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The Power That Small Businesses Wield
By Skye Schooley | November 12, 2021

Small businesses significantly impact big businesses. As a small business owner, learn how to use that influence to your advantage.

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Should You Designate Your Business as a Sole Proprietorship?
By Andrew Martins | November 12, 2021

Is a sole proprietorship right for you? Learn more about this business structure.

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Market Research Guide for Business Owners
By Adam Uzialko | November 12, 2021

Market research is an important part of a business plan and should serve to guide your business as it grows.

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8 Essential Questions Your Elevator Pitch Should Answer
By Dave Mielach | November 12, 2021

Crafting the perfect elevator pitch does not need to be cringe-inducing endeavor.

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How to Run a Business in Florida
By Adam Uzialko | November 11, 2021

What do you need to know to run a small business in Florida?

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Business Plan Template for Entrepreneurs
By Sean Peek | November 04, 2021

To make your business idea a reality, you need a business plan. These simple business plan templates will get you started.

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13 Cool Vegan-Friendly Businesses That Inspire
By Brittney Morgan | November 01, 2021

Being a vegan means a whole lot more than eating a meat- and dairy-free diet

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How to Do a Competitive Analysis
By Skye Schooley | November 01, 2021

Learn the best way to conduct a competitor analysis, and how it can help you improve your products or services.

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National Business Plan Competitions for Entrepreneurs
By Joshua Stowers | October 29, 2021

Want to be the best entrepreneur? Find out how to win the next business plan competition.

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21 Great Small Business Ideas to Start in 2021
By Max Freedman | October 28, 2021

Looking for a great business idea? These ideas will help you start and grow a successful business in 2021.

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Crest Capital Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 22, 2021

Crest Capital has a simple application process, fast approvals, a variety of equipment financing terms and excellent customer service.

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SBG Funding Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 22, 2021

SBG Funding is the best alternative lender for startup loans because loan requirements align with what new businesses can qualify for.

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Accion Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 22, 2021

Accion is a small business microloan lender. The company provides two types of loans: one for established businesses and one for startups. Loan types, amounts and requirements vary by state. Each...

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Biz2Credit Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 22, 2021

Biz2Credit is an online marketplace for small business funding. The company connects small businesses in need of funding with lenders. It can help small businesses obtain a variety of loans.

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Fundbox Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 22, 2021

Fundbox offers business owners a way to fix their cash flow by advancing payments for their outstanding invoices. There are no approval processes, forms to fill out, phone calls to make or...

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Noble Funding Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 22, 2021

Noble Funding caters to small businesses through invoice factoring and A/R credit lines and works to improve companies' cash flow by providing advances specifically for small businesses with large...

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OnDeck Review
By Simone Johnson | October 22, 2021

OnDeck is the best alternative lender for bad-credit loans because of its low credit score minimum, long loan terms and scheduled repayments.

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Rapid Finance Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 22, 2021

Rapid Finance is the best non-bank lender for merchant cash advances because it offers quick funding and approvals, plus great customer service.

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Kabbage Review
By Simone Johnson | October 22, 2021

Kabbage is the best non-bank provider of credit lines because it offers an automatic online approval process and great customer service.

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Fora Financial Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 22, 2021

Financial offers small business loans and merchant cash advances with terms of up to 15 months. The alternative lender makes it quick and easy to apply for loans. It offers an online application and...

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Truist Review Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 22, 2021

Truist is our best pick for SBA loans because it has years of experience extending SBA loans to small businesses. It is an SBA Preferred Lender and knows the ins and outs of applying and getting...

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Balboa Capital Review Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 22, 2021

Balboa Capital is an alternative lender that provides loans for small and midsize businesses. Small business owners can choose from several different types of loans, including standard small business...

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Thriving Small Businesses Boost Real Estate Values, Research Shows
By Chad Brooks | October 12, 2021

When small businesses thrive, real estate booms

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Salesforce Review
By Jeff Hale | October 02, 2021

Salesforce offers small businesses the power and functionality of an enterprise-level CRM in a package that can be gradually scaled and upgraded over time.

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monday.com Review
By Jeff Hale | October 02, 2021

monday.com's ready-made CRM, sales, and project templates make it easy to capture leads, track pipelines, and manage customer data so teams can collaborate and sell more effectively.

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SugarCRM Review
By Lisa McGreevy | October 02, 2021

SugarCRM allows startups to craft a fully customized CRM solution, without starting from scratch. It has a highly active online dev community, plus tons of other developer resources.

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HubSpot CRM Review
By Simone Johnson | October 01, 2021

The free version of HubSpot may offer very small businesses enough functionality to improve processes and organization at zero cost. It also offers a wealth of raining resources.

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Keap CRM Review
By Jeff Hale | October 01, 2021

Keap is a strong contact management software with robust marketing, sales and e-commerce tools built-in. The functionality and interface are top of the line, but it's not a lightweight solution, and...

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Freshworks CRM Review
By Jeff Hale | October 01, 2021

Freshworks CRM replaces time-consuming, repetitive tasks, allowing you to focus on attracting quality leads, engaging across multiple channels, nurturing customer relationships and closing deals...