Wednesday, December 31, 2014

End of an Era

After 20 years' covering small business for the Los Angeles Times, Businessweek and Bloomberg, I'm moving on in 2015.

Starting Monday I'll be on staff at the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, which won first place in its category last year in a national competition sponsored by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers.

I'm sad that Bloomberg is phasing out its small business coverage in 2015, but I will always be an advocate for small businesses. I'm excited to start something new and I'm also very glad to continue in journalism, which is becoming an endangered profession at a time when we need it more than ever.

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cheating on Contracts

New report says 40% of "women-owned biz" are actually ineligible for government contracts.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Little Bit of Luck

Swiss entrepreneurs say luck has little to do with their success. Credit goes to hard work and education.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cyber Monday?

I prefer Free Shipping Day, Thursday Dec. 18. More than 500 retailers; no minimum purchase.

Monday, November 10, 2014

That's Sick

Employee sick leave is now mandatory in some places. Where does your company stand?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Get Lucky

A scientific understanding of biz luck includes flexibility, optimism and persistence.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Restaurant Loan?

Not very likely. Some alternative funding choices to consider.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hanging It Up

Small biz owners finally able to retire? BizBuySell reports market recovering.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Two Companies

One corporate entity - or two? Depends on your risk tolerance, among other factors.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Women-led firms get 15% of VC funds and there are fewer female investors than in 1999.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Love and Money

Going into business with your boyfriend? Read this first.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Grape Crush

Small winemakers hardest hit in the Napa quake rush to reopen for Labor Day.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Twitter Me

If you're not already following me, let's connect! I'm @kareneklein

Motivate Your Sales Team

With these tips from the pros.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014


It's a cliche, but it works - and not just for tech companies.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Slippery Slope

No compromise when it comes to business ethics. That is all.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014


Merchant cash advance loans are popular - but expensive. Here's another way to borrow fast.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Can you take a vacation from your business? Sure - here's how.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014


Entrepreneurs get squeezed between long waits for payment or discounts that boost cash flow.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Explain, Please?

Online businesses offering free services, make your business model transparent. Hiding looks suspicious.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

For Shame

Little guys find a new way to spur deadbeat clients - call 'em out online.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Did You Know?

Your business can go public without Wall Street? DPOs explained.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Bring 'Em In

How does your store get noticed if you're off the beaten path? Some tips.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hitting the Century Mark

How does a 100-plus-year-old business refinance its debt? Carefully.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Reading List

What books are on your nightstand - or in your Kindle? Suggestions for entrepreneurs. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Selling in China

Are there easy ways to make your website appealing to Chinese consumers? You bet there are.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Earn a Living

Can you make money on your web videos? Some say yes.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014


How to get your campaign seen and your project funded, in today's column.

Friday, April 11, 2014

No More Free Lunch

It's the end of an era for social media marketing, now that small biz has to pay up.

Monday, March 31, 2014

New Kids

Some new entrants into the small biz lending field are challenging the merchant cash advance lending model.

Friday, March 28, 2014


Ranking companies that aim to do well by doing good. Check 'em out.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

License It

Small biz can jumpstart market acceptance by licensing big brand equity. Here's how to get started.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Nerf Darts, Really?

The dark side of open offices, where too much creativity impedes actual work.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Score A Goal

Looks like small biz share of govt contracting has hit 23% goal for the first time since 2005. Confirmation expected later this year.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Ghost of Bad Debt

Options for erasing old credit card debt, in the column today.

Do You Free File?

If your income is below $58,000 you can! Free tax prep software is available now from your friends at the IRS.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Help for Health

Six in 10 uninsured adults don't know that millions of Americans qualify for insurance subsidies. This site offers options.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Smart Answers

Expansion plans are tough when payments are late. Solutions in my column.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

High Praise

"You are one of the few writers who genuinely has the small business owner in mind and heart when you write - which is refreshing."

Monday, February 17, 2014

The What Rule?

Small biz owners probably aren't very familiar with it, but the Volcker Rule may increase small biz lending.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Smart Answers

Q: Single-owner small biz asks about signing up for Obamacare's SHOP exchange. A: Can't be done. But there are alternatives.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sticking Point

Navigating Obamacare subsidies has got self-employed types concerned. Advice on how to handle them here.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

No More Shell Games

Small biz owners get scammed. Here's how they should deal with and prevent it.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Searching in China

How can a small business get seen on Baidu, China's search engine? Advice in my column. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

SBA Chief Nominee

Maria Contreras-Sweet, of LA's ProAmerica Bank, is Obama's pick to head the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Free File Friday

The IRS’ online tax preparation and e-filing program for Americans with gross income under $58,000 (that's 70% of us) launches Friday.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hot Diggity

Can Pasadena's Dog Haus do for the lowly hot dog what CPK did for pizza? My column in latest Pasadena Magazine.