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Find out how you can take advantage of these government grants to start or grow your business.
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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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David Gargaro
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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Your Guide to Getting a Business License
By Skye Schooley | July 06, 2022

Does your startup need a business license? Learn which types of business licenses and permits your small business may need and how to acquire them.

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What to Know About Running a Business in Illinois
By Adam Uzialko | July 06, 2022

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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Why Small Businesses Are Good for Local Economies
By Dock David Treece | July 06, 2022

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

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How to Buy Small Business Insurance
By Mona Bushnell | July 05, 2022

Liability insurance is a must for small businesses, but choosing the right plan can be hard. Learn how to choose the right insurance for your business.

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Small Businesses Without Insurance Take Dangerous Risks
By Adam Uzialko | July 05, 2022

Small businesses and startups work with tight budgets, but some expenses, such as business insurance, may be worth the cost. Here's what you need to know.

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5 Money-Saving Tips for Choosing Small Business Insurance
By Nicole Fallon | July 05, 2022

Business insurance is a necessary expense, but you don't have to spend a fortune. Here's how to save money on your insurance as a small business owner.

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Articles of Incorporation: What New Business Owners Should Know
By Max Freedman | July 05, 2022

Articles of incorporation are essential to legally incorporate your business. Here's what you need to know about obtaining and filing them.

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12 Unique Business Ideas to Inspire You in 2022
By Max Freedman | June 27, 2022

If you want to start a business, check out these 12 business ideas to inspire you in 2022 – and learn how to develop and implement a unique business idea.

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How to Run a Business in New York
By Adam Uzialko | June 24, 2022

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 North Carolina
By Adam Uzialko | June 23, 2022

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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4 Tips for Business Success From Entrepreneur Elon Musk
By Adam Uzialko | June 21, 2022
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Sparked: Five Ideas Brought to Life by Entrepreneurs
By Jeanette Mulvey | June 17, 2022
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Business Incubators and Accelerators: Here’s the Big Difference
By Adam Uzialko | June 17, 2022

More businesses have been going through incubation and acceleration programs recently. Here is a FAQ to help tell the differences.

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How to Start and Run a Business in Washington State
By Adam Uzialko | June 17, 2022

Find out how to start and run a business in Washington by understanding the unique challenges, opportunities and resources in the state.

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How to Open a Private Medical Practice, Step by Step
By Max Freedman | June 17, 2022

If you are planning to open your own private medical practice, this step-by-step guide will help prepare you for the journey to come.

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9 Places to Find Businesses for Sale Online
By Saige Driver | June 17, 2022

If you dream of entrepreneurship, you can get a head start by buying an established business. Find businesses for sale on these online platforms.

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National Business Plan Competitions for Entrepreneurs
By Joshua Stowers | June 17, 2022

A great business model is one of the first steps in starting a business. Entrepreneurs need to bring their best ideas to win a business plan contest.

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How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Joshua Stowers | June 17, 2022

Starting a business can require a lot of work, time and money. Follow this guide to start your business plan off on the right foot.

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The Basics of Franchising and Today’s Top Opportunities
By Bennett Conlin | June 17, 2022

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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21 Great Small Business Ideas to Start in 2022
By Max Freedman | June 17, 2022

Looking for a great business idea? These ideas will help you start and grow a successful business in 2022.

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50 Franchises for Every Budget
By Saige Driver | June 17, 2022

Franchising is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs who want a ready-made business to run. Check out these franchise options for a wide range of budgets.

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What Funding Can You Get for Franchises?
By Andrew Martins | June 17, 2022

There are multiple ways to get funding for your franchise, such as borrowing from a franchisor and looking for funding from the SBA.

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What Are the Downsides to Overseas Funding?
By Kiely Kuligowski | June 17, 2022

Overseas funding is a great option for businesses looking to go global, but you should be cautious.

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11 Things to Do Before Starting a Business
By Stella Morrison | June 17, 2022

Before jumping right into launching a new business, spend time getting everything prepared. Here are the steps to take.

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7 Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Biggest Challenges
By Saige Driver | June 17, 2022

Women own more businesses than ever, but they still face challenges that men in business don't. Learn how some women have overcome obstacles in business.

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How to Find Your Business Niche
By Skye Schooley | June 17, 2022

Learn how to identify your niche market, and then create and follow a niche strategy to dominate your business's niche in its industry.

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How to Conduct a Market Analysis for Your Business
By Kiely Kuligowski | June 15, 2022

A market analysis informs you about your industry and what you need to do to compete within it. Learn how to conduct one the right way.

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18 Great Home-Based Business Ideas
By Adam Uzialko | June 09, 2022

Want to start a business you can run from home? Check out these ideas for home-based businesses with great potential.

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How to Trademark Your Business Name
By Adam Uzialko | June 07, 2022

Protecting your business's brand is just as important as creating it. Find out how to apply for a trademark.

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States With the Fastest-Growing Small Businesses
By Nadia Reckmann | June 03, 2022

Nebraska, South Dakota and Delaware are the three states with the fastest-growing online small businesses. See the business types and overall findings.