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Colleen DeBaise

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Colleen DeBaise is a contributing editor at Inc. and podcast host at The Story Exchange, a media nonprofit devoted to women business owners. Prior to that, she was the small business editor at the Wall Street Journal, the deputy editor at BusinessWeek SmallBiz, and an editor at SmartMoney magazine’s small business site. She has reported on a variety of issues facing small business owners, including cash-flow management, health-care and retirement planning, and the challenge of work/life balance.Before joining SmartMoney, DeBaise spent seven years at Dow Jones Newswires as a personal finance columnist and also lead court reporter, covering the wave of corporate scandals that broke in 2002. She has been interviewed on CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox Business News.DeBaise is a 2005 winner of the Newswomen’s Club of New York’s Front Page award for specialized writing. She has a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor of arts in English from St. Lawrence University.She can be reached at

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