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The Best Small Business Government Grants in 2022
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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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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Choosing a Business Phone System: A Buyer’s Guide
Find a phone system that's right for your business.
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How to Know if You Really Classify as a Small Business
By Max Freedman | September 20, 2022

When your company meets the Small Business Administration's definition of "small," it may qualify for benefits.

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8 Unique Delivery Services
By Jennifer Post | September 20, 2022

These unique delivery services make use of modern technology to deliver the things you need on demand or as a subscription.

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National Small Business Week: Getting Involved In Your Community
By Sammi Caramela | September 19, 2022

In honor of National Small Business Week, here's how you can get involved in your local small business community as a business owner.

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How to Start and Run a Business in Washington State
By Adam Uzialko | September 19, 2022

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

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How to Start a Business in Colorado
By Julianna Lopez | September 19, 2022

If you want to start a business in Colorado, you should first understand the challenges and opportunities unique to entrepreneurs in the state.

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How to Run a Business in Florida
By Adam Uzialko | September 19, 2022

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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How to Turn Your Idea Into a Product (and Launch It!)
By Kiely Kuligowski | September 19, 2022

Learn how to turn your idea into a prototype, turn that prototype into a product, and bring that product to market.

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8 Strange Businesses You Didn’t Know Existed
By Adam Uzialko | September 19, 2022

From cuddle sessions to rotting bouquet deliveries, these unusual businesses have capitalized on very niche markets.

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9 Places to Find Businesses for Sale Online
By Saige Driver | September 19, 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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10 Business Ideas for Entrepreneurial College Grads
By Kiely Kuligowski | September 19, 2022

Today's college students are increasingly choosing entrepreneurship as a career path after graduation. Here are 10 great business ideas for new grads.

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Supply Chain Management: What Small Businesses Need to Know
By Jill Bowers | September 19, 2022

Supply chain management is a conscious effort to run supply chains in the most efficient and effective way possible.

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50 Franchises for Every Budget
By Saige Driver | September 19, 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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How to Choose the Right Franchise
By Sean Peek | September 19, 2022

Thinking about buying a franchise? Here's how to pick one that's right for you, your budget and your business goals.

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How Many Pay Periods Are in a Year?
By Andrew Martins | September 19, 2022

Your payroll schedule determines how many pay periods are in a year. Find out if you should pay your employees weekly, biweekly, semimonthly or monthly.

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What Funding Can You Get for Franchises?
By Andrew Martins | September 19, 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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Cannabis Industry Growth Potential for 2022
By Adam Uzialko | September 19, 2022

This guide reviews cannabis industry growth potential in 2022 and offers tips to entrepreneurs looking to get involved in the space.

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The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Getting an SBA Loan
By Matt D’Angelo | September 19, 2022

SBA loans have low rates and long terms. Learn which types of SBA loans are available and how to apply for one.

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11 Things to Do Before Starting a Business
By Stella Morrison | September 19, 2022

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

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From Brothers to Business Partners: Why Family Makes the Best Colleagues
By Sammi Caramela | September 19, 2022

Fred Vicario's relationship with his brother Steve growing up prepared them well to become business partners. Here's what he's learned operating 11 Cherry Blow Dry Bar locations with his brother.

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How My Business Survived Two Years of Construction
By Sammi Caramela | September 19, 2022

Franchisee Al Silva's Play It Again Sports location was under construction for two years. He managed to keep the business booming during that time, despite appearances. Here's how he did it.

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How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Joshua Stowers | September 16, 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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How to Find Your Business Niche
By Skye Schooley | September 16, 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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26 Types of Insurance Your Small Business Should Consider
By Skye Schooley | September 16, 2022

Business insurance protects your company against financial loss and liability. Learn what business insurance types are best for your industry and needs. 

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Is Peer-to-Peer Insurance Right for Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | September 16, 2022

Traditional insurance plans are often a huge financial burden for microbusinesses. Here's why peer-to-peer (P2P) insurance might be right for you.

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23 Great Small Business Ideas to Start in 2022
By Max Freedman | September 15, 2022

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

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5 Steps for Writing an Executive Summary
By Skye Schooley | September 14, 2022

The executive summary is a crucial part of your business plan. Learn the steps involved in writing an executive summary and what to include and avoid.

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How to Start a Business in Ohio
By Julianna Lopez | September 14, 2022

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

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What Are Articles of Incorporation and Operating Agreements?
By Skye Schooley | September 08, 2022

Learn the differences and similarities between articles of incorporation and operating agreements to determine which is necessary for your startup.

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Ultimate Guide to Business Franchising
By Max Freedman | September 08, 2022

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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The Small Business Financing Trends of 2022
By Donna Fuscaldo | August 30, 2022

Credit card issuers and small business lenders are opening the spigot again in 2022, providing much needed funding to small businesses.