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  • 'Main Street' has now become a generic term synonymous with U.S. small business in general. But for many entrepreneurs, the prospect of joining Main Street in its more literal meaning - i.e. the primary retail street of a village or town - still holds an enormous amount of appeal as a...
    Starting a Business - February 03, 2016 - 3 comments
  • Child care is a hugely important part of American life and a key contributor to the economy. According to First Research, the U.S. child care services industry is currently worth $20 billion thanks to an increase in the number of working mothers and the desire to provide young children with...
    Starting a Business - November 23, 2015 - 8 comments
  • The process of naming your business is a complex one. Not only must it reflect your brand but you need to find ways to protect it against name hijackers, scammers, impersonators, cybersquatting, and business identity theft.There are several ways to protect your business name – locally,...
    Managing a Business - November 18, 2015 - 11 comments
  • After years of service, more and more veterans are taking the leap into business ownership.  Veterans are 45% more likely to start their own business than their non-veteran counterparts.In fact, the latest data from the SBA Office of Advocacy suggests that veterans make up nearly 10% of all...
    Starting a Business - November 10, 2015 - 3 comments
  • There are so many things your small business can do to get boost holiday sales – decorations, promotions, savvy email marketing, and much more. But have you made events a part of your holiday marketing calendar?Events are a great multi-purpose marketing opportunity. You can use them to give...
    Managing a Business - November 04, 2015 - 3 comments
  • Tax time brings with it a sense of urgency and pressure, and mistakes inevitably follow. Tax deductions go unclaimed, paper trails go awry and costly surprises can result.Here are eight of the most common tax preparation mistakes that small businesses make, plus some tips for mitigating them.Start...
    Managing a Business - April 02, 2015 - 0 comments
  • Dealing with an inconsistent income is one of the hardest and most stressful aspects of being a solo entrepreneur. One minute it’s a feast, next a famine, and it’s hard to predict which is coming next.This isn’t just a problem for your nerves; not knowing where your next paycheck...
    Managing a Business - March 25, 2015 - 11 comments
  • So you think you're ready to sell to the government, but is the government ready to buy from you?Government buyers are a discerning group. After all, we trust them to make the right procurement decisions with our taxpayer dollars. Yet, despite the fact that formal goals are in place to ensure...
    Contracting - March 18, 2015 - 9 comments
  • Need help getting your business off the ground? Baffled by the steps involved? Looking to break into new markets or take advantage of the latest in social, web and mobile marketing? Look no further than your local Small Business Development Center.Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) have...
    Starting a Business - March 11, 2015 - 23 comments
  • One of the three essential financial statements for your small business – a profit and loss (P&L) statement – is useful for analytical purposes, but it can also tell any possible investors whether you have a strong, viable operation.If you’re applying for an SBA loan program,...
    Financing - March 09, 2015 - 5 comments

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