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How CircleUp Is Filling The Void Left By Banks That Won't Lend To Small Business

Adam Grossman has suffered from severe psoriasis all his life. When he discovered that the anti-inflammatory properties of seaweed settled his skin flare-ups, he started a skincare company. The Seaweed Bath Company is a small natural brand which launched in 2011 and is on shelves in places like …

The 10 Fastest-Growing Industries for Small Business

5 min read<p>Past performance is no guarantee of future results, as the old business truism says. But you also may have heard that you can’t know where you’re going without knowing where you have been.<p>To get a sense of which industries small businesses are growing in, the analysts at Raleigh, …

Small Business

15 Things That Could Cause Small Business Failure

It’s sad. 8 out of 10 businesses fail. And many of the causes can be prevented. This list can help you put together a plan to make sure your business …

Three Questions To Ask Your Lawyer Before Starting A Small Business

Gaining customers. Producing a quality product. Finding new markets. These are the things that small business owners focus on when starting their latest venture. But while entrepreneurs are busy planning for the future, many fail to prepare for the worst.<p>Businesses large and small are loaded with …

George Osborne: help for small firms rejected for a business loan

A consultation on measures to help small businesses access finance was launched today.<p>Addressing the Federation of Small Businesses 40th anniversary conference in Manchester, George Osborne said the proposals aimed to help small firms that have been rejected for a business loan.<p>The consultation …

Making the circular economy relevant to small businesses

Just like the word sustainability, circular economy means different things to different people. At a recent Resource event on the circular economy, professionals in France, who have been working intensely in the area, were surprised at how waste orientated many of the talks from UK organisations …

The State of Woman-Owned Small Businesses [Infographic]

Nine out of 10 women small business owners (89%) are optimistic about their company's economic outlook this year, up 8 percentage points from 2013, …

A New Small Business Job Index and New Payment Option Arrive - Small Business Trends

It’s time for our small business roundup. Here’s our handy guide to the news you may have missed this week. It includes the arrival of a new small …

Top 3 Small-Business Challenges And Solutions For 2014

For small businesses, 2014 is shaping up to be a year for recovery and reassessment.<p>Although the economy appears to be rallying, this is no time for complacency—it’s a good bet a few more bumps will appear along the road to recovery. Steering clear of those obstacles will require company owners to …

Encouraging Self-Employment Should Be a Focal Point of the New Small Business Administrator

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is our nation's direct link between the administration and America's small business community. The agency provides benefits such as advocacy and support, loans and access to capital and entrepreneurial development to ensure the small business community …

New crowdfunding rules: implications for small businesses

SMEs are increasingly looking at crowdfunding as a way of raising finance without dealing with bureaucratic banks and fickle investors. However, new rules by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which came into force recently, regulate certain types of crowdfunding.<p>Crowdfunding involves raising …

Traditional Small Business Lenders: Watch Out, Alternative Lending Is Gaining Steam

Some of the most forward-thinking community lenders in the U.S. are part of what we’re doing at Lendio (disclaimer: I’m the founder and CEO), but you don’t have to look too deep in the news to see that online lenders are gaining steam. Traditional lenders need to watch out. In fact, you don’t even …

Equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd rakes in $25M Series B round

Israel’s OurCrowd has just pulled in $25 million in Series B funding, on top of the $5.5 million Series A it took in February 2013. According to the …

Disney researchers create 3D printed speakers that can take any shape

By adapting a little-used speaker technology developed in the 1930s to 3D printing, a Disney Research (s dis) team has been able to create highly …

Self-Made Billionaires Around the Globe: Where and Why They Thrive (Infographic)

2 min read<p>"SuperEntrepreneurs" are the Cinderellas of the business world. They're the most entrepreneurial of entrepreneurs, the extreme rags to riches stories: they are self-made billionaires.<p>The London-based Centre for Policy Studies identified nearly 1,000 SuperEntrepreneurs from 53 countries by …

Entrepreneurship

Stuck in a Rut? Do Something Bold | Inc.com

Tenacity is the top characteristic of successful entrepreneurs. If starting and building a company were easy, the overall success rate of businesses would be much, much higher. Quite often, the difference between failure and survival comes down to tenacity.<p>As CEO of the Grommet, I counsel a lot of …

This One Tool Will Double Your Productivity Overnight

A simple solution to my email backlog helped me get more done in a day. It can help you too.<p>We all struggle to find ways to get more done on a daily basis. Doing business is complicated and demanding and we seem to be trying to pack more tasks into every day. But rather than feeling like we are …

Productivity

100 Great Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

Paul Graham, Jim Collins, Tony Hsieh, and other business leaders share the questions you should be asking if you want to improve your company.<p>There’s no Superman versus Iron Man face-off between questions and answers over which is the better tool for innovation. But if there were, questions would …

Leadership

9 Things You Learn When Your Startup Crashes and Burns

The greatest outcome of a failure is what you learn from it that helps move you forward.<p>Most business and startup conferences focus on successes and "how to" techniques. I attended an event in Atlanta this weekend that was definitely not that kind of conference. It's called FailCon, and it's …

Paperless Office

You're Never Too Old for Business School | Inc.com

There was a time when going back to school as a much-older student was a gag.<p>Specifically, that time was 1986. The gag-filled film was called <i>Back to School</i>. It was about a successful entrepreneur, played by the one and only Rodney Dangerfield, returning to college to get his degree. The catch? His …

College & University

Domain gold rush: Why your company needs to speak Chinese online

By now, many savvy businesses and investors have heard about the expansion of the domain name system. New extensions (known as “top-level domains” or “TLDs”) are joining .com, .org, .net and the others we’ve grown accustomed to – extensions including generic names such as .bike, .camera and .club, …

Most Americans Haven't Even Checked To See If They Were Affected By Heartbleed

The Heartbleed bug created a massive security hole and left websites scrambling to find a fix, but a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows few Americans have heard much about it, much less done anything to make sure their own online presence is secure.<p>Only 23 percent of respondents have even checked to …

Profits, Not Good Intentions, Drive The Global Recycling Industry

Many people equate recycling with a fundamentally civic and moral duty. This is an area where markets fail, and government mandates and regulation combined with the good intentions of individuals are the primary drivers. While the government can in some ways help the industry run better, and the …

Why VC Firms Are Snapping Up Designers

Irene Au, former head of Google’s user interaction team, is the latest designer to make her way to a venture capital firm. Here’s why VCs are so hot for designers and how consumers could ultimately benefit from the trend.<p>Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, one of the world’s most prominent VC …

Design

BAN ALL THE BANKS: Here's The Wild Idea That People Are Starting To Take Seriously

Economists have begun seriously discussing the idea of banning banks. That seems ridiculous and far-fetched, but the idea might not be as crazy as it sounds.<p>But before we get to the idea, there's something important that needs to be addressed, which is that people tend to have a gross misconception …