Small Business News for August 08 2017

#Future Friday: Teachers – Blogging with Benefits

This week Nichelle Tolbard is here to explain how school staff can become “Bloggers with Benefits” by participating in the OnCourse Guest Blogger Program.

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Small Business Failure Rates and Causes |

Against this backdrop of optimism and confidence stands another set of sobering statistics that outline the causes of small business mortality. Using the U.S. Census Bureau’s Business Dynamics Statistics database, researcher Scott Shane plotted five-year survival rates by industry for firms founded in 2005. To gain insight to the contributing factors to business mortality, researchers at the University of Tennessee studied failures of thousands of small businesses and attempted to identify the primary culprit leading to demise. Business Advisors can coach owners or aspiring entrepreneurs through the development of a comprehensive business plan. The ISBDC can work with the small business owner on focused market research, financial forecasting and strategic planning projects to greatly improve the odds that the business will avoid the fate of the unprepared, the unstructured and the undisciplined.

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The Small Business Guide

The Small Business Guides provides helpful information, links to valuable resources, and outlines the steps for starting and operating a business in Washington state. The Business Guide includes sections that will help you plan, run, grow, or close a business in Washington State. If you have thought about starting a business, here is a quick guide to help you get from idea to prelaunch. If you want to open a business or expand your out-of-state business into Washington State, here’s a quick guide to our state requirements. Need a small business loan or looking for programs for small businesses? Here are some resources that can help.