About Us

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Who We Are

The Balance Small Business makes launching and managing your own business easy. It is home to experts who provide clear, practical advice on entrepreneurship and management. Whether you’re just starting up or you want to take your company to the next level, our 20-year-strong library of more than 7,000 pieces of content will answer your questions and turn your business dreams into reality.

Editorial Guidelines

At The Balance Small Business, we take great pride in the quality of our content. Our writers create original, accurate, engaging content that is free of ethical concerns or conflicts. If you ever come across an article that you think needs to be improved, please reach out by emailing contact@thebalance.com.

Product Recommendations

Our product reviews are independent and based on research and product testing — if you visit links within our content, we may receive commissions from your purchases, but we never receive any compensation or consideration for the content of our recommendations. Learn more about our review process here.

Diversity & Inclusion

The Balance Small Business is committed to helping you grow your business. But we know many of our answers do not include solutions for readers underserved by the business and financial industry and publishing community. There are more complex challenges facing our Black, Indigenous, and other Readers of Color, and we must address these challenges in our content or we fail our core mission.

Our pledge to improve diversity & inclusion outlines actions we will take to fulfill our commitment to all of our readers.

Our Experts

Jean Murray
Small Business Law and Tax Expert
Jean Murray

Jean Murray, MBA, Ph.D., is an experienced business writer and teacher. She has taught at business and professional schools for over 35 years and written for The Balance SMB on U.S. business law and taxes since 2008. Murray has an MBA in small business/entrepreneurship from Cleveland State University (1974) and a Ph.D. in administration/management from Walden University (2000). She received her bachelor's in English and literature from Mount Union College.

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Marianne Bonner
Business Insurance Expert
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Marianne Bonner, CPCU, ARM, worked in the insurance industry for 30 years. Marianne Bonner began her insurance career as a casualty underwriter at the Continental Insurance Company. She went on to work for Maryland Casualty, Safeco, and Continental International. After 13 years in commercial underwriting, Marianne joined Marsh USA, a large insurance brokerage. At Marsh she served as a coverage analyst and vice president. Now she consults on and writes about commercial insurance.

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About Dotdash

The Balance Small Business is part of the Dotdash publishing family.

Dotdash's vibrant brands help over 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online, and has won over 80 awards in the last year alone, including Digiday's 2020 Publisher of the Year. Dotdash brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Balance, The Spruce, Simply Recipes, Serious Eats, Byrdie, Brides, MyDomaine, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Liquor.com, TreeHugger and Thoughtco.

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Meet Our Senior Management Team

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Contact Us

Whether you have a comment or suggestion to share, we look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to reach out by emailing contact@thebalance.com.

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