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

If you own or want to start a business in Pennsylvania, learn how to run a Pennsylvania business by understanding the state's challenges and opportunities.

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Guide to Starting a Business in Georgia
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

How do you start a business in Georgia? Here's what you need to know before you start a business in the Peach State.

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How to Run a Business in Texas
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 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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How to Start and Run a Business in Washington State
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

Learn to start and run a business in Washington state by understanding its opportunities and resources.

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How to Find Your Business Niche
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 2023

Learn how to identify your niche market, and then create and follow a niche strategy to dominate your business's niche in its industry.

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Small Business Resource Guide for Veterans
By Julianna Lopez | January 23, 2023

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.

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Open Enrollment: What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act
By Marisa Sanfilippo | January 23, 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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Tax and Business Forms You’ll Need to Start a Small Business
By Andrew Martins | January 23, 2023
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Small Business Financing Options That Bypass Traditional Banks
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

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

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

The North Carolina economy presents both challenges and opportunities for small businesses. Learn how to succeed as an entrepreneur in North Carolina.

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How to Know if You Really Classify as a Small Business
By Max Freedman | January 23, 2023

When your company meets the Small Business Administration's definition of "small," it may qualify for benefits.

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Should You Set up Your Business as an LLC or an S Corporation?
By Simone Johnson | January 23, 2023

Selecting the correct business type can help your business succeed and flourish. Find out whether your company should be an LLC or an S corporation.

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How to Use Angel Investor Funding for Your Business
By Rebecca Renner | January 23, 2023

If you're looking for growth capital, angel investors might be the right partners for you. Here how to find the right one for you.

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What Is a Business Consultant?
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

A business consultant can help you streamline processes and boost profits. Learn what consultants do and how to choose the right one.

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Guide to Creating a Business Plan With Template
By Skye Schooley | January 23, 2023

To make your business idea a reality, you need a business plan. Check out these simple business plan templates to get started. 

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The Difference Between Debt and Equity Financing
By Kiely Kuligowski | January 23, 2023

Debt and equity financing are very different ways to finance your new business. Here are pros and cons for each, and how to decide which is best for you.

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How to Register a Business Trademark
By Simone Johnson | January 23, 2023

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

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What to Look for in a Bank Account for Your Small Business
By Simone R. Johnson | January 23, 2023

Searching for the right bank can be hard if you don't know what you're looking for. Click to read about business banking services you should consider.

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How to Choose the Best Legal Structure for Your Business
By Joshua Stowers | January 23, 2023

When starting a business, you need to set up the proper legal structure. Learn about your options and how to choose a structure.

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Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN): How to Get One
By Sean Peek | January 23, 2023

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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In Most Countries, Freelancers Earn More Than Average Workers
By Nadia Reckmann | January 23, 2023

Recent data shows you can make more money freelancing than with a traditional job. Learn about the earning power, upsides and downsides of freelancing.

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Articles of Incorporation: What New Business Owners Should Know
By Max Freedman | January 23, 2023

Articles of incorporation are essential to legally incorporate your business. Here's what you need to know about obtaining and filing them.

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What Is B2C?
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

B2C, or business to consumer, is the type of commerce transaction in which businesses sell products or services to consumers.

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5 Major Pitfalls That Stop Entrepreneurs by Year 2
By Joshua Stowers | January 23, 2023

Many startup businesses fail by their second year. Learn why so many fail and how your business can avoid the same mistakes.

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What Are the Downsides to Overseas Funding?
By Kiely Kuligowski | January 23, 2023

Overseas funding is a great option for businesses looking to go global, but you should be cautious.

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What Is a Business Microloan?
By Andrew Martins | January 23, 2023

For a quick monetary boost that could help you launch your new small business, consider obtaining a microloan.

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Which LLC Taxes Must Your Business File?
By Andrew Martins | January 23, 2023

Setting up your business as an LLC may limit your liability, but failing to properly handle your business taxes comes with steep consequences.

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What Business Expenses Do You Need to Track?
By Adam Uzialko | January 23, 2023

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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Tips Black Women Business Owners Have for Black Female Entrepreneurs
By Simone Johnson | January 23, 2023

Black women are starting more businesses than any other group, but they need support to help them grow. Here are tips from five Black female entrepreneurs.

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How to Get a Bank Loan for Your Small Business
By Andrew Martins | January 23, 2023

Applying for a business loan from a bank takes multiple steps to ensure your approval. This guide will help you understand how bank business loans work.