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The Best Small Business Government Grants in 2024
Find out how you can take advantage of these government grants to start or grow your business.
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How to Write a Sales Plan
This guide explains the purpose of a sales plan, what it contains and how to write one that works for your business. It also includes a free template for your own sales plan.
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Elizabeth Veras
How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
Looking to start your own business? A sole proprietorship may be the perfect fit.
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Simone Johnson
What Is Telematics?
Telematics gives businesses that operate a fleet of vehicles unique insight to their vehicles and drivers.
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David Gargaro
What Is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO)?
Here’s how to use a PEO for your business, including some benefits of a PEO company.
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Matt D'Angelo
Choosing a Business Phone System: A Buyer’s Guide
Learn about the features available and how to select the best system for your business.
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Property Leases: What SMBs Need to Know
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This guide explains what you need to know before signing a commercial lease for your small business.

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Articles of Incorporation: What New Business Owners Should Know
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This guide explains the importance of articles of incorporation and why new businesses must file them with the appropriate state agencies.

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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.

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How to Find Business Loans for Veterans
By Andrew Martins | January 30, 2024

Veteran business loans are available to help former service members grow their businesses. Find out if you qualify.

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How to Choose the Right Franchise
By Max Freedman | January 19, 2024

There are franchises in almost every industry, so you have myriad options. Learn how to decide which franchise is right for you and how to get started.

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What Is B2B, and How Does It Differ From B2C and DTC?
By Mark Fairlie | January 17, 2024

B2B companies offer products and services for other businesses and organizations. Learn how B2B works, and how it differs from B2C and DTC models.

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8 Strange Businesses You Didn’t Know Existed
By Tejas Vemparala | January 17, 2024

Most businesses are frightfully normal, but humans have unusual habits and desires. Learn about 8 strange businesses that carved a niche for themselves.

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How to Start a Photography Business
By Pamela S. Stevens | January 17, 2024

This guide offers tips and ideas on starting a photography business, whether you want to capture weddings, pets and families or hone your editing skills.

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Opening a Restaurant? Here’s Your Equipment Checklist
By Kiely Kuligowski | January 17, 2024
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Etsy Alternatives for Crafty Entrepreneurs
By Max Freedman | January 17, 2024

If you're an entrepreneur selling creative wares online, Etsy is the obvious choice. But check out these 13 Etsy alternatives that may be right for you.

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Top E-Commerce Challenges Facing SMBs
By Jennifer Post | January 17, 2024

As the e-commerce industry continues to grow, small businesses are contending with hurdles. Learn the top challenges and what SMBs can do about them.

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Founded When? America’s Oldest Companies
By Brittney Morgan | January 17, 2024

Despite wars and recessions, these 21 American companies have survived to stand the test of time. Learn what it takes to build a business that lasts.

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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.

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Steve Jobs Biography
By Sean Peek | January 17, 2024

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revolutionized the computer industry. Read Steve Jobs' biography, quotes and an analysis of his leadership style.

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6 Problems That Kill Small Businesses
By Shayna Waltower | January 17, 2024

Small businesses face many problems, like poor cash flow and bad leadership. Learn the issues that can sink a company and how to keep your business alive.

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How to Open a Private Medical Practice, Step by Step
By Max Freedman | January 16, 2024

Opening a private medical practice is a challenging process, but it can be easier if you break it down with this step-by-step guide.

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What’s the Difference Between a Tax ID Number and a Corporate Number?
By Simone Johnson | January 16, 2024

This guide explains tax identification numbers and how they work for businesses and individuals.

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What Is Crowdfunding?
By Simone Johnson | January 16, 2024

Crowdfunding is an alternative startup funding method where you get small donations from many people. Learn the benefits of crowdfunding and how to start.

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The Basics of Franchising and Today’s Top Opportunities
By Bennett Conlin | January 16, 2024

Opening a franchise is a business opportunity with relatively low risk and high support. Learn about franchising costs, regulations and considerations.

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Ultimate Guide to Business Franchising
By Max Freedman | January 16, 2024

Opening a franchise can be profitable, but it requires some work upfront. This guide explains everything you need to know before launching a franchise business.

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Business Bank Account Checklist: Documents You’ll Need
By Kiely Kuligowski | January 16, 2024

Before you apply for a business bank account, you need to gather your business licenses and identification documents. Get the full list here.

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What Is a Business Consultant?
By Sean Peek | January 16, 2024

A business consultant can help you streamline processes and boost profits. Learn what consultants do and how to choose the right one.

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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.

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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.

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

Understand the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Florida, including the tax laws, access to capital, cost of living, and labor market. 

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Small Business Resource Guide for Veterans
By Julianna Lopez | January 13, 2024

Here are several resources and tools for veterans with or looking to start their own business.

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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.

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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.

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You’re Being Sued: A Guide to Handling a Business Lawsuit
By Jennifer Post | January 12, 2024

What should you do if someone sues your small business? Here's advice from legal experts on how to handle a business lawsuit.

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How to Choose the Best Legal Structure for Your Business
By Joshua Stowers | January 12, 2024

When starting a business, you need to set up the proper legal structure. Learn about your options and how to choose a structure.