Entrepreneurial

Why America’s small businesses are becoming like banks

By Terra Terwilliger
November 15, 2010

By Terra Terwilliger
The opinions expressed are the author’s own.

Over two years after the start of the Great Credit Crisis, banks are still not lending money. But big businesses know exactly where to go for a quick, interest-free loan … the little guy. Even as corporate profits recover, big companies continue to squeeze their small vendors, stretching out payment terms and writing late checks. Unfortunately, this blatant exploitation is damaging the small business economic engine that drives half of US GDP.

Startup ditches dating site for video games

By Reuters Staff
November 12, 2010

When his original startup concept flopped, Charles Forman decided to give his dating site a makeover.

Small businesses cheer midterm results

November 11, 2010

– George A. Cloutier is the founder and CEO of American Management Services and the author of the bestselling book, “Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing”. The views expressed are his own. –

Exclusive: Survey says small businesses upbeat about 2011

November 11, 2010

Small businesses are feeling better about the economy and are looking to grow in 2011, according to a new survey released this week by online marketing firm Constant Contact.

Bringing order to the chaos of student life

November 4, 2010

As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, Jay Rodrigues had a tough time balancing his academic studies, work in student government and his fraternity commitments.

Four wheels and style to burn

By Guest Contributor
October 29, 2010

– By Regina Schrambling. This article originally appeared on SecondAct.com. –

from Environment Forum:

Detroit vs. Silicon Valley as green auto hub

October 29, 2010

Composite image shows an aerial view of downtown Detroit (left) October 16, 2006 REUTERS/Molly Riley, and a view of a rainbow over San Jose City, California, Feb. 5, 2009 REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

There's a debate touring its way around the blogosphere these days: should the new green auto industry be based in Motor City Detroit or shiny, happy Silicon Valley?

Cloud technology lifts “accidental” entrepreneur

By Guest Contributor
October 28, 2010

– Cindy Bates is vice president of Microsoft’s U.S. SMB organization where she is responsible for the company’s end-to-end SMB sales and marketing efforts. The views expressed are her own. –

from PopTech:

Edit your life and win a green contest

October 26, 2010

Graham Hill's latest design initiative, Life Edited, is a contest to renovate a 420 square-foot apartment in New York City in a way that will radically reduce your carbon footprint. With $70,000 in cash, prizes and a design contract, why not enter it?

from PopTech:

Making it right in New Orleans

October 25, 2010

PopTech speaker Tom Darden is the executive director of the Make It Right Foundation, the organization started by Brad Pitt to rebuild affordable, green homes in New Orleans' lower ninth ward. Make It Right has already built 50 homes and are in the midst of construction for another 30. Their initial goal is to build a total of 150.