Here’s the latest from VentureBeat’s Entrepreneur Corner.

Protecting your company from boneheaded vendors – Service companies often rely on third parties to satisfy their customers. But if that third party rips your customer off, you could be held liable. Attorney Curtis Smolar runs down three ways to protect your business.

Hiring in 2011 – a look around the corner Is the recession winding down? Charley Polachi, a partner at executive recruiting firm Polachi, says it appears so. He conducts a straw poll of recruiters in his network to offer a look at how things stand on the executive employment front – both in the U.S. and abroad.

6 social media business trends to watch in 2011Social media goes far beyond Facebook and Twitter and is evolving at an incredible pace. Gary Halliwell, co-founded of NetProspex, predicts six ways that evolution will happen in 2011.

7 risks worth taking in 2011 – The last two years have been about conserving cash and keeping your corporate head down. But as we head into 2011, Steve Fredrick and Don Rainey, general partners at Grotech Ventures, note that it’s time to start taking risks again – or end up stagnating.

2011 may mark the beginning of a golden era for entrepreneurs – While doomsayers have been having a field day lately, serial entrepreneur Steve Blank says the second decade of the 21st century may turn out to be the best time to be an entrepreneur in the West — and in particular the United States.