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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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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
Startup Lessons from David Cohen and the TechStars

Startup Lessons from David Cohen and the TechStars

Though the TechStars program lasts three months, participants say the entrepreneurship lessons will stick with them forever. Here's a snapshot of what they learned.
October 25, 2011 in Startup Basics
Five Simple Tips to Make Co-Working Work for Your Business

Five Simple Tips to Make Co-Working Work for Your Business

Is a co-working space right for your business? Here are some tips on how to make coworking a nicer experience for you and your suitemates.
October 24, 2011 in Location
Now, Private Equity for the Little Guys

Now, Private Equity for the Little Guys

Private equity funding isn't a fit for every business. But even for those where it makes sense, PE firms have been hard to find and research -- until now.
October 21, 2011 in Financing
Why Some Small Businesses Are Occupying Wall Street

Why Some Small Businesses Are Occupying Wall Street

Small business owners have long panned practices like bailing out giant companies and paying inordinate sums to Wall Street bankers. But now, they're doing something about it.
October 19, 2011 in Legal Basics For Startups
Not All Entrepreneurs Are Cut Out to be 'TechStars'

Not All Entrepreneurs Are Cut Out to be 'TechStars'

On tonight's season finale of Bloomberg TV's reality series 'Techstars,' the show reveals the outcome for the program's entrepreneurs.
October 18, 2011 in Venture and Angel Investors
Seven Tips for Hosting Webinars that Rock

Seven Tips for Hosting Webinars that Rock

If you're looking to grow your business, deepen customer relationships and raise your profile, consider putting on Webinars. Here are tips for getting started.
October 17, 2011 in Growth Strategies
New Plan Asks Entrepreneurs to Sound Off on Immigration

New Plan Asks Entrepreneurs to Sound Off on Immigration

To help stimulate the economy, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to tap industry experts and entrepreneurs for advice.
October 14, 2011 in Finding Ideas
Jobs Bill Breakup: What Will Entrepreneurs Push For?

Jobs Bill Breakup: What Will Entrepreneurs Push For?

The Senate spiked President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act. Now the question is: What may be salvaged from the bill that could still help small business?
October 12, 2011 in Tax Center
Does Your Small Business Suffer from Owner Neglect?

Does Your Small Business Suffer from Owner Neglect?

If you've been checked out and letting your business's problems multiply, restaurant expert Jon Taffer from the series 'Bar Rescue' has some tips on how to turn things around.
October 11, 2011 in Growth Strategies
Don't 'Occupy Wall Street,' Start a Small Business

Don't 'Occupy Wall Street,' Start a Small Business

While some block sidewalks on Wall Street and elsewhere, other unemployed citizens are going in a more productive direction: They're starting businesses.
October 10, 2011 in Business Ideas
Why You Should Fire Your Worst Client

Why You Should Fire Your Worst Client

When a problem client proposes to suck the wind from your sail, it might be time to cut anchor. Here are five ways to get rid of difficult customers.
October 7, 2011 in Customer Loyalty and Retention
Can Starbucks, GE and MillerCoors Save Small Business?

Can Starbucks, GE and MillerCoors Save Small Business?

Big companies have recently announced plans to provide loans to small businesses.
October 6, 2011 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Quirky's Advice for Inventors: Study the Market

Quirky's Advice for Inventors: Study the Market

Inventors may know how to pinpoint a problem, but coming up with a product that shoppers want is another challenge entirely. Fortunately for them, Quirky can help.
October 5, 2011 in Inventing
How Online Retailers Can Ride the Exports Growth Wave

How Online Retailers Can Ride the Exports Growth Wave

Online sales are still booming in Spain, Brazil, China, Russia and Mexico, and their ecommerce growth rates are expected to outpace U.S. growth in the next four years. Here are eight tips for e-tailer
October 3, 2011 in Shipping Center
Seven Ways to Avoid Competing On Price

Seven Ways to Avoid Competing On Price

Wal-Mart likes to be considered the low-price leader -- but a new study shows customers no longer think it's true. Here are some tips for dodging the low-price trap.
September 30, 2011 in Sales
Five Small Business Lessons from Netflix's Qwikster Split

Five Small Business Lessons from Netflix's Qwikster Split

Customers were downright irate when Netflix announced it would separate its DVD and streaming offerings. Here are some lessons to take away from that business bungle.
September 28, 2011 in New Ideas
'Bar Rescue' Asks: Is Your Business Name Hurting Your Business?

'Bar Rescue' Asks: Is Your Business Name Hurting Your Business?

Sometimes the only way to save a business is to start over, even down to changing its name. Here's how bar owners learned that lesson on Spike TV's 'Bar Rescue.'
September 28, 2011 in Business Management
At LinkedIn Town Hall, Entrepreneurs' Questions Go Unanswered

At LinkedIn Town Hall, Entrepreneurs' Questions Go Unanswered

In the President's LinkedIn Town Hall, Barack Obama answered many questions about how to help the unemployed. But some small-business owners say he didn't discuss their needs enough.
September 27, 2011 in Growth Strategies
Obama Asks for Entrepreneurs' Questions on LinkedIn

Obama Asks for Entrepreneurs' Questions on LinkedIn

President Barack Obama is currently taking questions on LinkedIn. The request brought more than 700 comments within hours, and lots of them aren't very polite.
September 23, 2011 in Growth Strategies
In 'TechStars,' See What VCs Really Think

In 'TechStars,' See What VCs Really Think

A new reality TV show provides a behind-the-scenes look at how some fast growth businesses are able to land venture capital funding.
September 22, 2011 in Financing
Does College Matter for Entrepreneurs?

Does College Matter for Entrepreneurs?

Just over half of business owners have a college degree. Here's why more might pursue higher ed in the future.
September 21, 2011
Jonathan Fields Knows What's Killing Your Business Growth

Jonathan Fields Knows What's Killing Your Business Growth

Bold movers are often just as scared as you are. Here are author Jonathan Fields' tips for conquering uncertainty to move forward.
September 19, 2011 in Forward Thinkers
A Lesson in Growing Your Brand from the 'Pawn Stars'

A Lesson in Growing Your Brand from the 'Pawn Stars'

Here's a look at the many ways the stars of 'Pawn Stars' have leveraged their fame.
September 16, 2011 in Growth Strategies
Will Crazy Market Moves Kill IPOs and Slash VC Investment?

Will Crazy Market Moves Kill IPOs and Slash VC Investment?

The stock markets' sharp swings has perhaps derailed two major public offerings this summer. Here's what continued volatility could mean for other small companies seeking venture capital.
September 16, 2011 in IPOs and DPOs
Why I Got Owners Insurance for My Home Business

Why I Got Owners Insurance for My Home Business

In writing about business insurance for a home-based business, I realized I needed it. Here's the story of what I learned, and the type of insurance policy I got.
September 14, 2011 in Home Based Business
How Not to Send Customer Emails: A Lesson from Comcast

How Not to Send Customer Emails: A Lesson from Comcast

If you're emailing customers promotional offers, make sure they know that they can trust your messages to minimize potential concerns over spam or malware.
September 12, 2011 in Online Marketing
Are We on the Verge of a Small-Business Hiring Boom?

Are We on the Verge of a Small-Business Hiring Boom?

A new study shows 40 percent of small business owners plan to make a hire in the next six months. Could this be the start of a turnaround in unemployment?
September 9, 2011 in Human Resources
Five Ways Small Businesses Can Beat Rising Mail Costs

Five Ways Small Businesses Can Beat Rising Mail Costs

With USPS nearing insolvency, prices may rise as service levels decline. Here are some suggestions for keeping mailing costs down.
September 7, 2011 in Shipping Center
Six Ideas for Immediate Job Creation: Will They Work?

Six Ideas for Immediate Job Creation: Will They Work?

How can we get the economy back on track and create jobs? Here are six ideas from the President, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others.
September 5, 2011 in Growth Strategies
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