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How to Register a Business Trademark
By Simone Johnson | November 08, 2023

When you register a business trademark, you protect your brand. Here’s what you need to know to file the TEAS Plus or TEAS Standard electronic application.

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7 Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Biggest Challenges
By Saige Driver | October 31, 2023

Female entrepreneurs divulge the toughest obstacles they’ve faced in business — and the solutions.

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How to Start a Business in Ohio
By Julianna Lopez | October 27, 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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Finding the Right Accountant for Your Small Business
By Simone Johnson | October 27, 2023

Accountants can help small business owners set financial goals and manage finances accurately. Learn how to select an accountant for your small business.

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9 Places to Find Businesses for Sale Online
By Saige Driver | October 27, 2023

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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Entrepreneurship Defined: What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur
By Max Freedman | October 27, 2023

What is an entrepreneur, exactly? See examples of successful entrepreneurs and find out how to become one yourself or improve as a business owner.

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New Business Idea? How to Test It Before Launching
By Sammi Caramela | October 27, 2023

When preparing to start a business, test your business idea first to ensure its viability. Here's how.

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What Is B2C?
By Bassam Kaado | October 27, 2023

B2C stands for business to consumer. In B2C transactions, businesses sell products or services directly to consumers. Learn how B2C businesses operate.

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Why Troublemaker Kids Make Great Entrepreneurs
By Isaiah Atkins | October 27, 2023

Many entrepreneurs were childhood mischief-makers who showed determination and willpower. Learn how entrepreneurs can channel risk-taking to find success.

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12 Unique Business Ideas to Inspire You in 2023
By Max Freedman | October 27, 2023

If you want to start a business, check out these 12 business ideas to inspire you in 2023 – and learn how to develop and implement a unique business idea.

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26 Great Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs
By Tejas Vemparala | October 26, 2023

This list of great business ideas offers inspiration to entrepreneurs looking for their next big business idea.

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Shark Tank Judge Robert Herjavec on Living the American Dream
By Adam Uzialko | October 26, 2023

Shark Tank investor Robert Herjavec shares advice for entrepreneurs and recounts his success stories. Learn from Herjavec's experiences and example.

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18 Great Home-Based Business Ideas
By Adam Uzialko | October 26, 2023

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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What Business Startup Costs Should You Consider?
By Kiely Kuligowski | October 26, 2023

Startup costs are a part of your budget that shouldn't be overlooked. Learn the most important startup costs, including legal, tech and marketing costs.

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6 Steps to Become an Uber or Lyft Driver
By Saige Driver | October 26, 2023

The barriers to entry are relatively low to drive for Uber or Lyft. Follow these six steps to become a rideshare driver.

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Is Direct Sales the Right Career Path for You?
By Mona Bushnell | October 26, 2023

Many aspiring entrepreneurs choose direct sales as a path to self-employment. Here's what you need to know if you're interested in independent sales consulting.

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The Best Small Business Government Grants in 2023
By Skye Schooley | October 25, 2023

Government grants are free federal, state and locally funded programs to help launch or grow small businesses. Learn how to find and use government grants.

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Family and Friends Provide a Key Lifeline for Entrepreneurs
By Shayna Waltower | October 24, 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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7 Wedding Businesses To Inspire Love (And Business Ideas)
By Shayna Waltower | October 24, 2023

These wedding companies make love their business. Could they also inspire wedding-themed business ideas of your own?

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5 Startups Changing the Conversation About Women’s Health
By Bassam Kaado | October 24, 2023

Women's health products and services are an underserved category. Learn about 5 startups that aim to improve women's health experiences and find success.

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Small Businesses Offer the Best Customer Service
By Jordan Bishop | October 24, 2023

Learn why small businesses are better at customer service than larger enterprises and what bigger ones should do to improve client experiences.

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How to Start a Food Truck Business
By Sean Peek | October 24, 2023

Do you want to operate your own food truck? Here’s an overview of everything you’ll need to get started.

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Guide to Starting a Business in Maryland?
By Cailin Potami | October 24, 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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How to Start a Business in Arizona
By Paula Fernandes | October 24, 2023

Arizona has healthy economic growth, manageable taxes, resources, and a growing labor market. Learn what it's like to start and run a business in Arizona.

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Doing Business in Michigan
By Katharine Paljug | October 24, 2023

Michigan presents unique challenges and opportunities for small business owners. Learn about the environment for businesses in Michigan.

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National Small Business Week: Getting Involved in Your Community
By Sammi Caramela | October 24, 2023

National Small Business Week is a great time to start getting involved in your local community. Here’s how — and why — to engage with it.

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6 Biggest Business Insurance Risks (and How to Mitigate Them)
By Nicole Fallon | October 24, 2023

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

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How to Run a Business in Texas
By Adam Uzialko | October 24, 2023

Looking for the right place to start a business? Find out what it's like to own and operate a small business in Texas.

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8 Unique Delivery Services
By Jennifer Post | October 24, 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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Entrepreneur or Small Business Owner: Which One Are You?
By Marisa Sanfilippo | October 24, 2023

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