What Makes a Small Business

Lawmakers spend a lot of time talking up the virtues of the American small business, and a lot of time finding new ways to define it. The Marketplace Fairness Act — the high profile bill passed by the Senate last…

5 Creative Marketing Ideas for Your Small Business

As a small business owner or marketing professional, you likely don’t have the resources of a mega-brand to market your service or product as aggressively or with the same reach. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still make a strong…

Build Value in a Small Business

Consider American Dixie Group, Inc., founded by Lay Cooper in 1989 in Albany, New York, to build the industrial machines used in food processing, packaging, and plastic making. The business became successful, was praised for its problem-solving wizardry, and served…

7 Ways to Fund Your Small Business

One of the biggest challenges of launching a new business is finding the cash to get things started. Fortunately, there are options besides winning the lottery or receiving a large inheritance, including small business loans, credit cards, bootstrapping with retirement…

The Business Plan

Essentially, a business plan is the management and financial blueprint of your company. It is meant to serve as both your business guide and as a tool to help you attract investors. The plan should be comprehensive yet concise. It…

The Basics of Small Business Loans

What do you need to know about small business loans before you apply? A lot! You have a lot of options, and there are a lot of variables in the equation that determines whether you’ll qualify for the loan you’re…