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The 8 Best Online Businesses to Start Now

The 8 Best Online Businesses to Start Now

Looking to start a business? If you want something with big potential that doesn’t take much startup capital, consider an online service of some type. A major shift toward purchasing both consumer and business-to-business services online has created a slew of opportunities for would-be entrepreneurs. For one thing, Internet usage continues to soar. Going online […]

6 Lessons on Becoming a High Impact Business

6 Lessons on Becoming a High Impact Business

Uncle Sam wanted to know:  What kinds of companies are America’s true growth generators? Is it corporate giants like Apple, Amazon or GE? Is it startups? Is it relative newbies such as Facebook. After some exhaustive research, the answer was clear: “None of the above.” As it turns out, the real economic spark plugs in […]

A New National Network of Startup Communities

A New National Network of Startup Communities

When I first wrote about the non-profit Startup America Partnership in early 2011 (Why You Should Join Startup America), it had just launched with much fanfare and a lofty mission of helping to inspire and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship in the U.S.  It was announced at the White House, although it’s not a government program and […]

Best Local Place for Free Business Startup Help

Best Local Place for Free Business Startup Help

They don’t have money to really market or advertise their existence, and most business owners and would-be entrereneurs have never heard of them. But America’s 1,100 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are a terrific resource for startups. Most SBDCs are hidden in out-of-the-way corners of local colleges and universities, chambers of commerce and vocational schools, […]

Small Business Solutions of the Week

Small Business Solutions of the Week

BizBest 30-Second Solutions “30-Second Solutions” – a BizBest exclusive – spotlights the best new and undiscovered profit- and productivity-boosting products and services for small business, explainable in 30 seconds or less.  Here’s our latest half dozen:  Daily Discount Deals for Biz Owners:  BizyDeal is a new site offering business owners deep discounts on products and […]

Finding Startup Funds Made Easier

Finding Startup Funds Made Easier

Websites hoping to play matchmaker between investors and startup entrepreneurs have come and gone with great regularity.  FindVenture.com looks like a player.  The site has partnered with a long list of venture capital funds to create a kind of exchange that connects VC and other investors with biz owners and entrepreneurs seeking capital.  FindVenture uses […]

A Looming Boom for Business Incubators

A Looming Boom for Business Incubators

Startup entrepreneurs rejoice!  After decades of living in the shadows and back alleys of entrepreneurship, business incubators are about to enter a Golden Age.  Incubators – some now donning the updated moniker “seed accelerator”– are shared resource groups that nurture entrepreneurs and their fledgling ventures with mentoring, market research, office space, technology and other services. […]

Some Really Smart Startups

Some Really Smart Startups

Tech giant IBM recently launched a new “Global Entrepreneur” program to identify and support some of the most innovative new startups from around the world who are trying to “build a smarter planet” with technology.  The results are, quietly frankly, eye-popping, and the startups that made it to IBM’s SmartCamp World Finals are terrific models for […]