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NFIB's 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist: Tech Gone Wild

What once started as a fun hobby for Sam Hendren has turned into a successful business with more than $500,000 in sales.


NFIB’s 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist: Charlie and Checkers

Joseph Hamilton of Lancaster, New York, is a part of a magic duo that nailed down a recipe for the perfect act: comedy and magic.

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Infographic: Should You Buy or Rent Your Office Space?

Small business owners should consider everything from financial stability to the local real estate market to determine the best...

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Small Business Checklist: Scouting Out a Location

Here’s your guide to finding the perfect spot for your small business.

Business Start Up Financing »


Should You Charge Late Fees?

You may be offering too much stick and not enough carrot.


7 Lease Negotiation Strategies

Tips from the pros

Business Plans »

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What Is the Best Small Business Advice Your Father Gave You?

Sometimes Father does know best. Here are the secrets to success dads shared with their sons.


What Your Small Business Can Learn From TOMS Shoes

Learn to build charitable work into your business model with TOMS’ visionary One for One model.

Franchising »


Infographic: Franchises vs. Independent Businesses

Owning an independent business and owning a franchise are two very different things. NFIB's infographic breaks down the big dif...


5 Secrets to Franchise Success

No matter what type of franchise you own, there are a few best practices you can employ to help your business boom. Check out t...

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Eight Small Business Ideas with Big Opportunity

Are you thinking about starting your own small business, but aren’t sure where to begin? Here are eight small business ideas ...


Working from Home: Tools to Help You Succeed

Here are a few of NFIB’s favorite tools to help keep you and your team focused, accountable, and collaborative when you’re ...

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