Diana Ransom

Diana Ransom

Diana Ransom is the former deputy editor of Entrepreneur.com.

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For Net Neutrality Advocates, the Fight Continues
Legal Basics For Startups

For Net Neutrality Advocates, the Fight Continues

Some tech entrepreneurs say more regulation is needed to keep the Internet open -- especially when it comes to wireless providers.
What the Failed Deficit Deal Could Mean for Small Businesses
Payments & Collections

What the Failed Deficit Deal Could Mean for Small Businesses

Failure to meet an agreement over reducing the nation's debts could trigger a spate of spending cuts that could carry implications for small businesses.
Why One Investor is Banking on Vets
Startup Financing

Why One Investor is Banking on Vets

Former Army major turned entrepreneur describes why he thinks veteran-owned businesses are a worthwhile investment.
Five Resources for Turning Vets into Entrepreneurs
Startup Basics

Five Resources for Turning Vets into Entrepreneurs

For the men and women of the U.S. military, starting a business in this economy can be tricky. Here are the government programs that aim to help veterans strike out on their own.
Obama 'Can't Wait' To Help Entrepreneurs
Startup Financing

Obama 'Can't Wait' To Help Entrepreneurs

The Jobs Act didn't pass muster with Congress, so Barack Obama has issued some proposals without legislation. See what's in the works for small businesses.
How the Business of Halloween Grew Up
Growth Strategies

How the Business of Halloween Grew Up

Halloween is a booming business in the U.S. that's captured the imaginations of both children and adults. But that hasn't always been the case. We spoke with the president and CEO of Rubie's Costume C
The Family Business Behind Charlie Sheen, Batman and Other Halloween Favorites
Family Business

The Family Business Behind Charlie Sheen, Batman and Other Halloween Favorites

From humble roots, Rubie's Costume Co., has grown into a global enterprise while staying family-owned -- thanks to ghosts, goblins and Lady Gaga.
White House Alleviates Student Loans for Entrepreneurs
Money Basics

White House Alleviates Student Loans for Entrepreneurs

President Obama announced a number of federal student loan reducing measures, which may also benefit entrepreneurs.
Venture Investors Spar Over the Tech Bubble
IPOs and DPOs

Venture Investors Spar Over the Tech Bubble

Call it a bubble or not, Groupon's lower valuation may throw a wrench in it.
SBA Lending in 2012 Gets a Haircut
SBA and Government Funding

SBA Lending in 2012 Gets a Haircut

The SBA announced a banner year in 2011 -- supporting a record $30 billion in loans. But come 2012, the agency's sights are $1 billion lower.
What New Debit-Card Fees Could Mean For Swipe Reform and Small Businesses
Accepting Payments

What New Debit-Card Fees Could Mean For Swipe Reform and Small Businesses

As banks start charging customers who use debit cards, many owners are wondering how this might hit their wallets.
Four Ways to Cut Small Employer Health-Care Costs
Compensation and Benefits

Four Ways to Cut Small Employer Health-Care Costs

Health-insurance premiums in the U.S. surged substantially in 2011. Here's how small companies can reduce costs.
How a Business Emergency Plan Paid Off in Tornado-Struck Joplin, Mo.
Insurance

How a Business Emergency Plan Paid Off in Tornado-Struck Joplin, Mo.

When a tornado ravaged the town of Joplin, Mo., few businesses were left intact. Here's how one owner and his employees made it through the storm. And what you can learn from their story.
Facebook Offers Free Ads to Small Businesses
Social Media

Facebook Offers Free Ads to Small Businesses

In a move to court business owners, Facebook today announced plans to offer up $10 million in free ad credits to 200,000 small businesses.
How to Tap into a Competitive Market: The Craft-Beer Business in Portland, Ore.
Branding

How to Tap into a Competitive Market: The Craft-Beer Business in Portland, Ore.

With 40 craft breweries and more than 50 in the metro area, Portland, Ore., has more craft breweries than any other city in the world. We spoke with brewery owners about how they're able to stand out
How to Use Social Media to Build a Following -- And a Business
Social Media

How to Use Social Media to Build a Following -- And a Business

Before the paint even dried on her new shop in Montreal, one entrepreneur took to the Web to build a community -- and later, a record opening.
How to Navigate the New Patent Law
Inventing

How to Navigate the New Patent Law

The age-old patent system is set to be reformed. Here's how the new law might change how or whether you get a patent.
Why Portland's Beer Economy Is 'Hoppy'
Growth Strategies

Why Portland's Beer Economy Is 'Hoppy'

The right mix of ingredients makes Portland's brew economy one of the biggest in the world.
Some Jobs Act Proposals Make Headway
Financing

Some Jobs Act Proposals Make Headway

Even as Congress considers which if any of the President's jobs measures to pass, some of his proposals are already gaining traction.
How Daisy Cakes Reeled in a 'Shark'
Financing

How Daisy Cakes Reeled in a 'Shark'

'Shark Tank' judge and investor Barbara Corcoran named a southern cake-making business as her best investment on the show. Here's how that baking entrepreneur's pitch stood out.
What the Jobs Act Would Hold For Small Businesses
Tax Center

What the Jobs Act Would Hold For Small Businesses

Between cutting payroll taxes and speeding up payments to federal contractors, the President's latest plan to boost jobs, if passed, would also give a lift to small businesses.
What a Payroll Tax Holiday Could Mean for Employers
Tax Center

What a Payroll Tax Holiday Could Mean for Employers

President Obama is expected to propose offering to trim the amount of payroll taxes employers pay. Here are five things business owners can expect if it passes.
'Quirky' Turns Inventors into Reality TV Stars
Inventing

'Quirky' Turns Inventors into Reality TV Stars

A new reality TV series starring Ben Kaufman and his product development firm Quirky is debuting tonight.
Finding Business Success in a Recession
Exploring New Markets

Finding Business Success in a Recession

How Milk Street Cafe stepped back from the brink.
Cutting Out the Red Tape for Small Businesses
Growing Your Business

Cutting Out the Red Tape for Small Businesses

The Obama administration's new effort to trim inefficient practices and wasteful spending might help small businesses the most.
Business Credit Cards Kick Up Rewards
Financing

Business Credit Cards Kick Up Rewards

To entice more users, small business credit cards have become even more rewarding.
Doubts on Latest Plan to Lift Rural Small Businesses
Financing

Doubts on Latest Plan to Lift Rural Small Businesses

President Obama announced a new plan to give hard-hit rural businesses a lift. But some wonder if it'll ever materialize.
How to Land Angel Funding
Startup Financing

How to Land Angel Funding

Entrepreneur's Diana Ransom talks with David S. Rose, founder of New York Angels, about the best way to secure financial backing from angel investors.
At the SBA, New Challenges Lay Ahead
SBA and Government Funding

At the SBA, New Challenges Lay Ahead

SBA backed loans are up but, with the latest debt woes, for how long?
What the Dow's Decline Means for Small Businesses
Money

What the Dow's Decline Means for Small Businesses

The market's plunge could trip up already hobbled small businesses.

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