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Small Business Workers Compensation

Workers’ Compensation Protects Workers — and Your Business

Let’s get the bad news out the way up front. From the moment that you start a new business — and throughout your business life cycle— you probably have to … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Small Business Insurance
ChooseWhat small business events April 2017

April Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
LLC liability liitations

What Does “Limited Liability” Really Mean for LLCs?

Forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) has definite advantages for many sole proprietorships and partnerships. But, the word, limited is there for a reason. It is not the same as … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Form an LLC
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Overcoming the Naysayers: Lori Cheek

Starting your own business is scary and involves lots and lots of hard work. When you first get started, all you have is your idea and your determination to succeed. … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Succeeding Despite the Naysayers
Common Business Contracts

Business Contracts 101

During the flurry of activity of starting your business, you may not realize the full extent of agreements that control virtually every aspect of your operations. Once you recognize that … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Form an LLC / Management
Small Business Conferences March 2017

March 2017 Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
Marketing on Reddit

What Businesses Need to Know About Using Reddit

Most marketers understand the power of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. But to reach a wider online audience, there’s also an argument to be made that businesses … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create Basic Marketing Materials / Promote With Social Media
Small Business Insurance

How Much Insurance Does Your Small Business Really Need?

The insurance requirements for your company depend on many things, starting with the nature of the business. But, from the day that you open your doors, you face risks. These … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Group Health Insurance / Get Small Business Insurance
Dan Nainan Comedian

Overcoming the Naysayers: Comedian Dan Nainan

Starting your own business is scary and involves lots and lots of hard work. When you first get started, all you have is your idea and your determination to succeed. … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Succeeding Despite the Naysayers
LLC S Corp Tax Election

LLCs Might Reap Financial Savings by Filing Taxes as S-Corporations

You may have already formed your business as an LLC. Or, you might be considering forming an LLC because it helps you and any partners avoid potential personal legal liability … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Form an LLC / Get an EIN / Set Up the Books / Small Business Tax Tips

4 Easy Steps to Getting a Branded Business Email Address with G Suite (formerly Google Apps)

For a small business just starting out, getting a branded email address is essential to start communicating with business contacts and establish a sense of professionalism.  G Suite (formerly known … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Set Up Business Email Accounts
Business Tech 2017

Top 12 Business Tech Tools for 2017

We all know, in a general sense, that technology is playing a larger role than ever in the way small businesses run their operations. From AI to the Internet of … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Basic Business Software / Management / Set Up the Books / Set Up Your Business Mailing Address
February Small Business Conferences

February Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
Sales Growth 2017

Top 10 Sales Techniques to Boost Sales in 2017

Small business owners are always trying to find good strategies for reaching and retaining more customers. While some tried and true strategies will always remain the same, there are also … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create Basic Marketing Materials / Promote With Social Media
2017 Tax Calendar with Extensions

Complete 2017 Tax Calendar With Extension Dates & Changes From 2016

If you’re a business owner, it’s time to start thinking ahead to the tax filing deadlines in 2017. There are a few changes to be aware of in 2017, thanks … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Set Up the Books / Small Business Tax Tips

January Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
Finding Startup Investors

What Types of Investors Are Best For Your Business?

In mid-2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a new section of rules created under the 2012 JOBS Act that allows companies to offer and sell securities to the … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Paperless Office

Seven Simple Steps Toward a Paperless Office

While it’s not quite the same as communing with each scrap of paper in your office to determine whether or not to throw it out, taking the steps toward becoming … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Back Up Your Files / Find Office Space / Management / Set Up a Fax Number / Set Up a Phone Number / Set Up Your Business Mailing Address
Microsoft Teams Vs Slack

How Do Slack and Microsoft’s Teams Compare?

Microsoft recently released its answer to the popular collaboration app Slack, named Teams. Comparisons between the two are flying, with consensus from most critics that Microsoft Teams looks and feels … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Basic Business Software / Management
Small Business Events

December Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
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