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Information resource for small businesses, small business owners and prospective business owners.

 
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The New Sba Streamlined for Success! Quicker Sba Turnaround Easier...

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

The new SBAlowdoc : further streamlines the making of small business loans. ú increases the maximum loan amount to $150,000. ú calls for a response from the SBA within 36 hours of receiving a complete application. Count on it! ú allows for an SBAguarantee of up to 80 percent for loans up to $100,000, and up to 75 percent for loans between $100,000 and $150,000. ú lowdoc was launched as a pilot program in 1993 to simplify the loan application process for small businesses....

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Business Plan for Small Service Firms

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

Introduction : a business plan can provide the owner-manager or prospective owner-manager of a small service firm with a pathway to profit. This publication is designed to help an owner-manager develop a business plan.

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Check-List for Going into Business

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

Introduction : owning a business is the dream of many americans ... Starting that business converts your dream into reality. But there is a gap between your dream and reality that can only be filled with careful planning. As a business owner, you will need a plan to avoid pitfalls, to achieve your goals and to build a profitable business.

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Computerizing Your Business

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

Introduction : the purpose of this publication is to help you forecast your computer needs, evaluate the alternatives, and select the right computer system for your business. Micro- or personal computers (pcs) make it economically possible for small businesses to acquire electronic data processing equipment. With its business applications, a microcomputer system provides professional management planning and control capabilities that can help you reach your goals for grow...

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The Business Plan for the Home-Based Business

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

Information gathering a helpful tool to determine if you are ready to take the risk of a home business operation is the U.S. small business administration (sba) publication entitled checklist for going into business (mp-12). It will help you focus on the basic steps in information gathering and business planning. While home-based business operations may vary from one that supplements family income with a few hundred dollars to a sophisticated technical consulting service...

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Management and Planning Series

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

The decision to sell : the owners of closely held companies make the decision to sell for a variety of reasons. Retirement. Partnership dispute. Diminished interest due to boredom or frustration. Illness or death of a principal.

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Insurance Options for Business Continuation

By: Seymour Reitman

Government Reference Publication

Introduction : this publication provides an overview of business owners' life insurance needs that typically are not considered until after the death of one of the business' principal owners or shareholders. It offers specific alternatives for consideration when planning the future of, a business.

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Introduction to Strategic Planning

By: Michael L. Policastro

Government Reference Publication

Introduction : this publication introduces you to strategic planning. Such a plan will help you to take advantage of your company's strengths. Eliminate or reduce your company's weaknesses. Capitalize on opportunities and emerging trends. Take defensive steps to reduce threats facing your business. Bring together all your company's resources, and direct them toward specific goals in areas such as sales growth, profit, productivity and service. Prioritize and document all...

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Inventory Management

By: Floyd D. Hedrick

Government Reference Publication

Introduction : inventory to many small business owners is one of the more visible and tangible aspects of doing business. Raw materials, goods in process and finished goods all represent various forms of inventory. Each type represents money tied up until the inventory leaves the company as purchased products. Likewise, merchandise stocks in a retail store contribute to profits only when their sale puts money into the cash register. In a literal sense, inventory refers t...

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Selecting the Legal Structure for Your Business

By: Jocelyn West Brittin

Government Reference Publication

Introduction : in starting a small business, one of the first questions you should ask is what form of legal entity you should use or how should i organize my business? also, as your business grows and changes, you should from time to time ask yourself whether the entity you have chosen remains the best form of organization for your business. The entities most commonly used by small businesses in the united states are (1) the sole proprietorship, (2) partnerships and (3)...

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Evaluating Franchise Opportunities

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

Introduction : the success rate for franchise-owned businesses is very high. According to studies conducted by the U.S. department of commerce from 1971 to 1987, less than 5 percent of franchised businesses failed or were discontinued in each of those years. However, success is not guaranteed.

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The Smart Approach to Protecting Your Business

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

Managing risk is good business : managing your business?s risk exposure is now more important than ever. Today, even a minor incident may result in expensive legal action. Careless hiring practices can lead to significant workers? compensation or general liability claims. Routine maintenance and small repair jobs left undone can snowball into major property expenses. Loss of equipment or computer data because of a fire can stop your production or even shut down your business.

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Un Enfoque Inteligente para Proteger Su Negocio

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

La administraci on de riesgos es un buen negocio administrar la exposici on a los riesgos de su negocio es ahora m s importante que nunca. Hoy en d¡a, incluso un accidente menor puede tener como resultado costosas acciones judiciales. Las pr cticas de contrataci on descuidada pueden llevar a importantes indemnizaciones por accidentes de trabajo o demandas de responsabilidad generales. El mantenimiento de rutina y los pequenos trabajos de reparaci on que se dejan sin hace...

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How to Start a Quality Child Care Business

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

Introduction : owning and operating a child care business can be a very challenging and rewarding career. Success in this field requires dedication, love and patience. The work day is longer than a normal eight-hour day, but the satisfaction of watching children grow and develop will be worth the extra effort. If you are interested in starting a child care business, this publication will help you plan, prepare and operate your business. It explains the step-by-step proce...

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Challenges in Managing a Family Business

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

Introduction : when you put up your own money and operate your own business, you prize your independence. It's my business, you can tell yourself, in good times and in bad. In a family company, however, it's our business. When family members work together, emotions may interfere with business decisions. Conflicts may arise as relatives see the business from different perspectives. Those who are silent partners, stockholders and directors are likely to judge capital expen...

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Child Day-Care Services

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

Industry and business environment trends affecting the industry : approximately one-half of the children in the united states today are cared for by someone other than an immediate family member during some portion of each day. In two-thirds of two-parent homes, both parents work, providing a large and ever growing consumer base for the day-care industry. In addition, 12 million children, more than 20% of the children in the united states, live with single parents who ne...

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Handbook for Small Business

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

Preface : score, an acronym for service corps of retired executives, is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit association. Although score is sponsored by, and receives financial aid from, the U.S. small business administration (sba), it is not a constituent of that or any other government agency. The primary purpose of score is to render a community service by providing, without charge, the expert assistance of its volunteer counselors to small businesses. Counselors rece...

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How to Write a Business Plan

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

Introduction : there are two main purposes for writing a business plan. The first, and most important, is to serve as a guide during the life of your business. It is the blueprint of your business and will serve to keep you on the right track. To be of value, your plan must be kept current. If you spend the time to plan ahead, many pitfalls will be avoided and needless frustrations will be eliminated. Second, the business plan is a requirement if you are planning to seek...

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Business Plan for the Small Manufacturer

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

Introduction : a business plan can provide the owner-manager or prospective owner-manager of a small manufacturing firm with a pathway to profit. This publication is designed to help an ownermanager draw up a business plan. In building a pathway to profit you need to consider the following questions: what business am i in? What goods do i sell? Where is my market? Who will buy? Who is my competition? What is my sales strategy? What merchandising methods will i use? How m...

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Business Plan for the Small Construction Firm

By: Small Business Administration

Government Reference Publication

Introduction : a business plan can provide you, the owner-manager or prospective owner-manager of a small construction firm, with a pathway to profit. This publication is designed to help you develop a business plan. In building a pathway to profit you need to consider the following questions: what business am i in? What do i sell? Where is my market? Who will buy? Who is my competition? What is my sales strategy? How much money is needed to operate my firm? How will i g...

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