Q&A with Jeff Stibel: What small business owners need to know about the fiscal cliff

November 14, 2012

With the so-called fiscal cliff looming, Reuters Small Business interviewed Jeff Stibel, chairman and CEO of small business credit rating agency Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp to ask him a few questions about what small businesses need to know about the government’s self-imposed tax agreement deadline and what small businesses can do in case congress fails to ink a tax agreement plan before the end of the year.  

Employers hold the hammer when it comes to office politics

October 31, 2012

As an extremely close election race heads into its final days, offices across the country will become political hotbeds. But employees should remember that the freedom to express your political beliefs is mostly a one-way street that favors the employer.

Small business owners feeling glum about economy: poll

October 18, 2012

President Barack Obama called them the “engines of growth” in a debate this week against Mitt Romney, but small businesses are feeling decidedly glum about the broader economy and more than half of them have no plans to hire anytime soon.

Swing state small businesses could loom large

October 17, 2012

In a very close presidential election race, small businesses in swing states could decide who wins or loses.

Q&A with Silicon Valley “Godfather” Steve Blank

October 9, 2012

For those who don’t have a Silicon Valley area code, Steve Blank likely doesn’t have much name recognition. But amongst the Apples, Googles and Facebooks of the world, Blank enjoys iconic status. Blank says he gets asked for autographs just walking down the street in Palo Alto, where he teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford. Some young entrepreneurs reverentially refer to the 59-year-old as: “The Godfather.”

Small tech CEOs say Romney better for the economy: survey

October 5, 2012

Regardless of who won the presidential debate, the majority of executives from small technology firms would feel better if Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wins next month’s general election.

Women-owned small businesses on the rise, but obstacles remain

October 3, 2012

When Hedy Ratner started the Women’s Business Development Center in Chicago 25 years ago, women owned just 10 percent of U.S. businesses.

SBA says small business lending up, but some feeling left out

September 28, 2012

This week Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills gave America’s top banks a pat on the back for boosting their lending to small businesses over the last 12 months, while separate data showed that funding for the most needy small businesses actually contracted.

Small businesses likely to benefit from patent law overhaul

September 25, 2012

When new patent legislation was passed a year ago Alex Frommeyer was one of the first entrepreneurs to take advantage.

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Job creation: Where are the startups?

September 13, 2012

Tim Kane, at the Hudson Institute, has a new paper out with a simple title: "The Collapse of Startups in Job Creation". His paper is basically a slightly politicized version of the charts put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics last month, under the headline "Entrepreneurship and the U.S. Economy". The first two charts are particularly striking. The first one looks at the number of startups in America -- companies less than one year old.