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Property Leases: What SMBs Need to Know
By Jennifer Post | March 17, 2021

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

How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
By Simone Johnson | February 01, 2021

Many companies start as sole proprietorships. Here's how to make your business into one.

Why You Need a Business Bank Account, and How to Choose One
By Julie Ritzer Ross | January 28, 2021

Having a business bank account, rather than mingling business finances with personal finances, protects your business and your personal finances.

Your Guide to Getting a Business License
By Skye Schooley | December 15, 2020

Does your small business need a business license? Learn what types of business licenses and permits your small business may need, and how to acquire them.

25 Affordable Gifts for the Entrepreneur in Your Life
By Kiely Kuligowski | December 02, 2020

Get your entrepreneurial loved one what they really want. Here are 25 great gift ideas, all for less than $40.

Your Guide to Choosing Small Business Insurance
By Skye Schooley | November 18, 2020

Discover what business insurance you need to protect your company.

20 Businesses That Make Gift Giving Easier
By Kiely Kuligowski | November 18, 2020

Gift giving at work can be tough. Use this gift guide to find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list.

How to Write the Perfect Mission Statement (With Samples)
By Patrick Proctor | November 13, 2020

Get inspiration and advice on how to write a winning mission statement for your business.

Online Business Laws Your Small Business Needs to Know
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 09, 2020

Don't put your online business in jeopardy by being uninformed. Here are five online business laws you should know.

What Is Statistical Analysis?
By Chad Brooks | October 19, 2020

Statistical analysis is, according to one service provider, "the science of collecting, exploring and presenting large amounts of data to discover underlyi

Bond Insurance for Business Owners
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 09, 2020

Discover what a surety bond for business is and if your business needs one.

Pros and Cons of Forming a Corporation
By Skye Schooley | September 10, 2020

Should you form a corporation? Learn about the types of corporations and the pros and cons of incorporating.

What Is an S Corporation?
By Simone Johnson | September 08, 2020

Starting a business? Learn whether an S corporation is the right entity for your company.

6 Steps to Becoming a Corporation
By Skye Schooley | September 03, 2020

Learn step by step how to form your business corporation.

What Are Articles of Incorporation and Operating Agreements?
By Skye Schooley | September 02, 2020

Discover the difference between articles of incorporation and operating agreements.

6 Biggest Business Insurance Risks (and How to Mitigate Them)
By Nicole Fallon | August 24, 2020

Insurance and legal experts weigh in on what risks to consider when purchasing business insurance policies.

9 Unique Delivery Services
By Jennifer Post | August 21, 2020

These unique delivery services make use of modern technology to deliver the things you need on demand or as a subscription.

Business Partnership Agreement Writing Guide
By Adam Uzialko | August 06, 2020

This guide will help you write a business partnership agreement that spells out responsibilities, expectations and future scenarios.

Your Small Business Guide to LLC Operating Agreements
By Skye Schooley | July 22, 2020

Experts provide insight into what an LLC operating agreement is, why it's important and how you can create one for your business.

Should You Set Up Your Business as an LLC or S Corporation?
By Simone Johnson | July 21, 2020

Are you starting a business but unsure of what business type you should choose? Here are the differences between an S corporation and LLC.

What Is Venture Capital?
By Adam Uzialko | May 23, 2020

Entrepreneurs often turn to venture capitalists for money, especially if their company is new, unproven and potentially risky.

How to Start a Business in Arizona
By Paula Fernandes | May 18, 2020

If you plan on starting a business in Arizona, you should be aware of these key challenges and opportunities in the state.

Can Online Legal Services Really Help Your Business?
By Adam Uzialko | May 14, 2020

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

What Is an Elevator Pitch?
By Adam Uzialko | May 10, 2020

An elevator pitch sums up unique aspects of your business or personal brand and gets a conversation started.

9 Ways to Know If You Have a Great Business Idea
By Matt D’Angelo | April 07, 2020

Business ideas are a dime a dozen, but truly great ones stand out ... or do they? Here's how to tell if you have a truly great business idea.

Entrepreneur or Small Business Owner: Which One Are You?
By Adam Uzialko | March 05, 2020

A 2015 study finds that the difference between being an entrepreneur and a business owner lies in your company's legal status.

7 Wedding Businesses to Help Couples Plan Their Beautiful Day
By Adam Uzialko | February 28, 2020

These companies help couples tie the knot with less of the added stressors.

Small Business is Good for Local Economies; Big Business is Not, Researchers Say
By Adam Uzialko | February 26, 2020

Which is better for a local economy, bigger firms or smaller companies? Hotly debated in many forums, this is an important question with far-reaching implications. What does the research say?

Family and Friends Provide a Key Lifeline for Entrepreneurs
By Adam Uzialko | February 24, 2020

Many business owners get by with a little help from their friends. Bank of America explored how they feel about it.

How to Expand Your Business to Another State
By Adam Uzialko | February 24, 2020

If your business is growing quickly, you may want to expand your operations beyond your state's borders. Here's what you need to know about the process.