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The Best Small Business Government Grants in 2023
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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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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What Is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO)?
PEOs partner with small businesses to provide payroll, benefits, and human resources support, and they can be a game-changer for your business.
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Find a phone system that's right for your business.
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How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide
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If you’re starting a new small business, find out where to begin and how to achieve success.

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By Saige Driver | February 03, 2023

Consumers value socially responsible businesses that give back. Learn about socially responsible businesses and how to adopt their practices.

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Ready to Rent an Office? What You Should Know About Leasing
By Adam Uzialko | February 03, 2023

If you're ready to rent a commercial space, here are tips for getting started with the leasing process.

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Starting an Etsy Shop? Here’s How to Do It
By Sammi Caramela | February 02, 2023

Etsy is one of the most popular platforms in the third-party marketplace industry, giving creatives a place to sell unique products.

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Can Online Legal Services Really Help Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | February 02, 2023

Find out what online legal services offer, their pros and cons, and how they differ from traditional legal help.

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Crowdfunding for Startups: 7 Kickstarter Alternatives
By Nicole Fallon | February 02, 2023

Though a great choice for crowdfunding campaigns, Kickstarter isn’t your only option. One of these alternatives might better suit your needs.

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Supply Chain Management: What Small Businesses Need to Know
By Jill Bowers | January 30, 2023

Through good supply chain management, small businesses can ensure their customers always have the product they need. Here is what you need to know.

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Entrepreneurial Characteristics That Lead to Success
By Ross Mudrick | January 26, 2023

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

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Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2023
By Alex Halperin | January 25, 2023

Learn about business trends and predictions for small businesses in 2023.

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Should My Business Get a Toll-Free Number?
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

Toll-free numbers have historically benefited small businesses, but they might be somewhat obsolete now. Here's how to decide whether you need one.

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Incubators Heat Up Chances of Small Business Survival
By Ned Smith | January 23, 2023

Learn how an incubator can nurture a startup, and how it differs from similar economic development programs.

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Cover Your Assets: An Insurance Primer for Small Businesses
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023
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Businessman President: The Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Oval Office
By Matt D’Angelo | January 23, 2023

Many U.S. presidents were businessmen before or after their presidential terms. Here's a list of presidents with the entrepreneurial spirit.

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Why Small Businesses Are Good for Local Economies
By Dock David Treece | January 23, 2023

Small businesses contribute greatly to local economies. See the various ways SMBs help everyone prosper.

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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the Protolabs Cool Idea Award
By Cailin Potami | January 23, 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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Meet The Man Who Kept Microsoft Secure For 16 Years
By Jordan Bishop | January 23, 2023

Discover how Microsoft keeps its global team of almost 200,000 people safe across the globe and learn how you can do it too.

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The Skinny Business Plan
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

While every business needs a business plan, you don't need a novel to tell the story of your business. Instead, your business plan should be a living, changing document that focuses on the most...

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‘Shark Tank’ Judge Herjavec on Living the American Dream
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

Robert Herjavec has not traveled the usual path to success. Despite that, he has been able to head up several multimillion dollar companies while also becoming a television celebrity on "Shark Tank"...

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Business Advice from Uncle Al … (Capone, That Is)
By Jeanette Mulvey | January 23, 2023

These business insights from Al Capone can help entrepreneurs learn (legal) tips for business success from the legendary gangster.

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The Pros and Cons of Financing a Startup With Credit Cards
By Erica Sandberg | January 23, 2023

This guide explains the advantages and disadvantages of financing a small business with a credit card.

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What It Really Costs When Walmart Comes to Town
By Brandi Calero-Holmes | January 23, 2023

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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Change.org Petitions That Worked
By Jeremy Bender | January 23, 2023

Change.org is the world's largest petition platform. Discover successful petitions that made impactful changes and what lessons business owners can learn.

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6 Questions Every Business Plan Should Answer
By Jeremy Bender | January 23, 2023

Every business needs a business plan. Learn the essential questions to answer in your business plan to set your business goals and prepare for success.

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The Top Reason Most Entrepreneurs Start Businesses
By Shayna Waltower | January 23, 2023

Entrepreneurs are not motivated by what you may think when starting their own businesses.

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Raising BuzzFeed’s Jon Steinberg
By Jeanette Mulvey | January 23, 2023

Parents of BuzzFeed president and COO, Jon Steinberg, tell us what it was like to raise a future tech star.

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What Is Venture Capital?
By Alex Halperin | January 23, 2023

This guide explains what venture capital is and how it can help high-growth entrepreneurs fund their businesses.

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What Is a C Corporation?
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

C corporations are usually publicly traded companies owned by shareholders. Learn how they differ from other structures and how to start one.

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Tech Startup Challenges (and How to Overcome Them)
By Nicole Fallon | January 23, 2023

Learn the challenges your tech startup may encounter so you can overcome them and achieve success.

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Why Didn’t I Think of That? 20 Creative Business Ideas
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

Looking for a new business idea? Here are 20 creative business ideas to inspire you.

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9 Ways You’ll Know Your Business Idea Stinks
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

Not every business idea is a good one. Here's how to tell if your business idea is bad and act on it.