Each week, Open Forum's editors round up the most compelling entrepreneurial news and advice from our contributors. Here are this week’s highlights.
Does Small Business Have A Future In The Middle East?
With governments falling and rising anew in the Middle East, it would seem that this is the perfect time for entrepreneurs to help build stable, international free markets there. Or is it? George Washington University professor George Solomon explains. Plus: Read more on the world of small business.
Would You Fire Someone For Cursing?
Things turned sour for a Missouri sugar plum fairy during a routine drug test. Was her employer right to let her go? Plus: Get more small business news.
The Real Story Behind Being Black In America
CNN’s "Black in America" gives the impression that minorities have a harder time breaking into Silicon Valley. But why? And is that really the case? Plus: Read more on tech.
An Interview With Spencer Rascoff, Co-founder of Hotwire
Rascoff thought it’d be fun to start a competitor to Priceline, so he and a few co-founders launched Hotwire. The company was such a hit that it caught the attention of Expedia, which ended up acquiring it in 2003 for $685 million—in cash. Plus: Read more on startups.
Sweetening The Deal On Small Business Saturday
On Small Business Saturday, American Express will be giving a sweet deal to customers of small businesses. What is it, you ask? Check it out here. Plus: Get involved in Small Business Saturday.
The Art Of Giving Thanks
It is easy to let our thoughts be consumed by concerns about reduced economic security, rising health care, energy or food costs, and other worries about the future. It takes more effort to focus, instead, on being grateful for what we have. Plus: Get tips on maintaining work-life balance.