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Resources to Help You Start and Run a Successful Bakery

If you're starting a bakery (or currently running one), it's important to keep up on the industry, stay connected, and continue learning. Here are our top bakery business resources to check out.

Angelique O'Rourke |

How to Reduce Shrinkage: Loss Prevention for Small Businesses

If you run a retail business, loss prevention is important to consider. These simple steps will stop shrinkage from putting a dent in your bottom line.

Jasmine Glasheen |

How to Expand Your Cannabis Business Across State Lines

One of the most valuable things you can do for your company in the cannabis industry is expanding into additional states. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive. Here's how to do it.

Martin Kaufman |

How to Grow a Successful Boutique Fitness Business

Specialized, boutique fitness studios are growing in popularity. Here's how to start a boutique fitness business, and what to keep in mind before opening your doors.

Eamonn Curley |

How to Open a Successful Hair Salon

Planning to open a hair salon? Here's what you'll need to do to get started—plus tips from two successful salon owners.

Lisa Furgison |

First Steps to Preparing Your Child to Run the Family Business

If you plan for your child to take over the family business, there are several things you should do to prepare them—as well as pitfalls to avoid.

Henry Hutcheson |

How a CRM Can Help You Transform Your Side Hustle Into a Business

A simple CRM system can cost only a few dollars each month, but it’s an investment that can scale as your side hustle turns into a full-fledged business.

Alex Haimann |

5 Things You Should Do With Consumer Data

It's important to be thoughtful with how you protect customer data, as well as smart about how you use it to improve and grow. Here's what to keep in mind.

Manish Dudharejia |


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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Bplans offers free business plan samples and templates, business planning resources, How-to articles, financial calculators, industry reports and entrepreneurship webinars.