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Feb012012

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With so many different companies out there today, having a solid marketing strategy is 100% essential.  Without an effective small business marketing strategy, your company will not be capable of bringing in new business. Why? No one will know your business exists!  If you have not yet created a marketing strategy, take the step to create a marketing plan today!

Jan252012

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How your company should be structured is one of the first decisions you will have to make as a business owner? This decision is important, because the type of business you create determines the types of applications you’ll need to submit. You should also research liability implications for personal investments you make into your business, as well as the taxes you will need to pay.

Jan252012

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When you’re running a business, you don’t need to be a tax expert, too. But you do need some tax basics. IRS Small Business Advantage gives you the  information you need to stay tax compliant so your business can thrive.  Choosing a Tax Professional With your new responsibilities, you may decide to hire a professional tax preparer to assist with your taxes.

Jan232012

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Employer Identification Number (EIN) An EIN is also known as a federal tax identification number, and is used to identify a business entity. Employers with employees, business partnerships, and corporations and other types of organizations, must obtain an EIN from the IRS. The EIN is also known as an Employer Tax ID and Form SS-4.

Jan182012

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Knowing when and what you have to file can save you a lot of headaches at tax time. To avoid paying penalties, mark your calendar with the following key dates. If a filing or payment deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the deadline will be the next business day. January 31, 2012 Furnish Forms 1098, 1099 and W-2G to recipients for certain payments during 2011.

Jan102012

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The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center in Alabama announced a strategic partnership with the International Sustainability Institute of Applied Sciences, a division of ACF Enterprises LLC, to pilot a blueprint for small business sustainable development in South Mobile County.  

Jan092012

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If you’re starting a business that requires significant financial investment up front, finding a source of funding can be a challenge, especially since the average cost of starting a business is $30,000. This is particularly true for young entrepreneurs who lack a strong credit history or don’t want the hassle of dealing with banks or private lenders.

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