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No matter what business topic you're interested in, you'll find our category list is an easy way to navigate our small-business encyclopedia. From Accounting and Advertising to Location and Operations, every topic offers information on the terms that matter most. And if you can't find what you need here, our "Terms A - Z" list makes tracking down terms a snap.

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Zoning

Definition: The division of a city or county by legislative regulations into areas (zones), specifying the uses allowable for the property in these areas

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