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Gwen Moran

Gwen Moran is a freelance writer and co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Business Plans (Alpha, 2010).

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How to Find the Best Local Lender for Your Business

How to Find the Best Local Lender for Your Business

Interested in working with a community bank? Here are a few tips for finding the right one.
September 28, 2011 in Financing
How the Company Behind the Money & Bills App Secured $15 Million in Venture Funding

How the Company Behind the Money & Bills App Secured $15 Million in Venture Funding

Pageonce lands a new cash infusion to mobilize the 'wallet of the future.'
September 26, 2011 in Financing
Five Ways to Give Your Seasonal Business an Off-Season Boost

Five Ways to Give Your Seasonal Business an Off-Season Boost

There are a number of ways to keep the money coming in, even after your high season has passed. Think creatively, learn more about the needs of your customers, and test new ideas, even if they may see
September 23, 2011 in Growth Strategies
How One Online Retailer Tweaked Its Way a Better Sales Future

How One Online Retailer Tweaked Its Way a Better Sales Future

To increase conversions, a website set out to test changes to increase registrations, calls and sales.
September 16, 2011 in Branding
Three Steps to Grow Your Own 'Buy Local' Campaign

Three Steps to Grow Your Own 'Buy Local' Campaign

Looking to bring together your community to support local businesses? Consider these guidelines for getting started.
September 16, 2011 in Marketing Ideas
Beyond Q&A: The Many Uses of Quora

Beyond Q&A: The Many Uses of Quora

There's more to Quora than meets the eye. Entrepreneurs, marketers and even investors are tapping its benefits.
September 15, 2011 in Social Media
How a Used-Clothing Site Raised $8.4 Million in Venture Capital

How a Used-Clothing Site Raised $8.4 Million in Venture Capital

A new strategy for an online hand-me-downs company targeting moms helps raise an infusion of cash from venture backers.
September 11, 2011 in Financing
The Hidden Costs of Employee Turnover

The Hidden Costs of Employee Turnover

A revolving door of workers can take a toll on your company in surprising ways. Here are four that you might not notice.
September 10, 2011 in Human Resources
Entrepreneur's Nonprofit Rolls Out a Nontraditional Shelter for the Homeless

Entrepreneur's Nonprofit Rolls Out a Nontraditional Shelter for the Homeless

EDAR offers mobile protection to give homeless people a roof as a low-cost alternative solution to a widespread community problem.
September 9, 2011 in Success Stories
1SaleADay.com's Ben Federman and the Value of a Daily Steal

1SaleADay.com's Ben Federman and the Value of a Daily Steal

This 28-year-old Brooklynite built a successful business around the concept of loss leaders. Part of our annual Young Millionaires report.
September 5, 2011 in Young Entrepreneurs
Five Problem Employees and What You Can Do About Them

Five Problem Employees and What You Can Do About Them

Small companies aren't immune from workplace behavior problems. Here's what to do about them.
August 5, 2011 in Managing Employees
How and Why One Company Chose to Organize As a 'B Corp'

How and Why One Company Chose to Organize As a 'B Corp'

A B corporation designation can help back up a nonprofit's 'doing good' rep. Is it right for your social venture?
July 26, 2011 in Magazine
Five Retirement Plan Options for Your Business

Five Retirement Plan Options for Your Business

From IRAs to profit-sharing plans, learn which option is best to consider for your company's future.
July 26, 2011 in Compensation and Benefits
Need to Rent Stuff or Have Stuff You Want to Rent? SnapGoods May Be for You

Need to Rent Stuff or Have Stuff You Want to Rent? SnapGoods May Be for You

This rental site thrives on the philosophy 'Why buy when you can borrow?'
July 26, 2011 in Magazine
Seven Signs You Need a Break from Your Business

Seven Signs You Need a Break from Your Business

Whether it's a two-week vacay or regular breaks during your workday, you need to find time to chill.
July 21, 2011 in Work/Life Balance
Ready to Declare Your Independence? A Seven-Point Checklist

Ready to Declare Your Independence? A Seven-Point Checklist

How to tell when it's time to say good-bye to the steady paycheck.
July 3, 2011 in Starting a Business
Signs of Life in Small-Business Funding

Signs of Life in Small-Business Funding

A look at some of the more hopeful signals from the world of commercial lending, community banks, credit unions and venture backers
June 22, 2011 in Financing
From Paycheck to Pay Dirt: Blazing Your Own Trail As a Business Owner

From Paycheck to Pay Dirt: Blazing Your Own Trail As a Business Owner

First-time business owners starting a venture in unfamiliar waters face a special set of challenges. Here are three who tackled them with success.
June 22, 2011 in Startup Basics
A Scrappy Entrepreneur's Plan B: Chewing Gum for a Cause

A Scrappy Entrepreneur's Plan B: Chewing Gum for a Cause

When his first idea doesn't hold water, an entrepreneur turns to gum -- and a philanthropic business model.
June 21, 2011 in Success Stories
How Gamesalad Can Help You Create Your Own Video Game

How Gamesalad Can Help You Create Your Own Video Game

This Austin company can turn almost anyone into a game developer.
June 21, 2011 in Magazine
Five Recovery Steps Business Owners Need to Take Now

Five Recovery Steps Business Owners Need to Take Now

How to put your company in the best position to benefit from an improving economy.
June 7, 2011 in Growing Your Business
Crowdfunding Could Be the Answer to Your Cash Woes

Crowdfunding Could Be the Answer to Your Cash Woes

A host of websites have sprung up to help people raise money from supporters.
June 7, 2011 in Financing
How Two Long-Time Buddies Launched a Top-Grossing App

How Two Long-Time Buddies Launched a Top-Grossing App

The founders of fitness app developer Abvio share the secret to their super-fast success.
June 7, 2011 in Profiles
How a Young Entrepreneur Cobbled Together a Business By Recycling Vinyl into Shoes

How a Young Entrepreneur Cobbled Together a Business By Recycling Vinyl into Shoes

Paperfeet is building an eco-friendly business out of discarded billboard materials.
May 24, 2011 in Young Entrepreneurs
How to Make Sure Your Business Isn't Paying Too Much in Sales Tax

How to Make Sure Your Business Isn't Paying Too Much in Sales Tax

Consider taking these three steps to avoid overpaying the tax man. Plus, the best and the worst tax states for business owners.
May 24, 2011 in Tax Center
How to Barter to Save Money Without Running Afoul Labor and Tax Rules

How to Barter to Save Money Without Running Afoul Labor and Tax Rules

Here's what your business needs to know about volunteers and paying in barter.
May 24, 2011 in Employment Law
Craigslist Founder Launches a New Site to Connect Nonprofits

Craigslist Founder Launches a New Site to Connect Nonprofits

Craig Newmark's new site is designed to bring together a world's worth of helping hands.
May 24, 2011 in Networking
A New Social Venture Takes the Lead from TOMS Shoes to Fight Child Hunger

A New Social Venture Takes the Lead from TOMS Shoes to Fight Child Hunger

Two Degrees addresses malnutrition in developing countries with a get-one, give-one sales approach.
May 24, 2011 in Success Stories
Venture Capital in Reverse: The Business Idea First, Then the Entrepreneur

Venture Capital in Reverse: The Business Idea First, Then the Entrepreneur

A Kansas City firm turns the traditional VC funding model on its head and captures new opportunities.
May 24, 2011 in Venture Capital
New LinkedIn Services Offer Networking Options for Small Businesses

New LinkedIn Services Offer Networking Options for Small Businesses

Consider trying out LinkedIn's new features for your business.
May 24, 2011 in Networking
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