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Information and Assistance for Small Business Owners

From time to time we receive information from various government agencies or non-profit groups that might be of use to Small Business Owners.
They will be posted here and updated periodically.

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From the SBA

What to Know About Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs)

When it comes to financing, you probably already know that SBA doesn’t lend money directly to small business owners and entrepreneurs, but has various programs to help get small business ventures financed – including with the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program.

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From the SBA

Introduction to Franchising

We've refreshed our online training course on franchising! To help you better determine if franchising is right for you, this improved, self-paced course defines franchising, types of franchises, helps you to identify resources to assist you in franchising a business and more.

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From the SBA

How to Calculate the Cost of Food for Your Culinary Business Venture

Are you hungry for information about launching your food-service small business? One of the most common mistakes we see is how to calculate the cost of food. Here’s one approach to consider.

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From the SBA

10 Ways to Maximize Your Home Office for Productivity

If you run one of the 14+ million home-based small businesses in the United States, congratulations. You’ve got lower overhead, a shorter commute and the opportunity to be more productive than your office-based competitors. Here are 10 ways to ensure you’re set up for success in your home office.

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From the City of Chicago

GOOD NEWS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: Energy Savings

Last week the Small Business Energy Advantage Program was launched, extending new benefits to 40,000 small businesses. This could result in $100 to $2500 in savings between February and June of 2014, depending on the size of your business.

Learn more here.
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From the SBA

Small Business Startup: 10 Essential Ingredients Every Startup Needs

Ready to start a business? Take a look at this list of ten "ingredients" to help ensure that you'll be on a path to success. From a web presence to business banking, these tips will help keep your new venture in check.

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From the SBA

Financing Your Small Business With a Microloan

Are you starting or expanding a business, and in need of a loan to help make it happen? Many entrepreneurs – particularly freelance, online and home-based businesses – require only a few thousand dollars to get started. If this is the case for you, consider a microloan.

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From the SBA

SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program

Is your small business part of SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program? Have you considered entering the Mentor-Protégé Program to develop your business and compete more successfully for federal government contracts? Here’s how it works, the benefits and the requirements to participate.

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