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Need A Little Kabbage To Finance Your Small Business?

Even with the economy relaxing somewhat, bank loans are still a little tight and VC money is not always available for small businesses. So SME entrepreneurs today are seeking more creative ways to obtain capital to finance their business. One such new method to secure funds is from the appropriately named platform, Kabbage.

From Homeland To Home Deliveries, Drones Target Afghanistan & The Amazon

For those addicted to the HBO's hit series, Homeland, the writers have inserted drones into their plot lines almost as if they were dark villainous anti-heroes. Last season, lead character Sargeant Brody sought revenge for a drone attack gone sideways killing innocent Iraqi children. This season the unmanned aerial vehicle is now used as "eyes on the ground" allowing Brody to seek covert asylum in Afghanistan...

Emoya Hotel & Spa: Pay To Stay In Poverty

Many of us in North America are used to living in relative luxury compared to much of the world. For us, "roughing" it is camping where there's no plumbing or sleeping in European hostels with nothing but our back packs. I won't trivialize it, of course, many North Americans do know what it is like to struggle, but most of us won't have to live shanties for the bulk of our lives, with no electricity, heat, or running water.

Briggo Coffee Vending Machines: The Future Of Coffee Brewing?

Vending machines are among the most popular business concepts out there - at least according to our readers! And you know what else is incredibly popular with the masses? Coffee! Now these two things are being combined, there's a new concept that just might be the best in the world.

Need This New Innovation? Using Cheese To De-Ice Roads

There is something cheesy going on in Wisconsin these days and it isn't a bunch of rabid Packer fans in cheese hats. This winter it is the roads in Milwaukee  that are getting spread with Gouda and cheddar -- well, sort of. It is actually the waste product of the cheese-making process that is being tested for use as a road de-icer.

Annie Oakley's: Colorado Marijuana Dispensary Granted First Recreational License

The marijuana business is one that has been on the rise in states that have decriminalized the drug for some time. But up until now they've only been able to cater to an elite clientele - those with licenses to purchase medical marijuana. In Colorado where the drug has been legalized, that's all about to change.

Mom & Pops 'Shop Small' For Social Media, Devoid Of Black Friday Madness & Cyber Monday Fatigue

Mom & Pop shops, sometimes derogatorily referred to as the dinosaurs of the retail industry have of recent date been able to exert some clout during the holiday buying season, at least for one day out of the year. Founded by American Express, since 2010, the "Shop Small" movement (aka Small Business Saturday®) ...

Need This New Invention? The Liberation Wrapper

Japan is deeply dyed in age-old traditions and beliefs. One of these old beliefs is that a woman's mouth should be small and discreet. That is why there is a cultural convention of women covering their mouths when they eat, especially in public and not eating anything that requires taking a big bite. For Freshness Burger, a Japanese fast food restaurant, this has created a huge challenge in marketing their biggest burger to women.

Nap Cafe Corne: The Business Of Snoozing In Public (With Scones)

Smart businesses focus on offering solutions to common problems and needs that everyone has - and there are a limited number of things that all people absolutely require. One of those basic primal needs is to sleep, and there are studies that have shown a nap during the day can greatly increase productivity. But where should you sleep when a nap just can't wait?

Fresh Moves Bus: A Farmer's Market On Wheels

As a major advocate for purchasing and consuming local foods, and a produce-loving vegetarian, farmer's markets are among my favorite things in the world.  The only problem is that farmer's markets aren't everywhere when you need them. While there's still a way to go before everyone has unlimited, easy access to locally grown produce, businesses like The Fresh Moves bus in Chicago aim to change that.

Can Kmart's "Blue" Light Special Ads Turn Us On For The Holidays? [Videos]

With Kmart's revenue reports heading into the toilet, it appears its TV ads might have followed suit this holiday season. Down 4.6 percent in earnings this quarter, one of the nation's largest discount retailers is taking a radical departure from it's wholesome Mom's Apple Pie image to one that replicates the blue material you might catch on late night, a la Chelsea Lately!

Does Snapchat's Sexting Lead To Boom, Bubble Or Just Disposable Pornography?

Google, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest all became hyper-valued tech companies in a short time span -- to the point that many doomsday prognosticators are today beginning to cry "chicken-little." Comparison to the Dot.com bubble of the late 90s is an easy analogy to draw, even though today's tech expansion differs markedly. Nonetheless, it's enough of a catalyst for the weak-at-heart to second-guess themselves. . .

IBM's Watson Supercomputer Is Now A Software Developer

IBM's Watson supercomputer is now open to the public. Well, sort of. The manufacturer this week announced that its cognitive computing system will very soon serve as a cloud-based development platform, helping programmers create software with its 'cognitive computing intelligence.'

Independent Obsession: The Over-Romanticization Of Indie Development

Being an independent game developer is a lot like being an inventor. You need no small amount of creativity, skill, and persistence. There's more pitfalls than you might encounter in most any other career.  It's not as easy - and nowhere near as glamorous - as everyone seems to think.

Holy Smokes: The Business Of The 21-Gun Salute With 'Dead' Rounds

Death is a serious business, and over the years we have featured numerous businesses that have found creative ways to profit off that one thing that every single person does in his/her life; die. The latest to cross my path is called Holy Smokes, and it offers a unique way to honor those that have passed

Are There Robot Farmers In Our Future? The UDSA Certainly Thinks So

The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture last week announced that it will be offering $4.5 million in grants towards research of robotics in American agriculture What this basically means is simple: in the near future, we're going to start seeing robots on the range.

Chinese “Beautiful Scenery” Apartments Troll Tenants With Painted-On Windows

A real estate developer in Qingdao, China named its newest residential highrise Yichang Meijing, or “Beautiful Scenery”, even though many of its windows are painted fakes. Problem?

Subway Grocery Store Offers Commuter Convenience

I can't be the only one in the world that feels like grocery shopping is a burden nine times out of ten. After a long day of work, the last thing I feel like doing is spending an hour engaging in shopping cart wars and getting stuck behind someone unfolding dozens of coupons at the register. And, as it turns out, I'm not alone in that feeling at all - at least, not according to the innovative commerce solution that's on the rails in Korea.

Awarding Those Under The Influence Of Small Business

Small Business Trends was a start-up launched by founder and CEO Anita Campbell back in 2003. Over the course of the last ten years, SMT as an online publisher focusing on small business issues now serves over 6 million small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually throughout North America.

The UBR-1 One-Armed Robot Could Put Shelf Stockers Out A Job

Well, folks, it's finally happened. There's an open-source robot on the way. An organization known as Unbounded Robotics yesterday announced the UBR-1; a semi-autonomous, one-armed robot which it claims is perfect for a wide range of industrial, business, and office applications.