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What to ask before you buy a franchise

Starting a business from scratch is a daunting proposition. For almost any new company, the entrepreneur must find a suitable location, hire skilled employees, create a product or service that fills an untapped niche, set up a reliable accounting system, amass substantial working capital, and so on.

Business Tip of the Month

Time is limited for claiming a tax refund

So you overpaid your federal income taxes, life got busy, and you forgot to file a return to claim your refund. You'll get around to it — but will you get around to it in time to get your money back?

Tax Tip of the Week

Should you rent or buy a house

For many folks, the lyrics of a 1960s rock song summarize the American dream: "Our house is a very, very, very fine house." According to U.S. Census figures, about two thirds of American families are homeowners.

But buying a house or condo may not be the best choice for every family in every situation.

Financial Tip of the Month
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