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Business Startup Checklist

Learn the basic steps when first starting a new business with our business startup checklist and guide.

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Business Structure Comparison

Learn the options you have when starting your business by learning about pros and cons of different business structures.

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Growing your Business

Just started or have an existing business but are struggling? Check out our small business growth tips for success.

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Latest Articles

Louisiana Tax ID Online Application | How to Apply for a Tax ID (EIN) Online

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Is your business in need of a tax ID number? If you’ve recently started a business in Louisiana, you’ll probably end up needing one. Fortunately, the process for obtaining a tax ID number is simple and quick (if you’re doing it online). Most business entities, like LLCs and corporations, will need a tax ID, also known as an EIN, to operate legally. In this guide, you’ll learn what conditions...

Indiana Tax ID Online Application | How to Apply for a Tax ID (EIN) Online

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Looking to apply for a tax ID (EIN) for your Indiana business? Like most business owners, you probably need a tax ID for your business. There are many types of business entities you could create, including corporations, nonprofits, limited liability companies (LLCs), and more, and most of these will require a tax ID by default. Knowing the best way to apply for a tax ID can save you time, reduce...

Business Loan Requirements

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GENERAL LOAN REQUIREMENTS Your loan consultant will work with you one-on-one to walk you through our loan requirements when you apply. But before you get started, learn about our basic loan requirements below. In general, to qualify for a loan you must: Have a credit score of 525 or higher or no credit score Find out if you are likely to meet this requirement: use  MyFico’s Credit Score...

Loan Amounts, Interest Rates, and Fees

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AFFORDABLE LOANS FOR GROWING BUSINESSES Accion helps qualified small businesses grow with affordable small business & startup loans. We help you take a step towards building your credit, too, because we report to all three credit bureaus. SMALL BUSINESS LOAN PRODUCTS Business Loans up to $50,000: for established, profitable businesses Review requirements Start-up Business Loan up to...

About Accion Loans

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Accion is different from a bank or credit union. Accion is a microfinance organization that lends with the mission of empowering business owners with access to working capital and financial education. Since 1991, we have lent more than $132 million to entrepreneur across the country. Accion offers business loans up to $50,000 and financial education throughout the United States. We specialize in...

Microloans in the United States

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Microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the United States, such as Accion, grew from the success of microlending programs abroad, and have since been adapted to meet the unique needs of microentrepreneurs in the United States. Like its international counterpart, domestic microfinance seeks to empower self-employed individuals with affordable and accessible business capital. While domestic and...

15 Ways to Grow Your Business Fast

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Let’s face it. Scaling your business is hard. It takes considerable effort. In the beginning, it means wearing different hats. It means dealing with sales and marketing. It means understanding taxes and corporate compliance. It involves having to interact with customers on a daily basis. And so much more. At the end of the day, it takes its toll on you. If you’re struggling to grow...

Choosing a business structure

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Your business structure affects how much you pay in taxes, your ability to raise money, the paperwork you need to file, and your personal liability. You’ll need to choose a business structure before you register your business with the state. Most businesses will also need to get a tax ID number and file for the appropriate licenses and permits. Choose carefully. While you may convert to a...

Business Startup Checklist

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When you’re starting a business, there are seemingly endless things to do and a myriad of hats to wear. From branding strategy to tech tasks to legal hurdles, the things to check of your starting a business checklist can seem like they require a whole team of multi-faceted talent. Even if you’re in it alone—as many new business owners often are, starting a business isn’t an impossible feat...

Obtain a Tax ID (EIN) Number and Register Your Business in North Carolina

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Whether you’re starting a business as a way to build wealth, a way to leave behind a legacy, or just to have more control over your hours and work, you’ll need to spend some time legally establishing your business before you begin full operations. North Carolina is a great place to get started- but you need to be aware of the requirements before you get too far in the process. Ready to start your...