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What challenges are you facing in your business today?

Choose from a topic below to discover business advice and tips that will help you along your path as an entrepreneur. Or check out our handy tools designed to help you to better evaluate, manage and grow your business.

Entrepreneur’s toolkit

To succeed today you need to have sound business sense and a set of practical tools. We offer several resources, whether your business is just starting up or is already well established.

Business assessments

Technology assessment

Discover proven ways to boost your company's performance with technology.
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Website assessment

How does your website measure up? Find out how to make your site's accessibility and user experience among the best.
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Entrepreneurial self-assessment

Find out if you have the aptitude, motivation and drive to run your own business.
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How to get a business loan


How to get a business loan

Find out how to prepare a winning loan request by understanding what bankers look for, how they'll assess your request and what you can do to help them say yes, even if you're a first-time business borrower.


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Templates & business guides

Business plan template

Prepare a professional business plan that gives you an excellent roadmap for your company and increases your chances of success with financing.

Marketing plan template

Download our free marketing plan template, and start preparing a marketing action plan that lets you reach new customers and grow your business.

Business continuity guide and templates

Our free guide and templates will help you take steps to cope with disruptions and be prepared to protect your company, employees and clients.

Financial glossary

Download our free financial glossary to help you better understand the financial terms and phrases that all entrepreneurs should know.


On-demand webinar

How to create a leaner, more profitable business

Learn a proven, step-by-step approach for implementing operational efficiency in your business, including how to identify and eliminate common forms of waste and monitor performance.

Ashay Gude

  by Ashay Gude

Financial tools

Ratio calculators

Execute a financial analysis of key components of your financial statements to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your business.

Business loan calculator

Our free business loan calculator will help you to calculate your monthly payments and the interest cost of your loan.

Free and low-cost applications

Incorporating technology into your business doesn't have to be complicated or costly. Learn more about these free or low cost applications that will give your business a competitive edge.


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Small businesses are failing at content marketing (Or is it failing them?) April 25, 2016

Small businesses are failing at content marketing (Or is it failing them?)

Content marketing should be table stakes for businesses to communicate with their clients. Trouble is the system is changing and they’re struggling to keep up.

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5 ways you’re messing up your marketing April 4, 2016

5 ways you’re messing up your marketing (and how you can fix it!)

We see entrepreneurs making the same common mistakes. Check out our list and discover how you can fix the errors.

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