If you're like many entrepreneurs, you're an optimist. I am too. And I think information is powerful. Knowing what competitors are up to can give you an edge. Learning from industry leaders can too. Knowledge can help you make better decisions and get ahead of potentially business-altering events.

With so many significant unknowns today--another round of stimulus, PPP loan forgiveness, the election, keeping your lights on--cutting through the clutter and keeping you informed are job Nos. 1 and 2 at Inc.

I've spent the past 16 years covering the world of business--and much of that time has been focused on small business and entrepreneurship. I've learned a lot from you, and I hope that you can learn a lot from me, too. 

Beyond the articles and columns I write and edit for Inc., I'm excited to offer my two cents--along with careful research and reporting--in a more intimate way. You can sign up to receive text messages from me. My goal is to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the news about the issues you are grappling with or perhaps haven't yet considered.

In business parlance, I hope it's a value-add. But if it's not, let me know! Feedback and tips are 100 percent welcome, and you can cancel at any time.