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5 Things Your Small Business Could Learn from ‘Bob’s Burgers’
By Brittney Morgan | June 29, 2022

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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What Is a C Corporation?
By Sean Peek | June 29, 2022

C corporations are usually publicly traded companies owned by shareholders. Learn how they differ from other structures and how to start one.

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What It Really Costs When Walmart Comes to Town
By Brandi Calero-Holmes | June 29, 2022

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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How to Write a Business Proposal
By Sammi Caramela | June 29, 2022

Writing a business proposal for your clients? Here's everything you need to know.

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Is Direct Sales the Right Career Path for You?
By Mona Bushnell | June 29, 2022

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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How Mushy Blueberries Became a Multimillion Dollar Idea for This Single Mom
By Sammi Caramela | June 29, 2022

Looking for a better way to keep her son's lunch cold, Melissa Kieling got creative and sewed a freezer gel pack inside the lining of a lunchbox. The result? PackIt lunchboxes.

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Businessman President: The Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Oval Office
By Matt D’Angelo | June 29, 2022

Many U.S. presidents were businessmen before or after their presidential terms. Here's a list of presidents with the entrepreneurial spirit.

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The Customer is Always Right at Stew Leonard’s
By Ned Smith | June 29, 2022

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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You Do What?! 7 Businesses You Didn’t Know Were Legal
By Jeanette Mulvey | June 29, 2022

Some unusual businesses may seem illegal or unethical but are actually fully lawful. Explore some examples of dicey businesses that are aboveboard.

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Board of Dreams: Fantasy Board of Directors
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022
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9 Ways You’ll Know Your Business Idea Stinks
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022

Not every business idea is a good one. Here's how to tell if your business idea is bad and act on it.

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How to Trademark Your Business Name
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022

Protecting your business's brand is just as important as creating it. Find out how to apply for a trademark.

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How to Pitch Your Business Idea to Potential Investors
By Bennett Conlin | June 29, 2022

A successful pitch to investors can be the difference between your business's failure and success.

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Grab Your Headphones: 50 Inspirational Songs for Entrepreneurs
By Bassam Kaado | June 29, 2022

Check out a list of 50 inspirational songs for entrepreneurs, curated by successful business owners and CEOs.

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Never Grow Up: How I Channeled My Childhood Dream to Start a Toy Business
By Sammi Caramela | June 29, 2022

Kate Karcher-Clark put her entire life's savings on the line to start her own toy company. Here's how she broke into the industry and achieved her dream.

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Sparked: Five Ideas Brought to Life by Entrepreneurs
By Jeanette Mulvey | June 29, 2022
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What Is B2B, and How Does It Differ From B2C and DTC?
By Mark Fairlie | June 29, 2022

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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The Best States for Small Businesses in 2022
By Andrew Martins | June 29, 2022

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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5 Change.org Petitions That Worked
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022

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

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8 Reasons to Consider Franchising
By Brittney Morgan | June 29, 2022

Want to open a business but not sure where to start? Opening a franchise might be the right option for you.

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Property Leases: What SMBs Need to Know
By Jennifer Post | June 29, 2022

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

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Dylan Lauren Turns Her Love of Candy into a Sweet Success
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022

Find out what Dylan Lauren can teach your business.

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10 Things to Do Before Opening a Food Truck
By Brittney Morgan | June 29, 2022

From choosing the right location to investing in the right technology, here are 10 things you must do before you start a food truck.

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Opening a Restaurant? Here’s Your Equipment Checklist
By Kiely Kuligowski | June 29, 2022
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Can Online Legal Services Really Help Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022

Find out what online legal services offer their clients, and what they don't.

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Big Profits: 7 Companies Cashing In on Americans’ Obesity
By Chad Brooks | June 29, 2022

The "plus-size" market has expanded to include all manner of lifestyle and home products aimed at making life easier for those considered obese

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Got Old Stuff? Start a Side Hustle By Selling It
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022

Peer-to-peer platforms like eBay, Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist could provide an opportunity for a side hustle. Here's how to start a resale business.

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New Business Idea? How to Test It Before Launching
By Sammi Caramela | June 29, 2022

Looking to test your business idea? Follow these eight steps to make sure your idea is viable and will help your business succeed.

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How to Start a Photography Business
By Pamela S. Stevens | June 29, 2022

Learn how to start your own photography business, including estimated startup costs and where to find gigs.

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What You Should Know About Company Mergers
By Skye Schooley | June 29, 2022

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