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writer, editor, freelance journalist of small biz and tech via @CrainsNewYork, @CNBC. Former staffer at Fortune Small Business, @TheStreet.

Guess what franchise concept is red hot — A few years ago, Jennifer Beall's opponents in the business-plan competition at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management figured that her idea, a service cleaning car seats for busy parents, would be easy to beat. At the very least, it didn't seem like a very sophisticated-or cool-concept. "It's not sexy," said Beall.

6 success tips for life after big tech paychecks — In October, when Adam Herscher posted an in-depth essay about why he decided to leave his $255,000-a-year job at Microsoft to start his own software company, he was aiming to tap into Seattle's start-up community to build his network. He didn't expect the overwhelming number of comments from corporate workers around the country, asking for advice.

6 owners making millions from government work — The federal government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world, spending some $400 billion annually on everything from paper clips to fighter-jet training services. With its annual goal of setting aside 23 percent of the payout to go specifically to small businesses-about $80 billion or so-the government may seem like a dream client, an aspiration for the country's tiniest entities.

The government track to a million-dollar business — With federal law dictating that the U.S. government award 23 percent of federal contracts to small business (that's roughly $80 billion to $90 billion each year for their products and services), landing agencies like the DoD, General Services Administration and the U.S.

8 biggest mistakes first-time homebuyers make — The housing market is hot, thanks to favorable interest rates and home prices that remain relatively low around much of the country. But along with a hot housing market comes increased competition. "There's not a high volume of home inventory out there," said David Norris, president and COO at non-bank mortgage lender loanDepot.

The Top 8 Errors of Today’s Newbie Homebuyers

8 biggest mistakes first-time homebuyers make — The housing market is hot, thanks to favorable interest rates and home prices that remain relatively low around much of the country. According to the National Association of Realtors, pending home sales rose sharply in May, with lower mortgage rates and increased inventory pushing home sales upward in all four regions of the U.S.

Why the American Dream Now Includes Franchises

8 little-known franchises making millions — Eight owners of unsung franchises now generating more than $1 million in annual sales provide some lessons learned on building a thriving franchise.

The rise of the underdog million-dollar franchises — The franchise model in the U.S. is thriving, and some of the biggest success stories are coming from smaller ideas. While much of the growth still revolves around big brands that mark many of our street corners and strip malls-think Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's and Subway-sectors across a wide swath of industries are blooming as the economy continues its slow rebound, creating opportunity for a new generation of million-dollar-plus businesses generated from little-known franchise concepts.
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Feb 10, 2015

RT @ElainePofeldt Deloitte's new CEO is the first woman to lead a Big Four accounting firm via @qz @deloitte

Feb 10, 2015

Some great bytes here in this oral history of how @chipotletweets got started: via @business

Feb 04, 2015

RT @lindsayblakely: Check it out: @Inc's annual best industries for starting a business list!

Feb 04, 2015

Hey well-funded retail entrepreneurs! NYC's last bastion of skeeve--Port Authority Bus Terminal--up for $90m makeover

Jan 31, 2015

This summer story was RTed today; now I need renovating advice! RT @CNBC 8 biggest mistakes 1st time homebuyers make

Nov 05, 2014

Neat snapshots RT @StanfordBiz A small biz owner describes the importance of managing her firm’s reputation online

Aug 20, 2014

RT @MLB: .@BryanCranston signed a baseball for Brian Wilson. It's wonderful on so many levels.

Aug 15, 2014

Important topic for most NFL players MT @CNBC The 49ers made a big move to help players manage their money

Aug 13, 2014

Good place for brainstorming, reflection: RT @NY1 Stonecrop Public Gardens Bring English Countryside to Hudson Valley

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