These stories submitted by Businessdotgov will be featured BizSugar's homepage

Starting a non-profit organization is similar to starting any kind of business - together with commitment you need a clear objective, a niche (i.e. an original, unclaimed idea) and a communicable business plan to present to your donors.

You'll also need to understand how to structure your non-profit, what tax exemptions you may qualify for, as well as how you can obtain government grants.

Here is a basic checklist for how to start a non-profit organization Read More
Roughly 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster. Which is why this week the SBA announced this week that it has partnered with the private sector to launch a one-stop, online resource devoted to the sustainability of small businesses through business continuity planning Read More
Are you starting a business and confused about which licenses and permits to apply for? Are you at a loss with where to look for compliance information regulating your business and industry? While a handful of government regulations are applicable to all businesses, others regulations are specific to industries, such as businesses involved in tobacco and alcohol. Here are four tips for checking if your business is compliant with all laws and regulations, as well as federal, state, and local resources for further information Read More
Statistics from the Department of Labor Statistics indicate hiring is on the rise for the first time in more than a year. However, because businesses continue to be concerned about the economy, many employers are choosing to hire independent contractors/freelancers as opposed to full-time employees. Misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor rather than an employee can be a costly mistake.

Read More
One of the biggest mistakes small business owners make during the start-up phase is misunderstanding their tax obligations - particularly estimated taxes. But what are estimated taxes? Who must pay them and how? This article explains some facts from the IRS to help new small business owners understand their estimated tax obligations Read More
One of the more positive economic indicators in the first quarter of 2010 has been that small business lending, particularly loans backed by the Small Business Administration (SBA), are on the rise. SBA loans are a solid option for entrepreneurs looking to fund start-up ventures or growth. But how do small business owners go about finding the right government-backed loan that meets their particular needs? What are your options and how do you apply? Below are five things you need to know about finding and applying for government loans for your small business Read More
A limited liability company is a hybrid-type of legal structure that provides the limited personal liability features of a corporation with the tax efficiencies and operational flexibility of a partnership. Each state has specific guidelines for forming an LLC, but they all adhere to the same general principles.

No matter where your LLC is located, two documents are crucial to its success – the articles organization and operating agreement: Read More
So you wonder whether you want a business plan for your business. You've heard that business plans are about raising money, perhaps, and it sounds like it might be hard to do. You don't have that MBA degree or CPA certification. So thank goodness, you don't need it. What a relief. Here are 6 suggestions from planning expert, Tim Berry Read More
If your small business has struggled to get financing in the past, or you are thinking of getting a loan to fund new growth, here are some tips to help you understand what SBA-loans are available, where to get them, and how to prepare a winning loan application Read More
Myths and truths revealed about what tax obligations and financial aid limitations govern the "sin" industries of alcohol, gambling, tobacco, and firearms. Read More

Share your small business tips with the community!
Share your small business tips with the community!
Share your small business tips with the community!
Share your small business tips with the community!