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Growth Strategies

A Flock of Airports Lifts Up Michigan's Upper Peninsula

SBA invests $1.2 million in aviation companies in the state best known for making cars.
Technology

The Goliath of Big Data Meets Its David

In a world where file storage needs run to 1.8 trillion gigabytes, Silicon Valley startup Peaxy hopes to make it easier than ever for businesses to manage their data.
Growth Strategies

San Diego Warms to Defense Technology Entrepreneurs

The SBA invests in startups focused on cyber-security, unmanned air vehicles and renewable energy.
Small Business Heroes

How InstaEDU Is Tapping the Online Education Market

With $1.1 million in seed funding, a new startup is connecting students electronically with tutors from top universities.
Growth Strategies

A Geospatial Tech Hub Puts Mississippi on Map

SBA invests more than $1 million into a community of mapping and location-based technology startups surrounding the NASA Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
Technology

When Customers Get Angry, This Startup Seeks to Help

Modria, a conflict-resolution platform built from eBay and PayPal software, seeks to resolve disputes between consumers and businesses.
Finance

In Monterey Bay, an Agricultural Tech Cluster Blossoms

Part of an SBA pilot progam, a unique California cluster aims to bring together tech entrepreneurs and the region's big farms to keep the agriculture industry thriving
Technology

Belly App Converts 'Damn Paper Punchcards' to Digital

Customer loyalty is important to small business -- but what consumer wants yet another rewards card? Logan LaHive's venture-backed startup offers a digital solution.
Growth Strategies

The Carolinas Concentrate on Nuclear Energy

North and South Carolina businesses cluster together to be a leader in the nuclear energy industry.
Small Business Heroes

A Buzzworthy Startup Rethinks the Political Process

Backed by Silicon Valley heavyweights, Votizen co-founder Jason Putorti talks to us about changing the future of campaigning.
Growth Strategies

A Defense Cluster Grows in Minnesota

A look at how the Defense Alliance in St. Paul, one of 10 economic clusters in an SBA pilot program, is nurturing energy entrepreneurs.
Starting a Business

Entrepreneurs Take Lead in Building Vibrant Startup Communities

A long-term commitment and philosophy of inclusiveness are critical to sustainability and growth.
Technology

3 Hot Tech Startups Burning Up L.A.'s 'Silicon Beach'

In startup world, Southern California is giving Silicon Valley a run for its money.
Starting a Business

Keys to a Thriving Startup Scene From VC Veteran Brad Feld

Brad Feld of the VC firm Foundry Group has funded some the biggest tech success stories of the last decade. He shares his thoughts about the state of the startup scene.
Starting a Business

Why One Young Entrepreneur Turned Down Mark Cuban on Shark Tank

A recent grad reveals why he walked away from $200,000 for his coat-check technology.