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What is an L3C?

What is an L3C?

by Angelique O'Rourke

In recent years, socially-minded entrepreneurs have begun testing a new type of business entity: the L3C, or Low Profit Limited Liability Corporation. A low-profit limited liability company, or an L3C, is a legal structure (a variation on a limited liability company or LLC) that is relatively new to the United States. The United Kingdom began... Read more »

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The Future of Mobile Security for Small Business

by Brittany Klontz

For most businesses, smartphones and tablets have already become regular pieces of office furniture, chirping and buzzing beside an employee’s computer. Under a workplace protocol called BYOD, or “Bring Your Own Device,” employees tote their own tech with them into the office, using them to complete their tasks. BYOD is already quite common. The Forrester... Read more »

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The Basics of Small Business Loans [FREE WEBINAR]

by Jonathan Michael

Are you a small business owner or thinking about finally starting your own business? If so, then you have probably wondered about your financing options. Join us on Friday, June 13 at 12pm ET/9am PT for “The Basics of Small Business Loans,” a free webinar that will give you an overview of financing for small... Read more »

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Americans Are Quitting Their Jobs and Pursuing Entrepreneurship

by David Nilssen

The number of Americans quitting their jobs is at a 5-year high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entrepreneurial activity has also been on the rise as of late, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Could these trends be related? I’d say so. During the recession, Americans were staying put in their jobs even... Read more »

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Ideas Make or Break Your Business

by Caroline Cummings

I don’t know about you, but I come up with a new idea every day. However, ideas without execution are merely thoughts in one’s own head. The writer Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best: “Ideas must work through the brains and arms of men, or they are no better than dreams.” Ideas are key to... Read more »

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How 5 Million Small Businesses Make and Save Money

by Andrea Vedder

Intuit, the makers of the accounting software QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online, recently pulled from their customer base of nearly 5 million entrepreneurs and the download activity in the Inuit App Center to figure out how small business owners are managing their companies and staying productive. What tools are they using, and what choices are they... Read more »

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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

by Caroline Cummings

The New York Times' columnist Adam Bryant sums it up in his book by saying that “culture is the X factor that will determine who wins in the long run.” Read more »

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Tip of the Week: Key Insight Into Crowdfunding

by Sabrina Parsons

A lot of times people want to ask me about crowd funding. What is it? Is it legal? Read more »

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How to Keep Your Resolutions and Dominate in Business

by Bailey Koharchick

With strategy, and a plan, I think I could keep my resolutions and accomplish a lot in 2014. This doesn't just apply to personal resolutions—think of your business, and all of the goals you want to set for it. You can reach those goals if you have strategies and a plan for implementing them. Read more »

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Considering Buying a Franchise? Watch This First

by Andrea Vedder

If you are thinking about opening a franchise, be sure to watch our Google Hangout on "How to Choose a Franchise That's Right For You" first. Read more »

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Black Friday Sale Starts Tomorrow!

by Andrea Vedder

Announcing Palo Alto Software’s second-annual Black Friday sale on LivePlan, the award-winning tool for planning, tracking, and managing your business from anywhere at anytime. Between Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 4 p.m. PST and Monday, Dec. 2, at midnight PST, you can buy access to an entire year of LivePlan for just $99. That’s 60 percent... Read more »

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How to Pitch Your Business to Angel Investors [FREE WEBINAR]

by Andrea Vedder

Join Caroline Cummings and David Rose on Wednesday, November 20, at 10 am PST, for a free webinar on how to pitch your business to investors. Read more »

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Infographic on Entrepreneurship in Higher Ed

by Tim Berry

Congrats to Michigan for its #1 showing here among grad schools for entrepreneurship. Read more »

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#TrackThis Episode 1: What Should You Be Tracking in Your Business?

by Andrea Vedder

Every business owner knows they need to look at sales and costs to help determine their success. But what else should you be tracking in your business? Read more »

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#TrackThis TweetChat

#TrackThis to Ask a Professional Accountant Your QuickBooks Questions

by Andrea Vedder

Are you stuck trying to organize your business’s finances? Are you having trouble using QuickBooks or making QuickBooks financial reports? Do you need a better handle on reading your balance sheet, or preparing your cash flow statement? Is bookkeeping taking up way too much of your time? The first-ever #TrackThis TweetChat, hosted by @Bplans and... Read more »

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Furloughed? We Want to Give You a Free LivePlan Account

by Bailey Koharchick

Are you or someone you know a furloughed government worker? If so, we want to help you out. Read more »

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Today For The First Time in 80 Years, You Can Ask Total Strangers to Invest in Your Business

by Andrea Vedder

As of September 23, 2013, American businesses can advertise that they are raising money, and it won't be considered a crime. Read more »

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Let’s Give Working Dads Some Credit, Too

by Andrea Vedder

Given that today is Working Parents Day, recognizing the unique and evolving position of working fathers is a full 50 percent of what this holiday is all about. Read more »

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Today From 9am–10am PDT: #askadeveloper Your Programming Questions

by Andrea Vedder

In honor of National Programmer's Day, we invite you to join us on Twitter with your computer programming questions today for the first-ever Bplans #askadeveloper Tweetchat. Read more »

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#askadeveloper Your Web and Programming Questions

by Andrea Vedder

The first-ever Bplans #askadeveloper Tweetchat is your opportunity to get free consultation from a professional computer programmer on any of your programming-related questions, no matter how basic or advanced they may be. Read more »