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Property Leases: What SMBs Need to Know
By Jennifer Post | February 15, 2024

This guide explains what you need to know before signing a commercial lease for your small business.

How to Run a Business in Pennsylvania
By Adam Uzialko | January 30, 2024

If you own or want to start a business in Pennsylvania, learn how to run a Pennsylvania business by understanding the state's challenges and opportunities.

What It Really Costs When Walmart Comes to Town
By Brandi Calero-Holmes | January 17, 2024

Walmart brings advantages and disadvantages to local communities. Learn the true meaning of a Walmart economy and if Walmart is bad for America.

How to Run a Business in North Carolina
By Adam Uzialko | January 13, 2024

The North Carolina economy presents both challenges and opportunities for small businesses. Learn how to succeed as an entrepreneur in North Carolina.

How to Run a Business in New York
By Adam Uzialko | January 13, 2024

The New York economy presents both challenges and opportunities for small businesses. Learn how to succeed in the New York business environment.

How to Start and Run a Business in Washington State
By Adam Uzialko | January 13, 2024

Learn to start and run a business in Washington state by understanding its opportunities and resources.

What to Know About Running a Business in Illinois
By Adam Uzialko | January 13, 2024

The Illinois economy presents both challenges and opportunities for small businesses. Here's what you need to know about running a business in Illinois.

Cannabis Industry Growth Potential for 2024
By Adam Uzialko | January 11, 2024

Every state has laws and regulations governing marijuana usage. Here's what entrepreneurs need to know to start a cannabis business in the space.

Entrepreneur Salaries: How Much Should You Pay Yourself?
By Nicole Fallon | January 09, 2024

As a business owner, at what point should you start giving yourself a salary, and how much do you pay yourself? Learn some key salary considerations.

The State of Small Business: Maine
By Adam Uzialko | January 03, 2024

Small businesses in Maine enjoy accessible capital and reasonable regulations. Learn why Maine is the business-friendliest state.

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In Most Countries, Freelancers Earn More Than Average Workers
By Nadia Reckmann | December 20, 2023

Recent data shows you can make more money freelancing than with a traditional job. Learn about the earning power, upsides and downsides of freelancing.

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What Is an Elevator Pitch?
By Adam Uzialko | November 20, 2023

Find out everything about elevator pitches, including how to create them and when to deliver them. See examples.

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the Protolabs Cool Idea Award
By Cailin Potami | November 10, 2023

The Protolabs Cool Idea Award helps innovators develop their unique inventions. Get inspired and learn how anyone can turn a cool idea into a business.

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Personality Traits You Need to Start a Business
By Ross Mudrick | November 08, 2023

Specific personality traits are necessary for someone who wants to become an entrepreneur. Learn if you have these traits and how to cultivate them if you don't.

What You Should Know About Company Mergers
By Skye Schooley | November 08, 2023

Here is everything you need to know about company mergers and their benefits.

7 Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Biggest Challenges
By Saige Driver | October 31, 2023

Female entrepreneurs divulge the toughest obstacles they’ve faced in business — and the solutions.

How to Start a Business in Ohio
By Julianna Lopez | October 27, 2023

This guide offers everything you need to know about starting a business in Ohio, including the benefits, challenges and requirements.

Entrepreneurship Defined: What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur
By Max Freedman | October 27, 2023

What is an entrepreneur, exactly? See examples of successful entrepreneurs and find out how to become one yourself or improve as a business owner.

Why Troublemaker Kids Make Great Entrepreneurs
By Isaiah Atkins | October 27, 2023

Many entrepreneurs were childhood mischief-makers who showed determination and willpower. Learn how entrepreneurs can channel risk-taking to find success.

Family and Friends Provide a Key Lifeline for Entrepreneurs
By Shayna Waltower | October 24, 2023

Small business owners rely on friends and family for social, financial and emotional support. Learn how community support can help businesses thrive.

Guide to Starting a Business in Maryland?
By Cailin Potami | October 24, 2023

What is it like doing business in Maryland? We interviewed small business owners, lenders and development organization leaders to find out.

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How to Start a Business in Arizona
By Paula Fernandes | October 24, 2023

Arizona has healthy economic growth, manageable taxes, resources, and a growing labor market. Learn what it's like to start and run a business in Arizona.

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Doing Business in Michigan
By Katharine Paljug | October 24, 2023

Michigan presents unique challenges and opportunities for small business owners. Learn about the environment for businesses in Michigan.

National Small Business Week: Getting Involved in Your Community
By Sammi Caramela | October 24, 2023

National Small Business Week is a great time to start getting involved in your local community. Here’s how — and why — to engage with it.

How to Run a Business in Texas
By Adam Uzialko | October 24, 2023

Looking for the right place to start a business? Find out what it's like to own and operate a small business in Texas.

Entrepreneur or Small Business Owner: Which One Are You?
By Marisa Sanfilippo | October 24, 2023

The difference between being an entrepreneur and a business owner may lie in your company's legal status – and your personality.

Entrepreneurial Characteristics That Lead to Success
By Ross Mudrick | October 24, 2023

Characteristics such as a capacity to network and other specific skills can help gauge entrepreneurial success. Learn traits that support or hinder it.

5 Business Lessons From Bob’s Burgers
By Brittney Morgan | October 24, 2023

Bob’s Burgers is a popular TV series about a restaurateur and his family. It also offers lessons to real-life small business owners.

Pros and Cons of Being a Small Business Owner
By Skye Schooley | October 24, 2023

There's a lot to love about entrepreneurship, but the sacrifices are considerable. Weigh the pros and cons of entrepreneurship before launching a business.

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20 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business
By Skye Schooley | October 24, 2023

Learn what small business experts say are the 20 biggest errors startups make and why new businesses fail.