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Open Enrollment: What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act
By Marisa Sanfilippo | December 19, 2023

Open enrollment lets you elect benefits packages for your employees. Here’s what you need to know to create the best offering for your workers.

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Which LLC Taxes Must Your Business File?
By Sally Herigstad | December 18, 2023

How your LLC is taxed depends on how many members it has on its roster. Learn about LLC types and how they file their taxes and deal with estimated taxes.

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26 Types of Insurance Your Small Business Should Consider
By Skye Schooley | December 05, 2023

This article covers the many types of business insurance that are out there that you may need for your small business.

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Why Didn’t I Think of That? 18 Creative Business Ideas
By Sean Peek | November 29, 2023

Various business ideas on the market are suitable for all different types of people, from retirees to food lovers. Learn about these creative business ideas.

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Tax and Business Forms You’ll Need to Start a Small Business
By Andrew Martins | November 29, 2023

Entrepreneurs must file the correct tax and business forms when starting their ventures. Learn about the tax forms needed to maintain a good tax standing.

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Your First Commercial Lease: How to Prepare and What to Expect
By Dock David Treece | November 29, 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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10 Things to Do Before Opening a Salon
By Sammi Caramela | November 28, 2023

A salon can be a steady, profitable business. But before opening one, you need a business plan and preparation. Learn tips for opening a successful salon.

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Quitting Your Day Job? The Basics on Benefits Coverage for Entrepreneurs
By Saige Driver | November 20, 2023

Self-employed workers must obtain benefits like liability, health and disability insurance and a retirement plan. Learn about benefits for entrepreneurs.

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Small Business Financing Trends to Watch
By Sally Herigstad | November 20, 2023

Small businesses are facing challenges related to recession, inflation, interest rates and more. Learn what's ahead for small business financing.

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Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2023
By Alex Halperin | November 20, 2023

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

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First Small Business Loan? 11 Do’s and Don’ts
By Sara Angeles | November 20, 2023

Before you obtain your first small business loan, read up on the best practices — and common mistakes — to keep in mind.

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Startup Costs: How Much Cash Will You Need?
By Sammi Caramela | November 20, 2023

Here's what you need to know about funding your startup, from typical costs to how to finance your company.

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What Is an Elevator Pitch?
By Adam Uzialko | November 20, 2023

Find out everything about elevator pitches, including how to create them and when to deliver them. See examples.

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Big Profits: 7 Body-Positive Companies Tailoring Products to Fit People Living With Obesity
By Leslie Pankowski | November 20, 2023

Businesses serving the needs of people living with obesity continue to break into new markets and see growth. See examples and get marketing dos and don'ts.

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How to Secure a Business Grant
By Skye Schooley | November 20, 2023

Find out where to find funding for your business, how to apply for grants and write a proposal and common application mistakes to avoid.

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How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
By Simone Johnson | November 20, 2023

Many business owners start sole proprietorships, which require little administrative work. Learn the pros and cons of starting a sole proprietorship.

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How to Get a Bank Loan for Your Small Business
By Andrew Martins | November 20, 2023

If your business needs funding, a small business bank loan offers a good option, if you qualify. Here is what you need to know to get a bank business loan.

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What to Look for in a Bank Account for Your Small Business
By Sammi Caramela | November 14, 2023

Your business bank should provide checking, credit cards and functions like payroll and fraud insurance. Learn about the services your bank should offer.

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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the Protolabs Cool Idea Award
By Cailin Potami | November 10, 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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8 Steps to Bankroll Your Business While in Personal Debt
By Nicole Fallon | November 10, 2023

This guide describes how entrepreneurs can fund their businesses even while they manage their personal debts.

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How to Find a Factory to Manufacture Your Product
By Shayna Waltower | November 08, 2023

Learn how to turn your product idea into a tangible item by finding the perfect manufacturing factory.

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8 Factors That Keep You From Getting a Small Business Loan
By Simone Johnson | November 08, 2023

Knowing which issues often prevent small businesses from securing loans is a great first step to eliminating these roadblocks in your funding journey.

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13 Businesses You Can Start Up Quickly
By Ross Mudrick | November 08, 2023

If you have a talent or service that others want, you could quickly set up a new business. Learn startup ideas, legal considerations and marketing tips.

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Personality Traits You Need to Start a Business
By Ross Mudrick | November 08, 2023

Specific personality traits are necessary for someone who wants to become an entrepreneur. Learn if you have these traits and how to cultivate them if you don't.

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8 ‘Yogi-isms’ on Business and Life
By Adam Uzialko | November 08, 2023

These Yogi-isms from baseball legend Yogi Berra have value for entrepreneurs trying to succeed in business and life.

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Small Business Financing Options That Bypass Traditional Banks
By Sean Peek | November 08, 2023

Looking for funding? You can start a business without relying on a traditional bank for funding. Here are some other options.

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Thriving Small Businesses Boost Real Estate Values
By Alex Halperin | November 08, 2023

Small businesses impact real estate values by creating a thriving local economy. Learn how real estate and SMBs coexist and help their communities.

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Pros and Cons of Forming a Corporation
By Skye Schooley | November 08, 2023

Learn the pros and cons of becoming a corporation so you can decide if incorporating is right for your business.

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What You Should Know About Company Mergers
By Skye Schooley | November 08, 2023

Here is everything you need to know about company mergers and their benefits.

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How a Microloan Can Help Your New Small Business
By Andrew Martins | November 08, 2023

Find out what business microloans are, who provides them, their benefits and downsides, and how to qualify.