5 Fall Must-Read Books for Entrepreneurs

Looking for inspiration from scrappy, unconventional entrepreneurs? How about advice on how to blaze your own path? These five books make up a fall reading list for every entrepreneur this year.

Sarah Hovet |

How to Write a Business Plan for a Cannabis Company

The cannabis industry is exploding right now. If you want to start a successful cannabis business, here’s how to write a business plan that will help you in this booming market.

Sarah Hovet |

How Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) Can Help Your Business

Starting a new small business? Looking for some professional consulting to help you think through your business plan or your strategies for growth? Your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help. Here are the services SBDCs offer, and how to find one near you.

Sarah Hovet |

How to Do Market Research

Market research sounds like a complex process—but it’s actually very simple, and incredibly important for your business. We'll show you how to do it.

Noah Parsons |

Everything You Need to Know Before Filing a Patent in the United States

The U.S. has one of the oldest, strongest, and most mature intellectual property systems for obtaining a patent. However, navigating this system can be challenging. So before you start your patent application, make sure you know what you’re getting into.

Kanika Sharma |

Resources for Global Entrepreneurs

If you’re an entrepreneur planning to start a business outside of the United States, you might be looking for assistance and resources that are available in your specific country. There are plenty of local resources and services available to help entrepreneurs in their local areas around the globe. Here's our guide to finding global entrepreneurship…

Sarah Hovet |

How to Use Your Business Plan to Be a Better Manager

Use your business plan to set milestones, tasks, performance measurements, and numbers to track. Then get the people together once a month (or so) to review results. The outcome? The management "magic" of business planning.

Tim Berry |

8 Common Business Plan Mistakes

What are the most common business plan mistakes? While including the necessary items in a business plan is important, you also want to make sure you don’t make any of these common errors. Here's what to avoid.

Tim Berry |


Free Resources for Entrepreneurs

Business Plan Template Download

Stuck looking at a blank page? Get to know the general layout of a standard business plan with this free template.

One-Page Business Pitch Template

Validate a new business idea, or quickly develop your business strategy by starting with a one-page pitch. Do this before you plan!

Tim Berry's Guide to Starting a Business

Expert guidance on starting a business from business planning authority Tim Berry.

The Art of Pitching for Funding eBook

Need Cash? Pitching expert, Caroline Cummings, shares pitch techniques, secrets and tools in this easy-to-read guide.

Free SWOT Analysis Template

Develop smart strategies to grow your business by conducting a simple SWOT Analysis. Start with this one-page template.

"Start, Run & Grow Your Business" ebook

Tips and advice for entrepreneurs and business owners looking to take their company to the next level.

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