The wildly popular podcast Serial debuted its second season yesterday and small businesses can pick up some tricks from their success. Podcasts have been growing in popularity in recent years as more and more people listen to them during their commute on their handy smartphones. This is an opportunity for small businesses, whether its producing their own content or sponsoring podcasts related to their products or services.

For many veterans, life after active duty is an opportunity to apply their training to a role in the private sector. But getting back into the private sector is not always easy. Luckily, there are some resources our there to help our veterans start their own businesses.

Small business owners face a lot of challenges on their road to success, and it’s not just competitors that can derail their business. A major issue for US small businesses is the on-going threat of employee lawsuits. Companies of all sizes face these suits, but small businesses have the least resources to effectively defend themselves while they try to keep their business running.

At Hiscox, we believe that life is not for the fainthearted –that’s why we are proud to be the insurer that always encourages courage on the part of entrepreneurs and small business owners. Today we are excited to announce a new partnership with another company that knows a thing or two about courage, Tough Mudder!