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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.

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.



February 24, 2016

How to create a leaner, more profitable business

In this live webinar, BDC consultant Ashay Gude will show you a proven, step-by-step approach for implementing operational efficiency in your business, including how to benchmark your performance, identify and eliminate common forms of waste and monitor and manage your 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.

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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3 Jedi mind tricks for small business marketing February 1, 2016

3 Jedi mind tricks for small business marketing

The Star Wars franchise is a perfect story-telling engine. To tell your company’s story, you need to keep it simple but compelling for customers.

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How to protect your company's website from hacker attacks December 21, 2015

How to protect your company's website from hacker attacks

Hacker attacks cause damage to companies both large and small. Learn how to mitigate the risks.

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