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Catherine Clifford

Catherine Clifford is a senior writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the New York bureau for CNN. Catherine attended Columbia University where she earned a bachelor's degree. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Email her at CClifford@entrepreneur.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @CatClifford.

30 Recent Stories

What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Their Brains

What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Their Brains

Three CEOs on how knowing your strengths makes you more successful -- and a test to help you identify them.
August 7, 2012 in Business Management
Startup Must-Haves: Perseverance and Optimism (Infographic)

Startup Must-Haves: Perseverance and Optimism (Infographic)

Starting your own business is a marathon of facing tough decisions.
August 2, 2012 in Startup Basics
4 Tips for Negotiating a Personal Guarantee

4 Tips for Negotiating a Personal Guarantee

It is highly likely that you'll be asked to sign a personal guarantee to get a bank loan. Before you do, make sure you are getting the best terms possible.
July 31, 2012 in Financing
What Venture Capitalists Are Investing in Right Now

What Venture Capitalists Are Investing in Right Now

A look at what's hot and what's not, when it comes to the industries attracting the most funding.
July 27, 2012 in Venture Capital
Government Report Shows Downward Trend in Small Business Lending

Government Report Shows Downward Trend in Small Business Lending

Small business loans contracted last year, while large businesses secured more dollars, according to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy.
July 23, 2012 in Money
The Fiscal Cliff: 3 Tax Changes You Need to Know Are Coming

The Fiscal Cliff: 3 Tax Changes You Need to Know Are Coming

At the end of the year, a slew of tax breaks are set to expire, effectively increasing your bill to Uncle Sam. Here is a rundown of some of the changes that may not heard about.
July 23, 2012 in Tax Center
Visa, MasterCard Settlement: What You Need to Know

Visa, MasterCard Settlement: What You Need to Know

Credit-card giants agree to pay more than $6 billion to settle an antitrust case.
July 18, 2012 in Payments & Collections
3 Signs You May Need to Ditch Your Bank

3 Signs You May Need to Ditch Your Bank

It is a hassle to change banks. Here is when it is worth it.
July 13, 2012 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Trying to Win a Government Contract? Avoid These 3 Mistakes

Trying to Win a Government Contract? Avoid These 3 Mistakes

Doing work for the federal government can help a small business grow, but figuring out how to secure a lucrative contract can be tricky.
July 12, 2012 in Growth Strategies
3 Questions You Must Ask Before Securing a Small Business Credit Card

3 Questions You Must Ask Before Securing a Small Business Credit Card

While it's tempting to sign up for another card to survive a cash flow crunch, consider these important tips first.
SEC to Miss JOBS Act Deadline

SEC to Miss JOBS Act Deadline

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro says it's more complicated than it seems to write the rules.
June 29, 2012 in Financing
Need a Business Idea? Tap Into Lifestyle Trends in the Evolving Luxury Market

Need a Business Idea? Tap Into Lifestyle Trends in the Evolving Luxury Market

Here are three ways startups can tailor product offerings for growth industries.
June 28, 2012 in Finding Ideas
5 Ways to Get Paid Faster

5 Ways to Get Paid Faster

Is your small business caught in a cash crunch? Consider these steps to get customers to speed up and cut that check.
June 27, 2012 in Billing and Collections
3 Simple Financial Tools to Help Track Business Success

3 Simple Financial Tools to Help Track Business Success

Financial dashboards are a popular way for small business owners to manage their money and track their growth without the hassle and expense of a business consultant.
June 26, 2012 in Managing Cash Flow
A Common Personal Finance Mistake New 'Treps Make

A Common Personal Finance Mistake New 'Treps Make

Starting your own business will affect many parts of your life, including how you manage your finances.
June 21, 2012 in Accounting Basics
A Woman Entrepreneur's Advice for Startups

A Woman Entrepreneur's Advice for Startups

Claudia Chan, the brains behind S.H.E. Summit Week in New York, shares her best three tips for women starting a business.
June 19, 2012 in Leadership
Why  Eco-Conscious Entrepreneurs Like Method View B Corp as a Badge of Honor

Why Eco-Conscious Entrepreneurs Like Method View B Corp as a Badge of Honor

Three entrepreneurs, among the first to certify their businesses as B Corps, share how it has affected their companies and offer advice on the process.
June 18, 2012 in Legal Basics For Startups
9 Things Startups Must Know Before Approaching Lenders

9 Things Startups Must Know Before Approaching Lenders

These steps will put you ahead of the game before you start, and increase your chances of securing funds for your small business.
June 15, 2012 in Financing
Democratic Lawmakers Question NFIB's Motives for Small Business

Democratic Lawmakers Question NFIB's Motives for Small Business

The small business organization that is leading the case against President Obama's health care reform act is asked to disclose its donor list.
June 13, 2012 in Compensation and Benefits
B Corps: The Next Generation of Company?

B Corps: The Next Generation of Company?

A Pennsylvania nonprofit, B Lab, is working to make businesses agents of social and environmental change.
June 11, 2012 in Growth Strategies
Got Investors? Now, How to Handle Your Salary

Got Investors? Now, How to Handle Your Salary

Whether your investors are friends and family or VCs, here's a guideline on how to pay yourself as your startup grows.
June 7, 2012 in Getting Started
5 Questions You Must Ask Your Credit Card Processor

5 Questions You Must Ask Your Credit Card Processor

Confused about payment schedules and hidden fees? We'll walk you through the fine print.
June 4, 2012 in Payments & Collections
3 Insurance Gambles That Put Your Business at Risk

3 Insurance Gambles That Put Your Business at Risk

Many business owners don't even think about insuring their business. Here are tips that can protect your company.
June 1, 2012 in Money
3 Online Tools To Find Funding

3 Online Tools To Find Funding

A look at ways to find the best funding sources and tailor the options for your small business.
May 30, 2012 in Financing
Is the Health Care Tax Credit a Dud?

Is the Health Care Tax Credit a Dud?

A Government Accountability Office report says the effort to help small businesses pay for health care is too complex to be useful.
May 24, 2012 in Tax Center
Getting the Big Banks Back into Small-Business LendingPlay Video

Getting the Big Banks Back into Small-Business Lending (Video)

The SBA is partnering with the largest U.S. lenders to raise the amount of money loaned to small businesses, particularly in small loans and underserved communities.
May 24, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
Small Businesses Suffer in States Hardest Hit By Housing Meltdown

Small Businesses Suffer in States Hardest Hit By Housing Meltdown

Southeastern states have a particularly high percentage of small businesses being hamstrung by tight credit conditions.
May 23, 2012 in Self-Financing
3 Rules for Successful Crowdfunding

3 Rules for Successful Crowdfunding

Consider these tips before pitching the crowd to fund your startup.
May 23, 2012 in Financing
The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Credit ComebackPlay Video

The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Credit Comeback (Video)

The small-business credit market has recovered since 2009, when lending had all but frozen. Banks are coming back to the market and seeing greater demand for loans from business owners.
May 23, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
What Small Businesses Care About This Election Year

What Small Businesses Care About This Election Year

New data reveals business owners' top concerns and confusion.
May 22, 2012 in Tax Center