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Personal Guarantees and Business Loans
By Dock David Treece | December 08, 2021

The majority of small business loans require a personal guarantee from business owners. Learn how guarantees work, the risks and the requirements.

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Equity Crowdfunding: A Primer
By Adam Uzialko | December 08, 2021

Crowdfunding puts the control back in the hands of startup founders by allowing them to raise capital. Find out how to get started.

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5 Tips for Negotiating a Business Loan
By Saige Driver | December 08, 2021

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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5 Change.org Petitions That Worked
By Adam Uzialko | December 08, 2021

Change.org, the world's largest petition platform, provides a list of the most successful petitions started in 2012.

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Crowdfunding for Startups: 10 Kickstarter Alternatives
By Nicole Fallon | December 08, 2021

Kickstarter isn't the only crowdfunding platform to finance a business. Here are 10 sites you can use to raise money for your startup.

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‘Shark Tank’ Judge Herjavec on Living the American Dream
By Adam Uzialko | December 06, 2021

Robert Herjavec has not traveled the usual path to success. Despite that, he has been able to head up several multimillion dollar companies while also becoming a television celebrity on "Shark Tank"...

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5 Things Your Small Business Could Learn from ‘Bob’s Burgers’
By Brittney Morgan | December 06, 2021

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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5 Money-Saving Tips for Choosing Small Business Insurance
By Nicole Fallon | December 06, 2021

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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How to Get a Business Phone Number
By Jeff Hale | December 01, 2021

This guide explains the benefits of a business phone number and walks you through the steps to obtain a phone number for your company.

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Entrepreneurship Defined: What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur
By Max Freedman | December 01, 2021

The entrepreneurial spirit goes beyond owning a business. It is a way of life and perspective all its own. Here's what it means to be an entrepreneur.

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MBA Students Discover Secret to Fashion Startup Success
By Adam Uzialko | December 01, 2021

What's the key to running a successful fashion design startup? The perfect business partner.

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Meet Measure, the Pioneers of Drones as a Service
By Adam Uzialko | December 01, 2021

Measure is pioneering the drones as a service space, which is making UAVs more accessible to companies that are hesitant to maintain their own fleet.

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Small Businesses Without Insurance Take Dangerous Risks
By Adam Uzialko | December 01, 2021

Small businesses and startups work with tight budgets, but some expenses, such as business insurance, may be worth the cost. Here's what you need to know.

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What Is Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Lending?
By Jamie Johnson | December 01, 2021

P2P lending, where you borrow from individual investors, is a great option for many small businesses. If your credit is good, you can nab low rates.

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What Is Crowdfunding?
By Simone Johnson | December 01, 2021

Seeking money as a startup can be hard, but crowdfunding might be a good alternative. Here's what you should know about this financing option.

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How to Buy Small Business Insurance
By Mona Bushnell | December 01, 2021

Liability insurance is a must for small businesses, but choosing the right plan can be hard. Learn how to choose the right insurance for your business.

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What It Really Costs When Walmart Comes to Town
By Brandi Calero-Holmes | December 01, 2021

Walmart brings advantages and disadvantages to local communities. Learn the true meaning of a Walmart economy and if Walmart is bad for America.

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Your First Commercial Lease: How to Prepare and What to Expect
By Dock David Treece | December 01, 2021

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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How to Start an LLC: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Kiely Kuligowski | December 01, 2021

Starting an LLC can seem like a big task, but here's a step-by-step guide on how to start your own, and what to do after you're set up.

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First Small Business Loan? 11 Things to Consider
By Sara Angeles | December 01, 2021

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

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How to Secure a Business Grant
By Skye Schooley | December 01, 2021

Securing a grant for your business can be an important but difficult process. Find out what experts are saying about how to get one.

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Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN): How to Get One
By Sean Peek | November 24, 2021

Most businesses with employees need a federal employer identification number. Here are the different ways you can apply for a FEIN.

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Minority Entrepreneurs Invited to Compete in ‘Million Dollar Challenge’
By Andrew Martins | November 19, 2021

Modeled after "Shark Tank," Meda's annual competition will award at least $1 million in financing to up to 20 minority-owned businesses.

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How to Register a Business Trademark
By Simone Johnson | November 19, 2021

Registering your business trademark is a form of protection for your brand. Here's how to do it right.

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What Business Expenses Do You Need to Track?
By Adam Uzialko | November 19, 2021

Tracking business expenses is an important part of managing cash flow and maximizing tax deductions. Here are the business expenses you should track.

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What You Should Know About Company Mergers
By Skye Schooley | November 19, 2021

Learn the ins and outs of a company merger and the various types of mergers businesses form.

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Everything You Need to Know About E-Commerce
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 19, 2021

Learn the inner workings of e-commerce businesses and how you can run one.

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The Customer is Always Right at Stew Leonard’s
By Ned Smith | November 19, 2021

Stew Leonard's, a micro-chain of fresh food stores in the New York City area, is known for outstanding customer service. It all harks back to the Golden Rule, Says Stew Leonard, Jr.

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22 Online Business Ideas You Can Start Tomorrow
By Max Freedman | November 19, 2021

If you're looking to launch an online business quickly, these 22 ideas can get you up and running by tomorrow.

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How to Open a Retail Store
By Bennett Conlin | November 19, 2021

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