Gwen Moran is a freelance writer and co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Business Plans (Alpha, 2010).
30 Recent Stories
Exploring New Markets
A look at a range of export opportunities, as well as challenges, for companies seeking growth beyond their home borders.
No one springs forth from the womb a fully formed leader--but some books can shorten the learning curve
Here's how office pools may earn your company a major-league penalty.
Leveraging the benefits of their training and specialized resources, military veterans are increasingly turning to entrepreneurship. Here's a look at their battle plans.
WhoSay, an insider's social-media management tool, attracts millions in financing, even without a revenue model.
A smart rebranding landed this online pawn shop new customers and investors.
We follow up with some of our do-gooders from past columns.
A total overhaul adds sizzle to an electronics company's web sales.
Compensation and Benefits
A look at how small-business owners can more easily research information on health insurance options.
How inQuo helps startups and struggling small businesses in need of equipment.
ShortStack offers hungry businesses a lumberjack breakfast's range of Facebook page options.
An upscale auction site offers ultimate access to big-name talent -- and charities reap the rewards
Building a Website
A sporting goods site puts the emphasis on content and wins big.
Three financial resolutions that can benefit your business
Fires, credit problems, medical emergencies--there's no end to the obstacles overcome by intrepid franchisees. Here's how three spirited entrepreneurs found success in the face of adversity.
VCs help sharpen Warby Parker's focus on the eyeglass industry.
Small businesses can tap a variety of free resources for insights about customers, competitors and trends.
Four entrepreneurs find more than pocket change in their couch.
Tegu puts toys to work to build a better future for homeless kids.
Bank Loans and Microloans
Household brands like Office Depot, Sam's Club and Google are offering financial products, but are they the way to go for your business?
With Shift My Gift, recipients can donate the money Aunt Gladys wanted to spend on them instead of having to find space for yet another useless tchotchke.
What retail forecasters expect from online customers during the holiday spending season this year.
TaskRabbit lands $5 million in funding, as it banks on its errand service to help you get stuff done.
Cash Flow & Money Management
Banks are targeting more credit cards at small businesses, but companies must weigh the incentives against the potential costs.
In a surprisingly competitive world of artisanal cheesemaking, one Wisconsin producer has a taste for helping others.
Entrepreneurs who help their team strengthen important skills, and add to them, can see a boost to their bottom line.
Four tips to save your business from extreme couponing practices.
Looking for ways to do more with less? Consider the tactics that some small-business owners devised to stretch a dollar.
Low-Cost Business Ideas
There's a lot more to DIY than that wobbly table you built (and your spouse hates). A Maker Movement leader weighs in on the growth of the DIY community.