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5 Trademarks of a Bad News Loan Broker

by Meredith Wood

In your quest for the perfect broker, how can you make sure the one you choose will put the interests of you and your business ahead of their own? Read more »

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Highlighting Risks in Your Business Plan Will Help You Get Funding

by Tallat Mahmood

Be upfront. By dismissing the risks in your business, you actually make the job of a lender or investor that much more difficult. Read more »

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30 Small Business Ideas (for When You Don’t Know What Business to Start)

by Briana Morgaine

When choosing a business idea, looking at the booming industries year by year can be tempting, but it’s also a good idea to look to your strengths. Read more »

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What Is Unemployment Insurance?

by Susan Mravca

Do you know your company unemployment insurance tax rate? It’s different for each business, and it changes every year. Read more »

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What Did Entrepreneurs Learn in 2015?

by Briana Morgaine

It’s a good idea to take a look at what worked—and what didn’t—for your business in 2015. Read more »

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Inspirational Videos to Kickstart Your 2016

by Angelique O'Rourke

We've selected ten videos that sum up will jumpstart your drive to make 2016 the best year yet for you and your business. Read more »

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9 Ways to Lower Your Business Insurance Costs

by Sam Meenasian

With all the costs related to running a business, it makes sense to save money wherever you can. Here are some ways to lower your business insurance costs. Read more »

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When It Comes to Branding, It’s Okay to Ask for Help

by Ted Hutman

A therapist shares his story about building his brand. Read more »

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Episode 16: Season One Finale | The Bcast

by Nathan Stevens

Jonathan and Peter look back on the first season of The Bcast. Listen in, skip the stuffy MBA classroom, and get information and advice that will actually help you grow your business today. Read more »

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How Demonstrating Alignment Will Help You Succeed with Investors

by Tallat Mahmood

Alignment between you and those looking to invest in your business is all about seeing eye to eye on some of the most critical areas of your business. Read more »

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What Are Entrepreneurs Thankful For?

by Angelique O'Rourke

Every year has its ups and downs and small business owners know that better than most. They also know it’s never a bad idea to take a pause and count your blessings. Read more »

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How to Effectively Evaluate an Employee’s Performance

by Scott Gerber

If your employees are not “salespeople,” it's hard to track their performance. What are the most important metrics to look at when evaluating an employee? Read more »

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Are You Using the Best eCommerce Platform for Your Business?

by Liesha Petrovich

You can sell your product on an eCommerce platform, sell from your own site, or join a larger marketplace. The following is a quick guide that will help you decide which option is the best for your business. Read more »

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Entrepreneurs Share Their 2016 Resolutions

by Angelique O'Rourke

Entrepreneurs share new year’s resolutions, so you can get a snapshot into the hive mind of small business, and maybe find some 2016 resolution inspiration. Read more »

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2016’s Small Business Technology Trends

by JT Ripton

What trends will 2016 bring? We have compiled a list of 7 business technology trends for 2016 that will help drive performance and grow your small business. Read more »

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9 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Funding Rounds

by Scott Gerber

When raising your first round of capital, there are a few common mistakes many entrepreneurs make. To help you become a savvy founder we asked 9 successful entrepreneurs how to avoid them. Read more »

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3 Things to Do When Investors Reject Your Plan

by Tim Berry

Your plan just got rejected. Welcome to the club. Reality check: You’re the rule, not the exception. So, how do you bounce back? Read more »

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Want to Know Your Chances of Securing a Loan? Use This Cheat Sheet

by Meredith Wood

Here are some benchmarks that small business owners should be aware of that will give them a better idea of what lenders are looking at. Read more »

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How to Choose Your Brand Colors and Fonts

by Elicia Putnam

Many distinctive brands are known for their colors and fonts. Usually there is a deliberate and careful planning process that leads to this selection. Read more »

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5 Things Startups Can Learn from Angel Investors

by Tim Berry

Angel investors can teach you a lot about money; whether or not you’re seeking funding from them, they're people worth listening to. Read more »