Economic Conditions

Growth Strategies

Small Businesses Feel the Loss of Keystone Pipeline Project

The President's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline project will have a dampening effect on a number of small businesses.
Growth Strategies

Three Ways to Capitalize on Business Optimism

Even before the nation added 200,000 new jobs in December, business owners were starting to feel more upbeat about 2012. Here's how to take advantage of that warm, fuzzy feeling.
Franchises

Will Burgers and Big Gulps Save the Economy?

Consider this look at the impact franchised businesses have on the U.S. economy -- and how doughnuts may be just what we need to rebound from the recession.
Finance

The Home-Equity Credit Crunch (Opinion)

How home price declines have contributed to tight credit for small businesses.
Innovation Now

Maestros of Malt: How Five Craft Brewmasters Got the Beer Bug

These Oregon entrepreneurs developed a taste for beer and turned it into a thriving business.
Starting a Business

Startup Initiatives Sprout from Global Entrepreneurship Week

Here is a look at some of the programs that will keep startups growing in the months to come.
Marketing

Business Owners Divided on Occupy Wall Street

In your view, is the popular protest movement against the financial industry good or bad for your business? The U.S. overall? Your fellow business owners straddle both sides of the debate.
Starting a Business

Five Resources for Turning Vets into Entrepreneurs

For the men and women of the U.S. military, starting a business in this economy can be tricky. Here are the government programs that aim to help veterans strike out on their own.
Franchises

Help! My Franchise Is Failing

If your business hits a rough patch, you should be able to turn to your franchisor for assistance. Here's what you can expect to receive.
Growth Strategies

Why Portland's Beer Economy Is 'Hoppy'

The right mix of ingredients makes Portland's brew economy one of the biggest in the world.
Growth Strategies

Is Small Business on the Rebound in Your Town?

A look at small-business bankruptcy filings reveals that economic conditions are looking up in some places.
Innovation Now

A Historical Perspective

Some of the most innovative ideas have emerged during times of economic duress.