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Diana Ransom

Diana Ransom is the deputy editor of Entrepreneur.com where she manages the site's long-term projects. She's written about small businesses and startups for The Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Daily News, SmartMoney.com and FastCompany magazine.

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Live Chat with Social-Media Maven Jason Sadler

Check out our recent live chat with IWearYourShirt.com's Jason Sadler and Adina Grigore of Sprout Skincare.
August 15, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
What Paul Ryan on the GOP Ticket Could Mean for Small-Business Owners

What Paul Ryan on the GOP Ticket Could Mean for Small-Business Owners

In choosing the conservative Congressman from Wisconsin, Mitt Romney makes a bold choice. But is it a good one?
August 13, 2012 in Money
Ginger + Liz and Their Vision for Healthy NailsPlay Video

Ginger + Liz and Their Vision for Healthy Nails (Video)

When Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett set out to rid nail polish of toxins, they found a flawed beauty industry in need of a makeover. See how they're making their mark.
August 10, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Paperless Post and Its Vision for Artful InvitesPlay Video

Paperless Post and Its Vision for Artful Invites (Video)

Upending the paper invite isn't the only goal for this company. Changing the way people communicate is the larger challenge for young visionaries Alexa and James Hirschfeld.
August 8, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
People's Pops and Its Vision for the Way We EatPlay Video

People's Pops and Its Vision for the Way We Eat (Video)

The U.S. may be awash with sweet treats, but these ice-pop makers have given the tired category a makeover.
July 25, 2012 in Starting a Business
How Loosecubes Aims to Change Where We WorkPlay Video

How Loosecubes Aims to Change Where We Work (Video)

Campbell McKellar describes her vision for a different kind of co-working space -- one where individuals get to choose where they work.
July 17, 2012 in Starting a Business
Congress Forestalls Student-Loan Rate Hike

Congress Forestalls Student-Loan Rate Hike

Congress narrowly passes a bill to prevent student-loan rates from doubling as of July 1. Young entrepreneurs breathe a sigh of relief.
June 29, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs

The Health-Care Law's Mandate: A Tax on Young Americans?

Minutes after the Supreme Court handed down its decision to uphold the health-care law, critics lambasted it for amounting to a massive new tax -- which would mostly affect young people.
June 28, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
How the U.S. Supreme Court's Ruling to Uphold 'Obamacare' May Affect Small Businesses

How the U.S. Supreme Court's Ruling to Uphold 'Obamacare' May Affect Small Businesses

After the High Court moved to keep the individual mandate, economists expect lower insurance costs overall, yet some businesses may still get burned by the employer mandate.
June 28, 2012 in Insurance
Artsicle: On a Mission to Change the Art WorldPlay Video

Artsicle: On a Mission to Change the Art World (Video)

Changing the age-old art business is no easy task. But entrepreneurs Alexis Tryon and Scott Carleton explain how they're trying to do just that.
June 26, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
5 Scenarios for the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care

5 Scenarios for the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care

In anticipation of the Supreme Court's ruling on the health-care law, we outline five possible outcomes for small-business owners to chew on -- and plan for.
June 21, 2012 in Insurance
Social Entrepreneurs Need to Make Money, Too

Social Entrepreneurs Need to Make Money, Too

In starting up a social venture, your charitable mission is often clear. But impact investors want to know your organization will last. Here, 3 tips to make it happen.
June 19, 2012 in Starting a Business

Are Young Treps Nurtured or Born?

Palo Alto Software founder Tim Berry talks about his family of entrepreneurs and asks the question: Can young entrepreneurs be cultivated?
June 17, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs

Social Entrepreneurs Need to Make Money Too

In starting up a social venture, your social mission is often clear. But impact investors want to ensure that your organization will last. Here are three tips for making everyone happy.
June 13, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Crowdtilt and Its Vision for a More Collaborative WorldPlay Video

Crowdtilt and Its Vision for a More Collaborative World (Video)

We speak with James Beshara the co-founder of the group-funding site Crowdtilt about what it's like to run a fast-moving young company with major investors watching.
June 11, 2012 in Profiles
Celebrated Social Entrepreneur Luma Mufleh and Her 4 Guiding Principles

Celebrated Social Entrepreneur Luma Mufleh and Her 4 Guiding Principles

As the 2012 graduation season winds down, we check in on the commencement addresses given by some of nation's top entrepreneurs. Here are Luma Mufleh's top tips for a life well lived.
June 9, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt and His Top 5 Tips for Excellence

Former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt and His Top 5 Tips for Excellence

As the 2012 graduation season winds down, we check in on the commencement addresses given by some of nation's top entrepreneurs. Here are Eric Schmidt's top tips for young treps.
June 8, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Salman Khan to Rice University Grads: 'Be a Source of Positivity'

Salman Khan to Rice University Grads: 'Be a Source of Positivity'

As the 2012 graduation season winds down, we check in on the commencement addresses given by some of nation's top entrepreneurs. Here are three tips from the Khan Academy's Salman Khan.
June 7, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Michael Bloomberg's 7 Steps to the Top

Michael Bloomberg's 7 Steps to the Top

As the 2012 graduation season winds down, we check in on the commencement addresses given by some of nation's top entrepreneurs. Here are Mike Bloomberg's seven ways to the top.
June 6, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Oprah Winfrey's 3 Steps for Success

Oprah Winfrey's 3 Steps for Success

As the 2012 graduation season winds down, we check in on the commencement addresses given by some of nation's top entrepreneurs. See if you can spot an inspiring tip or two.
June 5, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Gtrot and a Vision for Local DiscoveryPlay Video

Gtrot and a Vision for Local Discovery (Video)

Zach Smith of Gtrot talks about the company's changing vision and how the founders keep their eyes on the prize.
May 28, 2012 in Evaluating Your Idea
Chobani Yogurt's Success Starts Where a Giant Left Off

Chobani Yogurt's Success Starts Where a Giant Left Off

Chobani's founder Hamdi Ulukaya tells the story of his company's modest beginnings and current growing pains.
May 25, 2012 in Grow Your Business
Eyeing a HUBZone? Hold Onto That Status

Eyeing a HUBZone? Hold Onto That Status

When it comes to landing federal procurement contracts, getting certified under various set-aside programs can improve your chances. But a HUBZone status can easily slip away as an area changes.
May 23, 2012 in Management & Operations
Google Hangout with SBA Chief Karen Mills

Google Hangout with SBA Chief Karen Mills

As part of National Small Business Week, Entrepreneur's Diana Ransom moderated a live chat with SBA chief Karen Mills and winners of the SBA's video contest.
May 22, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
For SBA Award Winner, Success Means: 'Do the Right Thing'

For SBA Award Winner, Success Means: 'Do the Right Thing'

This year's Small Business Person of the Year discusses the challenges of managing rapid growth.
May 22, 2012 in Growing Your Business
How JackThreads Plans to Own the Male DemographicPlay Video

How JackThreads Plans to Own the Male Demographic (Video)

Other than dispel the idea that men don't like shopping, flash-sale site founder Jason Ross is hoping to train his company's energy on making a one-stop-lifestyle-shop for men.
May 16, 2012 in Profiles
Birchbox and Changing the Way We ShopPlay Video

Birchbox and Changing the Way We Shop (Video)

When Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna realized the flaws in the way women buy cosmetics, they started a company to revamp the system. Here, the Birchbox founders chat about their vision for the future
May 16, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Skillshare and Changing the Way We LearnPlay Video

Skillshare and Changing the Way We Learn (Video)

Learning doesn't have to end at graduation. Here's how Malcolm Ong and Michael Karnjanaprakorn built a business that aims to put learning first.
May 15, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship as a Career Choice for New Grads Gets Some Respect

While the number of employed young people remains desperately low, some experts suggest entrepreneurship as an increasingly worthy option.
May 14, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs

Are You Ready for Student-Loan Rates to Skyrocket?

As House and Senate members bicker over how to pay for maintaining low rates on certain federal student loans, a July 1 deadline looms.
April 27, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs

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