Small Business Resource Guide

FICO opens up credit scores to small businesses

FICO is finally allowing small business owners to see the credit score lenders use when determining creditworthiness.  More

6 ways you can use 3-D printers

Small business owners are able to bring new, innovative products to market faster and cheaper thanks to 3-D printers.  More

6 most dangerous cyberattacks

Small businesses are the No. 1 target for cybercriminals. Here are 6 of the most dangerous cyberattacks hitting small firms.  More

9 apps every business traveler needs now

You don't need a personal assistant or a corporate travel department. These apps will change how you get around, saving you time -- and money.  More

How to throw an unforgettable holiday party

Silicon Alley tech startups see great parties as part of their employee-retention strategy, so they go all-out. Here's how.  More

5 Americans who launched startups in Chile

Forget Silicon Valley, these entrepreneurs moved to South America to develop their startups. They were accepted into the government-backed program Start-Up Chile, receiving $40,000 in equity-free funding.  More

Startups find free money in South America

Entrepreneurs from the U.S. are leaving Silicon Valley and moving to South America to develop their startup businesses.  More

The danger when one client is 80% of sales

It's great if you've landed a steady, lucrative customer! But beware of devoting so much attention to that one client that you stop looking for new ones.  More

How to boost your online sales this holiday season

Here's how to grab a bigger slice of the $64 billion that shoppers are expected to spend online this season.  More

How to successfully launch a second startup

Bob Diener co-founded Hotels.com in the '90s. When he launched Getaroom.com in 2009, the landscape had dramatically changed. Here's his advice on launching a second startup.  More

Why 'do good' businesses are blowing up

For over 850 businesses like BlueAvocado, earning B Corp status sets them apart as companies that place a premium on doing well, while doing good.  More

French fry joint lures customers through Facebook

Ryan Smolkin started Smoke's Poutinerie with no marketing budget. Instead, he burned the midnight oil on Facebook and Twitter. Today, he has 60 stores and $28 million in sales.  More

Google's dreaded 'blacklist'

Small businesses are reeling from an increase in cybercrime, but a hacked website can have even greater consequences if Google lists you as 'infected.'  More

How do you handle bad online reviews?

It's not uncommon to receive a few negative reviews, but what's the best way to handle it? Don't call commenters punks, for starters.  More

Want loyal customers? Build a culture of saying yes

Follow the lead of the tech giants, and treat your employees the way you'd want to be treated. If they feel supported, they'll be more inclined to say "yes" to customers.  More

Best social network for your business

Almost 75% of small businesses use social media, but do they use it correctly? Here's a rundown of the top 6 sites and how best to use them.  More

How data mining can boost your revenue by 300%

With details like age, gender and buying history, small businesses can better engage with their customers and dramatically increase sales.  More

Could teaching employees to code be key to success?

Computerizing medical records takes a deep understanding of how doctors run their practices. So startup Modernizing Medicine trained doctors to design software.  More

I knew I'd made it when ...

These entrepreneurs had some rocky starts, but each had a key moment when their business turned a corner. They share how they got there.  More

How to compete against a corporate giant - and win

It's not easy starting a company when your main competitor has been around for more than 100 years. But Arch Angel Brands still went up against Dr. Scholl's. Here's how they did it.  More

What I look for in a new hire

When hiring new employees, these entrepreneurs look past the resume for qualities like judgment, compassion and integrity.  More

Want funding? Here's how to pitch to angel investors

If you're trying to raise seed capital for your business, you're going to want an angel investor on your side Here's what you need to know before you pitch them.  More

How to manage employees who work from home

Telecommuting is the wave of the future, and yet managing people you rarely see can pose some special challenges. Here are tips for making it work.  More

How to start a business with your sibling

Avi and Noemi Millman, founders of walking-tour app Stray Boots, offer these four rules to make the new venture successful.  More

Big business in chicken wings

Chicken wings, once worthless, are now the most prized part of the bird. Skyrocketing demand is making chicken wing franchises a hot item in the restaurant world.  More

Franchised wings in your local bar

Atomic Wings is offering a service called fractional franchising, allowing business owners to serve the popular wings in their local bar or restaurant.  Play

The secret to taking a real vacation

To go off the grid when you're a business owner, you have to learn to delegate effectively.  More

Wedding businesses boom after same-sex ruling

Wedding-related businesses are experiencing a boom since the Supreme Court's historic ruling on same-sex marriages last week.  More

Wal-Mart's 'American Idol'-style contest is back

Wal-Mart is holding its 'Get on the Shelf' crowdsourcing contest for a second year in hopes of finding the best new products from entrepreneurs.  More

Let employees vote?

It's often wise to give employees a voice on decisions like whether they'd prefer free lunch vs. other perks. Here's how one company is doing that successfully.  More

A tornado destroyed my business. Now what?

After a tornado or other natural disaster, it's pivotal for entrepreneurs to properly manage employees, customers and vendors. Here's how these business owners did it.  More

How startups can get cheap office space

Time to move your business out of your home? Here's how.  More

Deliveryman to store owner

The Domino's pizza dream: Some 90% of the chain's franchises are owned by former delivery people or entry-level workers. Like Rob Cookston, who now owns 18 outlets.  More

I've gone 'all temp'

Forget employees. These businesses rely entirely on freelancers. That means no taxes, unemployment insurance or labor regulation.  More

Executive by day, entrepreneur by night

These seven moonlighters are pursuing big professional careers -- and their entrepreneurial dreams.  More

Spending cuts threaten military town's businesses

In Colorado Springs, a hub of small businesses that rely heavily on federal contracts, business owners say government work started getting harder to come by months ago.  More

Government contractors brace for spending cuts

Some companies have built successful businesses on government funding. Now, as Washington gets ready to begin automatic budget cuts, these firms are taking stock.  More

India's new craving for luxury chocolates

The entire chocolate market in India is booming, but pricey chocolates are especially in demand there as its growing middle and upper class develops a taste for luxury goods.  More

How Europe's economy hits U.S.-made guitars

When things go wrong in Europe, American companies feel the pain. Here's how it affects Paul Reed Smith guitars.  Play

Old school bookstore thrives in NYC

The Strand Bookstore in New York has held on for over 80 years despite the changing city around it.  Play

Small businesses worry about the fiscal cliff

Owners of a limousine company and a jewelry business weigh in on what the fiscal cliff means for their bottom lines.  Play

9 hot businesses you can start now

In a lousy economy, startup ideas can be found in surprising places. We asked Thumbtack.com which opportunities are drawing the most interest from entrepreneurs and their customers.  More

Lady Gaga: 'I want to smell like a slut'

Lady Gaga launches new perfume called Fame, which is black in the bottle but goes on clear.  Play

What it takes to be 'Made in USA'

'Made in USA' labels are found on everything from clothing to cars to diapers. But companies must comply with complex regulations if they want to tout their American-made status.  More

Why lobster is so cheap

Record hauls in the Gulf of Maine have flooded the lobster market, driving the price of soft shell lobster to its lowest level in three decades.  Play

Moms making millions

These five entrepreneurs are successfully juggling their duties as moms, while making millions in their businesses. Here's how.  More

Wanna boost your biz? Train an Olympian

U.S. Olympian John Orozco trained as a kid at World Cup Gymnastics in Chappaqua, N.Y., and the buzz has attracted new faces.  Play
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