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JAN
20
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Competition continues to grow for lenders, opening the field for lending opportunities for small businesses. It's good news for entrepreneurs trying to grow their businesses this year by expanding facilities, upgrading technology, investing in employee expertise, improving a manufacturing process, or launching a new marketing focus. According to MiBiz, a Michigan-based finance blog, businesses with a good track record should have an easier time accessing loans in 2016, sharing an optimistic look at the banking climate. As loan options increase for small businesses, banks are taking a "more aggressive lending posture after repairing their balance sheets in the wake of the recession." Great news, right?
JAN
13
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It's January! Time to make resolutions about your health, eating habits, happiness; set goals and make plans for the new year. If you're a small business owner, you might consider doing the same. Whether you scoff at resolutions, or try to start each year anew, taking stock of your business at the new year and defining clear goals for growth is never a bad idea. Step back, take a look at where you stand--your financial health, your employees, your marketing plans, your new product/service plans--and forge resolutions to make your business increasingly profitable. Here are 5 business resolutions to put at the top of your list.
DEC
18
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Your basement might be the best place to test out new business ideas, and to work late nights on your start-up after putting in a full day's work. But as you build your idea or product into a business, your space should also evolve. Necessary milestones often drive you from your home office into a dedicated office space, like hiring employees, growing your inventory or manufacturing efforts, meeting with clients on a regular basis. Whatever the reason, making the move from home office to a dedicated office space is a big step! Is it time for you to make the move? Consider this.
DEC
14
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Merchant cash advances can either save your business or hinder it, according to who you ask or where Google takes you. But in reality, the benefits of an MCA fall somewhere in between. If your retail business is experiencing distress, and you're in need of immediate cash flow, you're likely researching alternative options to bank loans. A merchant cash advance could be what saves you. If your business is in severe distress and you're not making consistent credit card sales yet you apply for a merchant cash advance, the added stress to your financial situation could be a bad idea.
DEC
11
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It's early December. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday have passed. Do you feel like your small business needs continued to push to market for the holiday season? Maybe you have more inventory than you're comfortable with, or your bottom line is not measuring up? There's still time before Hanukah (though not much), Christmas, and Kwanzaa is here! There are still last-minute marketing strategies to get more viewers on your website, people walking through your door, and attention for your businesses, without sacrificing this entire month of sleep. One article we found online lists "create a marketing strategy" as a tip, but if you're just now sitting down with a pad of paper and outlining your marketing strategy, you're a bit behind. Time for strategizing is short, time for action is now.


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