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Thursday, July 28, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

WASHINGTON – What do Apple Computer, Hershey's, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and the Ford Motor Company have in common? These well-known corporations all started out as home-based businesses. In fact, more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner's home. Starting a home-based business has many rewards as well as challenges. Join chat host Boyd Wright to learn what it takes to grow a successful home-based business.

To help you identify what government financing programs may be available to help you start or expand your business, check out the “Access Financing” Wizard from BusinessUSA.

In a few quick steps, this wizard will guide you to government resources to access financing for your business!

Home-based business owners are subject to many of the laws and regulations that apply to other business owners.

While home-based business zoning laws have loosened up heavily over the years, there are still some restrictions that you need to be aware of. Check with your local planning office if you are unsure whether any of the following restrictions apply to you:

Restrictions on Physical Changes to the Appearance of Your Home – Most zoning codes:

What do Apple Computer, Hershey's, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and the Ford Motor Company have in common? These well-known corporations all started out as home-based businesses. In fact, more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner's home.

Starting a home-based business has many rewards as well as challenges. This guide provides resources that will help you learn more about working out of your house, starting a home-based business and managing your business within the law.

PITTSFIELD – Berkshire County comprised of 931 square miles, is the second largest county in Massachusetts. Census estimates a total population of 126,313 with approximately 135 residents per square mile within this large land mass - creating many economic challenges in a mostly rural county.

WASHINGTON – Thirteen small business owners and leaders of small business support organizations were hailed today by the U.S. Small Business Administration for their outstanding support of entrepreneurs. The Champion Awards were presented today in Washington, D.C., as part of the annual observance of National Small Business Week.

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