About Business on Main
Launched in the spring of 2009, Business on Main is an online destination for small-business leaders and entrepreneurs who are looking for information and inspiration to take their companies to the next level.
Here, you can quickly access content addressing every aspect of small-business operations — from funding to growth strategies, and marketing to leadership — plus expert Q&As, tools and articles from premier writers and partners.
View engaging original videos, such as our award-winning series, News on Main, featuring business stories that will inform and inspire you on the path to success. And stay on top of the latest technological innovations for your business with Tech Notes, our series featuring NBC “Gadget Guy” Paul Hochman.
When you’re on the go, access us on your phone at bom.msn.com, where you can watch videos, read articles and download our iPhone and Android mobile applications. You can also connect with us on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn, and sign up for our monthly newsletter, Main Street Authority.
Sponsored by Sprint
Sprint champions Business on Main in collaboration with MSN to support and demonstrate its commitment to the men and women who lead small businesses across the country. As a wireless and wireline communications solutions company, Sprint understands how business is stimulated by mobility — inside and outside the office, at the job site, in the field, or simply on the go.
Look for us to be out front supporting you and at the leading edge of your small-business mobile solutions needs.
Business on Main partners and contributors
Business on Main has partnered with leading small-business journalists and media outlets to bring you a variety of perspectives on the news and issues that impact your top and bottom lines day to day. Our contributors include in-the-trenches experts and seasoned business journalists who cover in-depth topics that address the specific concerns of small-business leaders. They are:
Chris Cashman: An Emmy-award-winning television host and producer, Chris has appeared on the Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, PBS and CBS. As host of Microsoft’s Small Business Show — and now of News on Main — he has worked with some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneur.com: Entrepreneur delivers distinctive content on every road taken by the independent thinkers, builders and leaders driving economies across the world.
Vanessa Fox: Vanessa trains companies on how to use key pieces of data to better drive product strategy and customer engagement online. She previously worked at Google and built Webmaster Central, and was instrumental in the sitemaps.org alliance of Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft Live Search.
Scott Gerber: Scott is founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, a nonprofit organization that provides young entrepreneurs with access to tools, mentorship, community and educational resources that support each stage of their business’s development and growth. He's also the author of the book "Never Get a 'Real' Job."
Toddi Gutner: Toddi is an award-winning journalist, writer and editor who's currently a contributing writer, covering career-management issues, for The Wall Street Journal.
Paul Hochman: Paul is the host of Business on Main’s series on tech and innovation, which features one-minute videos. He is currently a freelance tech and gadget guru, having written for Fast Company, covered technology for MSNBC, and served as the "Today" show’s “Gadget Guy.”
Irvine Micropreneur Program: The Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s Micropreneur Program creates and hosts webinars designed to provide small businesses with advice on starting and running a business from leading experts in the field, including a variety of Business on Main contributors.
Joanna L. Krotz: Joanna writes about small-business marketing and management issues. She is the co-author of the "Microsoft Small Business Kit" and runs Muse2Muse Productions, a New York City-based custom content provider.
Rieva Lesonsky: Rieva is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a content and consulting company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Want the scoop on more trends that can grow your business? Sign up for Rieva Lesonsky’s free "TrendCast" reports at www.smallbizdaily.com.
Randy Myers: A former reporter and editor for Dow Jones, where he wrote for The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, Randy is a contributing editor for CFO, Corporate Board Member and Plansponsor magazines.
Antonio Neves: Antonio is the host of Business on Main’s Web series "Cool Runnings," and a correspondent for NBC NextMedia Productions. He also writes stories for a wide variety of business publications.
Barbara Findlay Schenck: Barbara is a small-business strategist, the author of “Small Business Marketing for Dummies” and the co-author of “Branding for Dummies,” “Selling Your Business for Dummies” and “Business Plans Kit for Dummies.”
Susan Schreter: Susan is a 20-year veteran of the venture finance community and a university educator in entrepreneurship. She is the founder of TakeCommand, which offers the largest centralized database of venture capital funds, angel investment clubs, incubators and microfinance lenders in the U.S.
Steve Strauss: Steve is often called "the country's leading small-business expert." He writes a weekly column for USA TODAY, runs the website TheSelfEmployed, and is the author of The Small Business Bible.
Polly S. Traylor: Polly is a former high-tech magazine journalist with CIO and The Industry Standard, among others. She writes about business, health care and technology from Golden, Colorado.
Jeff Wuorio: Jeff is a veteran freelance writer and author based in southern Maine. He writes about small-business management, marketing and technology.