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

30 Recent Stories

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

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.
March 31, 2014 in Starting a Business
Playing to Win: How Gamification Helped Boost This Company's Sales

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.
February 16, 2014 in Motivation and Retention
Turn Your Company Car Into a Marketing Campaign on Wheels

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.
November 1, 2013 in Branding
The Best Way to Buy a Company Car

The Best Way to Buy a Company Car

Take the time to consider your particular circumstances before deciding on a payment plan.
November 1, 2013 in Shipping Center
Simple Ways to Make Driving Easier

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.
November 1, 2013 in Shipping Center
How to Start a Business in 10 Days

How to Start a Business in 10 Days

Our hyper-intense, super-condensed guide to launching a new profitable business.
October 15, 2013 in Your Business Plan
When Starting Up, These 6 Things Can Wait

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
October 15, 2013 in Your Business Plan
Startup Wisdom From 3 Millionaire Entrepreneurs

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.
August 6, 2013 in Success Stories
The Entrepreneur Who Will Change Your Mobile Phone Bill

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.
June 28, 2013 in Mobile
Smartphone-Enabled Car Rental Aims to Make Life Easier

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.
June 20, 2013 in Mobile
How a Coffee Franchise With Russian Roots Made it in the U.S.

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.
April 18, 2013 in Franchises
From Small-Town Day Spa to Flourishing Franchise

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.
July 12, 2012 in Success Stories
How One Health Care Franchisee Overcame Growing Pains and Found Success

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.
June 28, 2012 in Success Stories
How Two Firefighters Started Firehouse Subs Franchise

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.
March 18, 2012 in Franchises
Sports Figures Invest in a Sweet Startup

Sports Figures Invest in a Sweet Startup

As Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt franchisees, sports luminaries show their softer side.
March 16, 2012 in Franchises
How Social Media and a Sprinkle of Stardust Led to One Franchisee's Success

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.
October 17, 2011 in Success Stories
From Modest Roots to a 3,000-Salon Franchise

From Modest Roots to a 3,000-Salon Franchise

How the founders of Great Clips haircutting company built a thriving business.
October 7, 2011 in Success Stories
When Whiffling is Good Business

When Whiffling is Good Business

Can a boyhood dream become a successful sports league?
March 8, 2011 in Success Stories
How Ethnic Brands Grow Beyond Their Niche

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.
March 3, 2011 in Growth Strategies
Is It Time for You to Get Anti-Social?

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
November 10, 2010 in Online Marketing
All the Consulting, (Almost) None of the Cost

All the Consulting, (Almost) None of the Cost

Creative entrepreneurs are finding ways to grow their businesses without paying for high-priced advice.
October 26, 2010 in Growth Strategies
Why Business Owners Are Heading Back to Campus

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.
September 7, 2010 in Growth Strategies
Making Millions on Crowdsourced Homework

Making Millions on Crowdsourced Homework

How skipping high school helped Student of Fortune founder Sean McCleese find success in the tutoring business
September 3, 2010 in Success Stories
The Entrepreneur's Sales Guide

The Entrepreneur's Sales Guide

As a business owner, you're always selling. Here's how you can find, nurture and close prospects.
August 5, 2010 in Finding Prospects
But Where is the Money?

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
July 19, 2010 in SBA and Government Funding
Why Washington's Worth Watching

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.
May 27, 2010 in Growth Strategies

Does Your Business Still Need a Website?

Between third-party apps and social media, some business owners are saying no--and it's working.
March 30, 2010 in Building a Website
The Family Business: Making Sure Both Stay Intact

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.
March 24, 2010 in Family Business

Earn Your Bones with a Doggie Daycare

How Dana Hood capitalized on the pet business trend with For the Love of Dog.
March 3, 2010 in Pet Business Center

Fitness Franchise Flexes its Muscle

Fitness Snap caters to those who like to work out without the circus atmosphere.
March 3, 2010 in Success Stories