Dallas: A city of Mavericks, Cowboys and Entrepreneurs

Dallas may be well known for food, football, and friendliness, but in recent years, it has also developed a well-earned reputation as an entrepreneurship haven. To those in the Big D, it’s no surprise more entrepreneurs are relocating to the city. It hosts thousands of entrepreneurs from across the country every year for its Dallas Startup Week, is home to several Fortune 500 companies—such as AT&T and Exxon Mobile—and has some of the most business-friendly tax rates in the country. Meanwhile, the Dallas-Fortworth area was named the most “business-friendly city” in America by Market Watch in 2014, and last year, the region was named the best place to launch a business by Thumbtack. Kevin Hart, co-founder and CEO of Dallas-based startup Aireal (and not the comedic actor), isn’t surprised and thinks it’s high time that the broader startup community started recognizing his home city for its entrepreneurial potential. It’s the […]

Dallas: A city of Mavericks, Cowboys and Entrepreneurs

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Social media mavens share their top tips for small businesses

For some small business owners, keeping up with social media can seem like a daunting task. Creating compelling stories on Snapchat, churning out clever tweets, and keeping the Facebook feed fresh—on top of everything else entrepreneurs have to handle on a daily basis—is enough to send anyone into a tizzy. Even so, creating a strong digital presence has become less an option and more a necessity for small businesses that want to stand out from the competition and continue to grow, according to experts who spoke at last week’s America’s Small Business Summit in Washington. In fact, nearly two-thirds of all Americans now use social media networks, up almost tenfold from 2005, according to a 2015 report from the Pew Research Center. How does that translate into a business imperative? Well, a 2015 Deloitte study found that almost half of millennials (47 percent) used social media at some point in […]

Social media mavens share their top tips for small businesses

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Small Businesses Are Big Targets for Cybercriminals. Here’s How to Thwart Them.

As Internet tools become an indispensable part of running a company, small businesses have increasingly become lucrative targets for cybercriminals wielding ransomware, phishing scams, and adware-like weapons, according to Alejandro N. Mayorkas, deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, who spoke at the U.S. Chamber’s America’s Small Business Summit last week in Washington. “A great hacker can get into anything,” Mayorkas told a room full of small business leaders at the annual summit. “All the hacker needs is time and resources.” While cyberattacks can deal a heavy blow to even the largest corporations, small businesses that lack the resources to invest in cybersecurity are at an even greater disadvantage—a fact U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar publicly lamented last year. According to an SEC report, 60 percent of all data breaches in 2014 targeted small businesses. Mayorkas said there are a few simple things small […]

Small Businesses Are Big Targets for Cybercriminals. Here’s How to Thwart Them.

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Five Reasons So Many Veterans Succeed in Business

A growing body of research suggests that veterans possess many of the characteristics common among successful business leaders and entrepreneurs. Here are 5.

Five Reasons So Many Veterans Succeed in Business

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Lacrosse Enthusiast Scores As Top Young Entrepreneur

A 14-year-old Tacoma, Wash. native proved that hard work and dedication does pay off, earning various prizes including $30,000 in college scholarships after presenting his business plan for a company that makes durable grips for lacrosse sticks. Maxx Stewart, the CEO of Spyder Grypz, beat out nine other finalists from six companies to win the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Saunders Scholars competition, winning over a panel of judges at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce America’s Small Business Summit on June 13. Stewart, who is a lacrosse player himself, said he grew tired of constantly having to replace traditional tape on his stick, so he created his own solution — a durable, rubber-based grip meant to last an entire season without being replaced. He discovered the skills needed in creating a successful business through the YEA! chapter sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. YEA! is supported by the U.S. […]

Lacrosse Enthusiast Scores As Top Young Entrepreneur

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A Small Welding Business, Forged By Family

For some dads, Father’s Day is one of a handful of days every year in which they can count on a call from the kids. But for Pete Markey, that’s far from the case. “I see a lot of families who are traveling around the country and don’t get to see each other very much,” says Pete Markey, 69, who runs a small welding business called ShieldCo in Fredericktown, Maryland. “But we’re in contact every day, throughout the day. That’s the best part about the business.” Markey’s sons, Luke and Neil, grew up watching their father create intricate metal work—chandeliers, tables and even the front gates to the Statue of Liberty—through his very own small business, Creative Metal Design. And metal extends even further back in the bloodline than that—Luke and Neil’s great-great-great-great uncle made handcrafted iron stoves. Like so many businesses, ShieldCo got its start with a founder who […]

A Small Welding Business, Forged By Family

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The new face of small business in America [infographic]

Editor’s Note: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual America’s Small Business Summit takes place this week in Washington. Make sure to follow along via the ASBS homepage and the Twitter hashtag #IAmSmallBiz for updates and live-stream events. The face of America’s small business owners is slowly changing. Here’s a by-the numbers guide to entrepreneurship across the country.    

The new face of small business in America [infographic]

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Family-run startup turns hat industry on its head

Editor’s Note: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual America’s Small Business Summit takes place this week in Washington. Make sure to follow along via the ASBS homepage and the Twitter hashtag #IAmSmallBiz for updates and live-stream events. Dennis Mashue is on a mission. The Michigan father is running a hat startup called Tuck’s Tooques with his 17-year-old son, Tucker, who is autistic. Dennis hopes to teach Tucker the importance of entrepreneurialism and serve as an example to others about what people with developmental problems can accomplish. “I have firsthand experience about how hard it is for parents of autistic children to educate others about [the condition],” he explained. “Tucker may be autistic, but it doesn’t mean that he can’t do what everyone else can.” Tuck’s Tooques officially launched as an online business in 2012 after Mashue became disenchanted with the school-to-work job programs available for children with disabilities. “When Tucker […]

Family-run startup turns hat industry on its head

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