Thursday, December 27, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Need A 2.5-Ton Army Truck?

Uncle Sam's best-kept secret: It sells used military vehicles and equipment at pennies on the dollar, most to small business owners.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Risking Retirement

Small business owners are significantly less likely to have qualified retirement plans for themselves than their peers who are employees of larger companies.

That puts them at much greater risk once they reach retirement. My column this week looks at two new studies on entrepreneurs and retirement.

The news is not encouraging.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How-To Market Your Biz

When I was writing exclusively advice columns, the most common questions I got were about marketing and sales.

I recently learned about a helpful site that can answer just about any question on this topic and help you find and rate marketing professionals.

It's called MarketingZone and it's specifically geared toward small business owners. I spent some time on the site and thought it looked helpful.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ask Me Anything - Almost!

Join us tomorrow for a web chat I'm doing for the ICIC, the Institute for a Competitive Inner City.

This is a terrific group, doing good work to lift small businesses, and I'm honored to participate.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Leaving the Nest

Is 2013 the year you'll escape the spare bedroom? Check out my tips for alternative, low-cost office arrangements.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Loan Demand Slow to Start

SBA loan demand is starting off slowly for Hurricane Sandy victims. My column updates the numbers on small businesses.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Is The Love Affair Over?

Only about one-fifth of restaurants and retailers can profitably incorporate daily deal coupons into their marketing plans long-term, says a new study. My question: Will more small biz sour on Groupon, et al?