How to Keep Discounts from Killing Your Business [Part 2]

by Leah Hamilton

You'll be collecting customer info on and offline—and there are legal and privacy issues that you should consider so that you can protect your business. Read more »

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Should Entrepreneurs Attend Business School?

by Ashrit Kamireddi

Should entrepreneurs attend business school? One MBA describes the benefits and why he'd do it again. Read more »


Contribute an Article to Bplans

by Candice Landau

If you’re interested in submitting an article to Bplans for publication, you've come to the right place. Use this submission form if you'd like to submit once-off (You can submit again in a few months). If however you'd like to become a regular columnist, please apply through our regular contributor form. Regardless of whether you're seeking to submit the occasional article, or to submit articles on a regular basis, we're still looking for the same thing: We’re looking for smart writers with a good knowledge of what it takes to start a small business, to get a business funded, or to work through the various aspects of planning a venture. We want to hear from SBDC officers, from accountants, from angel investors, from VC firms and from entrepreneurs themselves. We love a good startup story — how did you succeed? How did you navigate problems? How can you help other entrepreneurs. Even if you’ve never owned a business, if you’re willing to interview business owners, or do the research required to help others get started, we may have space for you. The one thing we do not want is self-promotional content that simply seeks to advertise a person, business or service. Content you submit should be educational, fun and creative. Topics we’d like to read more about include: Creative, or cutting-edge content. New tools, news/laws that change the game, interesting information regarding a specific topic. Interviews with small business owners / business or startup stories Industry-specific topics that relate to all areas of starting. For example, we have an article on how to start a successful coffee shop, but we don’t have one on how to market a coffee shop, how to choose equipment for a coffee shop, how to price drinks, etc. Venture capital funding and angel investment stories. What I learned from X failure stories (business failures are always an opportunity to grow or to help others grow. We want to hear about your successes but also about the things that didn’t work and what you learned). Fill out our online form. Read more »


Your Small Business News Roundup 8.14.15

by Michael X. Heiligenstein

Bringing you the latest news on small business and more—this week we’ve got low oil prices, startups in the shipping and freight industries and a possible $15 an hour minimum wage. Read more »


How to Keep Discounts from Killing Your Business [Part 1]

by Leah Hamilton

Advertising sales and discounts is a great way to win customers. Here's how to make sure you're protected under the law while you do it. Read more »


How to Pitch, Plan, and Track Your Business with LivePlan [VIDEO]

by Jonathan Michael

Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software, explains how LivePlan can help you pitch, plan, and track your business. Read more »


12 Tips for a Wildly Productive Home Office

by Ashley Coolman

Use these tips and tools to stay productive at home in the face of adversity (like the mid-morning nap that keeps calling your name). Read more »


Is Startup Funding an Oxymoron?

by Tim Berry

How ironic that most of the online information on startups is about getting financed—but more than 90 percent of startups are bootstrapped. Read more »


How to Open a Business Bank Account

by Lisa Furgison

Wherever you decide to open an account, you’ll likely use that bank for years to come. It’s not just a place to hold your money; it’s a business partner that you’ll establish a relationship with and likely turn to for help. Read more »


How to Really Protect Your Business Idea

by Tim Berry

How do I protect my business idea? How can I find investors without giving it away? Here’s the hard truth about protecting your business ideas. Read more »

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Episode 10: How to Pitch Your Business, and Brand Storytelling with Park Howell | The Bcast

by Jonathan Michael

This week Peter and Jonathan talk about how to pitch your business. Park Howell (from The Business of Story podcast) explains how to tell your brand story. Read more »


Your Small Business News Roundup 8.7.15

by Michael X. Heiligenstein

Bringing you the latest news on small business and more—this week it’s startups at the White House, why it's freezing cold in your office, and the "right to be forgotten." Read more »


Selling Your Goods In-Store Versus Selling Online: Legally, What’s the Difference? [Part 2]

by Leah Hamilton

Understanding the risks involved in delivering goods will ensure that you're protected, and help to avoid your profits going down the drain if issues arise. Read more »


4 Must-Have Apps to Make It as a Beauty Professional

by Tara Lifland

Every beauty professional is something of a small-business superhero, but the technology and applications on the scene for the beauty industry can really help you out. Read more »


Cash Flow 101: The Best Ways to Manage Cash Flow

by Anna Eschenburg

If you’re having trouble managing your cash flow, or if you’d just like to try and figure out how you could manage it even better, consider these tips. Read more »

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MindKube: A Story of Hard Work and Entrepreneurial Determination

by Anton Fraga

The story of how a small business owner created her American Dream through sheer will and determination. Read more »


11 Business Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

by Ryder Cochrane

Whether you are considering starting your own business, or you are already an entrepreneur, listening to podcasts can be a great way to learn from others. Read more »


How to Name Your Company

by Elicia Putnam

Naming your company can be agonizing. But, if you make it fun and keep these guidelines in mind, it doesn’t have to be. Read more »


4 Steps to Starting an Online Business

by Briana Morgaine

We’ve laid out a few of the various types of online businesses that you might be interested in starting, including existing platforms like Etsy and eBay. Read more »

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Episode 9: Lean Business Planning With Tim Berry | The Bcast

by Jonathan Michael

This week Peter and Jonathan talk to Tim Berry, founder of Palo Alto Software, about lean business planning, strategy, tactics, specifics, and the forecast. Read more »