David Port

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

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
Franchises

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
Franchises

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
Starting a Business

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?
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
Starting a Business

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
Marketing

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?
Starting a Business

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. Mills, head of the SBA, is taking questions.
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.
Starting a Business

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
Growth Strategies

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.