FAQs From Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

A Guide to Preparing to Borrow Capital for Your Business

Whether it is for the start-up or growth phase, most businesses ultimately need to borrow money. Here are some issues to consider as you approach the borrowing process. Addressing them as you start the borrowing process can increase the chances of getting the loan and make the process much easier.

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A Guide to Renting a Business Location

Choosing and leasing a location for your business is critical. The type of your business will dictate many of your decision-making factors. For example, a retail business that is dependent on walk-in traffic means that you must have a location where there are many people who have an interest in your product or service.

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A Guide to the Seven Types of Business Insurance

Every business needs insurance. The types and amounts of insurance coverage you need varies depending on the type of business, size of business, and the amount of risk the business is willing to assume. If your business provides personal services or if you are operating the business without a corporate structure, you must consider your

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A Practical Guide to Creating a Business Plan

A formal business plan is important. It is needed when obtaining financing; serves as a guide for the policies, strategies, and tactics needed for running your business; can be shared with potential key employees; serves as a key document when you sell your business; and forces you to focus on the issues that are essential

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A Practical Guide to Creating a Marketing Plan

The need for a marketing plan grows as a business develops new products, enters new markets, and refines how it attempts to position and sell its products. The structure of a marketing plan is similar to a business plan but focuses more on specific products and the operations surrounding those products instead of the entire

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Accessing Contracts and Government Work: The System for Award Management (SAM)

The System for Award Management (SAM) is useful for any business or entity that wishes to pursue grants or government contracting opportunities. SAM combines federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system, including: Central Contractor Registry (CCR), Federal Agency Registration (Fedreg), Online Representations and Certifications Application, and Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)

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Frequently Asked Questions When Raising Capital

Determining what type of financing is best for your business can be challenging because there are so many factors to consider–from the stage of your business to how much it’ll cost to get the money–that just choosing a path to follow can be overwhelming. The SBA and Pathway Women’s Business Center are here to help

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Frequently Asked Questions When Seeking Training and Business Assistance

The following list of resources to help you take advantage of the several free counseling and training programs that are available to assist you in starting and growing your business. From low cost business training and free mentoring, selling to government, finding access to capital and expanding your business internationally, these partners can help get

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Frequently Asked Questions When Starting A Business

Starting a business is an exciting proposition, but it’s also an incredibly challenging undertaking. This page is a good point of reference for you, and the resources in this section will help you learn about what it takes and connect you with the right resources to successfully start a business.

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Frequently Asked Questions When Writing A Business Plan

Owning a business is an exciting proposition, but it’s also an incredibly challenging undertaking. Whether you’re just starting out, growing your business or seeking outside help, a well-thought-out business plan is the vehicle you need to get you there. This document will connect you with the right resources to help you stand out from the

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