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Entrepreneur is a North American magazine and website that carries news stories about entrepreneurship, small business management, and business. The magazine was first published in 1977. It is published by Entrepreneur Media Inc., headquartered in Irvine, California. The magazine publishes 12 issues annually, available through subscription and on newsstands. In 1987, the magazine launched its website,, which expanded to include features, contests and other publications and spin-offs. As of 2013, the website received more than 6 million unique visitors each month.


Small Business Trends is an award-winning online publication for small business owners, entrepreneurs and the people who interact with them. Small Business Trends is the premier source of information, breaking news and advice covering issues of key importance to small businesses. Along with the regular editorial staff, the site has 400+ vetted experts who volunteer their knowledge, insights, successes and failures. It is one of the most popular and highly-trafficked independent destinations on the Web exclusively focused on small businesses.


Don’t know your Form 940 from your Form 944? Not sure if you should pay estimated taxes or not? Wondering about employment taxes? Need to get an Employer Identification Number or figure out what business structure to use? is there for you. You can also learn about record keeping and deducting expenses. The checklist for starting a business is helpful as well, but we hope you won’t have to use the “closing a business” section anytime soon.


NFIB is an advocacy organization for small businesses that boasts 325,000 members in the United States. Its website is a treasure trove of information on how to run your business, with a specific focus on government. is your place for advice on how to navigate specific government programs (like the Affordable Care Act) and information on how new laws and policies could affect your business. Anyone can check out most of the info on the site, but NFIB members have more access to the site and can also get deals on insurance, credit-card processing systems, cell phone service and computer equipment, among other things.

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Savings for Active Military & Veterans

scan0001Aaron Serrano, U.S. Marine Corps, realized that many price discounts for veterans and active military were available but went unused because there was not a hub to share the opportunities. He created Military Cost Cutters to be that hub. But inactive military had no ID as proof of their service. So, he created the mobile ID.!

Aaron says, “Marsha helped me with everything from the business plan to resource connections. She guided me in the right direction and helped identify my target markets and the best way to approach them. She’s introduced me to people I would never have met otherwise. She was phenomenal.”

The former Marine Captain and his team are working to secure more military discounts and to equip Iowa, Illinois and North Dakota veterans with mobile military IDs. The discount system is in three states and growing. It is accessible at or via a smart phone application.

Hundreds of businesses, large and small, have participated and thousands of active military and veterans and their families have benefited.

To learn more about this business and the success of mobile military IDs, check out Military Cost Cutters online or follow them on their Military Cost Cutters Facebook page.


Financing for Small Businesses through FSB


Conveniently located in Franklin, the lenders at Franklin Synergy Bank can help you determine the best path to finance your new venture. They process conventional loans, lines of credit, as well as SBA loans.

Financing for Small Businesses through the SBA


The Small Business Association (SBA) is a federal program to aid and assist small businesses.
To receive a loan, you must meet specified requirements to qualify.

Types of loans include:
– 7(a) General Small Business Loan (most frequent loan)
– Microloan Program
– Small short term loans

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