Small Business Week in Review

Each week, OPEN Forum's editors round up the most compelling entrepreneurial news and advice from our contributors and others. Here are this week’s highlights.
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November 10, 2012 Each week, OPEN Forum's editors round up the most compelling entrepreneurial news and advice from our contributors and others. Here are this week’s highlights.

How I Ran My Business From a Hurricane Shelter

OPEN expert, Mike Michalowicz, shares some great tips for keeping a business running as he remains hunkered down in a hurricane shelter.  Plus: Shoddy security measures by a state agency have put more than half a million businesses at risk for fraud.

Say No to That Startup Funding

Why you should rethink an infusion of outside cash for your startup. Plus: A Parisian shopping spree sparked a startup idea for a entrepreneur not yet out of business school.

Unleash the Power of Pinterest

Are you ready to capitalize on the popularity of Pinterest? Here are five tips to help you get started. Plus: The founder of Restoration Hardware walked away from a career in social work and got his retail start with just a few doorknob catalogs.

Election Day in Pictures

A look at the triumph and tragedy of Election Day 2012. Plus: The National Retail Federation isn't overly enthusiastic about Obama's re-election.

Prophets of Profit: Small Businesses With Cult-Like Appeal

This feature looks at four small businesses and how they attracted their incredibly loyal customers. Plus: If you intend to grow your small business, you're not going to be able run it alone. Make sure you grow leaders as you grow your profits.

Your Employees Aren’t Wearing Your Rose-Colored Glasses

A new survey shows employers have an overly positive estimation of how their workers really feel about their company's culture. Plus: Here are 

four reasons

 why having a diverse workforce can make a positive difference – even in small businesses.

Is Your Desk Destroying Your Productivity?

This infographic reveals the most common productivity thieves lingering on your desk—and how to deal with them. Plus: Here are five programs that will help you create professional-looking order forms, lead-generation forms, customer service surveys and more.

Photo courtesy of Mike Michalowicz