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Op-Ed: Startups on the rise despite weak economy

Since the recession, small businesses have faced numerous challenges such as higher taxes, Obamacare, and lack of funding from banks.

Op-Ed: Stocks close lower on oil price concerns

It might also signal that workers are willing to demand higher wages before accepting a new job. Meanwhile, October was the third-strongest month for hires since the recession ended in 2009.

10 things you need to know about equity crowdfunding

Starting in 2016, the U.S. and Canada are legalizing equity crowdfunding to allow more North Americans to invest in start-ups in return for company shares.

Study: 86% of Canadian SMB owners see a sunny future in 2016

Whether we’re facing a recession or an economic boom in 2016, the majority of small business owners still believe their prospects are looking upwards, says a recent survey.

Op-Ed: 3 reasons your small business needs to adopt the cloud now

If your small business relies strictly on hardware and physical servers to store your critical data, you're one small incident away from business disaster.

Op-Ed: He left a Hollywood life to become a shoe repair man Special

Sonoma - Some of the most interesting lives can be hidden in ordinary places. Such is the situation of a small business owner who left the excitement of the Rodeo Drive scene in Hollywood to take over the family business.

Op-Ed: Small businesses struggle after fire, landlord indifferent Special

Sonoma - As empowering as small business can be, it can also be very unnerving when a family business or proprietor suffers an unexpected set back, such as a fire. Even if the damage is not extensive, the complications from it can interrupt a small business.

Op-Ed: Local small business has support of extended family Special

Sonoma - According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 23 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales. Furthermore, notes the SMBA, the small business sector is growing rapidly.

Op-Ed: 5 social media tips for small business

Small business owners are increasingly leveraging social media as a promotion and sales tool. A recent LinkedIn study showed that 81 percent of small to mid-sized businesses are using social media, but how many are using it effectively?

Op-Ed: 6 top small business fraud risks

Small businesses are at a greater risk of financial fraud for one reason: they aren't aware of the most common scams and therefore aren't investing enough towards adequate protection.

Op-Ed: 5 best off-the-shelf website solutions for small business

When the time comes for your small business to make the jump to internet sales you will need a web store to simplify and secure transactions.

First cat cafe in United States opens in Northern California

Oakland - Think Americans are a little pet obsessed? Think the "Hello Kitty" craze was over the top, even before we all found out "Hello Kitty" was not a cat at all? Well, hang on -- you ain't seen nothin' yet!

Obamacare’s small business exchange & health coverage options

Leading up to the healthcare law which was stumbled out almost a year ago, President Obama assured small business owners that it would be simple for employers to shop for and secure healthcare coverage.

A true craftsman of San Francisco hopes his legacy will continue Special

San Francisco - When some people say customer service is dead and that technology has killed good customer service, then they have not been to a place like Central Upholstering Company on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco's Ingleside District.

Signs of economic growth good news for small business

Recent reports of falling unemployment, increased production and a rise in the GDP have many cautiously optimistic the U.S. economy is on the road to recovery, which is especially good news for small businesses.

Op-Ed: What people do not tell you about small business freelancing

Are you incredibly skilled, charismatic and even intelligent? Freelancing may still not be for you. Come read about the other side of being a freelancer.

Obama’s SupplierPay initiative hopes to shorten wait for payments

In an effort to support small businesses, Obama is pushing for major corporations to pay suppliers more quickly, as revealed by The White House on Friday.

Op-Ed: Creating Twitter lists can help your small business

Twitter can be an overwhelming tool. We want to build a following, so we follow many. But how do you ensure that you see what you really need and want to see? How, you ask? Via lists, that's how.

Small businesses feeling optimistic but lack money for hiring

A new survey shows that while many small businesses are feeling more optimistic about the economy, few are willing to take on new employees.

Op-Ed: Making good choices when it comes to hashtags

The hashtag can be a very useful tool, but a powerful one. What you put after that little hashtag can bring you great success but potential failure. A thoughtful hashtag plan is well worth the time for a small business.

Op-Ed: Staying current with your small business social media

Staying current is important in all facets of business. As a small business owner you want your customers to know that you are keeping up to date through all you do, including social media.

Op-Ed: Creating a social media policy for your small business

You might think that you only need a social media policy if you are running a larger company, but it's just as important for small businesses. If your business is larger than just you, it's beneficial to put a policy in place.

Op-Ed: Coaching CEO's and Entrepeneurs is a 'puzzle' she likes to solve Special

Seattle - Being nominated by the U.S. Small Business Administration this year for outstanding achievement is an honor. And no doubt, a highlight in the life and career of Mary Marshall who is an advisor and coach to CEO's across the nation and around the world.

Op-Ed: Social media on-the-go for the small business owner

As a small business owner you're always on the go. Off to meetings, networking events and just keeping your business running. You need the tools to keep up with your social media while you're on the move.

Study released by LinkedIn showcases SMB usage of social media

In a new study released by LinkedIn's marketing solutions division, the forward-look on SMB marketers points to confidence in the coming year and a broader adoption of social media marketing strategies.

Op-Ed: Is your company embracing the Digital Age?

The benefits of the digital age far outweigh the drawbacks, believes Tomas Cabrerizo, CEO of CFH Group. Online tools that once seemed like a fad or novelty are now powering the growth of businesses.

Op-Ed: Making good use of a conference hashtag on social media

Years ago when you attended a conference or event, your networking was limited to your confidence level, the number of hands you shook and business cards you exchanged. Not the case anymore with the use of hashtags.

Op-Ed: Social media 101 for small businesses — the 5 W's

Are you a small business owner trying to figure out if social media is the right place for your company/product to be? Are friends telling you "It's FREE. It's easy. You have to be there?" Let's take a minute before we commit to anything.

Op-Ed: Resources for the small business owner — Stay on top of trends

If your business plan goes something like “Sell stuff, make money,” you’re going to need some other tools in your small business toolbox.

Op-Ed: Mobile shopping replacing desktops and laptops

These days, a small business that has no Internet presence won’t get far with savvy online shoppers. But what if you’ve got a great website that doesn’t convert well to mobile devices?
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