The New York Times: Some small companies say they are no longer able to get loans from newly cautious banks as credit tightens across the country, and even those who do qualify are increasingly reluctant to...
The New York Times: Given the economic climate, small-business owners may be loath to make major purchases of new equipment or furnishings this year. But for those with money and an inclination to spend it, now...
Forbes: For two years, Eric Louie and brother Calvin pulled the virtual wool over scores of very real eyes. The duo ran several Web sites that sold access to companies looking to farm out scut work--say "data...
The New York Times: Evan Sheftel of New York knew he could grow his business of buying and refining old jewelry. All he needed was capital, and quickly. But he had exhausted his credit with conventional...
The New York Times: E-mail has become one of the dominant forms of workplace communication, but new research suggests it also may be the most deceptive. Researchers at Rutgers and DePaul Universities studied how e-mail influenced communication...

$100 Device Just For Email

Springwise: In a world populated by gadgets with increasingly varied and complex capabilities, there stand out a lone few that do just one thing really well. The iPod is one classic example, and earlier this month...
smSmallBusiness.com: Launching or maintaining a small business in this environment isn't easy. Access to start-up or growth capital is more limited these days. And many business owners expect increased economic hardships to come. According to the Buffalo...
Forbes.com: No matter what kind of business you choose to run, or where you choose to run it, making it on your own steam demands an abundance of forethought, tenacity, discipline and commitment. And, to be...
Vietnamenet: Shoemaker Thai Van Anh Hung says his father had foreseen that the traditional trade of making wooden clogs, which had lasted for more than 100 years in Binh Duong Province’s Binh Nham village, was doomed...
Sacbee: Local entrepreneur Mark Otero isn't flirting with success. He's found it with "Kiss," a new Internet tool that allows people to search popular Web sites like MySpace or Hi5 and plant virtual smooches on people...
I just posted this comment on the South Carolina Startup Blog, but I thought it would be useful to post here. In response to: Quite a few are franchise-based, which may not fit...
Herald Tribune: Mortgage brokers generally work on commission and rarely get paid salaries. Yet mortgage broker Jack Sandelman has managed to survive -- even thrive. "I've become sort of a de facto specialist on foreign national purchase...

Million Dollar Idea?

Mashable: Sometimes, all it takes is a simple and seemingly stupid idea. Today I was alerted to Web 2.0’s version of the Pet Rock, a site called "Umbrella Today?". The site takes the simplicity and utility...
Etsy: Alissa Sampogna had signed up to sell on Etsy just over a year ago in February of 2007. Within the span of a year, Alissa not only set up shop, MewPaperArts, but she was able...
The Wall Street Journal: It's a common scenario: Someone walks into a chain restaurant, loves the food and ambiance and suddenly thinks, "I should own one of these." It's tempting to pick a franchise based on personal...
PR.com: According to the US Department of Labor, 70% of all working women are mothers. Working mothers who have one foot planted firmly in the home and the other in the workplace wear many different shoes...
BusinessWire: Understanding the challenges of balancing motherhood and living “green,” actress Jennie Garth has teamed with the makers of Green Works natural cleaners to design an environmentally friendly cotton tote bag, complete with her signature. “The Green...
The credit crunch isn't doom and gloom, in fact there some good news for small businesses. Some specialized banks, especially small business banks, see an opportunity in the tightening credit market. Sterling National Bank is running...
The Wall Street Journal: It’s not the nicest thing to do. But for small-business owners who are having difficulty collecting receivables from their customers, especially in this tight business climate, this is an extreme option that...

Baby Boomers Good Customers

The Daily Telegraph: Australia's ageing population will create enormous opportunities for small businesses involved in these areas, finds the inaugural Business & Population Monitor from business advisory firm PKF, with Access Economics. It found that as well...