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Building Better Relationships ...

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Building “Green” Relationships Sustainability is all the rage. Ten years ago, the phrase “going green” had little if any currency, but today, businesses and citizens across the globe recognize that the old slash-and-burn paradigm of business growth is shifting. In order to survive in a globalized and virtual ...

Will Sequestration Take a Bite ...

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Sequestration in a Nutshell March 1 has come and gone, and as far as anyone can tell the world is still standing, the federal government is still functioning, and the economy is stronger than ever. Talk of an impending “sequestration” dominated the national airwaves in February, but now the deadline for avoiding ...

How Will the SBA Changes Affec ...

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All lending slowed to a crawl during the financial doldrums of 2009, including those of the SBA-backed variety. While businesses have had an easier time of securing financing recently, the volume of small-business lending happening within SBA-backed programs has not yet fully recovered. In fact, less than one-tenth of ...

Managing Working Capital

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Managing working capital is one of the most important things a business owner can do to improve their chances for success. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs do not fully understand working capital, its impact on the business, or how it is calculated. So, what is working capital, and why is it so important? Simple ...

Where to Borrow When the Bank ...

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After pursuing all of the bootstrapping options, what if you decide you really do need more money than you can self-generate? In that case, you have a couple of options. You can borrow money, or you can sell off part of the potential equity. The most common place to look for money is the bank. But, in today’s tough ...

How to Find, Pitch, and Land a ...

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Finding Financing in a Competitive Business World Bank loans are hard in tough economic times, and if you’ve suffered in this downturn with a failed business or real estate investment, then forget bank financing. So, where do you go when you’ve run out of money coming from your family and friends? Now might be the ...

The Pros and Cons of Forming a ...

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Forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a sort of hybrid legal structure. It has traits in common with both incorporation and partnership. The LLC is a relatively new legal structure in the U.S., having first been allowed in Wyoming in 1977,  and then more widely adopted by other states, beginning in the early ...

10 Steps to Landing a Big Busi ...

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Getting the Most Out of Small Business Financing Every lender will have their own loan package for you to complete. There are some things you can expect to have to answer. Here are some typical items that will be necessary for you to pull together for the basic documentation. Information About You and Your Team #1: ...

Conducting Valuable Market Res ...

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Understanding Your Market Why do so many new small businesses fail to connect with customers? If a business owner has a bright idea—a sure-fire new product or service—that provides value for his customers, then the market should make room, right? Not necessarily. In order to connect with a significant segment of ...

How to Use Data in Small Busin ...

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Obtaining credit for your small business can be difficult. Use data to support your vision, and help lenders see your goals. Loan Applications Start With the Business Plan Before submitting an application for a loan, be sure that your business plan is updated. A good business plan should include detailed financial ...