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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.

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.

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.

5 Petitions That Worked
By Adam Uzialko | December 08, 2021, the world's largest petition platform, provides a list of the most successful petitions started in 2012.

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.

‘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"...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.