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Lydia Dishman

19 Recent Stories

Luxury on Loan

Luxury on Loan

High-fashion rental entrepreneurs are giving couture-hungry consumers a small--and affordable--taste of the good life.
September 1, 2010 in Success Stories
Best Practices for Landing Impact Investment

Best Practices for Landing Impact Investment

The money is out there for social entrepreneurs. Here's how to get it.
July 7, 2010 in Startup Financing

Green Business: From Niche to Mainstream

A look at how the green landscape has evolved over the last 40 years
April 19, 2010 in Going Green

Easy, Affordable Ways to Green Your Business

Simple tips to make your business eco-friendly and perhaps save some coin
April 19, 2010 in Managing Cash Flow
The Skinny on Sole Proprietorships

The Skinny on Sole Proprietorships

Protect yourself from the IRS and make your patchwork projects a real business.
March 15, 2010 in Choosing a Business Structure

The New Double Bottom Line

The L3C designation is helping entrepreneurs start for-profit businesses with non-profit souls.

Retire? Forget About It

A new wave of baby boomer business owners are turning their passion and experience into second-act success.
January 11, 2010 in Success Stories
Play Your Cards Right

Play Your Cards Right

Financing with credit cards is a risk--but it can pay off.
November 9, 2009 in Self-Financing

Make an Online Capital Connection

Sometimes finding the right investor is all about chemistry.
November 3, 2009 in Financing

Big Returns Come in Micro-sized Packages

A microloan from a community-based lender can provide the cash you need.
October 6, 2009 in Bank Loans and Microloans

Drive Sales With Tutorials

Position yourself as an authority and gain market share with instructional content.
September 24, 2009 in Online Marketing

Take Advantage of Every Opportunity

Learn to leverage your status as a minority-owned business to get the funding you need.
September 23, 2009 in Startup Financing

Find a 'Tweet' Deal on Advertising

Banner ads aren't the only way to advertise online; take advantage with these affordable alternatives.
August 31, 2009 in Advertising

Turning a Green Business Into Gold

Reward follows risk and innovation for these eco-friendly businesses.
August 13, 2009 in Success Stories

Find Funding in Your Backyard

Local, state and regional funds aim to keep local economies going strong.
July 13, 2009 in Startup Financing

Should You Outsource Your Online Presence?

You can save time and money by leaving social media marketing to the pros.
July 7, 2009 in Online Marketing

Should You Outsource Your Online Presence?

You can save time and money by leaving social media marketing to the pros.
July 7, 2009 in Your Website

The Cost (and Payoff) of Investing in Social Media

Savvy entrepreneurs are looking to social media as another way to market their businesses.
June 12, 2009 in Online Marketing

Don't Get Stiffed

Use these 4 simple steps to make sure you get paid.
May 26, 2009 in Payments & Collections