Small Biz Scene


January 2007


Spurring Diversity Among Franchisees

Franchises can be a great idea for budding entrepreneurs who want to break free from corporate chains but don't want the risk of a start-up. That's the message that Miriam Brewer of the International Franchise Association wants to send women and minorities. As the new head of the group's diversity ...

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franchising
entrepreneurship

Who Says the French Don't Work Hard?

Americans may have the reputation of working through lunch and being chained to their BlackBerrys. But it turns out that small-business owners in the United States actually work fewer hours than their global counterparts. U.S. owners of companies with under 100 employees worked 52 hours a week on ...

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TAGS:
France
surveys
global economy

Finding the Keys to Being an Entrepreneur

I recently talked with Carl Schramm, president of the Kauffman Foundation, about his new book, The Entrepreneurial Imperative. Here are excerpts of our conversation.

Who are entrepreneurs?

That goes to the question of are they born or made? It's very hard from a personality perspective to identify ...

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entrepreneurship

Firms Plan to Hire and Invest in Tech

While cutting back tops the list of many New Year's resolutions, many small businesses plan to beef up a bit in 2007. Overall, companies don't expect spending that's off the charts, but they say they will staff up, add space, buy equipment, and invest in technology, according to several recent ...

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