/2008

Views: 2664

Effective business networking can help your entrepreneurial startup garner more customers, partners and investors.

Venture Capital Investments: A Cheat Sheet for Entrepreneurs

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 2/26/2008

Views: 2147

After they’ve tapped out their own funds, not to mention their friends and families’, many Entrepreneurs will seek investments from venture capital firms in order to continue building their business...

Entrepreneur Investment Opportunities: Will your startup idea fly?

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 2/4/2008

Views: 1988

Entrepreneurs are constantly coming up with creative and innovative ways to identify investment opportunities, but how do you know if your startup idea has what it takes to get off the ground and soar?

Investment in Northeast Ohio Health Ventures Takes off

Source: The Plain Dealer

Posted: 1/22/2008

Views: 1869

Investment in new health care companies in Northeast Ohio nearly tripled last year, bringing more than $240 million to the region...

Your Mentor Is Out There -- In Cyberspace

Source: The Wall Street Journal Online

Posted: 1/20/2008

Views: 2113

Last spring, Morgan Dalley of Austin, Texas, needed guidance on targeting and marketing her fledgling business hosting spa parties. At a meeting of a local business group, she heard about a Web site, MicroMentor.org, that matches entrepreneurs with volunteer mentors.

Intellectual Property Protection: Key to Entrepreneur Success

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 1/7/2008

Views: 2172

Ensuring your intellectual property is safeguarded against theft is one of the first steps every entrepreneur should take. From processes to ideas to inventions, intellectual property is often more valuable than physical assets and its theft costs U.S. companies roughly $300 billion annually.

Three Tech Startups Get $225,000 Investment

Source: The Plain Dealer

Posted: 12/21/2007

Views: 1917

The Lorain County Community College Foundation said Friday that it will invest $225,000 in three Northeast Ohio technology start-ups through its new Innovation Fund.

Cleveland Foundation backs energy research at Case

Source: The Plain Dealer

Posted: 12/19/2007

Views: 1993

The Cleveland Foundation on Tuesday awarded more than $21 million in grants, the largest ever in a single quarter, including substantial support for energy research and economic development.

Ohio Capital Fund giving $24M to Cleveland VCs

Source: Business First of Columbus

Posted: 12/17/2007

Views: 1898

A state-backed venture capital investment fund has awarded $24 million to three firms in Cleveland.

Investment Opportunities: Finding the best investor for you

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 12/3/2007

Views: 4113

You have a solid investment opportunity and are excited to share it with an investor who could be interested in backing your business venture. Searching out the right investor is critical to the success of your business, so follow these tips to increase the chances of your idea receiving the funding and support necessary to take off and flourish.

Investors Inspect Inventive Exhibits

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

Posted: 11/30/2007

Views: 2153

 Thursday was an important shopping day for some folks in Northeast Ohio. But they weren't looking for holiday gifts. The first Cleveland Angel Fair put 20 young companies on display, inviting wealthy individuals and venture capital firms to look them over for potential investment.

Biz index: Ohio Lags in Entrepreneurs' Minds, Improves at Welcoming Them

Source: East Bay Business Times

Posted: 11/23/2007

Views: 1943

Ohio doesn't share the welcoming environment that some Western states offer small companies looking for a place to set up and grow, but it is getting friendlier.

Mastering the Elevator Pitch: 5 Tips to Entrepreneur Success

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 11/12/2007

Views: 3213

Mastering your elevator pitch is a key to success for any entrepreneur pursuing funding, partner opportunities and maximum profitability.

Startups Consider Next Moves

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

Posted: 11/10/2007

Views: 1992

Venture capitalists say $1.2 billion needed to support advances

Matchmaking for Investors and Entrepreneurs

Source: The Wall Street Journal Online

Posted: 10/30/2007

Views: 2102

Here are two things to check out on the funding front, particularly if you aren’t in tech. First, a tool that could help democratize the funding hunt — IdeaCrossing.org. Think of it as matchmaking service between entrepreneurs and investors.

A Succinct Business Plan: The Road Map to Success

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 10/29/2007

Views: 2518

Creating a clear and concise business plan is a crucial first step toward realizing your business goals. A business plan is the road map that explains how you will succeed and how you will measure that success.

Silicon Valley Awash, But What About Midwest Region?

Source: Midwest Business

Posted: 10/17/2007

Views: 2069

The New York Times showcased front and center on Wednesday that the second wave of the Internet boom is in full blossom. Its “Silicon Valley Start-Ups Awash in Capital, Again” article illustrated how today’s era compares to that of the late 1990s.

Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors Find Success in Northeast Ohio

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 10/15/2007

Views: 2595

Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors are tapping into Northeast Ohio’s wealth of entrepreneurial resources on an increasing basis and finding success. Over $500 million has been invested in start-ups in Northeast Ohio in the last three years. Additionally, the Cleveland area has attracted several Venture Capital firms to open offices here and the region has seen the formation of two new Angel groups.

New Way to Invest in Startups

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

Posted: 10/12/2007

Views: 3158

Local institutions and foundations have a new investment opportunity that could also help spur the region's economic transition.

Finding a Business Mentor Is Critical to Entrepreneurs’ Success

Source: IdeaCrossing

Posted: 10/2/2007

Views: 2777

Great entrepreneurial business ideas are forming every day here in Northeast Ohio. Why do some business and investment opportunities take off and soar higher than the rest? Having a business mentor in your corner may just make the difference for your organization’s success and profitability.  

Study Details Funding to Startup Companies

Source: Vindy.com

Posted: 9/26/2007

Views: 2337

More than $121 million in Ohio venture capital and seed funding was invested in early-stage companies from 2002-06, the academic director of Ohio State University's Center for Entrepreneurship said.

Study Says Ohio Technology Startups Raised $121 Million in 2006

Source: The Plain Dealer

Posted: 9/26/2007

Views: 2254

Investors put more than $121 million into promising new Ohio technology companies in 2006, according to an Ohio State University study released Tuesday. Ohio early-stage technology investment peaked at $130 million in 2004 and has remained high, according to the study by OSU's Fisher College of Business.

Five Local Companies to Receive $14 Million in Low-Interest Loans for Projects

Source: The Plain Dealer

Posted: 9/25/2007

Views: 2293

The Ohio Department of Development has recommended that five local companies receive a total of $14 million in low-interest loans for economic development projects. The loans must still be approved by the State Controlling Board.

Investing in Northeast Ohio Investor - Venture developer JumpStart seeks increased aid from state

Source: The Plain Dealer

Posted: 9/21/2007

Views: 2191

Ray Leach is on a mission. The serial entrepreneur who helped launch JumpStart Inc. three years ago hopes to persuade the state to increase support to his Northeast Ohio venture developer.

Third Frontier Program Invests about $300 Million in Northeast Ohio

Source: The Plain Dealer

Posted: 7/22/2007

Views: 2310

The Third Frontier Project is beginning to reap big returns in Northeast Ohio.

Solar Energy Firm gets $7M Funding Boost

Source: Toldeo Blade

Posted: 7/13/2007

Views: 2414

A fledgling solar energy company founded by a University of Toledo professor received $7 million in venture capital this week.

US Endoscopy Names Trevor Minnie VP of Marketing and Sales

Source: US Endoscopy

Posted: 6/20/2007

Views: 3148

US Endoscopy is proud to announce the appointment of Trevor Minnie to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Sales.  The effort to attract Mr. Minnie and his capabilities was spearheaded by Griffon Partners, an executive search firm based in Akron, Ohio.

Ohio’s Fiscal Perks meant to Encourage Growth

Source: Crain's Cleveland Business

Posted: 6/11/2007

Views: 2566

In an effort to continue to build the state’s advanced manufacturing and materials; power and propulsion; instruments, controls and electronics; bioscience; and information technology sectors, the Ohio Department of Development Technology Division continues to offer the following programs and incentives to qualified companies.

Ohio PERS Expands Ohio-Midwest Fund Program, Bringing Total Investment Capital to $102 Million

Source: Ohio-Midwest Fund

Posted: 5/17/2007

Views: 3116

Columbus, OH, May 17, 2007 The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (Ohio PERS) and Credit Suisse have expanded the regional investment program – Ohio PERS/Credit Suisse Ohio-Midwest Fund (Ohio-Midwest Fund) – by doubling the capital initially invested in the Fund when it launched in 2005.

The LCCC Entrepreneurship Innovation Center opening in April

Source: The Morning Journal

Posted: 1/28/2007

Views: 2769

The college is currently building the 45,000-square-foot, $8 million center to house its Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute.

Third Frontier Project Continues Partnership with JumpStart

Source: JumpStart Inc.

Posted: 11/17/2006

Views: 2637

JumpStart Inc., Northeast Ohio’s non-profit venture development organization, will receive at least $5,360,000 over the next 3 years as a result of the Third Frontier Project’s Entrepreneurial Signature Program (ESP) announced in Columbus yesterday.

Cancer Diagnostic Tool Gets Investment from JumpStart

Source: JumpStart Inc.

Posted: 10/11/2006

Views: 2371

JumpStart Inc., Northeast Ohio’s non-profit venture development organization, announced an investment commitment of $300,000 in AnalizaDx, LLC, a Cleveland-based cancer diagnostics company that has developed a proprietary platform technology to improve cancer detection, diagnosis, progression, and prognosis.

Cleveland State University and JumpStart Report on Entrepreneurial Confidence in Northeast Ohio

Source: JumpStart Inc.

Posted: 9/26/2006

Views: 2321

The Center for Economic Development (CED) at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and JumpStart Inc. released a new report that summarizes the findings of a survey conducted from April 26 to June 2, 2006.






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