Entrepreneurial

7 tips for landing an SBA loan

By Guest Contributor
December 3, 2010

– Rachel Zippwald is the vice president of California Bank & Trust, a major SBA lender. The views expressed are her own. –

Microsoft-i4i fight has big patent implications

November 29, 2010

What has been an interesting side show over the last few years, has taken on a much greater significance with the latest news that Microsoft’s appeal of a patent win by software minnow i4i will be heard by the Supreme Court.

What entrepreneurs can learn from Taylor Swift

By Guest Contributor
November 24, 2010

– Ashley Bodi is the founder of Business Beware. This article originally appeared on Under30CEO. The views expressed are her own. –

Why America isn’t lending to small businesses

By Guest Contributor
November 16, 2010

– Jeff Stibel is the chairman and CEO of small business credit rating agency Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. The views expressed are his own. –

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.

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.

Four wheels and style to burn

By Guest Contributor
October 29, 2010

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

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 Reuters Money:

1099 tax rule may bring big pain to small business

By A. G. Newmyer
October 20, 2010

The new rules on 1099 forms, which were attached to the health care bill and are set to go into effect in 2012, call for all businesses, no matter how small, to file 1099 forms for goods as well as for services. That sounds like a technicality, but it’s got small business up in arms.