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Carol Tice

A southern California native, Tice now lives on an island near Seattle with her husband and three children. Who have talked her into getting a dog. In more than 15 years of reporting on businesses large and small, she's gone on more than 100 business trips, filing stories from Anchorage to Atlanta. Her work has appeared in the Seattle Times, Nation's Restaurant News, Wall Street Journal, Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Magazine, and many others. More than 1,000 of her articles are floating around the Internet. . . and she has no idea when she had time to write them all. She is proud CEO and Janitor of TiceWrites Inc., and blogs about freelance writing at Make a Living Writing. Email her at carol@caroltice.com.

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Reality TV Show May Hit Too Close to Home in Silicon Valley

Reality TV Show May Hit Too Close to Home in Silicon Valley

A new Bravo show that follows startups through their growing pains is riling the high-tech hotbed. A look at what may be behind all the griping.
July 13, 2012 in Lifestyle
6 Low-Cost Ideas for an Interior-Design Makeover

6 Low-Cost Ideas for an Interior-Design Makeover

Does your restaurant or store need a face-lift? Consider these budget-minded tactics from a recent episode of 'Restaurant Impossible.'
June 29, 2012 in Restaurant Center
Gordon Ramsay's Lessons for Motivating a Sales Team

Gordon Ramsay's Lessons for Motivating a Sales Team

The celebrity chef knows how to rev up his staff to perform at their best. Here are seven lessons from the season premiere of Fox's 'MasterChef.'
June 22, 2012 in Managing Employees
7 Layout Secrets of the Big Retail Chains

7 Layout Secrets of the Big Retail Chains

The right design and displays can steer customers to more merchandise and keep them shopping longer.
June 18, 2012 in Retail Center
The Barter Kings' Guide to Building a Business Without Cash

The Barter Kings' Guide to Building a Business Without Cash

More business owners are looking to barter for what they need. Here are seven tips for negotiating favorable trades.
June 16, 2012 in Money

Shark Tank vs. KickStarter: How One Startup Used Both to Launch

When deals fall apart, it can often be for the best. For this business owner, the upside of losing angel funding was retaining equity and control over his company.
June 11, 2012 in Financing
Zipcar: Two Moms, a Business Idea and $68 in the Bank

Zipcar: Two Moms, a Business Idea and $68 in the Bank

The story of the popular car-sharing service started by two moms in Massachusetts could be an inspiration for your new business.
June 1, 2012 in Success Stories
Cupcake Wars, Cupcake Champions and the Magic of Brand Extensions

Cupcake Wars, Cupcake Champions and the Magic of Brand Extensions

TV spin-offs have something to teach business owners about getting more mileage out of their brands. Consider these five lessons from Cupcake Wars, Project Runway and other reality-TV favorites.
June 1, 2012 in Branding
Tabatha's Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Business Culture

Tabatha's Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Business Culture

The Bravo show about a brutally frank salon consultant has a lot to teach business owners from all fields.
May 24, 2012 in Managing Employees
Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own

Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own

Many small-business owners who hope to land angel funding have expectations that are wildly unrealistic. Here's a reality check.
May 18, 2012 in Angel Investors
Forget Reality TV.  Business Owners Benefit from Local Contests

Forget Reality TV. Business Owners Benefit from Local Contests

Local business competitions are growing more popular. Is it time for your company to enter one?
May 17, 2012 in Public Relations
The American Pickers Guide to Negotiating

The American Pickers Guide to Negotiating

Hate to negotiate? Fans of the History Channel's hit reality show about a pair of likable antique dealers might learn to love it -- and get better at it.
May 10, 2012 in Legal Center
An Inside Look at How Teams Create Great Business Ideas When Subway Meets 'Mad Men' in AMC's 'The Pitch'

An Inside Look at How Teams Create Great Business Ideas When Subway Meets 'Mad Men' in AMC's 'The Pitch'

Subway takes a star turn in a reality TV series about ad agencies competing for a big account. Viewers get a peek at how creatives brainstorm and what makes big companies tick.
May 4, 2012 in Advertising
9 Ideas for Health-Care Reform

9 Ideas for Health-Care Reform

Our blogger says that the state discount pools for small businesses planned under the health-care reform seems like the most immediate way, among the myriad alternatives under consideration, to save b
May 3, 2012 in Compensation and Benefits
Startup CEOs Crave Venture Capital, Not Crowdsourcing

Startup CEOs Crave Venture Capital, Not Crowdsourcing

Though the passage of the JOBS Act opened the doors for crowdfunding, many startups are still seeking funding from venture capital firms, according to a new study.
April 30, 2012 in Money Basics
Can You Sell Your Customers in Zero Seconds?

Can You Sell Your Customers in Zero Seconds?

Two experts say getting right to the point can help boost sales.
April 27, 2012 in Sales
Could You Charge 70% More With a Better Business Name?

Could You Charge 70% More With a Better Business Name?

Is your small business stuck charging low prices for your products or services? The problem might not be what you're selling. Here's how one business raised prices by changing its name.
April 26, 2012 in Naming Your Business
Lessons in Influence from Stumptown Coffee's Duane Sorenson

Lessons in Influence from Stumptown Coffee's Duane Sorenson

The founder of Stumptown Coffee Roasters made a list of the 30 most influential people in the beverage industry. Here's why.
April 25, 2012 in Leadership
5 Tips for Surviving Your Startup's First Year

5 Tips for Surviving Your Startup's First Year

One of the riskiest times for any business is when it's just begun. Here are five key steps to take to make sure your startup survives that tough first year.
April 23, 2012 in Startup Basics
Are You Prepared for Your Small Business to Flatline?

Are You Prepared for Your Small Business to Flatline?

Why did small businesses go bankrupt in this downturn? They didn't plan for catastrophe. Here's a guide to the risks your business should consider and plan for to thrive no matter what.
April 20, 2012 in Business Management
Do You Know What Your Business Is Really Worth?

Do You Know What Your Business Is Really Worth?

If you found an investor for your business right now, would you know how to value a stake in your business? A recent 'Shark Tank' episode highlighted how important it is to be realistic about valuatio
April 19, 2012 in Financing
Seven Tips for Coping with Customer Questions

Seven Tips for Coping with Customer Questions

Customers always have questions, and often they are very bizarre. Here are tips on how to make sure you address them effectively.
April 18, 2012 in Customer Loyalty and Retention
How Partnerships Can Help Extend Your Small Marketing Budget

How Partnerships Can Help Extend Your Small Marketing Budget

One great way to stretch a small marketing budget is to find a marketing partner that can help you boost exposure for your products.
April 16, 2012 in Growth Strategies
How to Stop Your Business From Sinking Like the Titanic

How to Stop Your Business From Sinking Like the Titanic

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the RMS Titanic's sinking. As a business owner, you want to avoid capsizing. Here are five lessons you can learn from Titanic's fate.
April 13, 2012 in Business Management
Could You Fix Your Failing Business With Just $10,000?

Could You Fix Your Failing Business With Just $10,000?

On 'Restaurant Impossible,' top chef Robert Irvine swoops into town with a $10,000 materials budget and remakes failing restaurants. Here's why sometimes, even this splash of TV publicity and a quick
April 12, 2012 in Growing Your Business
The One Simple Task That Will Help Your Startup Succeed

The One Simple Task That Will Help Your Startup Succeed

Many startups fail because their founders don't take the time to talk to potential customers before opening. Here are a few tips on getting feedback effectively.
April 11, 2012 in Startup Basics
Opening-Day Lessons from a Wendy's Restaurant

Opening-Day Lessons from a Wendy's Restaurant

Opening day should be a big event for any new restaurant or business. Here are some tips on how to make yours a good one.
April 9, 2012 in Sales Techniques
Why Women Business Owners Feel More Successful

Why Women Business Owners Feel More Successful

An informal survey released this week suggests that women entrepreneurs are more confident about their business's success than their male counterparts and offers some clues as to why.
April 6, 2012 in Women's Center
Are You Ready to Pitch Your Product to Investors?

Are You Ready to Pitch Your Product to Investors?

Inventors and entrepreneurs made their case on the debut episode of PBS's "Everyday Edisons" new season, but not all of them seemed quite ready to do so.
April 5, 2012 in Inventing
Seven Tech Tools for Fighting Retail Crime

Seven Tech Tools for Fighting Retail Crime

Store owners can choose from a greater variety of tools to try to prevent theft by both shoplifters and employees.
April 5, 2012 in Management & Operations
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