Biz2Credit: Have a Buy-Sell Agreement for Your Business

The death or disability of a business partner can destroy families, ruin friendships, close businesses and eliminate jobs.  But, fortunately, having a buy-sell agreement in place can help businesses owners, their friends and their families avoid such cataclysmic results. A buy-sell agreement is a legally binding document that allows for the orderly transfer of business from a deceased partner to the surviving partners.  It compensates the estate of the deceased partner, allows the business to keep operating and secures the jobs of its employees. (more…)
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MyCorporation: Seven Items Entrepreneurs Need to Check Off Their Incorporation To-Do List

Starting a small business is always an exciting, hectic time for any entrepreneur who wants to bring their business dreams to life. But if you’re new to the world of startups, you might find yourself wondering what you need to file before you’re legally allowed to do business. No matter if you’re forming a Corporation or LLC, here’s a quick checklist guide to the seven items your business needs filed in order to succeed. (more…)
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BluePay: How Hosted Payment Forms Make Online Selling Easier

If you sell goods and services online, having a payment gateway allows you to accept credit cards within your eCommerce store. In fact, this is one of the most common methods for processing transactions in the online world. However, this approach has certain drawbacks. For starters, you must have enough technical expertise to set up each payment page, and the skills required vary from platform to platform. What works on WordPress, for example, won't necessarily work on Drupal. In addition, the security of each payment form varies from merchant to merchant.  Because a payment gateway c...
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Biz2Credit Identifies Top Small Business Cities in America for 2016

For entrepreneurs, one of the most important questions that they ask themselves is ‘Where should I start my business?’ For the third consecutive year, Biz2Credit examined average annual revenue, credit score, age of business, cash flow, and local market conditions of regions throughout the country to find the best city to run a small business. Based on a weighted average, San Jose, CA, “The Capital of Silicon Valley” ranked as the Best Small Business City in America this year. The Silicon Valley is best known for its technology sector, but traditional goods and service companies are c...
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Biz2Credit: Five Factors that Contribute to Small Business Success

While success is never guaranteed, there are some factors that are common to most small businesses that achieve success. Of course, there are those that are successful that these do not apply to, and the opposite is true as well, in some cases. As a general rule, however, successful small businesses have these things in common. Great Business Plan The business plan is the cornerstone of most any business. It is your guide and your mission. It is what gets you started, and what guides the way when you are not sure what to do next. Getting the business plan right is imperative. Ther...
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Biz2Credit: The Future of Small Business Financing

According to the latest figures available, more than half of U.S. adults conduct online banking and more than one-third conduct business via their mobile devices. You can pay bills, transfer money, and apply for loans from a tablet or smart phone. Despite the growing trend towards online transactions, small banks, credit unions, and even some of the nation's largest banks have not invested in the technology to accept online small business loan applications. With greater competition from online marketplace lending platforms, traditional lenders have ceded market share to competitors such as...
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Webiquity: Why Your Business Needs a Strong Online Presence

Local Business Advertising on the Internet  Is the idea that small businesses should have a strong online presence just a trend, or is there something more to it? Webiquity created this infographic to show just how important it is for small business owners to be tapped into all things internet. The combination of your company website, social media, review websites and your site’s mobile responsiveness determines the level of success that any given business will have. This infographic answers many questions you might have about the impact having an online presence can have on your busi...
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Webiquity: How to Win Over Customers with Your Website

Visiting a company’s website for the first time is much like a job interview. You have a short amount of time to make a good impression on visitors and then convert them to paying customers. To do that, your business needs a truly magnificent website. Here are a few simple, yet effective rules to keep in mind when designing or redesigning your website. Obey the seven-second rule. It takes just seven seconds to make a first impression. Customers should be able to understand the purpose of your website and the navigation of it within the first seven seconds of their visit. If this takes mo...
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