Most Read: Business

World Markets from      

 

Other Market Data from      

 

Key Rates from      

 
On Twitter Follow |  On Facebook Fan |  RSS RSS Feed

On Small Business: November, 2011

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Bathrooms as art? How to save a business by going high-end

Union Hardware was struggling in the recession until owner David Goldberg took the store from home improvement to haute couture.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:09 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Get started ‘On’ Nov. 30: Major banks downgraded, richest small businesses under tax threat

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  07:13 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 11/29/2011

New study links signing with splurging

Researchers found that shoppers who sign their names on credit card slips are more likely to splurge later that day. Retailers, its time to band together behind the power of the pen.

By J.D. Harrison  |  12:08 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 11/29/2011

Rap music: The new language in Silicon Valley

What do a handful of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have in common with Eminem and Jay Z? Catchy lyrics, hot beats and music video fame.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:27 AM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:48 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Reddit, Blip.tv and other startup founders advise young entrepreneurs

The Young Entrepreneur Council brought together some of today’s most successful startup founders to mentor aspiring entrepreneurs at the White House

By Olga Khazan  |  07:48 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Get started ‘On’ Nov. 29: FBI, DOJ crack down on Cyber Monday crooks, House mulls employment bills

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  07:45 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Small biz owners: Retirement unpreparedness at ‘crisis level’

Small business owners are increasingly concerned about the number of unprepared workers, but one group says lawmakers could ‘SAVE’ the day with proposed legislation.

By J.D. Harrison  |  01:24 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 11/25/2011

How small businesses can weather the European economic crisis

European credit ratings are falling, leaders are pushing for fiscal austerity and experts fear a euro break-up. What impact will the euro zone crisis have on small businesses, and what can business owners do about it?

By  |  02:07 PM ET, 11/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 11/25/2011

Discount products key to expansion in Europe

We are aggressively entering multiple European markets, where our oral care product lines are gaining shelf space and attracting new cost-conscious consumers who are trading down from bigger brands.

By Puneet Nanda  |  01:48 PM ET, 11/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 11/25/2011

Austerity measures could be bad for business

The European economic troubles may well have some impact on our current effort to export one of our products, a forestry fire-fighting airplane to that part of the world.

By David Ickert  |  01:48 PM ET, 11/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 11/25/2011

Manage risks when doing business in Europe

The value of the Euro has danced in a wide band during this sovereign debt crisis, and with most pundits seeing increasing downward pressure on the value of the Euro, U.S. dollar-denominated goods could prove to be very expensive in the future for European end users and consumers.

By Paul Sabbah  |  01:47 PM ET, 11/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 11/25/2011

The double trouble of the U.S. and European crises

Our long-time customers in Greece just shut down their operation because they couldn’t pay their bills. And now we see the same thing happening in Italy.

By Musya Tumanyan  |  01:47 PM ET, 11/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 11/25/2011

How small businesses can weather the European economic crisis

European credit ratings are falling, leaders are pushing for fiscal austerity and experts fear a euro break-up. What impact will the euro zone crisis have on small businesses, and what can business owners do about it?

By Olga Khazan  |  01:47 PM ET, 11/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 11/25/2011

The perks of shopping local on Black Friday

Some forego discounted gadgets at big-box stores for the sake of community, charm and cheap designer shoes.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:03 AM ET, 11/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Boutique owners band together for their own Black Friday

How a yarn store lured customers away from big-box retailers on the biggest shopping day of the year.

By Olga Khazan  |  04:59 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Get started ‘On’ the weekend: White House stumps Small Biz Saturday, Black Friday draws protests

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  02:32 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 11/23/2011

New research reveals the reasons we shop on Black Friday

The four scientific reasons we’re motivated to shop on Black Friday, and how retailers can use them year-round.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:51 AM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 11/23/2011

GOP candidates talk skilled workers, entrepreneurs at security debate

The debate was meant to center on candidates’ plans for national security and military operations, but the conversation briefly shifted to one of entrepreneurs’ and business owners’ most pressing challenges — finding skilled workers.

By J.D. Harrison  |  11:44 AM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Get started ‘On’ Nov. 23: Employer health costs climbing, unemployment dips in most states

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  06:35 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 11/22/2011

With Facebook, Google involved, Small Business Saturday gets bigger

Business giants team up to help small companies boost sales the day after Black Friday.

By Olga Khazan  |  01:48 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Small business owners fail to pinpoint specific regulation concerns

Many blame regulations for their woes, but they can’t identify which regulations are causing the problems.

By J.D. Harrison  |  09:45 AM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:28 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Get started ‘On’ Nov. 22: Fallout from supercommittee failure begins, Midwestern towns create top jobs

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  07:28 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Senate confirms Small Business Administration’s chief counsel

More than a year after the president tapped Winslow Sargeant to head the SBA Office of Advocacy, the appointment has been approved in the Senate.

By J.D. Harrison  |  05:09 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Vacant space dwindling at local shopping centers

For the first time since 2005, space available for lease at shopping centers is declining, according to a new report. But why?

By J.D. Harrison  |  01:21 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 11/21/2011

Get started ‘On’ Nov. 21: Harvard opens entre­pre­neur­ship center, government opens doors for mobile tech firms

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:08 AM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 11/19/2011

Highlights from D.C. Entrepreneurship Week

The second-annual D.C. Entrepreneurship week - a symposium organized by several entrepreneurs and corporate firms in the nation’s capital - took place this week in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week. Here are the highlights from the week’s advice for entrepreneurs from legal experts, investors and government officials.

By  |  01:58 PM ET, 11/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Get started ‘On’ the weekend: Small biz embraces social media, FCC debuts cybersecurity tool

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  07:43 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Jerry of Ben & Jerry’s: Great products will always trump regulatory hurdles

Even in today’s increasingly difficult regulatory environment, Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s says his ice cream company’s recipe for success will still work for today’s entrepreneurs.

By J.D. Harrison  |  03:25 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 11/17/2011

How the Holstee manifesto became the new ‘Just Do It’

An accidental viral campaign allows a company to sell printed versions of its mission statement

By Olga Khazan  |  01:46 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 11/17/2011

Should American entrepreneurs fear the economic disasters in Greece, Italy?

Speaking at D.C. Entrepreneurship Week, a pair of panelists agreed that, while many young companies are immune to the fiscal crises abroad, entrepreneurs should nevertheless pay close attention to the ‘major catastrophe’ brewing in Europe.

By J.D. Harrison  |  11:14 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Get started ‘On’ Nov. 17: House passes 3% withholding bill, investors lose confidence

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  07:02 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:41 PM ET, 11/15/2011

Get started ‘On’ Nov. 16: Silicon Valley giants join forces, Kim Kardashian buoys small businesses

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  07:41 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 11/15/2011

Five ‘cardinal rules’ for launching a business

Ryan Naftulin on Tuesday shared his most critical startup advice to entrepreneurs and investors at an event for D.C. Entre­pre­neur­ship Week.

By J.D. Harrison  |  04:40 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 11/15/2011

More Americans prefer small businesses to large companies, survey finds

A new survey finds that a majority of Americans view small businesses as ethical and honest

By Olga Khazan  |  11:46 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 11/15/2011

What it takes to get funding for your startup

At D.C. Entrepreneurship Week’s first pitch session, venture capitalists dish about what they look for and what they hate and which ideas are ‘on fire.’

By Olga Khazan  |  09:53 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/15/2011

Get started ‘On’ Nov. 15: NYC businesses protest the protests, government releasing retail data

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 11/14/2011

American entrepreneurs driven less by opportunity, more by necessity

A new study suggests entrepreneurs are increasingly driven by desperation rather than opportunities for higher income.

By J.D. Harrison  |  01:30 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 11/14/2011

Under 30 CEO? Try under 20

Uber-young entrepreneurs are rare, but 18-year-old Brelyn Freeman thinks her affordable costume jewelry shop will be a success story.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:02 AM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 11/14/2011

Get started ‘on’ Nov. 14: Entrepreneurship Celebrations kick off, House debating REIN act

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  09:09 AM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:21 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Which countries make it easiest to do business?

Which countries make it easiest to start and operate a company? Nations are ranked based on factors such as the ease of dealing with permits, registering property, obtaining credit and paying taxes. Data from the IFC-World Bank.

By  |  07:21 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Americans report worst assessment of job market in a decade

Despite a big drop in unemployment applications, Americans are wary about submitting job applications.

By J.D. Harrison  |  05:34 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Uncertainty about skills, injuries dampens hiring of veterans

Employers say they want to hire veterans, but many are unsure how former soldiers will adjust to the civilian workforce

By Olga Khazan  |  01:57 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 11/11/2011

Veterans turn military skills into entrepreneurial success

Four former service men and women on how they used the lessons from the military to launch succesful businesses.

By J.D. Harrison  |  11:24 AM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/11/2011

Get started ‘on’ the weekend: Banks invest in small business, veterans score jobs victory

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Veterans, government contractors score victory in the Senate

The first piece of President Obama’s jobs bill easily passed through the Senate on Thursday.

By J.D. Harrison  |  04:20 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 11/10/2011

SBA tells young people to ditch the job search and start a business

The SBA is encouraging young people to go entrepreneurial, but some experts say green owners aren’t as likely to run successful businesses.

By Olga Khazan  |  01:01 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 11/10/2011

Infographic: Young Americans want to start businesses, but many fear economic risks

Many are delaying business ventures because of economic risks, according to a new poll.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:46 AM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 11/10/2011

Get started ‘on’ Nov. 10: Portland group pushes back against protests, credit unions cash in on bank transfers

Our daily blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with you, the small business owner, in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:49 AM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 11/09/2011

Bernanke calls for heightened focus on small businesses

Economists and activists know entrepreneurs face challenges — but they don’t see eye to eye.

By J.D. Harrison  |  05:00 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 11/09/2011

Get started ‘on’ Nov. 9: The Fed urges policymakers to support small businesses

Our morning blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison and Olga Khazan  |  01:11 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 11/09/2011

LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy on how to scale up a small business

LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy talks about the three problems his business solves for online customers.

By On Small Business staff  |  09:35 AM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Obama, SBA and Senate take aim at veteran unemployment

The agency outlines 18 ways the government can help veterans launch their own companies.

By J.D. Harrison  |  04:45 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Looking to start a business? One attorney offers tips to dodge the pitfalls

Sue Wang, co-founder of D.C.-based Clarity Law Group, offers legal tips for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

By Steven Overly  |  12:08 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 11/08/2011

Get started ‘on’ Nov. 8: Pittsburgh pitches to midlife entrepreneurs, small biz optimism rises

Our morning blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:05 AM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Americans angered by big banks turn to local alternatives

A growing number of Americans are considering small, independent banks as backlash mounts against the nation’s largest institutions.

By J.D. Harrison  |  02:06 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Nation adds jobs despite, not because of, small businesses

The U.S. added 80,000 jobs in October, but small-business owners can take little credit for the upswing.

By J.D. Harrison  |  05:24 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Get started ‘on’ Nov. 4: Small biz hiring slips, Groupon debuts on Wall Street

Our morning blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with small businesses in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  12:16 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 11/03/2011

‘Tis the season to hire holiday staff

Tell us what qualities you look for in seasonal emlpoyees who hope to make their gigs long-term.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:29 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 11/03/2011

House aims to free up capital for businesses

The House on Wednesday passed two bills intended to help small firms bypass the SEC, and another is scheduled for debate later this week.

By J.D. Harrison  |  02:28 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 11/03/2011

Get started ‘on’ Nov. 3: Fed downgrades economic forecasts, borrowing rises

Get started ‘on’ Nov. 3 with our morning blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with you - the small business community - in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  11:23 AM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Acquisition advice: Find your perfect suitor

Want to get your share of Google’s $1.4 billion shopping spree? Experts share their tips.

By J.D. Harrison  |  12:51 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 11/02/2011

Get started ‘On’ Nov. 2: Private sector surprises economists, small biz groups plead with Obama

Kickstart your day with our morning blend of news, trends and tips for the small business community.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:50 AM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 11/01/2011

Get started ‘on’ Nov. 1: Corporations nab small biz contracts, Fed mulls policy changes

Kickstart your day with our morning blend of news, trends and tips for the small business community.

By J.D. Harrison  |  11:12 AM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Small businesses’ economic influence comes under fire

Politicians have pegged small business as the key to driving economic growth — but recent studies suggest otherwise.

By J.D. Harrison  |  05:11 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 10/31/2011

Get Started ‘On’ Oct. 31: Small biz hiring slides, venture capital shifts to China

Kickstart your day with our morning blend of news, trends and tips created specifically with you - the small business community - in mind.

By J.D. Harrison  |  11:14 AM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

© 2011 The Washington Post Company