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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.
Scott Shane
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.
Scott Shane
Are Small-Business Owners Going to Spoil the Mood? (Opinion)
Growth Strategies

Are Small-Business Owners Going to Spoil the Mood? (Opinion)

Despite the headlines about rising consumer confidence, the U.S. economy isn't looking up. Business owners' pessimism remains a drag on the recovery.
Scott Shane
Love Obamacare? Get Ready for More Health-Care Legislation
Growth Strategies

Love Obamacare? Get Ready for More Health-Care Legislation

Most Americans don't like the 'market solution' to the problem of escalating health-insurance costs. The best option for employers and employees alike is to push for government policies that lower the cost of care.
Scott Shane
Closing the African-American Startup Gap (Opinion)
Starting a Business

Closing the African-American Startup Gap (Opinion)

Targeted minority-lending programs have had only limited success in encouraging new-business creation among minorities. Could crowd-funding help close the startup gap?
Scott Shane
Should Small Business Fear the Fiscal Cliff? (Opinion)
Finance

Should Small Business Fear the Fiscal Cliff? (Opinion)

Think concerns over the coming federal spending cuts and tax increases are overblown? Think again. Here's why.
Scott Shane
Is an MBA Still Necessary?
Entrepreneurs

Is an MBA Still Necessary?

Two outspoken academic leaders offer opposing views on the relevance of a traditional business education.
Incentives Needed to Spur Federal Agencies to Meet Small-Business Contracting Goals (Opinion)
Growth Strategies

Incentives Needed to Spur Federal Agencies to Meet Small-Business Contracting Goals (Opinion)

The SBA reports that it has tried to increase the share of federal dollars going to small businesses by implementing new contracting provisions. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be working.
Scott Shane
Young Entrepreneurs: Not the Cure for What Ails the Economy (Opinion)
Entrepreneurs

Young Entrepreneurs: Not the Cure for What Ails the Economy (Opinion)

Interest is high in supporting youth entrepreneurship and often seen as a way to help create jobs and turn the economy. But a closer look at the issues shows that these notions may be little more than wishful thinking.
Scott Shane
The Twisted Logic Behind the Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act (Opinion)
Growth Strategies

The Twisted Logic Behind the Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act (Opinion)

To spur job creation, Congress is voting soon on a moratorium on regulation. Columnist Scott Shane says it's not the answer to our business problems.
Scott Shane
Should the U.S. President Have Business Experience? (Opinion)
Leadership

Should the U.S. President Have Business Experience? (Opinion)

Why success in the private sector doesn't necessarily translate into an effective leadership.
Scott Shane
7 Reasons Small Business Supports Romney (Opinion)
Finance

7 Reasons Small Business Supports Romney (Opinion)

Small-business owners overwhelmingly favor Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. Here are seven reasons why.
Scott Shane
Why Congress Shouldn't Fund Business Incubators (Opinion)
Starting a Business

Why Congress Shouldn't Fund Business Incubators (Opinion)

Before spending money on business incubators, Congress should first figure out whether we really need more in the U.S. and whether they actually help create jobs.
Scott Shane
Grads: Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Get a Job (Opinion)
Entrepreneurs

Grads: Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Get a Job (Opinion)

If your heart is set on running your own business, you could raise your odds of success by first getting some experience on your resume and money in the bank.
Scott Shane