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These links can be your first step towards small business success. This section provides website addresses for the local, county, state, and federal organizations.  Read more

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Business Tools

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These tools can be your first step towards small business success. Read more

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5 Ways Smartphones Can Boost Your Productivity

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September 19, 2022,

If you’re a devotee of iPhones, it’s time to get excited—Apple just unveiled its new lineup of smartphones. Since the release of iPhones in June 2007, they have changed how we work and live. 

Whether you’re a loyal iPhone user or a fan of Android, there is likely a lot you don’t know about how smartphones can improve your team’s efficiency and productivity. 

Here are some tips for how smartphones can boost your business.

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The Small Business Rural/Urban Divide Part 1: Economic Anxiety Persists

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Rural small businesses face greater challenges to economic recovery and are less optimistic about the future compared to their non-rural counterparts, according to new survey data... Read more

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Should You Start or Grow a Small Business During a Recession?

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September 12, 2022,

Starting a business in the next 12 months is a smart move, despite fears of a recession or inflation. Read this blog by small business expert Rieva Lesonsky to learn why.

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Securing Your Small Business

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While digital transformation offers many benefits, it also comes with many challenges. For instance, investing in technology also increases cybersecurity risks. AI and machine... Read more

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14 Entrepreneurs Share the Best Advice They’ve Ever Received from a Mentor

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August 17, 2022,

To help you see the benefit of mentorship, we asked entrepreneurs this question for their best insights gained as mentees. From owning your own mistakes to breaking big goals into small steps, several pieces of advice may help you shape your career and personal life into success, just like the entrepreneurs who shared them

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12 Funding Options for Black-Owned Businesses

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August 15, 2022,

To help Black-owned businesses identify the best funding sources available, we asked CEOs and business leaders this question for their best insights. From the iFundWomen of Color Program to Reign Ventures, there are several options available particularly for Black business owners to secure funding for their businesses. 

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Starting a Black Beauty Business

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August 11, 2022,

Now that most cities and states have lifted mask mandates and people are returning to their offices, women are buying more cosmetics. They are purchasing 70% more than they did pre-pandemic, according to the “Makeup Attitudes and Usage Report” from The NPD Group.

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10 Ways To Celebrate National Black Business Month

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August 4, 2022,

To help you best support Black-owned businesses, we asked Black business owners and leaders this question for their best recommendations. From promoting Black-owned businesses on social media to providing Black founders with more access to funding, several recommendations may help you offer the best support to Black-owned businesses as you celebrate National Black Business Month.

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12 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

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August 2, 2022,

To help you develop the best habits for success as an entrepreneur, we asked successful entrepreneurs and business owners this question for their best insights. From learning to make quick decisions to demonstrating moral courage, several habits are considered important in making entrepreneurs successful.

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How to Cover for Employees When They’re Gone for an Extended Period

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July 29, 2022,

If the past few years have taught small business owners anything, it’s the unpredictability of life. Assuming that your SMB weathered the pandemic, you are understandably concerned about shoring things up ahead of the next crisis. If you’re starting your own company, you’ll want to adopt a few tried-and-true practices to guard against the unexpected.

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