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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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How to Find an Angel InvestorPlay Video

How to Find an Angel Investor (Video)

David S. Rose of New York Angels explains how entrepreneurs can meet angel investors. Entrepreneur's Diana Ransom reports.
August 9, 2011 in Startup Financing
Seven Money Mistakes Young Entrepreneurs Make

Seven Money Mistakes Young Entrepreneurs Make

Keeping track of your personal finances and launching a business is doubly challenging. Here are a few mistakes young business owners make with their money.
August 4, 2011 in Personal Finance
What a U.S. Default Might Mean for Small Businesses

What a U.S. Default Might Mean for Small Businesses

As the political bickering over the nation's debts goes on, business owners may be wondering how a default could affect them.
July 28, 2011 in Money
A Lesson in Apologies from TOMS Shoes

A Lesson in Apologies from TOMS Shoes

When negative backlash mounted, the folks at TOMS Shoes quickly mobilized to quell the Web tumult. Here are three keys to a great apology.
July 26, 2011 in Public Relations
Five Off-Beat Stress Busters

Five Off-Beat Stress Busters

When diet and exercise aren't enough, a look at five quirky tactics for tamping down tension.
July 22, 2011 in Work/Life Balance
A Franchise Thanksgiving

A Franchise Thanksgiving

If you find yourself taking your local Subway for granted, Franchise Appreciation Day offers an opportunity to show your support.
July 21, 2011 in Marketing
The Startup Act: A Nonstarter?

The Startup Act: A Nonstarter?

The new proposed bill may not go anywhere, but it could at the very least ignite a national conversation about how to spark entrepreneurship.
July 19, 2011 in Starting a Business
Under-30 Treps in the Washington Spotlight

Under-30 Treps in the Washington Spotlight

The question of how to help small-businesses boost sales is so divisive that many are now looking to the young for answers.
July 13, 2011 in Grow Your Business
Cellphone Hacking: Could it Happen to You?

Cellphone Hacking: Could it Happen to You?

The cellphone hacking scandal that's captured recent headlines should also serve as a wakeup call. Here's how to secure your mobile phone.
July 8, 2011 in Mobile
There's Something About Jack Dorsey

There's Something About Jack Dorsey

Twitter is quietly raising big bucks -- pegging the company's value at as much as $7 billion. What is Dorsey's secret?
July 5, 2011 in Financing
Why Entrepreneurs Celebrate 'Independent's Day'

Why Entrepreneurs Celebrate 'Independent's Day'

On this Fourth of July holiday, small business owners share why they're grateful to be calling their own shots.
July 4, 2011 in Starting a Business
Profanity, Obama and Guy Kawasaki

Profanity, Obama and Guy Kawasaki

For most people, cursing in public is a no-no. But for entrepreneurs, doing so sparingly can breed positive feelings and trust.
July 1, 2011 in Leadership
Fed Takes a Bite Out of Swipe Reform

Fed Takes a Bite Out of Swipe Reform

The wait for the Fed's rules governing debit-card swipe fees is over. But many small businesses aren't happy about it.
June 29, 2011 in Payments & Collections
Clinton Kicks Off Micro-Lending Service for Hardest Hit Businesses

Clinton Kicks Off Micro-Lending Service for Hardest Hit Businesses

At this year's Clinton Global Initiative, micro-lending platform Kiva.org makes a new commitment to still-struggling small businesses.
June 29, 2011 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Why the Small Business Loan Fund is Falling Short

Why the Small Business Loan Fund is Falling Short

Many initially praised the small-business fund that would make $30 billion available to small banks to loan out businesses, but funds haven't yet been disbursed. Here are the reasons for the holdup.
June 23, 2011 in Financing
Study: Small-Business Health-Care Costs to Plunge

Study: Small-Business Health-Care Costs to Plunge

Many small-business owners think the health-care law will boost their costs over the next two years, but a new study suggests otherwise.
June 21, 2011 in Compensation and Benefits
When a Win for Wal-Mart Is a Win for Small Business

When a Win for Wal-Mart Is a Win for Small Business

The U.S. Supreme Court prevented a class action discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart from going forward. But that decision could also embolden small businesses.
June 20, 2011 in Legal Center
Small-Business Loan Forecast: A Brighter Second Half for 2011

Small-Business Loan Forecast: A Brighter Second Half for 2011

A KeyBank executive offers her predictions for small-business lending.
May 31, 2011 in Financing
Why Experimental Marketing May Be For You

Why Experimental Marketing May Be For You

Here's how a startup tested the social media waters and won sales.
May 31, 2011 in Finding Customers
Indicators Point to a Small-Business Rebound (Infographic)

Indicators Point to a Small-Business Rebound (Infographic)

Evidence is growing that the nation's small companies may be on a comeback.
May 30, 2011 in Grow Your Business
He Said, She Said: Congressional Leaders Parse How to Help Small Business

He Said, She Said: Congressional Leaders Parse How to Help Small Business

A shared goal of aiding small businesses can't reconcile the divide between Republican Sam Graves and Democrat Mary Landrieu.
May 27, 2011 in Starting a Business
Five Ways to Boost Referrals to Find Customers

Five Ways to Boost Referrals to Find Customers

When it comes to finding customers, advertising is expensive. Here's how to find customers through referrals.
May 24, 2011 in Finding Customers
How They Became Small-Business Champions

How They Became Small-Business Champions

Of the 27 million small businesses in the U.S. a mere fraction of them can call themselves a Small Business Champion. Here's how they did it.
May 20, 2011 in Family Business
Big Businesses Horn In On Small Business Week

Big Businesses Horn In On Small Business Week

To support their small-business customers, big businesses are offering freebies and discounts this week. Here's a small sampling of notable promotions.
May 18, 2011 in Grow Your Business
Five Tips for Getting Started in Exporting

Five Tips for Getting Started in Exporting

Between connecting with foreign buyers and wading through complicated tariffs, exporting can be tough. Here's how to ease the process.
May 17, 2011 in International Growth
The State of the SBA

The State of the SBA

SBA chief Karen Mills on how the agency evolved through the economic crisis.
May 16, 2011 in SBA and Government Funding
Federal Wage Regulations Bring More Red Tape

Federal Wage Regulations Bring More Red Tape

A new rule that kicks in today asks employers of tipped workers to do more paperwork or face the loss of a key credit.
May 5, 2011 in Employment Law
Do Women Entrepreneurs Face Gender Discrimination?

Do Women Entrepreneurs Face Gender Discrimination?

Many women-led business owners still spar in a battle of the sexes. Here are three of their stories.
May 3, 2011 in Trends
IWearYourShirt Puts a Social Twist on Product Placement

IWearYourShirt Puts a Social Twist on Product Placement

How a 20-something entrepreneur gives businesses of all sizes a star turn.
May 3, 2011 in Social Media
How Fast-Growing Companies Use Social-Media Marketing

How Fast-Growing Companies Use Social-Media Marketing

Here's a sampling of how growth-minded businesses use social media to ring in sales.
April 29, 2011 in Social Media
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