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Mom and Pop Businesses that Made It Big

It's National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, a day to honor family-run businesses. But they don't all stay small: Some popular national brands grew out of humble beginnings.

Will SXSW Reveal the Next Technology Trend?

SXSW opened up big doors for Twitter, but do all businesses that get accolades at the festival go on to greatness? We look back at past award winners to see how they fared.

3 Rules for Kick-Starting a Crowdfunded Business

Crowdfunding -- in which several investors put up cash for a project or business idea posted to the Web -- has become a major source of capital for start-up entrepreneurs. But just because you can go to the Web to raise seed money fast doesn't mean you should, or that it'll be easy.

Growing with Kabbage: Lender Gives Online Businesses a Break

For Web-based small businesses, finding the money to expand can be a real challenge, especially in these times of tight credit. Enter Kabbage, an online financing company that bases its business lending criteria on Web-oriented benchmarks.

Summer Money Camps: Fun in the Sun With Finance

Business and finance camps aren't just for the nerdy and precocious anymore. Because, let's face it: The survival skill your child is most likely to need isn't knowing how to build a lean-to -- it's understanding how mortgages work. And these camps make learning those skills fun.

How I Paid for College on a Paperboy's Salary

I know what a daunting task it is to pay for college. But it's not impossible -- even on a paperboy's income. I did it, and hopefully some of what I learned on the route to college graduate will help inspire you, your kids, or your local paper carrier.

From Homeless to Millionaire: Dani Johnson on Bouncing Back

Dani Johnson is an entrepreneur, author and mom who was featured on the ABC program Secret Millionaire. Raised on welfare, pregnant at 17 and homeless at 21, Johnson became a millionaire at 23. She talks about overcoming economic hardship and raising money-smart kids with DailyFinance columnist Laura Rowley.

Nightclub King's 7 Tips on How to Win in the Party Biz

So you want to own a nightclub? Take some advice from Peter Gatien, whose party palaces ruled the NYC scene in the '80s and '90s. With the documentary "Limelight," chronicling Gatien's long reign, opening this weekend, he offered The Price of Fame seven ways to rule the night in a recession-proof business.

Advice for a Mom Trying to Reenter the Job Market

Kelly, 51, a mother of five who lives in the Midwest, wants to get back into the workforce after a 20-year absence -- a challenging prospect in today's weak hiring environment. But with the right focus and preparation, she can still transition from stay-at-home mom back to paid employee.

Bibles to Brewskis: Two Craft Brewers' Hoppy Journey

Mike Reinhardt and Nate Watson met a decade ago on a dry campus and bonded over beer. Today, they're on track to open Wilderness Brewing Company. And while trying to break into the craft beer business amid an economic downturn might seem counterintuitive, they're actually riding a wave of sudsy popularity.

What Can You Get for $5? On Fiverr, Almost Anything

If all you need is $5 worth of expert help, Fiverr has your number. For the price of a fast-food combo meal, this online marketplace will connect you with someone to proofread your business plan, repair an HTML bug, or whatever you might need. With 500,000 listings, it seems almost any service can be sold in $5 increments.

Entrepreneurship Begins in the Classroom, Study Finds

A new study by Babson College found "overwhelming evidence" that even just a few elective courses in entrepreneurship can inspire students to later launch their own businesses, a result that puts another dent in the old argument that entrepreneurship cannot be taught.

Google's Future: Can Larry Page Make It a Winner Again?

Google has been dead money for the last year -- up just 3% vs. 12.6% for the S&P 500. The Internet giant's biggest problem is its inability to diversify its revenue sources. Author Peter Cohan pulls out his Innovation Quotient to suggest how new CEO Larry Page might correct that.

Skip the Diploma? Eight Alternatives to College

When James Altucher tells people not to send their kids to college, they often ask: "So, what else should they do?" Here, Altucher comes up with some alternatives, from seeing the world to starting up a business to mastering stand-up comedy. And he begins to wonder, himself, "What if...?"

Career Risk-Taking Hits a New Low, Thanks to the Still-Weak Economy

Whether it was a fresh startup or a fresh start, fewer Americans seemed willing to take career risks last year, according to a new report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The percentage of job-seekers starting their own businesses or relocating for new positions fell to historic lows in 2010.