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26 Great Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs
By Tejas Vemparala | January 23, 2023

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

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How to Find the Perfect Business Name
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 2023

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.

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Entrepreneurship Defined: What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur
By Max Freedman | January 23, 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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Hey, Neighbor: Why You Should Be Greeting Your In-Store Customers
By Kiely Kuligowski | January 23, 2023

As brick-and-mortar stores continue to fade, Pet Supplies Plus focuses on developing the human element in its stores.

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How to Run a Business in California
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

How are small business owners performing in California, and what are the challenges, opportunities and available resources?

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18 Online Business Ideas You Can Start Tomorrow
By Max Freedman | January 23, 2023

Starting an online business doesn't have to be difficult. Learn online business ideas you can get up and running quickly, easily and successfully.

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How to Run a Business in New York
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

The New York economy presents both challenges and opportunities for small businesses. Learn how to succeed in the New York business environment.

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How to Start a CBD Business
By Sammi Caramela | January 23, 2023

The CBD industry is experiencing booming growth. Here is how to start a CBD business and enter the industry.

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What’s the Difference Between a Tax ID Number and a Corporate Number?
By Simone Johnson | January 23, 2023

There are several types of tax ID numbers you might need to run your business. Check out the differences between them.

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Property Leases: What SMBs Need to Know
By Jennifer Post | January 23, 2023

Do your research before signing anything, and understand that you need to be even more informed than your landlord.

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Business Bank Account Checklist: Documents You’ll Need
By Kiely Kuligowski | January 23, 2023

Before you apply for a business bank account, you need to gather your business licenses and identification documents. Get the full list here.

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How to Run a Business in Florida
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

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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What Is B2B, and How Does It Differ From B2C and DTC?
By Mark Fairlie | January 23, 2023

B2B companies offer products and services for other businesses and organizations. Learn how B2B works, and how it differs from B2C and DTC models.

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What to Know About Running a Business in Illinois
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

The Illinois economy presents both challenges and opportunities for small businesses. Here's what you need to know about running a business in Illinois.

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How to Open a Retail Store
By Bennett Conlin | January 23, 2023

Thinking about opening a retail store? Check out these 8 tips to help you start a retail business.

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5 Tips for Negotiating a Business Loan
By Saige Driver | January 23, 2023

Negotiating a business loan could improve the terms and rates your business accepts. Here's how to negotiate a business loan successfully.

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More Naturalized Citizens are Starting Small Businesses
By Max Freedman | January 23, 2023

The number of businesses being opened by immigrants is growing, and naturalized citizens are twice as likely to start their own businesses.

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23 Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs
By Max Freedman | January 23, 2023

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

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12 Unique Business Ideas to Inspire You in 2023
By Max Freedman | January 23, 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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10 Business Ideas for Entrepreneurial Grads
By Tejas Vemparala | January 23, 2023

Entrepreneurial college graduates may find inspiration in these business ideas.

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Top E-Commerce Challenges Facing SMBs
By Jennifer Post | January 23, 2023

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.

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The Best States for Small Businesses in 2022
By Andrew Martins | January 23, 2023

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.

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18 Great Home-Based Business Ideas
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 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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8 Factors That Keep You From Getting a Small Business Loan
By Simone Johnson | January 23, 2023

Getting a small business loan is challenging, especially if your business is new or very small. Here are eight factors that may be blocking your funding.

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The Fundamentals of Contract Management
By Bennett Conlin | January 23, 2023

Learn the stages and steps of contract management, as well as how software or a contract manager can help.

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The Importance of Healthy Business Relationships
By Siri Hedreen | January 23, 2023

New businesses may be short on cash, but quality business relationships are a valuable resource. Learn business relationship types and how to nurture them.

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Should You Skip College to Start a Business?
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 2023

Read expert advice on whether you should continue college or drop out to start a business.

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10 Things to Do Before Opening a Salon
By Sammi Caramela | January 23, 2023

Considering opening a salon? Here's everything you should know before proceeding.

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‘Doing Business As’: How to Register a DBA Name
By Simone Johnson | January 23, 2023

A DBA (doing business as) is the name you want the public to call your company. Learn how to file for a DBA name and find out the costs and advantages.

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Companies Founded by Amazing Young Entrepreneurs
By Jennifer Post | January 23, 2023

These entrepreneurs have launched successful startups and learned a lot about the world of business and marketing ― all when they were 18 or younger.