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The Best States for Small Businesses in 2022
By Andrew Martins | February 24, 2022

Where to set up shop is a crucial decision for entrepreneurs. Learn which states have the most SMB-friendly policies for starting and running a business.

Top E-Commerce Challenges Facing SMBs
By Jennifer Post | February 18, 2022

As the e-commerce industry continues to grow, small businesses are contending with hurdles. Learn the top challenges and what SMBs can do about them.

How to Turn Your Idea Into a Product (and Launch It!)
By Kiely Kuligowski | February 17, 2022

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

9 Ways You’ll Know Your Business Idea Stinks
By Adam Uzialko | February 10, 2022

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

The Top Reason Most Entrepreneurs Start Businesses
By Shayna Waltower | February 09, 2022

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

Pros and Cons of Being a Small Business Owner
By Skye Schooley | February 09, 2022

There's a lot to love about entrepreneurship, but the sacrifices are considerable. Weigh the pros and cons of entrepreneurship before launching a business.

What Is C2B?
By Marisa Sanfilippo | February 07, 2022

C2B businesses aim to generate value from their customer base, such as by crowdsourcing ideas or soliciting customer feedback. Learn how a C2B model works.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started
By Matt D’Angelo | February 02, 2022

Starting a business as an immigrant can be challenging yet rewarding. Learn how to find the correct visa and discover the right information and resources.

Founded When? America’s Oldest Companies
By Brittney Morgan | January 27, 2022

Despite wars and recessions, these 21 American companies have survived to stand the test of time. Learn what it takes to build a business that lasts.

What Is a C Corporation?
By Sean Peek | January 26, 2022

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

25 Business Ideas With (Almost) No Startup Costs
By Sean Peek | January 25, 2022

For those dreaming big on a small budget, here are a few low-cost businesses to inspire that entrepreneurial passion.

CEO of Cuts Clothing on Managing a Remote Team
By Sammi Caramela | January 25, 2022

Steven Borrelli, CEO of Cuts Clothing, shares how he manages a fully remote team.

Tech Startup Challenges (and How to Overcome Them)
By Nicole Fallon | January 20, 2022

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

Small Business Financing Options That Bypass Traditional Banks
By Sean Peek | January 03, 2022

Looking for funding? Find out how to finance your startup without a traditional bank.

Is Peer-to-Peer Insurance Right for Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | December 22, 2021

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

National Small Business Week: Getting Involved In Your Community
By Sammi Caramela | December 21, 2021

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

How to Find the Perfect Business Name
By Skye Schooley | December 21, 2021

Choosing the right business name can be critical to the success of your business. Follow this expert advice on how to choose the best name.

14 Strange Etsy Shops You Won’t Believe Exist
By Sammi Caramela | December 21, 2021

Everything on Etsy is unique, but not everything is traditional. These strange Etsy shops are proof.

How to Run a Business in Pennsylvania
By Adam Uzialko | December 21, 2021

If you own or want to start a business in Pennsylvania, there are a few things you should know about the state's challenges and opportunities.

How to Run a Business in Illinois
By Adam Uzialko | December 21, 2021

What challenges do small businesses face in Illinois, and what opportunities do they enjoy? Here's how to run a business in Illinois.

Small Business Resource Guide for Veterans
By Julianna Lopez | December 21, 2021

Transitioning from military service to civilian life can be difficult, especially when it comes to your career. Here are a few tools to get you started.

Inspirational New Year’s Resolution Quotes for Businesses
By Mona Bushnell | December 21, 2021

Looking for a New Year's resolution? Check out these business owners' New Year's resolutions and their favorite motivational quotes.

8 Clever Ways to Use Social Media to Find New Business Ideas
By Saige Driver | December 21, 2021

If you're pulling your hair out trying to think of a promising new business, relax: Your next great business idea may be as close as your favorite social media site.

10 Tips for Managing Small Business Finances
By Matt D’Angelo | December 21, 2021

Managing your finances is critical to running a successful business. Here are some tips to make sure your finances are being properly managed.

What Is an LLC?
By Simone Johnson | December 21, 2021

Wondering what kind of business entity your company should be? Check out our LLC breakdown to see if it's right for you.

10 Years Later, Small Businesses Tell Tales of 9/11 Recovery
By Chad Brooks | December 21, 2021
Cannabis Industry Growth Potential for 2022
By Adam Uzialko | December 21, 2021

Here's what you need to know if you're considering starting a business in the cannabis industry.

Opening a Restaurant? Here’s Your Equipment Checklist
By Kiely Kuligowski | December 21, 2021
The Power That Small Businesses Wield
By Skye Schooley | December 21, 2021

Large businesses depend on small businesses for many things. Learn what influence you have and how to use it to your advantage.

23 Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs
By Max Freedman | December 21, 2021

Corporate social responsibility is becoming an imperative. These green business ideas can help you launch a company that cares for the environment.