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Small Business Resources: Business Information for Small Business Owners

When it comes to small business resources, we’ve got you covered. Browse through this ever-expanding collection of free marketing resources for small business, from in-depth guides, to actionable social media templates, checklists, business guides, business tools and more.

Below is a mix of small business resource articles, templates, checklists or quizzes written by small business experts for small business owners just like you.

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Apply for a Small Business Loan Today
When banks say no, you want yes! Our small business loans center, powered by Biz2Credit, offers quick business funding answers. Biz2Credit has arranged over $2 billion in funding for amazing businesses like yours!
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Do You Qualify for a Small Business Loan?
Do you know what it takes to qualify for a small business loan? This tool analyzes how a business lender will view your personal credit score, debt-to-income ratio, and how attractive your cash flow position is.
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How To Fix Your Business Credit Ebook
Learn about small business lending myths and the mistakes entrepreneurs make when applying. Get actionable tips to fix your business and personal credit scores -- and improve your chances of getting a business loan.
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Your Guide to Incorporate A Business
Browse this online guide that walks you through the process to incorporate a business. Also included is a short quiz that can help you decide which business structure is right for you and your business.
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Your Guide to Business Gift Giving
Gift giving at the Holidays is not just a way to strengthen bonds with family and friends. It can also cement business relationships. This online guide to business gift giving can help you accomplish that.
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Your Guide to Buying a Franchise
Decide if a franchise is right for you. Walk through the basics on how to buy a franchise and view this guide online or in a convenient, 64-page downloadable PDF document that you can save, print out and refer to later. 
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Choose Your Business Structure
Not sure which business structure is right for you? This quiz will help you determine what type of business structure is right for your situation: LLC, incorporation or DBA. It's fast, fun, easy and only takes a minute.
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Conduct Competitive Research
Have you ever wondered, "How does my business compare?" If so, this free competitive intelligence tool can help research your business. Need help with new business development? This tool can identify geographical areas to target, too.
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Social Media Calendar Template
This social media calendar template for small business is based on the calendar format we use internally here at Small Business Trends LLC. Get your social media marketing campaigns on track using this calendar.
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Small Business Trends Marketplace
The Marketplace, in partnership with Meylah.com, is full of resources such as ebooks, templates, whitepapers, and learning tools. Social media, startup, networking and more - we've got you covered.
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Make a One Page Marketing Plan
Would you like to make a one page marketing plan for your business? If so, you've come to the right place! To generate a one page marketing plan, simply complete the steps on the form you'll find here.
Create a Plan
Download this Cybercrime Security Ebook
Study after study highlights a sad fact. Small businesses are treated as “soft” targets by hackers and cybercriminals. Those of us in small businesses need to be on guard when it comes to cybersecurity.
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Energy Tax Savings eBook
This ebook will tell you how to control your energy budget, where to look for little known energy rebates and loan programs for small businesses and much more.
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How to Collect Payments Faster
Download this free whitepaper today to learn how to improve your cash flow and easily cover expenses so you can seize growth opportunities and get paid faster.
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How to Close Sales Quickly
Download this free whitepaper to begin streamlining your contract signing procedures and processes so that you can close sales faster and get paid sooner.
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Restaurant and Food Service Business Guides
Ideas, tips and helpful advice for starting, owning and operating a restaurant or food service business, including food truck, diner, cafe, bakery, catering and small cottage food businesses.
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Clever Tips for Home Improvement Contractors
Pointers and advice for starting, owning and operating a home improvement contracting business. For small businesses in landscaping, cleaning services, handymen, plumbers, remodelers and more.
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Smart Advice for Running Your Healthcare Business
A collection of advice articles for small businesses in healthcare, including doctors, dentists, chiropractors, audiologists, eye doctors and more.
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Top Franchise Opportunities - Lists and More Lists
We list the top franchise opportunities, including our favorites: food franchises, storage, retail, service businesses and much more.
Get Started
Business Ideas: Over 1,000 Startup Ideas!
A huge collection of business ideas you can start today! Lists of ideas to choose from -- for entrepreneurs of every experience level (including no experience at all).
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High Octane Tips for Running an Automotive Business
Secrets to running your small automotive business. For small businesses including car dealers, repair shops, salvage, auto detailers, motorcycle dealers, small auto parts dealers and more.
Start It Up!
What is Digital Knowledge Management & Why Should You Care?
Artificial intelligence like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are changing how consumers find and interact with your business. Find out how these services determine what answers to give.
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Small Business Advertising Guide
Learn how to advertise your small business. In this guide we answer all your questions about advertising including how much to pay, where to advertise for free and which ads work best.
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List of National Days for Marketing
National days of observance have become popular on social media -- especially as hashtags. Use this huge National Holiday List to draw attention to your posts by celebrating days important to your customers.
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9 Point Sales Tax Compliance Checklist
There are now more than 11k sales tax jurisdictions across the U.S. Sales tax compliance can be an arduous task. Use this checklist to get started.
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Checklist: How to Start a Business with No Money
How to Start a Business with no Money Checklist
Lack of funds should not deter you from pursuing your entrepreneurial dreams. Use this checklist to get started and make sure you cover all your bases.
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Finding a Small Business Mentor Checklist
Finding a business mentor that meets all of the requirements ensures you find one who is going to be helpful and relevant to your business. 
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Checklist to Negotiate a Business Deal
This 9-point negotiating checklist has been honed specifically for small business. These nine points are critical for successful small business negotiations. Consider each of them when negotiating a business deal.
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Download Free Landing Page Templates
A successfully designed landing page converts website visitors into taking action. Get landing pages, a CSS style sheet, and even the thank-you page that your website visitor is directed to upon completing the lead form.
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Marketing Plan Example - A One Page Marketing Plan Anyone Can Use
Download Free Marketing Plan Templates
Developing a Marketing Plan is nothing more than setting goals and making a to-do list that will get you there. It's really not much different than planning a party. Get started today using this template.
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