David Port is a freelancer based in Denver who writes on small business, and financial and energy issues.
30 Recent Stories
The right franchisee-franchisor relationship works something like a successful marriage.
Starting a Business
Don't let a lack of cash stop a good business idea from succeeding.
Motivation and Retention
The term may get a bad rap, but stoking employees' competitive fire helped this company dramatically increase its sales.
A look at three companies who are using their cars to jump start conversation and generate revenue.
Take the time to consider your particular circumstances before deciding on a payment plan.
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.
Your Business Plan
Our hyper-intense, super-condensed guide to launching a new profitable business.
Your Business Plan
Part of becoming profitable quickly is knowing what matters now and what can be pushed back several weeks or months
We've gathered advice from entrepreneurs who made millions on their first businesses and are applying that hard-won wisdom to their new startups.
Republic Wireless is a $19-per-month voice, text and data service that relies on Wi-Fi as its primary network.
Silvercar is out to make car rental more personal and a lot less of a hassle.
The story of two brothers who brought Soviet inspired coffeehouses to the U.S.
How a contrarian approach helped one entrepreneur scale her spa business to more than 25 franchise units in 14 states.
Daniel Pahos shares lessons learned from managing the explosive growth of his Home Instead Senior Care business.
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.
As Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt franchisees, sports luminaries show their softer side.
A Fetch! Pet Care franchisee in the Los Angeles area credits celeb clientele and word of mouth for its growth.
How the founders of Great Clips haircutting company built a thriving business.
Can a boyhood dream become a successful sports league?
Tapping the cultural uniqueness of a product might not be conducive to appealing to a broader customer base.
Why some small businesses have pulled back from social media -- and are better off as a result
Creative entrepreneurs are finding ways to grow their businesses without paying for high-priced advice.
Many successful entrepreneurs are becoming serial students as they look to expand their skills and grow their businesses.
How skipping high school helped Student of Fortune founder Sean McCleese find success in the tutoring business
As a business owner, you're always selling. Here's how you can find, nurture and close prospects.
SBA and Government Funding
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
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
Between third-party apps and social media, some business owners are saying no--and it's working.
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
How Dana Hood capitalized on the pet business trend with For the Love of Dog.