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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.

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.

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®) ...

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.

Meet Quirky’s 5 Newest Inventors!

Crowd-supporting website Quirky regularly receives ideas from inventors for a chance to have their proto-inventions made into mass manufactured products. Let’s take a peek at the latest batch of innovators and their interesting ideas:

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

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.

5 Digital Seeds To Grow 'Small Business' Facebook Audiences

Large brands have taken to Facebook like a fish to water, but small-to-medium size B2B and B2C companies have a tougher row to hoe. While multi-nationals like Coca-cola or Apple can attract millions of followers overnight with give-aways, discounts and promotional campaigns, smaller firms feel like the proverbial tree falling in the forest.   

Adopt A Guy: Retail Store Offers A Modern Approach to Matchmaking

Choosing a mate isn't as simple as shopping for a new pair of jeans (which is a task that many women dread, so we can't underestimate the complexity of jean shopping). But one bold, international company wants women to select a man by browsing the available options in a store using a process that's not unlike shopping for denim. Except that you've got to try your selections on for size after you take them home.

Smencils: Scented Pencil Company That Makes You Smarter

Sniffing  tools that are meant to be used for writing isn't an activity that is generally recommended. In fact, there is a stigma associated with people that enjoy sniffing permanent markers - and let's just say that stigma doesn't reward people for intelligence.  Smencils hopes to change all that by making pencils that are not only cool to sniff, they make you smarter too.

Bitcoin Accepted Here: Beijing-based IwannaBuy Adds Bitcoin As A Payment Option

Bitcoins burning holes in your pockets? Online stores like Beijing-based IwannaBuy have embraced the hot new digital currency, supporting payments in Bitcoin as an innovative complement to online banking and online payment systems like PayPal and AliPay.

Reduce, Reuse And Ride: Bejiing Subway Accepts Recyclables As Payment

Society's focus on reducing environmental impact is improving, and it is an even greater priority when the people engaging in environmental programs get something out of the deal. In order to encourage commuters to reduce their environmental impact, Bejing has started to accept an unusual form of currency in exchange for their transportation services. The Bejiing Subway System is introducing a program that has been coined Recycle-to-Ride (pun intended) to encourage citizens to reduce their waste, or at least what they do with it when they produce it. Because, the subway system, which is used extensively by commuters in Bejiing, accepts plastic bottles and other recyclables in exchange for subway tokens.

Gift Couture: Company Specializes In Quirky Wrapping Paper

We've all watched a child tear through wrapping paper with excitement to get through the gift it contains, only to  discover that they find more entertainment value in the wrapping then the gift itself. This is often disappointing to the gift-giver as it was the gift, and not the wrapping paper, that they selected with care. But who says it has to be that way? Certainly not Gift Couture - a business that designs wrapping paper that is as fun as the present it contains.

Garments For The Grave: A Fashion Business That's To Die For

Sometimes the most successful businesses are the ones that really step back and look at what is missing, and take steps to pose a solution.  One of the latest to cross our radar is Garments for the Grave, and yes, the business name does accurately describe what they offer, and its clothes are to die for.

Billionaire Paul Allen Founds The Allen Institute Of Artificial Intelligence

Paul Allen - "The Idea Man" - has some lofty ideas brewing. The Microsoft co-founder's latest venture is an institute which he hopes will expand the frontiers of artificial intelligence; this will also help him to explore his own fascination with the human mind.

A worthy cause, if ever I heard one.

How Cloud Based Apps Can Make Small Businesses More Efficient

Staying organized and providing team members with an effective means of collaboration is integral to running a successful small business. Here is how cloud based web apps can improve efficiency and increase productivity.