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Federal Tax Identification Launches New Live Chat Feature

Taxes are a complex process for both individuals and businesses. Each registered business entity is given a unique, nine digit tax number for identification, called an EIN or FIEN. Federal Tax Identification provides businesses an easy way to file for an EIN number online. The site has now integrated a live chat feature that allows clients to instantly get help with the ss-4 form.

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How to Submit an Article to Idea Cafe

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Starting your business and need ways to attract more customers? Proper packaging of your product is one of the actions you should consider. Don't think that appropriate packaging is only reserved for big companies. Even your small business deserves t

How To Establish a Local SEO Plan for Business?

As internet penetration increases around the world, the role of SEO in business is becoming more crucial. SEO, or search engine optimization, helps a business by improving search results and making them more accessible to customers who are on the loo

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Entrepreneur of 2020: Nomination Deadline Is Fast Approaching

Important News for Small BusinessDecember 9th, is the deadline for getting your nomination for Entrepreneur of 2020 in. That's your last chance to enter.

You may have clients, followers and fans but what you don't have – yet – is a prestigious business award to add gravitas and extra credibility to your business. So hurry up, you have less than 5 days to enter. On December 15th, the voting round opens.

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