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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.

30 Recent Stories

SBA Chief Touts Entrepreneurship to Recent Grads in Twitter Q&A

New college graduates are facing never-before-seen student-debt levels. The White House is hoping entrepreneurship is the answer.
April 25, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
How a 9-Year-Old Entrepreneur's Business Went Viral

How a 9-Year-Old Entrepreneur's Business Went Viral

Millions of people have tuned into an 11-minute video of entrepreneur Caine Monroy's cardboard arcade creation, but how did that video catch on when so many others don't? To figure it out, we asked th
April 21, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Product Placement's Future: The 'Gossip Girl,' Birchbox Mashup?

Product Placement's Future: The 'Gossip Girl,' Birchbox Mashup?

The cosmetics darling will offer customers a 'Gossip Girl'-inspired selection of goodies in May. If this branding hookup is the harbinger of what's to come, consider these tips for amping up your own
April 20, 2012 in Grow Your Business
Instagram Dreams? Wake Up. VCs Still Want to See the Money

Instagram Dreams? Wake Up. VCs Still Want to See the Money

With so many startups trying to follow in Facebook's -- and now Instagram's -- footsteps, they're forgetting one very important element: money.
April 10, 2012 in Venture and Angel Investors
Win an Office Even Don Draper Would Love

Win an Office Even Don Draper Would Love

Does your office say, I'm haggard and in need of Windex? If so, consider entering Turnstone's contest for a chance to win a free $25,000 office makeover and a possible shout out on Entrepreneur.com.
April 6, 2012 in Management & Operations
Without the Health Law, Reforms Could Stick

Without the Health Law, Reforms Could Stick

Even if you expect the Supreme Court to repeal the health-care law next week, many of the reforms already in effect won't likely go away, say insurance experts.
March 23, 2012 in Insurance
Reinventing Retail: How One Owner Is Making Her Boutique Tell a StoryPlay Video

Reinventing Retail: How One Owner Is Making Her Boutique Tell a Story (Video)

See how Rachel Shechtman is bringing a magazine-like approach -- and advertisers -- into her retail shop.
March 12, 2012 in Retail Center
How Dermalogica Is Giving Women Entrepreneurs a Boost

How Dermalogica Is Giving Women Entrepreneurs a Boost

To alleviate many of the problems in the world, Dermalogica founder Jane Wurwand boldly suggests giving women entrepreneurs a hand up.
March 10, 2012 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Obama Talks Energy, Pain at the Pump

Obama Talks Energy, Pain at the Pump

With gas prices inching higher, the pressure is rising on Barack Obama to act. Here's his plan.
March 8, 2012 in Business Management
How the Republican Presidential Candidates Stack Up on Small-Business Taxes

How the Republican Presidential Candidates Stack Up on Small-Business Taxes

The Presidential candidates will likely add to their reform agendas in the weeks ahead. But here's a look at the candidates' existing small-business tax plans.
March 6, 2012 in Tax Center
Obama Takes Aim at Corporate Taxes

Obama Takes Aim at Corporate Taxes

The President hopes to revise the U.S. business tax code. Though the goal is to the level the playing field, there would be winners and losers.
February 23, 2012 in Tax Center
The Payroll-Tax Cut Deal Gives Obama's Budget Hope

The Payroll-Tax Cut Deal Gives Obama's Budget Hope

They called the President's budget 'dead on arrival' but new efforts to compromise in Congress may bode well for certain small-business-focused provisions.
February 14, 2012 in Tax Center
Valentine's Niche: Say It With Beer and Beef Jerky?

Valentine's Niche: Say It With Beer and Beef Jerky?

In the business of love, nothing is sacred -- not even candy hearts and red roses.
February 14, 2012 in Targeting Niche Markets
Young Entrepreneur Gabrielle Palermo on Growing a Social BusinessPlay Video

Young Entrepreneur Gabrielle Palermo on Growing a Social Business (Video)

Entrepreneur Magazine's College Entrepreneur of 2011 and co-founder of G3Box shares the challenges of growing the startup.
February 13, 2012 in Grow Your Business
Fashion Mogul Christopher Burch Talks Business

Fashion Mogul Christopher Burch Talks Business

As Fashion Week kicks off, we sat down with the man behind brands like Tory Burch and Monika Chiang to find out what it takes to make it in the business.
February 9, 2012 in Finding Ideas
Why Watching the Super Bowl May Inspire You to Start a Business

Why Watching the Super Bowl May Inspire You to Start a Business

An entrepreneurship organization is running an ad during the Super Bowl. Its goal: To get you to start up.
February 2, 2012 in How To Start a Business
How to Reinvent Your BusinessPlay Video

How to Reinvent Your Business (Video)

The owners of social-buying site Fab.com discuss how they came to the decision to shut down their old venture -- and focus on their new one. Here are their three tips for how to pivot.
February 1, 2012 in Hot Trends
Startup America Gets a Do-Over

Startup America Gets a Do-Over

The President issued a new call on Congress to pass an ambitious legislative agenda to help small businesses, but some wonder whether it's just hot air.
January 31, 2012 in Tax Center
Snooki, 'Housewives' and the Reality of Celebrity Businesses

Snooki, 'Housewives' and the Reality of Celebrity Businesses

How 15 minutes of fame can lead to as many problems as opportunities.
January 27, 2012 in Success Stories
How 'Small Business' and 'Entrepreneur' Fare in State of the Union Addresses

How 'Small Business' and 'Entrepreneur' Fare in State of the Union Addresses

Small businesses and entrepreneurs were mentioned just six times in Obama's speech. We examine how often past presidents have put them in the spotlight.
January 25, 2012 in Startup Basics
Small Businesses Feel the Loss of Keystone Pipeline Project

Small Businesses Feel the Loss of Keystone Pipeline Project

The President's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline project will have a dampening effect on a number of small businesses.
January 19, 2012 in Hiring Center
How Small Businesses are Becoming Big Campaign Stops

How Small Businesses are Becoming Big Campaign Stops

An inside look at five entrepreneurs reaping political publicity, as the presidential hopefuls put them in the spotlight on the campaign trail.
January 10, 2012 in Growth Strategies
Labor Picture May Brighten in 2012

Labor Picture May Brighten in 2012

Last year was bleak for many small businesses, but sales, along with hiring, appear to be on their way up. Here's a look at some of the factors that could affect staffing plans -- for betteror worse -
January 4, 2012 in Hiring Center
Small Business Health Care Stuck on Hold

Small Business Health Care Stuck on Hold

Business owners face higher premiums in 2012, but aren't making any changes until the fate of the Affordable Care Act is clear.
January 2, 2012 in Compensation and Benefits
Women Entrepreneurs Put the Government in the Hot Seat

Women Entrepreneurs Put the Government in the Hot Seat

Being a woman and an entrepreneur has its benefits, but there are also a number of challenges. Here, the SBA answers your burning questions about how to best overcome them.
December 20, 2011 in Growth Strategies
Lawmakers OK Small-Business Research Programs

Lawmakers OK Small-Business Research Programs

Lawmakers moved to extend and expand two key small business research programs facing expiration this week. See what changes may come down the pike.
December 13, 2011 in SBA and Government Funding
What to Do When the Mailman Slows Your Business Down

What to Do When the Mailman Slows Your Business Down

Business owners may be wondering about their mailing options after the U.S. Postal Service announced it would shutter nearly half of its processing centers.
December 6, 2011 in Marketing Materials
How to Recover Quickly When Disaster Strikes

How to Recover Quickly When Disaster Strikes

Small businesses can't predict when Mother Nature may strike, but they certainly can be prepared for hurricanes, ice storms and other calamities.
December 6, 2011 in Management & Operations
Maestros of Malt: How Five Craft Brewmasters Got the Beer Bug

Maestros of Malt: How Five Craft Brewmasters Got the Beer Bug

These Oregon entrepreneurs developed a taste for beer and turned it into a thriving business.
November 23, 2011 in Business Ideas
How to Grow Beyond the Food TruckPlay Video

How to Grow Beyond the Food Truck (Video)

For a food truck, factors like finding a clutch parking spot and the weather can make or break your business. Here's how the co-owners of the wildly popular Mexicue food trucks are growing their busin
November 22, 2011 in Growth Strategies