Reading this on a mobile device? Try our optimized mobile version here:

December 24, 2012
Share|Sign up|Archive|Advertise
Bold Ventures 
  • Clean energy boom holds opportunity for entrepreneurs
    The idea for the company Johnny Thomas and John Francis built began when they couldn't find a single energy-efficiency business that offered comprehensive upgrade services for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. Today the multimillion-dollar holding company they have built out of Henderson, Nev., called Blue Earth earned $11 million in revenue in 2012 and expects to earn $100 million in 2013 as the clean-tech industry booms. (Las Vegas) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
Finance & Growth 
  • How to find the perfect property for your business
    Entrepreneurs looking to rent office or retail space should be sure to observe which side of the street gets more foot traffic before picking a spot, Barbara Corcoran writes. She also recommends opting for a longer four- to six-year lease whenever possible to lock in pricing and choosing a space with as many windows and as much natural light as possible to boost worker productivity. Entrepreneur online (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • What to do when you're alone for Christmas
    For those who find themselves spending Christmas alone, Bradley Foster recommends keeping active by using the time to do projects or read books left by the wayside during the year, volunteering or making social engagements with others who are also alone during the holidays. The key, he writes, is to make a plan to stay busy and avoid being bored or becoming depressed. (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • How to approach innovation as a small business
    Small- and medium-sized businesses often face the challenge of balancing an urge to innovate with an aversion to excess risk, management consultants Kai Engel and Eva Diedrichs write. This means they need to develop an innovation management strategy that defines where growth is going to come from within the company, then organize the company culture to promote change and learning. (Sweden) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • 2012's top tech fails
    Google+ leads tech journalist John Brandon's list of this year's five worst technology failures for its inability to gain traction as a social media service even as Facebook and Twitter continue to boom. 3D projectors also made the list for becoming a clunky tool at business meetings instead of a slick one, as did Bluetooth watches for doing the same things the smartphones already do. Rounding out the end of the list were Klout scores and Dropbox. Inc. online (free registration)/Tech Report blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Featured Content 

Most Read 

Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs readers in the past week.

  • Results based on number of times each story was clicked by readers.
Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Do something kind. ... It will make you feel lighter and more grateful for what you have."
--Bradley Foster, leadership, career and life coach, writing at
LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

SmartBrief delivers need-to-know news in over 100 targeted email newsletters to over 3 million readers. All our industry briefings are FREE and open to everyone—sign up today!
Aviation & Aerospace
Construction & Real Estate
Consumer Packaged Goods
Food Service
Health Care
Media & Entertainment
Travel & Hospitality

Babson Babson College is the exclusive educational contributor to SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs. Babson College, located in Wellesley, MA, is recognized internationally for entrepreneurial leadership in a changing global environment. Learn about our innovative undergraduate curriculum, our MBA degree - ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report for the 16th straight year - and our executive education programs, "among the best in the world," according to BusinessWeek and Financial Times.  

Subscriber Tools
Today's Brief - Permalink | Print friendly format | Web version | Privacy policy

Corporate Sales Director:  Tom O'Brien (212) 450-1679
SmartBrief Community:
Recent SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs Issues:   Lead Editor:  Brooke Howell
Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
© 1999-2012 SmartBrief, Inc.® Legal Information