Fifty percent of American small businesses close up shop within their first year. But in 2011, more establishments opened than closed. All of these factors and more create a competitive environment where longevity is the name of the game and a key to success. So what can you do to ensure your doors stay open? [...]
California's Silicon Valley is credited by many to be the epicenter of technology and innovation in the U.S., but as rental rates continue to climb in the area, startups are beginning to evaluate other states to call home. Click on the graphic below to see an enlarged view of who these entrepreneurs are and where [...]
In this struggling economic landscape, learn which industries are having the best luck attracting funders and where the seed money is coming from.
Whether you're single or not, as a small business owner there's one relationship you have to maintain, and that's the one with your customers. Check out the infographic below for some easy ways to ensure your customer relationship is a long, fruitful, happy one. Infographic by Column Five
There's been much talk lately about the fiscal cliff, the state of U.S. employment, extending (or not extending) tax legislation, and how it will all affect small businesses in 2013. 2012 proved to be a mixed year for small businesses, and as the nation looks forward to the new year, it's also important to reflect [...]
In the age of "always on" and "on-the-go," small business owners who haven't thought about how their websites function on a mobile phone are in danger of being left behind. Fifty-five percent of smartphone owners use their phones to go online, and 57 percent wouldn't recommend a website they had trouble accessing on their phone. [...]
The Affordable Care Act is coming in 2014, and it has a lot of small businesses wondering about what it means for them and what it will do to health care costs. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, addresses health care challenges in this [...]
The holidays evoke a giving spirit and they let us show the people close to us how much we appreciate them. That's especially true for small business owners, who often think of employees as family, and want to reward them for the hard work they put in during the year. But what do you do [...]