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Wall Street

Is a Down Economy a Good or Bad Time to Start a Business?

by Tyree Harris

Graphic by: Global Economic Intersection Times of economic woe don’t mean you have to tuck-in your entrepreneurial spirit and settle for whatever job you can get. In fact, economic slowdowns can be prime opportunities to get your startup off the ground. Don’t believe it? Ask General Electric, IBM, Microsoft, Facebook, Disney, Burger King or Apple... Read more »

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Convenience is Key for Successful Service Businesses

by Tom Cleveland

As most economists assert today, we will never generate a stable recovery from the depths of the “Great Recession” without an energetic response from both small and medium-sized businesses (SME’s). The continuing saga, however, is that banks and investors are refusing to take risks and make loans to small business enterprises. Bankers cite high loan... Read more »

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Infographic: Startup activity since The Great Recession

by Palo Alto Software

This infographic from the Kauffman Foundation presents an interesting look at the state of entrepreneurial activity in the United States. The good news is that more new businesses were created in 2011 than in the several years leading up to the recession that began in late 2007. The bad news is that new business activity... Read more »

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Why are local businesses so good for the economy?

by Palo Alto Software

Congressman Peter DeFazio (Oregon, D) stopped by the Palo Alto Software office yesterday and discussed the important role small businesses play in their local economies. While many cities and regions spend time and resources trying to attract and convince large corporations to relocate to their area, DeFazio says a focus on the local businesses can... Read more »

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Troubling Times in Europe

by Alan Gleeson

Economic woes continue to dominate the headlines here in Europe (as in the US). Solutions to the problems are less forthcoming. One thing is certain, once the dust settles, the implications arising from the problems will be far reaching. The European Union is under significant stress (especially the members of the common currency) and it... Read more »

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John Dennehy

Different Views from Opposite Sides

by Alan Gleeson

Today is the first in a new series by Alan Gleeson, managing director of the Palo Alto Software UK offices. The series will focus on business issues and commentary from the EU perspective. John Dennehy is a serial entrepreneur based in Cork, Ireland. His latest venture Zartis.com is an impressive software-as-a-service application that makes it... Read more »

Business Insider: The Scariest Job Chart Ever

by Tim Berry

I’d seen this a few weeks ago and intended to post it here then, but lost track of it. So when it appeared in my email again last Friday, I got it. This is what Business Insider calls THE SCARIEST JOBS CHART EVER. It comes as one of their Chart of the Day charts. This... Read more »

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Is Small-Business Credit Starting to Flow?

by Tim Berry

I just saw Denise O’Berry’s post “Credit Becoming Available to Small Business Again (Slowly)” on her Small Business Expert blog. Denise knows this territory very well because she focuses a lot of her work on the financial side of small-business management. She says: It’s been a long, dry spell, but I think things are slowly... Read more »

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Macroeconomics Doesn’t Drive Startups

by Tim Berry

I don’t get it. I believe it, but I still don’t get it. John Tozzi posted “Startup Activity at Record Low” today on his New Entrepreneur blog on BusinessWeek, quoting outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Here’s his summary: Challenger says just 3.7 percent of job seekers leaving its outplacement program are going into business... Read more »

Economic Big Picture: 1 Job Thousands of Times

by Tim Berry

I’m sorry I’m late on recommending John Jantsch’s “These Jobs Ain’t Coming Back” on his Duct Tape Marketing blog. Better late (he posted July 2) than never, though, because it’s important. John doesn’t talk about larger political issues very often, because he’s usually immersed in tools, techniques and practical ways to help real people in... Read more »