About me….


Colleen DeBaise is a journalist and author covering entrepreneurship.

imgresShe is the founder of the Hampton Bee, an online publication covering the business community of Long Island’s East End. She’s also a contributor to The Story Exchange, a nonprofit media organization devoted to women business owners.

Her book, The Wall Street Journal Complete Small Business Guidebook, is available here.

Prior to her current roles, Colleen was the small business editor at The Wall Street Journal, and has served as an editor at Entrepreneur, BusinessWeek and SmartMoney. She has been a contributor to a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Huffington Post and Inc. Magazine.

She has been interviewed as a small business expert on television and radio, including MSNBC, Fox Business News, CNBC, CBS and NPR.

Before covering small business, Colleen spent many years writing about white-collar crime as lead court reporter for Dow Jones Newswires. She also wrote a personal finance column. In 2005, she was the winner of the Newswomen’s Club of New York’s Front Page award for specialized writing.

debaise HIBI 3Colleen has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.,  and a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

A Syracuse native, she lives in East Hampton with her husband, architect Frank Guittard. When not writing about small business, she blogs about her adventures making curry at CrackingCurry.com.

Contact information is here.



For anything related to the Hampton Bee, including pitches, please contact Colleen at thehamptonbee@gmail.com.

For all other matters, including speaking engagements, please contact Colleen at colleen.site.mail@gmail.com.

Articles & Appearances


Inc. Magazine:

Why Hollywood’s Gender Gap Exists–and How to Fix It

The New York Times:

Deciding There’s Nothing Wrong With a Lifestyle Business

How Danae Ringelmann Built Indiegogo

After a Disaster, a Winery Starts Anew — and Finds a Better Business Model

The Story Exchange:

25 Years Since Women Needed a Male Co-Signer

The Wall Street Journal:

Starting Chipotle From Scratch

MSNBC’s Your Business:

Socially Conscious Stocking Stuffers Made by Female Entrepreneurs


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