Diana Ransom

Diana Ransom

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

30 Recent Stories

How to Find an Angel Investor
Startup Financing

How to Find an Angel Investor

David S. Rose of New York Angels explains how entrepreneurs can meet angel investors. Entrepreneur's Diana Ransom reports.
Seven Money Mistakes Young Entrepreneurs Make
Personal Finance

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

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.
A Lesson in Apologies from TOMS Shoes
Public Relations

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.
Five Off-Beat Stress Busters
Work/Life Balance

Five Off-Beat Stress Busters

When diet and exercise aren't enough, a look at five quirky tactics for tamping down tension.
A Franchise Thanksgiving
Marketing

A Franchise Thanksgiving

If you find yourself taking your local Subway for granted, Franchise Appreciation Day offers an opportunity to show your support.
The Startup Act: A Nonstarter?
Starting a Business

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.
Under-30 Treps in the Washington Spotlight
Grow Your Business

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.
Cellphone Hacking: Could it Happen to You?
Mobile

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.
There's Something About Jack Dorsey
Financing

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?
Why Entrepreneurs Celebrate 'Independent's Day'
Starting a Business

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.
Profanity, Obama and Guy Kawasaki
Leadership

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.
Fed Takes a Bite Out of Swipe Reform
Payments & Collections

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.
Clinton Kicks Off Micro-Lending Service for Hardest Hit Businesses
Bank Loans and Microloans

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.
Why the Small Business Loan Fund is Falling Short
Financing

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.
Study: Small-Business Health-Care Costs to Plunge
Compensation and Benefits

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.
When a Win for Wal-Mart Is a Win for Small Business
Legal Center

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

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

A KeyBank executive offers her predictions for small-business lending.
Why Experimental Marketing May Be For You
Finding Customers

Why Experimental Marketing May Be For You

Here's how a startup tested the social media waters and won sales.
Indicators Point to a Small-Business Rebound (Infographic)
Grow Your Business

Indicators Point to a Small-Business Rebound (Infographic)

Evidence is growing that the nation's small companies may be on a comeback.
He Said, She Said: Congressional Leaders Parse How to Help Small Business
Starting a 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.
Five Ways to Boost Referrals to Find Customers
Finding 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.
How They Became Small-Business Champions
Family Business

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.
Big Businesses Horn In On Small Business Week
Grow Your Business

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.
Five Tips for Getting Started in Exporting
International Growth

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.
The State of the SBA
SBA and Government Funding

The State of the SBA

SBA chief Karen Mills on how the agency evolved through the economic crisis.
Federal Wage Regulations Bring More Red Tape
Employment Law

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.
Do Women Entrepreneurs Face Gender Discrimination?
Trends

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.
IWearYourShirt Puts a Social Twist on Product Placement
Social Media

IWearYourShirt Puts a Social Twist on Product Placement

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

How Fast-Growing Companies Use Social-Media Marketing

Here's a sampling of how growth-minded businesses use social media to ring in sales.
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