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Today there are over 37.9 million people ages 65 and older in the United States, according to US Census’s population estimates…, and projections estimate that the senior demographic will balloon to 88.5 million in 2050.

The dramatic increase in the number of people living in retirement age presents new challenges for the growing number of families that are unable to provide relative-to-relat Read More
Big brands have a lot going for them – their logo is instantly recognizable, their products and packaging are familiar, and they often have a brand advocate.
But brand advocates don’t just belong in the realm of big business. They can be equally valuable for small business, if not more so. And you don’t have to pay someone to do it for you – your greatest brand asset is you!

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Have you struggled with mapping out your business's plan? Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring? Have you even considered writing a business plan? Tim Berry has created a series of 13 videos in his area of expertise, Business Planning. Read More
According to the American Pet Product Association* (APPA), 45 million U.S. households now provide a home to the more than 77.5 million registered dogs in the U.S. And these millions of dogs represent a burgeoning industry. From dog walkers to professional poop scoopers, mobile groomers to at-home pet sitters – the dog business is booming. In fact APPA spending statistics* show that in 2010, owner Read More
On March 2, President Obama signed legislation extending the availability of Recovery Act funds for certain Small Business Administration (SBA)-guaranteed loan programs. This is good news for small businesses seeking start-up and growth financing. The SBA estimates that the additional funding will support about $1.8 billion in lending by extending its ability to guarantee loans enhanced by Recov Read More
Compared to their big-business counterparts, small businesses are especially vulnerable to patent infringement because they may lack the knowledge, expertise or resources necessary to prevent the theft of their invention. Use this guide to navigate the application process, understand costs and fees, and identify financial assistance opportunities available for small businesses. Read More
For MaryAnn Shank, entrepreneurship is in her blood. She started her first of several businesses in the 1980s and currently runs BusinessFinance-One Inc. out of her home in California. She is also a business plan writer, a web coach, and a blogger. While managing her online business full time, Ms. Shank is an active member of the Business.gov Community. She often shares tips on starting a busines Read More
Here's how to use socially responsible practices to help boost your sales. Green is just one example of how products and services can be socially responsible. Your product or service can also be socially responsible if a percentage of proceeds from its sale support a cause (such as “pink ribbon” products sold to support breast cancer research) or if it is made by a certain group of people (such a Read More
For the most part, online businesses are required to comply with the same rules and regulations of traditional small businesses. When it comes to taxes, however, several additional issues come into play. Check out this quick guide to find out what all business owners in the e-commerce world should know. Read More
All businesses must comply with federal, state, and local requirements to legally operate in the United States. While these compliance requirements can protect your business name, you may want to take further steps to safeguard your business name. Read on to learn more about different types of business names and how to protect them in your locally, nationally, and internationally.

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