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Help Us Find America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs

Posted by: Nick Leiber on January 10

We're kicking off our search for businesses to profile in our fourth annual roundup of America's most promising social entrepreneurs. The idea is to find and report on business ventures...

Improving Minority Entrepreneurs' Access to Angel Capital

Posted by: Nick Leiber on November 14

Last night CNN aired Soledad O'Brien's "Black in America: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley," which follows eight black tech entrepreneurs trying to raise equity capital in Silicon Valley. As...

Vote for America's Best Young Entrepreneurs (a Reminder)

Posted by: Nick Leiber on October 11

Lesley Silverthorn designs solar powered lights and cell phone chargers for individuals living off the grid. Alex White is selling bands a tool to get more out of their social...

€10,000 to Test a Social Venture in Naples, Italy

Posted by: Nick Leiber on August 11

Unsure how to spend this summer weekend? Brainstorm startup ideas to remedy dysfunction in Naples, Italy, the famous port city known for its vibrancy, history, and cuisine--as well as its...

Seeking America's Best Young Entrepreneurs

Posted by: John Tozzi on June 28

We're seeking your suggestions for our 2011 America's best young entrepreneurs roundup. For the seventh year, we're asking readers to scour the startup world for the most promising companies run...

Kairos Society: 350 Student Biz Whizzes to Pitch Execs, Talk Shop, Save World

Posted by: Nick Leiber on February 24

Not-for-profit student entrepreneur networking group Kairos Society is holding its third annual Global Summit--meetings and breakout sessions with promising business founders and seasoned executives--on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 at...

Seeking America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs

Posted by: John Tozzi on February 08

Entrepreneurship has always been about solving problems. What distinguishes social entrepreneurs is how much their solutions improve people's lives. They're building companies to lift people out of poverty, improve global...

Chile Seeks 300 Foreign Startups: Year Two

Posted by: Nick Leiber on February 08

The Chilean government launched its Start-Up Chile program last year with the goal of putting Chile on the map as an innovation hub. To do so, it offered foreign teams...

Steve Case: Looking for 'Speedups,' Not Just Startups

Posted by: Nick Leiber on February 01

Yesterday the White House launched its Startup America Partnership, a private sector campaign that is part of recent initiatives by the Obama Administration to better support--and thus wring more jobs...

The White House's New Campaign to Encourage Startups

Posted by: Nick Leiber on January 31

Last week Sharon Vosmek, the CEO of Astia, a not-for-profit group created to help companies run by women that need outside capital, stopped by our offices to appear on Bloomberg...

Seeking America's Best Young Entrepreneurs

Posted by: John Tozzi on June 23

We want your help finding America's best young entrepreneurs. In each of the last five years, we've profiled 25 companies run by men and women no more than 25 years...

More Recognition and Capital for Inner City Business

Posted by: Nick Leiber on June 02

If you picked up a copy of this week's magazine, I hope you caught our story and Michael Porter's commentary about doing business in the inner city. The two pieces...

SBA Head Karen Mills to Hold Live Chat Today

Posted by: John Tozzi on November 16

The Small Business Administration's chief Karen Mills is scheduled to hold a live webcast today at 3:15pm ET at You can submit questions by email. The chat is in...

Why You Should Watch Mary Mazzio's New Documentary

Posted by: Nick Leiber on November 11

The big takeaway from Mary Mazzio's powerful new documentary, Ten9Eight, is clear: entrepreneurship skills training for at-risk teens will increase the odds they stay in school. Its title, Ten9Eight, refers...

Contest Seeks Entrepreneurs from the African Diaspora

Posted by: John Tozzi on July 27

US AID and Western Union are seeking business plans from U.S.-based African entrepreneurs to spur investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Between 10 and 20 winning business ideas will get seed grants...

Social Networking 101 For Businesses

Posted by: Colleen Debaise on May 01

I went to an interesting event last night -- and it wasn't just for the "Tweetinis" (blood-orange infused vanilla vodka martinis). This was a pow-wow on "Social Networking 101," sponsored...

The Softer Side of Male Entrepreneurs

Posted by: Colleen Debaise on April 24

I often attend events for women business owners - such as those sponsored by WBENC, NAWBO or Count Me In - and so it's unusual for me to walk into...

Teaching Entrepreneurship

Posted by: John Tozzi on April 17

NFTE's top Global Entrepreneurs Photo by Margaret Fox The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship held its annual awards ceremony last night in New York, an event that brought together...

New York City Entrepreneurship Week Starts Next Week

Posted by: John Tozzi on April 15

Just a quick heads up to fellow New Yorkers: check out free panels and other events next week as part of New York City Entrepreneurship Week. Lots of VCs and...

New Orleans Business Plan Competition to Announce Winner

Posted by: John Tozzi on April 12

If you're in New Orleans on Saturday (April 18), check this out: 504ward, a group dedicated to keeping young and talented workers in New Orleans, is announcing the winner of...

Get your government contracting game on

Posted by: John Tozzi on April 10

Selling to the government can help any business, especially as private demand declines. That's what the stimulus plan is all about -- temporarily using public spending on infrastructure and other...

A Reality Show About Small-Biz Layoffs?

Posted by: Colleen Debaise on April 10

There's been a bit of buzz this week over Fox's controversial new reality TV show, Someone's Gotta Go, in which employees of struggling small businesses decide which of their co-workers...

Bootcamp for New Orleans entrepreneurs

Posted by: John Tozzi on April 02

I'm late on this -- have had a crammed couple of weeks and thus the blogging drought -- but wanted to highlight an event out of New Orleans last week....

Last Call for Entrepreneur of the Year Nominations

Posted by: Nick Leiber on March 12

The nomination period for Ernst & Young's renowned Entrepreneur of the Year award wraps up this Monday, March 16. The criteria is pretty straightforward: you have to be an owner...

High school entrepreneurs pitch their business plans

Posted by: John Tozzi on February 26

Dana Laurie presents her business plan for a natural cosmetics line. Photo by Carlos Varela/Courtesy National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship We've written before about how important it is to...

A Small Business Competition Starts in Secaucus

Posted by: Colleen Debaise on February 13

It’s good to know that small business owners are keeping it real. In recent months, we’ve seen Wall Street chieftains taking the heat for excessive bonuses, private jets, and lavish...

$25,000 and Face Time with Michael Dell

Posted by: Nick Leiber on February 02

Today Dell and the National Federation of Independent Business kicked off their sixth annual contest aimed at small companies that are using IT in innovative ways--and don't mind being part...

New Orleans business plan competition draws entrepreneurs

Posted by: John Tozzi on December 19

A few months ago we got a heads up about a business plan competition in New Orleans called 504ward (after the city's area code). The competition will give $100,000 in...

A Competition for Women Business Owners

Posted by: Colleen Debaise on December 12

Ladies, take your marks. Make Mine a Million has kicked off early registration for its year-long race challenging women to ramp up business, create jobs and – let’s hope --...


What's it like to run your own company today? Entrepreneurs face multiple hurdles new and old, from raising capital and managing employees to keeping up with technology and competing in a global marketplace. In this blog, the Small Business channel's John Tozzi and Nick Leiber discuss the news, trends, and ideas that matter to small business owners. Follow them on Twitter @newentrepreneur.

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