David Port

David Port is a freelancer based in Denver who writes on small business, and financial and energy issues.

30 Recent Stories

Franchisees: Don't Say 'I Do' to a Franchisor Unless the Chemistry Is Right
Franchises

Franchisees: Don't Say 'I Do' to a Franchisor Unless the Chemistry Is Right

The right franchisee-franchisor relationship works something like a successful marriage.
With as Little as $500, These Entrepreneurs Created Multimillion-Dollar Businesses. Learn Their Secrets.
Starting a Business

With as Little as $500, These Entrepreneurs Created Multimillion-Dollar Businesses. Learn Their Secrets.

Don't let a lack of cash stop a good business idea from succeeding.
Playing to Win: How Gamification Helped Boost This Company's Sales
Motivation and Retention

Playing to Win: How Gamification Helped Boost This Company's Sales

The term may get a bad rap, but stoking employees' competitive fire helped this company dramatically increase its sales.
Turn Your Company Car Into a Marketing Campaign on Wheels
Branding

Turn Your Company Car Into a Marketing Campaign on Wheels

A look at three companies who are using their cars to jump start conversation and generate revenue.
The Best Way to Buy a Company Car
Shipping Center

The Best Way to Buy a Company Car

Take the time to consider your particular circumstances before deciding on a payment plan.
Simple Ways to Make Driving Easier
Shipping Center

Simple Ways to Make Driving Easier

From sites that allow you to negotiate directly with lease owners, to apps that offer real-time reports on traffic, these tools take some of the stress out of driving.
How to Start a Business in 10 Days
Your Business Plan

How to Start a Business in 10 Days

Our hyper-intense, super-condensed guide to launching a new profitable business.
When Starting Up, These 6 Things Can Wait
Your Business Plan

When Starting Up, These 6 Things Can Wait

Part of becoming profitable quickly is knowing what matters now and what can be pushed back several weeks or months
Startup Wisdom From 3 Millionaire Entrepreneurs
Success Stories

Startup Wisdom From 3 Millionaire Entrepreneurs

We've gathered advice from entrepreneurs who made millions on their first businesses and are applying that hard-won wisdom to their new startups.
The Entrepreneur Who Will Change Your Mobile Phone Bill
Mobile

The Entrepreneur Who Will Change Your Mobile Phone Bill

Republic Wireless is a $19-per-month voice, text and data service that relies on Wi-Fi as its primary network.
Smartphone-Enabled Car Rental Aims to Make Life Easier
Mobile

Smartphone-Enabled Car Rental Aims to Make Life Easier

Silvercar is out to make car rental more personal and a lot less of a hassle.
How a Coffee Franchise With Russian Roots Made it in the U.S.
Franchises

How a Coffee Franchise With Russian Roots Made it in the U.S.

The story of two brothers who brought Soviet inspired coffeehouses to the U.S.
From Small-Town Day Spa to Flourishing Franchise
Success Stories

From Small-Town Day Spa to Flourishing Franchise

How a contrarian approach helped one entrepreneur scale her spa business to more than 25 franchise units in 14 states.
How One Health Care Franchisee Overcame Growing Pains and Found Success
Success Stories

How One Health Care Franchisee Overcame Growing Pains and Found Success

Daniel Pahos shares lessons learned from managing the explosive growth of his Home Instead Senior Care business.
How Two Firefighters Started Firehouse Subs Franchise
Franchises

How Two Firefighters Started Firehouse Subs Franchise

A firefighting-theme sandwich chain gets hot. Now with nearly 500 locations, it's grown to become one of the top sub-sandwich franchises in the U.S.
Sports Figures Invest in a Sweet Startup
Franchises

Sports Figures Invest in a Sweet Startup

As Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt franchisees, sports luminaries show their softer side.
How Social Media and a Sprinkle of Stardust Led to One Franchisee's Success
Success Stories

How Social Media and a Sprinkle of Stardust Led to One Franchisee's Success

A Fetch! Pet Care franchisee in the Los Angeles area credits celeb clientele and word of mouth for its growth.
From Modest Roots to a 3,000-Salon Franchise
Success Stories

From Modest Roots to a 3,000-Salon Franchise

How the founders of Great Clips haircutting company built a thriving business.
When Whiffling is Good Business
Success Stories

When Whiffling is Good Business

Can a boyhood dream become a successful sports league?
How Ethnic Brands Grow Beyond Their Niche
Growth Strategies

How Ethnic Brands Grow Beyond Their Niche

Tapping the cultural uniqueness of a product might not be conducive to appealing to a broader customer base.
Is It Time for You to Get Anti-Social?
Online Marketing

Is It Time for You to Get Anti-Social?

Why some small businesses have pulled back from social media -- and are better off as a result
All the Consulting, (Almost) None of the Cost
Growth Strategies

All the Consulting, (Almost) None of the Cost

Creative entrepreneurs are finding ways to grow their businesses without paying for high-priced advice.
Why Business Owners Are Heading Back to Campus
Growth Strategies

Why Business Owners Are Heading Back to Campus

Many successful entrepreneurs are becoming serial students as they look to expand their skills and grow their businesses.
Making Millions on Crowdsourced Homework
Success Stories

Making Millions on Crowdsourced Homework

How skipping high school helped Student of Fortune founder Sean McCleese find success in the tutoring business
The Entrepreneur's Sales Guide
Finding Prospects

The Entrepreneur's Sales Guide

As a business owner, you're always selling. Here's how you can find, nurture and close prospects.
But Where is the Money?
SBA and Government Funding

But Where is the Money?

While small business gets talked up in the economic recovery plan, lending to small business is still down--by $40 billion--from what it was two years ago. Entrepreneurs are grumbling. And Karen G. Mi
Why Washington's Worth Watching
Growth Strategies

Why Washington's Worth Watching

The Obama administration has shown great interest in small-business owners, but some still wonder when they'll see results to match.
Building a Website

Does Your Business Still Need a Website?

Between third-party apps and social media, some business owners are saying no--and it's working.
The Family Business: Making Sure Both Stay Intact
Family Business

The Family Business: Making Sure Both Stay Intact

It's a tough balance to strike, but the benefits are many for those with the drive and patience to make it work.
Pet Business Center

Earn Your Bones with a Doggie Daycare

How Dana Hood capitalized on the pet business trend with For the Love of Dog.

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