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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

For Net Neutrality Advocates, the Fight Continues

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.
November 22, 2011 in Legal Basics For Startups
What the Failed Deficit Deal Could Mean for Small Businesses

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.
November 22, 2011 in Payments & Collections
Why One Investor is Banking on Vets

Why One Investor is Banking on Vets

Former Army major turned entrepreneur describes why he thinks veteran-owned businesses are a worthwhile investment.
November 11, 2011 in Startup Financing
Five Resources for Turning Vets into Entrepreneurs

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.
November 11, 2011 in Startup Basics
Obama 'Can't Wait' To Help Entrepreneurs

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.
November 1, 2011 in Startup Financing
How the Business of Halloween Grew UpPlay Video

How the Business of Halloween Grew Up (Video)

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
October 31, 2011 in Growth Strategies
The Family Business Behind Charlie Sheen, Batman and Other Halloween Favorites

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.
October 31, 2011 in Family Business
White House Alleviates Student Loans for Entrepreneurs

White House Alleviates Student Loans for Entrepreneurs

President Obama announced a number of federal student loan reducing measures, which may also benefit entrepreneurs.
October 27, 2011 in Money Basics
Venture Investors Spar Over the Tech Bubble

Venture Investors Spar Over the Tech Bubble

Call it a bubble or not, Groupon's lower valuation may throw a wrench in it.
October 21, 2011 in IPOs and DPOs
SBA Lending in 2012 Gets a Haircut

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.
October 7, 2011 in SBA and Government Funding
What New Debit-Card Fees Could Mean For Swipe Reform and Small Businesses

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.
September 30, 2011 in Accepting Payments
Four Ways to Cut Small Employer Health-Care Costs

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.
September 29, 2011 in Compensation and Benefits
How a Business Emergency Plan Paid Off in Tornado-Struck Joplin, Mo.

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.
September 29, 2011 in Insurance
Facebook Offers Free Ads to Small Businesses

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.
September 26, 2011 in Social Media
How to Tap into a Competitive Market: The Craft-Beer Business in Portland, Ore.Play Video

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

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
September 26, 2011 in Branding
How to Use Social Media to Build a Following -- And a Business

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.
September 23, 2011 in Social Media
How to Navigate the New Patent Law

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.
September 16, 2011 in Inventing
Why Portland's Beer Economy Is 'Hoppy'

Why Portland's Beer Economy Is 'Hoppy'

The right mix of ingredients makes Portland's brew economy one of the biggest in the world.
September 16, 2011 in Growth Strategies
Some Jobs Act Proposals Make Headway

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.
September 15, 2011 in Financing
How Daisy Cakes Reeled in a 'Shark'

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.
September 15, 2011 in Financing
What the Jobs Act Would Hold For Small Businesses

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.
September 9, 2011 in Tax Center
What a Payroll Tax Holiday Could Mean for Employers

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.
September 8, 2011 in Tax Center
'Quirky' Turns Inventors into Reality TV Stars

'Quirky' Turns Inventors into Reality TV Stars

A new reality TV series starring Ben Kaufman and his product development firm Quirky is debuting tonight.
August 30, 2011 in Inventing
Finding Business Success in a RecessionPlay Video

Finding Business Success in a Recession (Video)

How Milk Street Cafe stepped back from the brink.
August 25, 2011 in Exploring New Markets
Cutting Out the Red Tape for Small Businesses

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.
August 24, 2011 in Growing Your Business
Business Credit Cards Kick Up Rewards

Business Credit Cards Kick Up Rewards

To entice more users, small business credit cards have become even more rewarding.
August 19, 2011 in Financing
Doubts on Latest Plan to Lift Rural Small Businesses

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.
August 17, 2011 in Financing
How to Land Angel FundingPlay Video

How to Land Angel Funding (Video)

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.
August 15, 2011 in Startup Financing
At the SBA, New Challenges Lay Ahead

At the SBA, New Challenges Lay Ahead

SBA backed loans are up but, with the latest debt woes, for how long?
August 12, 2011 in SBA and Government Funding
What the Dow's Decline Means for Small Businesses

What the Dow's Decline Means for Small Businesses

The market's plunge could trip up already hobbled small businesses.
August 9, 2011 in Money