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The Best States for Small Business 2019

By: Guidant Financial | July 23, 2019

Key Findings: With signs of new business growth in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, the Steel Belt is showing signs of resurgence. High population states like California, Florida, Arizona, and Colorado are struggling to make room for new business owners. Oregon has increased to the 5th most

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Acquiring an Independent Business vs a Franchise

By: BizBuySell | December 3, 2019

Executive Summary: If you value control, creativity, and autonomy, an independent business gives you the freedom you seek. If you’re more interested in something already designed and tested for success, that won’t require you to create marketing materials, new products, or deal with other

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12 Tips and Tricks from Small Business Owners

By: Guidant Financial | November 26, 2019

There’s a lot of people you can talk to if you’re thinking about starting a small business or franchise, from consultants to brokers to small business funding experts (hello!). But it’s active, experienced small business or franchise owners who have some of the strongest insights gained from

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How to Raise Money for a Business

By: Guidant Financial | November 13, 2019

As exciting as it is, starting a small business can get expensive. According to our annual Small Business Trends survey, 64 percent of small business owners spent up to $100,000 to acquire their dream business. Not many people have access to large amounts of cash to finance those kinds of purchases.

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