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Big banks approving more small business loans

While alternative lenders – like the web-based peer-to-peer enterprises – have been getting a lot of attention in the media, it’s the large banks that are really making small business lending “news” right now. Big bank loan approval rates to small businesses hit an all-time high in the June 2017 Biz2credit Small Business Lending Index. […]

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4 ways nonprofits can raise money

By Cliff Ennico For the past several years, I’ve given a talk to local business groups on “the secrets of nonprofit success.” Each year, my audiences get bigger and bigger. It sometimes seems that nobody wants to make a profit anymore. I always begin my talk the same way: I offer to give a free, […]

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Lending Tree Announces $50,000 Grant Contest for Small Business

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Small business owners face a long list of challenges, and for many, the obstacle of securing financial resources needed to grow a business claims the top spot on the list. That’s the driving force behind LendingTree’s inaugural $50,000 Small Business Grant Contest, where LendingTree will present the winning small […]

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A List of Crowdfunding Platforms and Related Services to Mark the New SEC Rules

Good things come to those who wait. Will this proverb prove true for the new crowdfunding regulations that took effect today (May 16, 2016)? You can get all the details on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website (SEC), but the main upshot of today’s changes is to open crowdfunding investments to non-accredited investors, meaning […]

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How to get a small business startup loan the easy way

There’s an old Chinese proverb that goes like this: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. The same reasoning applies to new business startup loans, but with one big exception: “Now” is often not the “second best time.” Now may be too late. I say this […]

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6 Reasons Your Small Business Needs a Business Credit Card

By Meredith Wood As a small business owner, you’re always looking for ways to improve operations. Whether it’s saving money, maximizing resources, or streamlining tasks, you’re up for anything that makes running your business easier and more efficient. Since all of us can use a little bit of flexibility when it comes to finances, a business credit […]

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Beating the Odds: Founding a Craft Distillery in a Recession

Can you make it as a small business entrepreneur when you seemingly have three strikes against you when you’re just starting out? Not long ago I talked to Catoctin Creek Distilling Company co-founder Scott Harris, and it seemed that when he and his wife Becky started their company, they were facing some very long odds. […]

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When Is It OK To Fund Your Startup with Credit Cards?

We are fortunate to be living in a time when new financing options for funding your small business are popping up every day. However, they all come with limitations. Here is a super quick rundown of some: Banks. Hesitant to loan money to unknown founders. Crowdfunding. With some the money you raise will be taxed […]

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Family, Friends and Funding: What You Need to Know

There’s a lot of talk about “early round” investors in startups, but the true “early round” honors usually go to founders, family and friends. If you include yourself in the “founder” leg of that triad, what do you need to know to get the other two legs – the friends and family – involved in […]

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