By Jeremy Greenfield
As the Great Recession gives way to a non-recovery, the American dream of starting a business and making it big is dying -- and with it, the most significant driver of new jobs in the U.S. economy. Read More »
Many people say it's tough to work with family members, but a lot of people are doing it effectively and profitably. An important factor in the recovery seems to be coming from family-owned businesses: A recent survey of those involved in them shows that 52 percent of respondents plan to add additional... Read More »
Things will never be the same in America -- we'll never fully recover from the recession, according to the small and mid-sized business (SMB) owners who were recently surveyed by Portfolio.com. That's not good news for job seekers; small and medium business owners do the majority of the hiring in the United... Read More »
Don't go looking to big business to lift us out of the fallen job market. Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees are responsible for 2/3 of the additional jobs during a recovery -- the heavy lifting when it comes to job creation is not being done by the big guys who employ tens of thousands. In fact,... Read More »
You couldn't say that employers are on a hiring spree, but employers hired more last quarter than in any other quarter for the past three years, and they expect to hold that same pace through 2011. To be specific, nearly three-in-ten employers (28 percent) reported they hired full-time, permanent employees in... Read More »
If you own a small business or are thinking of starting one because you're having difficulty finding a job working for someone else, 2011 could be your year, according to small business marketing expert Mark LeBlanc, author of 'Growing Your Business!' Read More »
Vendors selling snacks, popcorn and souvenirs are the staple of every sporting event, and the Super Bowl is certainly no exception. However, the Super Bowl attracts many high-powered corporations and businesses in addition to regular fans. Many of these fans attend the huge tailgate party that surrounds the... Read More »
Skype isn't new to the tech scene, but this year they are releasing new and upgraded technology that will allow more people to connect more easily via their television and smartphones.
While Skype calls and video chats have been around for a while (Skype-to-Skype calls are free, while Skype to cell phones... Read More »
Small businesses often get the short end of the stick when it comes time for them to upgrade their electronics -- be it laptops, desktops, phones or PDAs. While larger corporations can take advantage of asset disposal, the same can be extremely costly for small and medium-sized businesses. Which is precisely... Read More »
Be practical and the odds are far better that the business you start will succeed. Forget being creative. That's the advice from Scott Gerber, serial entrepreneur and leader of the "Death to the resume" movement.
Gerber really means "practical" -- as in not trying to innovate. Instead of aiming to launch... Read More »
Jason Ferrara, vice president of corporate marketing for CareerBuilder
It's common knowledge that Apple started in a garage and Facebook began in a dorm room. Not all beginnings are as humble, but they prove that you don't need to start working at a big-name corporation to find success. Joining an organization... Read More »
Layoffs and cutbacks have left a lot of us with more spare time on our hands than we ever expected, and as we glance over bestseller lists, so many can't help but think, "That's what I should do! I should write a book and get it published. Then my financial worries would be over!"
Although this is an extremely... Read More »
Mark Peffers started working part-time in a local supermarket in Westchester, N.Y., when he was 15 years old. When he got older, he was hired full time. He worked his way up to the manager of the frozen foods department and he has been with the supermarket chain for the past 24 years. About a year after he... Read More »
Why is it, that even five years out of college, some guys still can't shake the frat-boy act? You know the type: Seemingly grown men who still consider a cardboard box to be an appropriate substitute for a coffee table, believe the only decoration a room needs is a flat-screen TV, and -- instead of throwing them... Read More »
It works for The Jonas Brothers, but what about you and your brother? Would going into business with him be a good idea? Whatever the case, the family-business connotation in the mind of the consumer is usually a good one; so much so, that "sons," "brothers," and even aunts and uncles have all been getting in on... Read More »
After working for a major telecommunications company for 28 years, Toni Cory's position servicing chip-placement machines was outsourced to another country. Even though Cory could see it coming months before her position was eliminated, it didn't make the downsizing any easier to swallow. Cory had planned to... Read More »
April Morse was a young mother of two whose custom cabinet family business was floundering. The economy has been tough on the entire nation, but April's tiny Northern California community, Lodi, has been notorious for its lack of action ever since Credence Clearwater Revival sang, "Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again!"... Read More »
Life has its share of both stormy and sunny moments. There are clouds (your car broke down) and then there are silver linings (but at least it's a nice day for a walk). While most of us would classify the recession as the mother of all clouds, it, too, has a silver lining. The current recession has sparked a big... Read More »
"The process of becoming a mermaid was quite indirect," says Linden Wolbert, a Los Angeles- based real-life mermaid.
An avid swimmer since the age of 3, Wolbert fondly remembers the first time her parents enrolled her in a swimming class. " My first memories of water circulate around dreaming I was on the crew... Read More »
Being a card-carrying lifetime member of 'The Itty-Bitty-[you know what]-Committee', I've never had this problem, but apparently it's not all fun and flaunt for the genetically gifted woman: Having large breasts can not only be uncomfortable if the proper brassiere isn't fitted, but they don't always look right... Read More »