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What Women Entrepreneurs Need Before They Join the Crowd

Recently I wrote about a new funding source for entrepreneurs: crowdfunding. Right now, small businesses can raise money from the online crowd in exchange for a give-away, such as a product or service. Sometime in 2013 the rules and guidelines for the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act should be approved, which will allow companies to give equity to crowdfunding investors in the U.S.

4 Ways to Build Your Small Business

Even in a slow economy, opportunities emerge that, if you use them well, can rocket your business to success.

How Savvy Small Businesses Use Crowdfunding

Women-owned businesses start life with significantly less capital than those owned by men. How can a business grow if it starts life undernourished? Yet, if you’re a woman business owner, your business will start with less and raise less as it grows. If you settle for that situation, you’ll likely end up with less to show for your trouble, a smaller, less successful business than if a man had come up with the same idea and energy, according to a key Department of Commerce survey of women-owned companies across the U.S.

Keep Customer Service in the U.S. If You Want Your Business to Thrive

Competition is fierce; to distinguish itself, a small business needs to stand out from the crowd. Customer service is the way to do that.

Technology-based Business Offers New Solutions to Healthcare Problems

No Jewish mother could want more for her daughter than to be fixed up with a doctor. Even better, the meetup led to marriage of sorts. Cheryl Swirnow, a Human Resource and insurance specialist, and Jay Parkinson, MD, MPH, became business partners.

B Corporations: redefining success in business

By Ralph Allora

TRAY is a member of NBIS (Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability), a nonprofit network that promotes responsible and successful business in the green economy. Recently NBIS hosted a forum to highlight a key initiative: promoting the role of B Corporations.

Women Entrepreneurs Help Tri-State Build Stronger Infrastructure

Sometimes chance encounters happen for a reason. I’ve recently met two women who, for very different reasons, will play a part in rebuilding the Tri-State area after the devastation of Sandy.

Give Small Businesses Something to be Thankful for the Saturday after Thanksgiving

Rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy will be tough for small businesses, those workhorses and job-generators of the economy but the Saturday after Thanksgiving is an opportunity for communities, shoppers, and businesses themselves to ratchet up the recovery.

Woman Entrepreneur Builds Her Business by Leading Tech Revolution in Construction

New York City’s construction industry is getting a makeover. Instead of cosmetics, a haircut and new clothes, its using technology to cut costs, save time and reduce risks.

Cross-sector Collaboration Is Key to Community Development

Recently, investors and entrepreneurs gathered in San Francisco for the 4th Annual Social Capital Markets (SoCAP) Conference, an event dedicated to increasing the flow of capital to social good. It’s part of a new form of capitalism that seeks to harness the power of the private market system to support social/environmental impact.

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