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SBA Offers Online Tool to Build Your Business Plan

Having a business plan is essential to business success. A new, online tool from the Small Business Administration walks you through the process of creating a customized plan, including market analysis and financial projections.

Picking Just the Right New Business

To discover the entrepreneurial opportunity perfectly suited for you, you must identify current trends and match them to your personal/business experience.

How to Choose a Franchise

'How to Choose a Franchise' covers the types of research that should be done and the kinds of questions that should be answered when investigating a franchising opportunity.

Buying an Existing Business

'Buying a Business' recounts the advantages and disadvantages of buying an existing business, and how to find the right opportunity and exercise the proper caution when doing so.

Creating a Business Plan that Works

'Creating a Business Plan that Works' gives practical tips and delves into the benefits of researching and writing a business plan that ultimately plots out your objectives; marketing strategy; operational procedures; and the right combination of expertise, equipment, location and sheer capital that will be required to convert your ideas into reality.

How To Get Out of a Non-Compete Agreement

'How to Get Out of a Non-Compete Agreement' describes some of the ways a person can break or void a non-compete agreement with a former employer when starting a new business, if you're planning on entering the same line of work.

How To Make the Best Use of Your Lawyer

Developing a good working relationship with a business attorney can help you avoid pitfalls in starting and running your business.

Commerce Department Webinar Series Focuses on Exporting Basics

Ninety-five percent of the world's customers live outside the United States. The Commerce Department is offering a series of webinars designed to help equip small business owners to reach into the global marketplace.

Truisms for Starting a Business

'Truisms for Starting a Business' details the building blocks of success for any small business, from the qualities of leadership to the specifics of business planning.

Preparing To Succeed When Launching Your First Small Business

'Preparing To Succeed When Launching Your First Small Business' concentrates on those activities an owner must do--before opening for business--in order to be successful.

Starting a New Business on a Small Budget

'Starting a New Business on a Small Budget' shares insights and lessons learned from a pair of successful entrepreneurs who started their own business on very limited funds.

Consider Pros and Cons Before Buying a Franchise

'Buying a Franchise' relates the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a franchise owner, including such considerations as finding the right franchise, investigating a franchisor, and understanding the risks and limitations of a franchise agreement.

Is Franchising Right for You?

'Is Franchising Right for You?' is a personal account of franchise ownership from one of the nation's most successful franchisees, including a discussion of what to expect and what it takes to be a franchisee.

Learn About Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships

'Business Forms: Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships' gives an overview of the two simplest forms of business organization--sole proprietorships and partnerships--and the advantages and disadvantages of making one of these selections for your business.

Learn the Pros and Cons of LLCs

LLCs are one of the most popular forms of business because the LLC combines the state law protections of a corporation with the tax simplicity of a partnership or a sole proprietorship.

What to Consider Before Incorporating

'Business Forms: Corporations' discusses the advantages and disadvantages of electing to use the corporate form and structure for your business, as well as the legal and tax requirements for such an election.

The Elements of Your Business Plan

'The Elements of Your Business Plan' covers the act of writing a sound and effective business plan, and the necessary contents and required appearance to make it a success.

Market Analysis for Your Business Plan

Learn how to research and write one of the more important elements in a business plan: the market analysis.

Drawing a Bead on Success

'Drawing a Bead on Success' relates the story and the lessons learned by one would-be entrepreneur when he recognized a business opportunity, started a new company, adjusted to the growing pains and eventually made the operation a success.

In Sickness and in Health. . .and in Business

'In Sickness and in Health. . .and in Business' gives helpful tips and keen advice for starting and running a business with your spouse, written by a guest columnist who has been in business with her spouse for many years.

Two Reasons Your LLC Needs An Operating Agreement

Adopting an LLC Operating Agreement, rather than relying on state's default provisions, ensures that the business operates the way the members want and protect their interests should the state's default law provisions change.

Online & Home-Based Businesses Need Business Licenses, Permits

Working from your home or operating an online business doesn’t mean you get a free pass from business licenses and permit requirements. These businesses often have the same license requirements as bricks-and-mortar ones.