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
- Healthy Franchise: How Right at Home is Banking on the Senior Boom
My articles for the front of the 2015, 2014, and 2013 Writers’ Market reference book made the cover, and were also reprinted in Writer’s Digest.
I’ve written a wide range of articles for the print magazine — they’re organized by topic below:
- 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.
- Running the Numbers
Story on whether multi-unit franchising is for you.
- Tax Time. No Dough. Don’t Sweat.
What to do if you can’t pay your taxes. Besides cry.
- Sell Without Selling Out
A sale doesn’t have to mean the end of social responsibility.
- 7 Tips to Score VC Cash
Appeared in the quarterly Entrepreneur StartUps! Some great VCs quoted here.
- 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.
- How to Research a Franchise
The nuts and bolts of figuring out whether a franchise would work for you.
- 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 30-anniversary look back at how entrepreneurship became the force it is today.
- Building the 21st century leader
Cover story on leadership trends
Online-Exclusive Feature Articles:
- 12 Ways to (Legally) Spy on Your Competitors
- Need Ideas for Your Business Blog? Here are 50 (over 2,000 RTs)
- How to Divorce-Proof Your Business
- Green-Business Experiment: Crowdsourcing an Energy Upgrade
- 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.
Real estate features:
- Home loan modification mess
How problems at the federal mortgage-modification program played out in Seattle.
- Ravenna Kibbutz a magnet for Jewish newcomers
Seattle Times story on an unusual intentional community in North Seattle.
- Sellers of million-dollar homes test the for-sale-by-owner market
For sale by owner: Mansion. How technology and the down market have brought us upscale FSBOs.
- Homework & Chutzpah
How one couple bought a home in Seattle by submitting lowball bids.
- Borrowers little helpers: Home buyers turns to peer loans
How to get a bunch of strangers you meet online to stake you to your down payment.
- Buying Homes for Quick Resale
The brave (or crazy?) house flippers who kept going in the middle of the downturn.
- Buying a bank-owned home
What it takes to buy a bank-owned home in today’s real-estate market.
Financial makeover stories:
- Retire comfortably and save for kids’ future
- Charting income, moving forward with goal
- Get out of debt and get a better job
College Guide stories:
- Hot Majors – find your passion
Seattle Times College Guide cover story.
- Calling in a pro: More parents are hiring college consultants; is it effective–or fair?
- The new landscape of financial aid
- New Ways to Get B.A.s
- Quality Schools to “B” Students — Welcome
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.
- Amazon v. eBay
And why eBay will always be better…
- Seattle’s underfunded pension plans
A story about that inconvenient little fact most public companies bury on about page 137 of their 10K…their pension plan is short of cash.
- 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.
- Reinvent your bar
Nation’s Restaurant News story for the annual NRN50.
- Need a Financial Chief? Order Out
Washington CEO (RIP) — My article on the boom in hiring temp CFOs.