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Business Tips & Trends News Highlights

By at 21 February, 2015, 11:19 am

The past week’s “How To” articles, business new stories and educational resources recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan.   WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT? ‘Piggybackers’ Hitch Themselves to Airbnb, Uber. Wall Street Journal. “Derivative startups, pegged to others’ success, are springing up faster than ever.” FINANCE & ACCESS TO CAPITAL  Top […]


Business Success Strategies: Don’t Depend on Homeowner’s Insurance for Your Home-Based Business

By at 20 February, 2015, 6:38 pm

By Susan Solovic- Here’s a scenario for anyone running a home-based business: The UPS guy makes a business delivery to your house, but slips, falls and sues. Are you covered by your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance? You’re probably not, and that’s just one example of why owners of home-based businesses need to seriously consider their […]


Does a Business Plan Make Sense? (Part II)

By at 17 February, 2015, 11:03 pm

Three Lessons for Entrepreneurs by Raymond J. Keating- Crack open a business how-to book or take a class on starting up a new enterprise, and one suggestion is nearly ubiquitous: Make sure you create a business plan. But is it really so cut and dry? Well, as noted in part one of this look at […]


Do I Need a Business Plan? The Case For One (Part I)

By at 9 February, 2015, 9:08 pm

(Image courtesy of Justin Miles at by Raymond J. Keating- To write a business plan, or to not write a business plan? That is a question for many entrepreneurs starting up a business. I teach an innovation and entrepreneurship course for undergraduate or graduate students, and a key assignment is to put together a […]


Three Things to Know Before Raising Funds from Family and Friends

By at 6 February, 2015, 9:45 pm

(As seen on by Raymond J. Keating- You’ve got the great idea and the right skills to start up a business, but where do you get the cash to make the dream a reality? As poll after poll shows, the top source for startup funding is the entrepreneur’s own savings or borrowing. A second quarter […]


What to Do About Sec. 179 Uncertainty

By at 2 February, 2015, 9:45 pm

The U.S. House will soon vote on  legislation to make expanded Section 179 expensing permanent, but there is no guarantee that entrepreneurs and small business owners will be given a clear path on expensing levels for 2015. By Barbara Weltman- Here’s the catch-22 for businesses: in order to increase their capital good, equipment is necessary, […]


January 28 is DATA PRIVACY DAY

By at 28 January, 2015, 7:04 pm

Entrepreneurs Can Be Privacy Champions by Karen Kerrigan-  Today is the eighth annual Data Privacy Day in the United States. The day centers on “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust,” and is dedicated to encouraging consumers to learn to protect their personal information and businesses to be more transparent about how they collect and […]


Business Tips & Trends News Highlights

By at 24 January, 2015, 11:17 am

The past week’s “How To” articles, business new stories and educational resources recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan. WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT? Wheelys is a Low-Cost Green Business Model, Small Business Trends. “Mobile food carts aren’t exactly a brand new idea. But this one does offer an interesting all-inclusive model. […]


Create a Culture of Privacy within Your Small Business

By at 22 January, 2015, 8:23 pm

Data Privacy Day, January 28 SBE Council is a partner in the eighth annual Data Privacy Day on January 28. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) urges all businesses to create a culture of privacy by initiating more transparent data collection and usage practices and, where possible, offering easy-to-use controls for consumers to manage their […]


Three Business Lessons About Invention and Innovation

By at 19 January, 2015, 10:34 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Innovation doesn’t just happen. It not only requires vision, talent and creativity, but also discipline, hard work, tenacity and an understanding of the marketplace. Consider three points that should help entrepreneurs and managers to think more clearly on innovation. Lesson 1: Invention and innovation are not the same. Invention and innovation […]


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