New Small-Business Data: Strong Showing From 55+ Entrepreneurs

There’s good news for both observers of small-business trends and those interested in aging issues. Tracking entrepreneurship just got easier, and new data show that entrepreneurs age 55-plus are job creators. Small businesses play a major role in the U.S. economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses accounted for 63 percent of net new jobs over the past two decades. Approximately 20 percent of those businesses were classified as employers, meaning they had paid employees. New survey …

Hispanics and Blacks: Different Languages, Shared Economic Perspective

This is the second in a series celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 — Monday, September 15th through Wednesday, October 15. Among the most powerful commonalities between Hispanic Americans and African Americans are the bonds that we have formed to ensure the economic futures of our families and communities. As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, we find that while language differences and national origins sometimes cause cultures to appear worlds apart, the common bonds that are worth celebrating are …

Jane Seymour’s Open Heart

Many of you know Jane Seymour as the actress behind Michaela Quinn, the strong lead character in the hit ’90s television series, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. What you may not know is that Seymour has evolved to become a brand that includes a clothing line, home accessories, floral designs, books and starter painting kits.  I connected with the busy entrepreneur, who hasn’t completely given up acting, to talk about her latest endeavor, which (hint, hint )would make a great Mother’s …

Six Things I Learned from Watching “Shark Tank”

I don’t have the next billion-dollar invention in my pocket – not yet, anyway. But if I did, my weekly consumption of ABCs “Shark Tank” will have prepped me well for that pitch with a hotshot investor. The show where small-business owners and inventors go before a group of self-made moguls seeking moolah is more than just great entertainment. Will the Sharks praise or pooh-pooh the idea? Will they get five doses of rejection? (“I’m out!”) What snarky comment will the …

Starting a Business? Find Your Niche

I marvel at entrepreneurs who can take an idea and sell it, no matter what it is.  Sometimes it’s the marketing machine that does the trick.  Or the entrepreneur’s sheer passion. But other times it’s the discovery that there’s a niche community of fans out there salivating for their “thing.” John Findra’s thing is the fantastically beat-up classic car as art – distressed, rusted, gutted and all.  The more weathered, the cooler.  His firm Classic Wrecks turns out pint-sized replicas …

Guest Post: Women Entrepreneurs Pay It Forward

One of the many most gratifying aspects of working with women entrepreneurs is how amazingly supportive of each other they are. Even within the same industry and competitive focus women go out of their way to help each other out. I see it again and again. Most often we hear it at SmartGirls Way when we ask one entrepreneur to give a little bit of time to someone whose business would be supported-or heart encouraged-from some time with another entrepreneur. …