“Drop Carol Tice into virtually any journalistic challenge and she’ll emerge with a nicely turned, well-thought-out story. She did great work as a forbes.com contributor, and wrote one of the first full-on profiles of Julep’s founder and CEO Jane Park for Forbes Magazine. Tice’s posts regularly achieved that increasingly elusive combination of solid audience and quality content.” —Tom Post, former managing editor, Forbes Media
I have thousands of articles in print—and pixels. Below is a selection of my best and most-read work.
- How North Dakota’s Richest Man is Building His Second $1 Billion Empire — at 69
- Strip Mall Spa: How Massage Envy Created — and Dominated — a New Franchise Niche
- How Social Media is Fueling the Next $1B Beauty Brand
I’ve written a wide range of articles for the print magazine — they’re organized by topic below:
Business finance and management
- Can a Purchase Order Loan Keep Your Business Growing?
The loans companies make when they’re hard up.
- Where to Go When You Can’t Find the Dough
Creative business finance options.
- Feels Like The First Time: How 3 Entrepreneurs Got That First VC Round
Great first-timer VC stories here.
- 7 Tips to Score VC Cash
Appeared in the quarterly Entrepreneur StartUps! Some great VCs quoted here.
- 12 Ways to (Legally) Spy on Your Competitors
- Need Ideas for Your Business Blog? Here are 50 (Entrepreneur continues to share this one years later, in more than one language)
- How to Divorce-Proof Your Business
- Franchise Your Business in 7 Steps
How to tell if your business is cut out to sell franchises.
- Next Big Thing or Next Big Flop: Researching New Franchisors
Investigation of the higher risks of signing on with a new franchisor.
- Turn it Up in the Down Turn
Why buying a franchise can be a good idea in the down economy.
General business topics
- Change Agents: 5 Things That Changed E-ship
Lead feature for Entrepreneur’s 30th anniversary issue.
- The American Business Revolution
A 30th-anniversary look back at how entrepreneurship became the force it is today.
- Building the 21st century leader
Cover story on leadership trends
- Tender Mercies
Profile of the Pediatric Interim Care Center in Kent, and the challenges of keeping it funded.
- Talking Trash
I find out how much trash Seattle creates, and where Seattle’s trash ends up….mostly, in a big canyon in Oregon.
- Is there a road to Justice?
Washington state’s lax DUI laws were tightened up a bit after this piece.
- No Place Like Home
Our state’s older foster kids…and why there is no mandate to find them adoptive homes.
Puget Sound Business Journal
“Carol is a reliable, resourceful, and productive writer who is quite adept at working from home independently. She can be counted on to do what she says she’ll do, with competence and professionalism. I highly recommend her.” —Don Nelson, Puget Sound Business Journal
- Amazon at 10
Amazon at 10: Ten vital questions for the next decade.
- Inside Starbucks store-opening machine
More interesting than ever, in light of Starbucks’ recent retrenching.
- Generous compensation for execs draws scrutiny
My Best in Business award-winner from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). A local hospital was sued after its CEO compensation was revealed in the story.
- Bringing Nordstrom Back
Part of multi-article feature package done on Nordstrom’s 100th anniversary.
- Eddie Bauer CEO’s leap of faith
Still one of my favorite personal profiles I’ve ever gotten to do.
- Nonprofits pay trustees well
Exposed overpaid board members at charities around Puget Sound.
- Invisible Recovery
Seattle Business magazine story on where Washington State’s federal stimulus money went.
- Out from under the klieg lights
The Los Angeles Times magazine assignment I’ve wanted for ages—about how the quality of light in Seattle differs from the light in L.A.
- Love writing about interesting lawyers for the SuperLawyers magazines! Here’s a sample.