Starting a Business Guide

Starting a business is a multi-step process that can feel overwhelming when you're on your own, but we'll make it easy to stay organized and on track while you start your business and achieve success. Whether you're refining your business idea, filing for permits and licenses, drafting your business plan, or looking for funding, we have the tools you need to do it right and get it done.

Recent Business Starting Articles

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[SlideShare] A Brief History of Labor Day...

By Jonathan Michael

When was the first Labor Day? When did it become a national holiday? Who "invented" it? Take a light-hearted look back at the origins of Labor Day, a holiday where we can kick our feet up, enjoy a burger or beer, and celebrate our own hard-working awesomeness. A Brief History of Labor Day: How will… Read more »

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12 Ways to Get Your New Product into a Major Retail Chain

By Scott Gerber

[caption id="attachment_37368" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Investing in something new is a gamble, so how do you get stores to begin carrying your product?[/caption] What is one tip you have for getting a brand-new product into major retail chains? Getting a new, untried product into the market is tough. Major retail chains may not want to gamble… Read more »

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The Latest Questions Small Businesses Are Asking

By Arlene Soto

How do I decide if a business idea is likely to be successful? What is meant by “company culture” and how is it important to my business? Do I need to hire a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for my small business? How do I sell my products to the federal government? What's your question? Read more »

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Pause: 10 Quotes on Why You Should Take Breaks, Relax, and Play

By Jonathan Michael

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are almost always working, whether they're in the office or not. But is it possible that taking time off and resting is better for your business? Here are 10 quotes from famous authors, poets, and speakers on why time away from work could be just as important to your bottom… Read more »

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Think Big, Start Small: The Story of a Startup

By Candice Landau

Today, small businesses and internet startups are popping up everywhere. While this is encouraging for those of us looking to become entrepreneurs, it also means we have a responsibility to start companies that advance our understanding of the world, that fix problems we have created and that help others. ReefCam is one of these companies. Read more »