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Businessman President: The Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Oval Office
By Matt D’Angelo | February 14, 2020

Many U.S. presidents were businessmen before or after their presidential terms. Here's a list of presidents with the entrepreneurial spirit.

Open Enrollment: What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act
By Marisa Sanfilippo | November 05, 2019

Open enrollment lets you elect benefits packages for your employees. Here's what you need to know to create the best offering for your workers.

Businesses Owned by Women Grow Twice as Fast
By Andrew Martins | September 23, 2019

Nearly 13 million U.S. small businesses are owned by women, hiring 9.4 million people and generating $1.9 trillion in revenue, according to a new survey.

How to Start a Business in Georgia
By Adam Uzialko | September 12, 2019

Considering starting a business in Georgia? We interviewed SMBs, lenders and development organizations to bring you this comprehensive GA business guide.

7 Ways a Business Incubator Can Benefit Your Online Startup
By Skye Schooley | September 10, 2019

Specialized business incubators can provide startups with everything they need to succeed, like recruiting, engineering, operations and tech platforms.

Companies Founded by Amazing Young Entrepreneurs
By Jennifer Post | September 08, 2019

These entrepreneurs have launched successful startups and learned a lot about the world of business and marketing – all when they were 18 or younger.

Entrepreneurial Traits That Lead to Success
By Siri Hedreen | July 24, 2019

A good idea is one thing, but investors want to see a leader who can bring it to fruition. Check out the top entrepreneurial traits for success.

Hey, Neighbor: Why You Should Be Greeting Your In-Store Customers
By Kiely Kuligowski | May 20, 2019

As brick-and-mortar stores continue to fade, Pet Supplies Plus focuses on developing the human element in its stores.

Study Highlights Accelerators’ Use in Promoting Regional Entrepreneurs
By Andrew Martins | February 14, 2019

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy released a study on Tuesday that showcases how entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed when working with startup accelerators in their...

Superior Customer Service Turns Crisis into Opportunity
By Adam Uzialko | January 16, 2019

These strategies can help turn a crisis into a positive situation, putting customers first.

Staying Quirky With Quirk Books
By Andrew Martins | January 13, 2019

Quirk Books President Brett Cohen shares his small publishing company's determination to stay fun, grow smart and keep its identity in the face of success.

GrandyOats Builds Impeccable Culture, Finds Success in Maine
By Bennett Conlin | December 06, 2018

By hiring the right people and embracing Maine's culture, GrandyOats built a successful small business for that community.

How Accelerators, Incubators and Startup Collectives Drive Growth
By Matt D’Angelo | November 01, 2018

Finding the right community of entrepreneurs is key to finding success for your startup.

How to Start Your Own Successful Clothing Line
By Jennifer Post | September 18, 2018

Got a passion for fashion? Start your own clothing line with tips from entrepreneurs who have done it.

8 Strange Businesses You Didn’t Know Existed
By Adam Uzialko | August 11, 2018

From cuddle sessions to rotting bouquet deliveries, these unusual businesses have capitalized on very niche markets.

What is C2C?
By Andreas Rivera | July 20, 2018

C2C, or customer-to-customer, or consumer-to-consumer, is a business model that facilitates the transaction of products or services between customers.

12 Part-Time Business Ideas
By Jennifer Post | July 10, 2018

Not ready to quit your day job? Run any one of these startups in your spare time.

How to Pitch Your Business Idea to Potential Investors
By Bennett Conlin | June 21, 2018

A successful pitch to investors can be the difference between your business's failure and success.

Starting an Etsy Shop? Here’s How to Do It
By Sammi Caramela | June 16, 2018

If you have a talent and passion for creating quality products, consider starting an Etsy shop to sell your items and earn an income. Find out how here.

How Mushy Blueberries Became a Multimillion Dollar Idea for This Single Mom
By Sammi Caramela | February 01, 2018

Looking for a better way to keep her son's lunch cold, Melissa Kieling got creative and sewed a freezer gel pack inside the lining of a lunchbox. The result? PackIt lunchboxes.

How Life as a Mom Inspired a Business that Brings Families Together
By Sammi Caramela | January 10, 2018

Julie Burleson had pursued several culinary entrepreneurial ventures, but it wasn't until she founded Young Chefs Academy that she was able to marry her passions of family and cooking.

Good Karma: How One Entrepreneur Gave Back and Earned More in Return
By Sammi Caramela | December 15, 2017

Patricia Dao has always believed that every experience has a meaningful place in a person's story, including opportunities to give. She started dailyKARMA to make giving part of everyday life.

Valuing Family as the Root of Business
By Sammi Caramela | December 11, 2017

Randy Simon's father Freddy always wanted to open a burger restaurant, but never got the chance while he was raising six children and working full-time. Years later, Randy helped make his father's...

From Brothers to Business Partners: Why Family Makes the Best Colleagues
By Sammi Caramela | December 07, 2017

Fred Vicario's relationship with his brother Steve growing up prepared them well to become business partners. Here's what he's learned operating 11 Cherry Blow Dry Bar locations with his brother.

How to Write a Business Proposal
By Sammi Caramela | December 05, 2017

Writing a business proposal for your clients? Here's everything you need to know.

Never Grow Up: How I Channeled My Childhood Dream to Start a Toy Business
By Sammi Caramela | November 21, 2017

Kate Karcher-Clark put her entire life's savings on the line to start her own toy company. Here's how she broke into the industry and achieved her dream.

How My Business Survived Two Years of Construction
By Sammi Caramela | November 20, 2017

Franchisee Al Silva's Play It Again Sports location was under construction for two years. He managed to keep the business booming during that time, despite appearances. Here's how he did it.

When Cleaning and Pro Sports Collide: How An Athlete Disrupted the Laundry Market
By Sammi Caramela | October 31, 2017

Professional lacrosse player Drew Westervelt launched HEX Performance laundry detergent to help athletes get their workout clothes and uniforms cleaner. Here's his story.

Supply Chain Management: What Small Businesses Need to Know
By Jill Bowers | September 22, 2017

Supply chain management is a conscious effort to run supply chains in the most efficient and effective way possible.

I’ve Got 99 Problems, But People Aren’t One of Them
By Nicole Fallon | August 17, 2017

Karen Gordon has been a CEO for nearly 20 years, and in that time, she's learned a lot about understanding people. She shares her best advice for fellow leaders.