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

Athletes playing for millions with a franchise business — If there's one thing professional athletes know, it's how to represent a big brand. And that could be why so many pros buy into franchise business models, where huge payouts can come from executing on an existing image and concept.

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.
Jan 01, 2015

RT @CNBC: A surprising thing happened when a Microsoft employee voluntarily left his $255,000/year job:

Jan 02, 2015

Guy leaves $255k job @Microsoft, gets inundated with requests for advice on how to make the break:, via @CNBC

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.
Jul 27, 2014

How six entrepreneurial firms broke into the multi-million dollar federal contracting market:

Jul 28, 2014

RT @CNBC: 6 owners making millions from government work:

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.
May 19, 2014

8 entrepreneurs finding success via buying under-the-radar franchises, the 2nd part of my @CNBC story

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Jul 30, 2015

Impact of Greece's financial woes on small American importers, by @StacyCowley

Jul 29, 2015

Art byte of the day RT @NewYorker With the Human Harp, bridges around the world double as giant musical instruments

Jul 28, 2015

"You can't transplant a soul." RT @Eater Read @dirtcandy's brutally honest take about running your own business:

Jul 27, 2015

1st glance saw this as "Roadkill Burger" Would have been an interesting way 4 @shakeshack to keep the press luv hot.

Jul 23, 2015

How Google's helping tech startups get a leg up in the patent wars—comes with a few catches, of course via @verge

Jul 23, 2015

Advocating for tiny, tiny-small businesses: Etsy Sellers Push Congress to Defend Tiny Businesses…

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

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