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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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Lessons from 'Prometheus' on Building an Effective Website

Lessons from 'Prometheus' on Building an Effective Website

To promote the upcoming Alien prequel, marketers have created a website for Weyland Industries, the mega-corporation that has a central role in the plot. Here are tips that business owners can take fr
April 4, 2012 in Site Design
Seven Business Books to Inspire You on Spring Break

Seven Business Books to Inspire You on Spring Break

From leadership and innovation to startup tips, these seven business books have useful information for entrepreneurs at every stage.
April 2, 2012 in New Ideas
Do You Know the Best Way to Grow Your Business?

Do You Know the Best Way to Grow Your Business?

Once your business launches, it's time to grow. But it's important to grow smart. Here's a look at why the Shark Tank investors passed on one great company after taking a look at its growth plan.
March 29, 2012 in Grow Your Business
10 Ways to Green Your Retail Store

10 Ways to Green Your Retail Store

It can be hard to make expensive changes that could bring big energy savings, such as adding insulation or installing skylights. But you should.
March 29, 2012 in Managing Cash Flow
Business Groups Divided as Top Court Considers Health-Care Reform

Business Groups Divided as Top Court Considers Health-Care Reform

As the Supreme Court finishes up hearing challenges to the Affordable Care Act, business owners continue to be split on what outcome they'd like to see.
March 28, 2012 in Business Management
Seven Effective Marketing Methods for Our Ad-Cluttered, Digital Age

Seven Effective Marketing Methods for Our Ad-Cluttered, Digital Age

In a competitive climate, it's critical for small businesses to market effectively. Here are seven popular marketing methods and why you should consider them.
March 27, 2012 in Marketing Ideas
The Risk-Averse Entrepreneur's Guide to Startup Success

The Risk-Averse Entrepreneur's Guide to Startup Success

Thinking about starting a small business? Here's a step-by-step guide for how to launch your business in a low-risk way.
March 26, 2012 in Startup Basics
I Am Woman. . . See Me Grow My $1 Million Business

I Am Woman. . . See Me Grow My $1 Million Business

Women-owned businesses with sales over $1 million are growing. Here are three theories on why women are able to build bigger businesses today.
March 23, 2012 in Trends
The 'Fashion Star' Guide to Connecting the Dots for Customers

The 'Fashion Star' Guide to Connecting the Dots for Customers

The new shopping reality-TV hybrid shows designers and retailers the right way to get customers jazzed about products.
March 22, 2012 in Your Website
Six Keys to Boost Your Business in 2012

Six Keys to Boost Your Business in 2012

Is your business on track to grow this year? Consider the habits of high-growth, small-business owners and identifies key steps to growing revenue this year.
March 21, 2012 in Grow Your Business
Should You Be the Leader of Your Small Business?

Should You Be the Leader of Your Small Business?

Some entrepreneurs are born to start businesses, but not all of them can inspire greatness in the ranks. Here's how to tell if you're really cut out for leadership.
March 20, 2012 in Leadership
Does Your Small Business Need to Pivot?

Does Your Small Business Need to Pivot?

Young entrepreneur Peter Crabtree became an upscale chocolatier in 2005. When that didn't take off, he changed the business to an entirely new concept.
March 16, 2012 in Exploring New Markets
Investor Lori Greiner on Her Swim in the 'Shark Tank'

Investor Lori Greiner on Her Swim in the 'Shark Tank'

Guest "Shark" and QVC Queen dishes about her time on the reality TV show and what she likes to hear in an entrepreneur's pitch.
March 15, 2012 in Startup Financing
Entrepreneurs: Are You a User?

Entrepreneurs: Are You a User?

Did you start your business after creating a product for your own use? If so, your chances of landing venture capital and finding business success are better than for other types of startups.
March 14, 2012 in Inventing
Branding 101: Five Tips for Solopreneurs

Branding 101: Five Tips for Solopreneurs

Just because you're a solopreneur doesn't mean you can't have snappy branding. Here are some tips and examples of one-person businesses with great brands.
March 12, 2012 in Branding
Hey, Small-Business Owner: Do You Shop Local?

Hey, Small-Business Owner: Do You Shop Local?

If you want consumers to shop local, encourage them by shopping locally for your own business.
March 9, 2012 in Marketing Ideas
The Five Things Employees Really Want

The Five Things Employees Really Want

The recent 'Undercover Boss' episode on Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen showed exactly what workers really want from their employer. Here's a hint: It's not a raise.
March 8, 2012 in Human Resources
The Office's Five-Step Guide to a Disastrous Store Opening

The Office's Five-Step Guide to a Disastrous Store Opening

The opening day for the new Sabre store on 'The Office' was riddled with mistakes. Though funny, the show also offers vital lessons for entrepreneurs on what not to do.
March 7, 2012 in Sales Techniques
Small Businesses Borrow More, But Should They?

Small Businesses Borrow More, But Should They?

An uptick in small-business lending may mean entrepreneurs will start hiring in 2012, or they might just sit on their cash.
March 5, 2012 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Will Customers Know Your Pick for President?

Will Customers Know Your Pick for President?

The Presidential election will be an increasingly unavoidable topic as the months roll on. Here are seven options for how to handle the political discourse at your business.
March 2, 2012 in Business Management
Need Ideas for Your Business Blog? Here Are 50

Need Ideas for Your Business Blog? Here Are 50

Here are some of the best strategies for making a blog readable and engaging.
March 2, 2012 in Marketing Ideas
10 Ways to Slash Your Business's Gas Costs

10 Ways to Slash Your Business's Gas Costs

Fuel prices are forecast to hit an all-time high this year. Here are some strategies for keeping your transportation costs in check.
March 1, 2012 in Managing Cash Flow
How Do You Define Business Success?

How Do You Define Business Success?

After five grueling months mining for gold, Hoffman's crew from 'Gold Rush Alaska' fell short. Here's why setting business goals -- even small ones -- can leave you feeling like a winner.
February 29, 2012 in Cash Flow & Money Management
Five Tips to Inspire Innovation at Your Small Business

Five Tips to Inspire Innovation at Your Small Business

More innovation is needed for a business to thrive in today's world of shrinking product life cycles and increased competition. Here's how to kick your business into high gear.
February 27, 2012 in Innovation
Seven Ways to Get Your Unmotivated Workers Off Their Butts

Seven Ways to Get Your Unmotivated Workers Off Their Butts

Here are some tips for getting workers fired up and raring to achieve your company's goals.
February 24, 2012 in Motivation and Retention
Want to Wow Investors? Bring Your Kids to the Pitch Meeting

Want to Wow Investors? Bring Your Kids to the Pitch Meeting

See how two inventors fared when they brought their children along to pitch the 'Sharks.'
February 23, 2012 in Angel Investors
Seven Ways to Keep Angry Customers (Like Me) Happy

Seven Ways to Keep Angry Customers (Like Me) Happy

When customer service goes wrong, I am irate. Here's how to keep angry customers like me from storming out of your real or virtual store, never to return.
February 22, 2012 in Customer Service
10 Powerful Management Insights from Apple, P&G, Yum Brands and Gilt Groupe

10 Powerful Management Insights from Apple, P&G, Yum Brands and Gilt Groupe

Here's a rundown on the management traits four solid-gold brands used to get their startups off the ground, and to keep driving their companies forward, as described in four new books:
February 20, 2012 in Business Management
12 Leadership Traits You Need to Thrive in Tough Times

12 Leadership Traits You Need to Thrive in Tough Times

What does it take to lead a small business through this ongoing economic mess? Here's a roundup of the important traits for entrepreneurs in 2012.
February 17, 2012 in Growth Strategies
Would You Sell Your Startup Right Now If I Gave You $600,000?

Would You Sell Your Startup Right Now If I Gave You $600,000?

Few business owners expect to get a fat buyout offer while their startup is still on the launch pad. Here's what one business owner did when confronted with an offer.
February 16, 2012 in Angel Investors
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