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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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10 Intriguing Business Books for Entrepreneurs to Read on Vacation

10 Intriguing Business Books for Entrepreneurs to Read on Vacation

Here are the 10 business books that intrigued me most this year. If you're looking for a little inspiration to kick-start 2012, make one of these a year-end read.
December 21, 2011 in Forward Thinkers
Is Your Small Business Making You Fat?

Is Your Small Business Making You Fat?

With the weak economy, many owners are putting in more time at work -- and it's taking a toll on their health, a new study shows.
December 19, 2011 in Health & Fitness
The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding

The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding

Wondering what makes investors back an invention? The new History Channel show 'Invention USA' points out a key factor that can make the difference in landing funding.
December 16, 2011 in Inventing
The Investors Who Laughed at Zynga

The Investors Who Laughed at Zynga

It's been a banner week for Zynga with its long-awaited IPO. But there was a time when its founder was criticized for proposing a free-gaming business model.
December 16, 2011 in Evaluating Your Idea
Three Key Business Investments to Make in 2012

Three Key Business Investments to Make in 2012

It's time to think about where to invest in your business next year. Here are three trends to pinpoint in 2012 that could pay off big.
December 14, 2011 in Marketing Ideas
Top 10 Small Business Predictions for 2012

Top 10 Small Business Predictions for 2012

Here is a collection of next year's top trends for marketing, retailing, service businesses, mobile, social media and more.
December 12, 2011 in Hot Trends
An Inside Look At Being a Wal-Mart Supplier

An Inside Look At Being a Wal-Mart Supplier

What does it really take to service Wal-Mart as an account? A new report provides a rare, behind-the-scenes view into the inner workings of the big-box giant.
December 9, 2011 in Make the Sale
Is Your Business in a Post-Thanksgiving Sales Slump?

Is Your Business in a Post-Thanksgiving Sales Slump?

A new survey finds shoppers either stocked up on Thanksgiving weekend, or are waiting until the last minute to find their holiday gifts.
December 7, 2011 in Make the Sale
How One Company Transformed Its Boring Products

How One Company Transformed Its Boring Products

If your industry is full of sameness and you're having trouble figuring out how to differentiate your products, try to inject something fresh. Sometimes, all a product needs is a new name.
December 5, 2011 in Marketing Ideas
What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Costco's CEO

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Costco's CEO

Jim Sinegal, the CEO of the third-largest U.S. retailer is retiring next year. Here are five key lessons entrepreneurs can take away from his legacy.
December 2, 2011 in Leadership
Will Black Friday and Cyber Monday Lead to a Big Payday?

Will Black Friday and Cyber Monday Lead to a Big Payday?

Early reports show that the big holiday weekend was actually big this year, but consumers are looking for deals. Will retailers still be able to turn a profit?
November 29, 2011 in Sales Techniques
A Small Business Owner's Guide to Year-End Sales Success

A Small Business Owner's Guide to Year-End Sales Success

With just four weeks left to bank end of year sales, there are still ways you can maximize your 2011 income. Here are five tips.
November 28, 2011 in Make the Sale
What One Startup Got Out of Starring in Webisodes

What One Startup Got Out of Starring in Webisodes

Dell just aired a six-part series of Webisodes on the winner of its America's Favorite Small Business contest. Here's what the company got out of starring in the series.
November 25, 2011 in Marketing Ideas
Retailers That Open on Thanksgiving: Is It Wrong?

Retailers That Open on Thanksgiving: Is It Wrong?

As giant retailers open for business on Thanksgiving Day, small companies may also feel the pressure to open their doors.
November 23, 2011 in Sales Techniques
Five New Online Tools for Finding Local Customers

Five New Online Tools for Finding Local Customers

Want more local customers to find your business? Here are five new tools from cutting edge Web developers.
November 21, 2011 in Online Marketing
Startup Initiatives Sprout from Global Entrepreneurship Week

Startup Initiatives Sprout from Global Entrepreneurship Week

Here is a look at some of the programs that will keep startups growing in the months to come.
November 18, 2011 in Startup Basics
12 Ways to (Legally) Spy on Your Competitors

12 Ways to (Legally) Spy on Your Competitors

You may not have the resources to hire a competitive intelligence specialist, but small businesses can still unearth plenty of information about rivals.
November 18, 2011 in Market Research
Entrepreneurs Risk All On 'Gold Rush Alaska.' Would You?

Entrepreneurs Risk All On 'Gold Rush Alaska.' Would You?

If you'd like to see other entrepreneurs take high-stakes business gambles, nothing beats Discovery Channel's hit Friday-night show 'Gold Rush Alaska.'
November 17, 2011 in Evaluating Your Idea
Business Owners Divided on Occupy Wall Street

Business Owners Divided on Occupy Wall Street

In your view, is the popular protest movement against the financial industry good or bad for your business? The U.S. overall? Your fellow business owners straddle both sides of the debate.
November 16, 2011 in Finding Prospects
Seven Easy Tweaks to Turn Your Site into a Holiday Sales Machine

Seven Easy Tweaks to Turn Your Site into a Holiday Sales Machine

With the year's prime shopping season looming, here are some tips for improving your website to boost sales.
November 14, 2011 in Finding Prospects
Will Repealing the 3% Withholding Tax Help Businesses Hire?

Will Repealing the 3% Withholding Tax Help Businesses Hire?

Eliminating a planned tax on government contractors is viewed as good news by business groups. But will it spur the hoped-for hiring?
November 11, 2011 in Tax Center
Masterminding With 'Turnaround King' Grant Cardone

Masterminding With 'Turnaround King' Grant Cardone

'Turnaround King' reality-TV star Grant Cardone broadcasts his mastermind group meetings on Ustream. Here are some entrepreneurship lessons from one of his recent discussions.
November 11, 2011 in Growth Strategies
Five Ways Your Business Can Grab Market Share Today

Five Ways Your Business Can Grab Market Share Today

You can never stop trying to win new customers. After all, your competitors are probably trying to win over your customers right now.
November 9, 2011 in Grow Your Business
Seven Simple Tips to Get Honest Customer Feedback Online

Seven Simple Tips to Get Honest Customer Feedback Online

Looking for more and better input on your products or services? Consider these ideas -- and skip those annoying pop-up surveys.
November 7, 2011 in Customer Service
Why Netflix, Bank of America and Dunkin' Donuts Cave in to Customer Demands

Why Netflix, Bank of America and Dunkin' Donuts Cave in to Customer Demands

Where is the line between being responsive to customers' needs, and simply letting customers call the shots?
November 4, 2011 in Customer Loyalty and Retention
'Cake Boss' Asks: Are You Judging Your Customers?

'Cake Boss' Asks: Are You Judging Your Customers?

'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro of Carlo's Bakery shows why his business is a success. No matter how weird the request, his customers are always right.
November 3, 2011 in Customer Service
Entrepreneurs: Are You a Mover -- Or a Head-Shaker?

Entrepreneurs: Are You a Mover -- Or a Head-Shaker?

The downturn has created two classes of business owners, according to a recent survey. Here's what the movers do that the head-shakers don't.
November 2, 2011 in Business Management
How to Bite Off a Chunk of the Zombie Economy

How to Bite Off a Chunk of the Zombie Economy

Zombie-related sales are a $5 billion market opportunity any entrepreneur can feast on. Here are a four ways you can reap some zombie-related profits -- and they're not just for Halloween, either.
October 31, 2011 in Guerrilla Marketing
Are Small Businesses Really Big Job Creators?

Are Small Businesses Really Big Job Creators?

Small businesses create most of the jobs, we've often been told. But is it true? See which two types of businesses have been adding jobs, according to new data.
October 28, 2011 in Startup Basics
Five Tips for Turning Picky Holiday Shoppers Into Buyers

Five Tips for Turning Picky Holiday Shoppers Into Buyers

As fewer shoppers may visit stores this holiday season, you'll have to get more of them to buy to see sales grow. Here are some tips.
October 26, 2011 in Make the Sale
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