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Tom Harnish

Tom Harnish is a serial entrepreneur. Always on the bleeding edge of technology, he learned what works (and what doesn't) when raising money by spending countless (and often fruitless) hours in front of lenders and investors.

Latest articles by Tom Harnish

The Fundamentals of Socially Responsible Business

Founding a sustainable, socially responsible business is just like founding any other. You need money, a market, a plan and the ability to execute on the vision.

5 Futuristic Business Opportunities

The times they are a'changing. Again. Here are five commercial and marketing trends you can look forward to -- and profit from -- in 2012.

Put Your Customers First

Want to keep your customers coming back for more? Make it easy to be your customer.

What Apple Can Teach About Retailing

Apple's retail stores are becoming as iconic as Apple itself. Here's how Apple's retail experience sets the brand apart.

The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be: Are You Ready to Change?

If you're not planning ahead, you may have already fallen behind.

Building A Business Website Is Cheaper And Easier Than Ever

Your customers are looking for you online. Here's how to build the site where they can find you.

How To Keep Your Business Headed In The Right Direction

If you don't know where you're going, you aren't going anywhere.

Business Lunch Etiquette 101

Good table manners and basic etiquette aren't just for visits to Gramma's house. They're good for business, too.

Don't Be The Boss--Be The Leader

You don't want to be their boss. You want to be their leader.

4 Ways to Treat Your Customers Like People

Your customers are people, too. So treat them that way!

3 Ways to Use Your Social Networks Effectively

Your social networks, online and off, can be powerful business building tools. Here's how to make the most of them.

Recognize And Manage The 5 Stages Of Small Business Growth

From start-up through maturity, leading a small business as it passes through its growth stages requires a variety of skills and temperaments.

What Small Business Healthcare Tax Credits Do You Qualify For?

The Health Care Reform Bill includes a tax break for eligible small businesses who offer healthcare benefits to their employees. You may be able to get back 35¢ for every $1 you spent if you meet ALL of the following requirements: you have less [more]

What to Do When the Wrong Person for the Job is You

Face it, even company founders are asked to move on, eventually. Here's how to plan ahead and lessen the blow.

How To Plan For A Crisis

Bad weather, a devastating earthquake and chemical or industrial accidents can cost you plenty—even put you out of business—if you aren't prepared.

7 Tips for Small Business Success in Troubled Times

When the going gets tough, small business gets going.

4 Business Tips That Can Save the World

Sustainable business is not just good for the environment. It's good for business. Really.

We Were Hacked! 8 Tips for Minimizing Your Risk

By following a few simple strategies, you can prevent your business from becoming another victim of cyber-crime.

3 Things You Can Do to Help Your Banker Say Yes

Punch up your lending story and realize a happy ending to your borrowing saga.

5 Things to Know about Healthcare Reform

Healthcare reform is coming. In fact, it's already here.