Scott Shane

Scott Shane

Professor at Case Western Reserve University

Scott Shane is the A. Malachi Mixon III professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University. His books include Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live by (Yale University Press, 2008) and Finding Fertile Ground: Identifying Extraordinary Opportunities for New Businesses (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005).

Obamacare Already Shrinking Small-Business Job Growth
Growth Strategies

Obamacare Already Shrinking Small-Business Job Growth

Despite what defenders of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act claim, business owners report that they are cutting jobs and hours because of the new law.
Growth Strategies

Startups Creating Fewer Jobs -- Not a Problem

The decline in new jobs created by small businesses could be a good thing. Here's why.
Growth Strategies

The Unintended Consequences of Health-Care Reform (Opinion)

Policy makers and entrepreneurs have different goals in mind when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. Here are some critical loopholes small-business owners are taking to circumvent policy changes.
Starting a Business

Why Entrepreneurs Choose Freedom Over Money

Starting your own business often means thankless hours, measly pay and the stress of being at the helm. Yet entrepreneurs report greater job satisfaction than their employed counterparts. Here's why.
The Pros and Cons of Franchising Your Business
Franchise

The Pros and Cons of Franchising Your Business

Franchising could be your next big strategy for expansion or it could send your growing business down the wrong path. Here are some key considerations before deciding if franchising is for you.
Why Internet Sales Tax is Bad Public Policy (Opinion)
Finance

Why Internet Sales Tax is Bad Public Policy (Opinion)

The Marketplace Fairness Act, expected to pass in the Senate on May 6, requires online retailers to charge shoppers their state's sales tax. Is the law a poor political move?
Why Filing a Patent Just Got More Complicated For Startups (Opinion)
Starting a Business

Why Filing a Patent Just Got More Complicated For Startups (Opinion)

The America Invents Act, which went into effect March 16, has changed the process for patenting. These developments might not help entrepreneurs after all. Here's why.
What Would-Be Entrepreneurs Fear Most About Starting Up
Starting a Business

What Would-Be Entrepreneurs Fear Most About Starting Up

An unstable income is almost always guaranteed when just starting your business, but research shows it's one of the top fears that keeps Americans from becoming entrepreneurs.
Why Americans Love Small Business
Entrepreneurs

Why Americans Love Small Business

The latest studies show consumers are willing to pay more to buy from a small business than a big one. Here's a look at five reasons why Americans are rooting for entrepreneurs.
Why Consumer Credit Matters to Small Businesses (Opinion)
Finance

Why Consumer Credit Matters to Small Businesses (Opinion)

Washington's recent efforts to protect consumers may be hampering small-business growth.
Entrepreneurship Is a Midlife Game (Opinion)
Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship Is a Midlife Game (Opinion)

Contrary to popular opinion and the media's fascination with young entrepreneurs, baby boomers are more likely to run their own businesses than 20-somethings.
Jesse Jackson: Turn Big-Company Tax Dodging into Small-Business Funding (Opinion)
Finance

Jesse Jackson: Turn Big-Company Tax Dodging into Small-Business Funding (Opinion)

The liberal activist recently proposed using multinationals' overseas cash to fund U.S. small businesses.
We Need Smarter Business-Owner Retirement Plans, Not More (Opinion)
Finance

We Need Smarter Business-Owner Retirement Plans, Not More (Opinion)

Small-business owners' optimism often hinders their retirement planning. Behavioral economics has some ideas about what it would take to get you to plan for your golden years.
It's the Uncertainty, Stupid (Opinion)
Finance

It's the Uncertainty, Stupid (Opinion)

Washington policy makers would like nothing more than for small business to boost hiring and investment. The best thing they could do is come to some agreement on the deficit and enact rules about all the laws they've passed.
The Fiscal Cliff Deal and Small-Business Job Creation
Finance

The Fiscal Cliff Deal and Small-Business Job Creation

While the political compromise in Washington might have been an overall plus for the U.S. economy, the measures are likely to damp small-business employment.