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Running A Business

Daily Business Operations

A lot of factors contribute to a well-run business, ranging from finances to marketing, sales, human resources, and the technology that you employ to keep your business functioning smoothly. This section includes topics that will help you with day-to-day activities.

Insurance and Preparing
Your Business for an

Emergencies and accidents are unavoidable and unwanted circumstances that can grind your productivity to a halt. Be sure that you protect your business from the unexpected.

General Information

This section contains general topics about running your business – things that you might not need to know right now, but spend a few minutes here to see what applies to you today and what might be important in the future.

Building the Corporate Structure
of Your Business

Now you’re ready to get down to the nitty-gritty. After you incorporate your business, you’ll need to choose a location and possibly acquire equipment. And if your business grows beyond what you can handle yourself, you’ll need to hire employees.

Working with the Government

Your business is on a new playing field if you’re positioned to do business with the government, whether at the federal, state or local level. To get started, you’ll need to validate your status as a small business, and ensure that you 

How to Write a Business Plan

A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living, breathing document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to reach, maintain and grow revenues. A well thought out plan also helps you to step-back and think objectively about the key elements of your business venture and informs your decision-making.

The following guides offer tips that will help you research and develop a winning plan.
  • Essential Elements of a Good Business Plan

    What are the key elements of a business plan? From market analysis to your company financials, this guide walks you through the essential components of your plan, including how to develop a funding request.