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First Small Business Loan? 11 Things to Consider
By Sara Angeles | January 23, 2023

Obtaining and managing a small business loan isn't easy. Here are some tips to make process smoother.

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Shark Tank Survival: Investment Tips for Entrepreneurs
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

Looking for an investment? These tips should help you survive the shark tank.

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Your First Commercial Lease: How to Prepare and What to Expect
By Dock David Treece | January 23, 2023

This guide helps first-time commercial lessees understand what to look for before signing a lease on the place where they hope their business will thrive.

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Pros and Cons of Being a Small Business Owner
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 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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8 Reasons to Consider Franchising
By Bassam Kaado | January 23, 2023

Before you consider a franchise, ensure you understand how it differs from other business models. Learn franchising's benefits and how to open a franchise.

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You Do What?! 7 Businesses You Didn’t Know Were Legal
By Jeanette Mulvey | January 23, 2023

Some unusual businesses may seem illegal or unethical but are actually fully lawful. Explore some examples of dicey businesses that are aboveboard.

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5 Things Your Small Business Could Learn from ‘Bob’s Burgers’
By Brittney Morgan | January 23, 2023

The hit Fox show is more than just a cartoon — it's a fun, relatable and even inspiring portrayal of what it's like to run a small business.

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Considering Alternative Lending? 6 Red Flags to Look For
By Nicole Fallon | January 23, 2023

Alternative lending has become a popular small business financing option, but not all nontraditional loans are good. Look for these six warning signs.

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Retailing on a Budget: 8 Brick-and-Mortar Alternatives
By Nicole Fallon | January 23, 2023

Want to start a retail business but can't afford an expensive commercial storefront? Here are a few budget-friendly alternatives.

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Bouncing Back: 5 Big Companies That Recovered From Bankruptcy
By Dock David Treece | January 23, 2023

A financial crisis can destroy a business, but these five companies rebounded from the brink of bankruptcy. Learn how your business can bounce back too.

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5 Money-Saving Tips for Choosing Small Business Insurance
By Nicole Fallon | January 23, 2023

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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10 Things to Do Before Opening a Food Truck
By Brittney Morgan | January 23, 2023

From choosing the right location to investing in the right technology, here are 10 things you must do before you start a food truck.

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New Business Idea? How to Test It Before Launching
By Sammi Caramela | January 23, 2023

Looking to test your business idea? Follow these eight steps to make sure your idea is viable and will help your business succeed.

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The State of Small Business: Maine
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

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

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13 Cool Vegan-Friendly Businesses That Inspire
By Max Freedman | January 23, 2023

Vegan businesses are exploding in popularity. Learn about successful and inspiring vegan businesses to help you come up with your own vegan business idea.

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How to Start a Business in Colorado
By Julianna Lopez | January 23, 2023

Are you thinking about starting a business in Colorado? Learn about the state's economy, advantages, disadvantages and operating procedures.

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8 Steps to Bankroll Your Business While in Personal Debt
By Nicole Fallon | January 23, 2023

You don't have to put business ownership on hold if you carry personal debt. Learn how to take a strategic approach to bankroll your venture.

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Want to Be Your Own Boss? 12 Fields to Consider
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

Here are the best careers that allow you to be your own boss.

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How to Start a Business in Ohio
By Julianna Lopez | January 23, 2023

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

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6 Biggest Business Insurance Risks (and How to Mitigate Them)
By Nicole Fallon | January 23, 2023

Find out the different types of insurance risks for your business and how to mitigate them.

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Doing Business in Michigan
By Katharine Paljug | January 23, 2023

If you run a business in Michigan or are thinking of launching a new business, you should know the challenges and opportunities facing your state.

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How to Start a Business in Arizona
By Paula Fernandes | January 23, 2023

If you plan on starting a business in Arizona, you should be aware of these key challenges and opportunities in the state.

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Entrepreneur Salaries: How Much Should You Pay Yourself?
By Nicole Fallon | January 23, 2023

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.

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Guide to Starting a Business in Maryland?
By Cailin Potami | January 23, 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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5 Startups That Are Changing the Conversation About Women’s Health
By Shannon Gausepohl | January 23, 2023

See how these five companies are making women's health products more accessible.

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8 Unique Delivery Services
By Jennifer Post | January 23, 2023

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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How to Start a Photography Business
By Pamela S. Stevens | January 23, 2023

Learn how to start your own photography business, including estimated startup costs and where to find gigs.

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Family and Friends Provide a Key Lifeline for Entrepreneurs
By Shayna Waltower | January 23, 2023

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

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What Is an Elevator Pitch?
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

An elevator pitch sums up unique aspects of your business or personal brand and gets a conversation started.

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Entrepreneur or Small Business Owner: Which One Are You?
By Marisa Sanfilippo | January 23, 2023

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