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15 Historically Successful Small Town Business Ideas

Many people prefer to visit or live in small towns instead of big cities. Why? In most cases, it’s because small towns are known for their uniquely charming collection of small businesses. Their products, workers, and atmosphere reflect the town’s personality. After all, these businesses wouldn’t be so successful if they didn’t suit the preferences […]

22 Free Tools for Starting and Growing Your Small Business

Some small business owners view the Internet as a blessing, while others view it as more of a curse. Odds are, much of former group attributes their perspective to the incredible amount of free online tools for small businesses. These tools can help you advertise your business, communicate with your team, manage your finances, and […]

Should You Apply For a Business Loan or a Personal Loan?

When businesses hit that inevitable speed bump, they often seek business loans to supplement their lack of cash. But maybe your business hasn’t been open for more than six months, and you might not meet the standard requirements for revenue or cash flow. Much like any other critical business decision, it never hurts to explore […]

Jared Weitz Shares How To Keep Your Team United In New Forbes Piece

Smaller businesses typically cannot afford the lavish perks and extreme flexibility that their competitors use to build loyalty. What they can do, however, is encourage a transparent culture in which all employees can get behind the company’s strategies. This allows the whole team to contribute to the company’s goals and reduces the need for micro-managing. […]

What Are The Best Small Business Apps And How Do They Work?

Many small business owners attribute their success to simply acquiring the most helpful resources for their needs. This includes employees, professional services (accountants, lawyers,) and technology. It’s safe to say the role of the third example has increased dramatically as of late. This makes sense because today’s market demands the utmost efficiency, and apps allow […]

The Most Popular Federal, State and Local Small Business Grants

There’s no point in denying it: small business “grants” are just another word for “free money.” You don’t have to pay them back, or worry about fees, terms, and the various other disadvantages of traditional business loans. It’s actually quite simple: you just see if you qualify, gather the paperwork for the application, and that’s […]

Small Business Investors: How to Find Them and Secure Funding

Regardless of your industry, all small businesses share at least one common goal: substantial working capital. It’s almost impossible to grow an operation without the means for several major investments. When you hit the inevitable speed bump, your cash cushion will help you keep moving forward. Access to business loans has improved dramatically as of […]

Asset-Based Lending: What Is It And How Do You Apply?

The general requirements for the traditional small business loan have the same purpose: showing the financial institution that they can trust you. Each requirement gives the institution another reason to trust the applicant’s ability to make regular payments while maintaining their business’s financial health. Many successful businesses, however, cannot meet these notoriously high standards. Maybe […]

What Is Equity Financing And How Does It Compare To Debt Financing?

Many new businesses cannot afford to cover startup costs and/or recurring expenses with their own money. Of course, this doesn’t mean the business has no shot of opening. The owner just needs to find another source of funding. In most cases, the search for funding ends with one of two solutions: debt financing or equity […]

Trade Credit: What It Means And How To Use It To Your Advantage

After figuring out your general strategy and business model, it’s time for the least fun part of starting your own business: calculating startup costs. There’s equipment, marketing, and office space, but these expenses pale in comparison to the cost of your initial supplies of inventory. New businesses must provide exemplary customer satisfaction in order to […]