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Encourage Entrepreneurship in your Community with the SBA Business Smart Toolkit

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SBA News
Created on September 29, 2015
 

What is it? The SBA Business Smart Toolkit is a ready-to-use workshop toolkit developed jointly by National Association for Government Guaranteed Lenders and SBA. The workshop lays the groundwork for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business idea and understand the steps to building a business that is credit ready.

The Business Smart Toolkit is a part of SBA’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to provide resources for underserved communities. The information is laid out simply in three modules.

Issue Brief Examines Peer-to-peer Lending Model

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MBDA
Created on September 25, 2015
 

Types of crowdfundingThe U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy has released a new issue brief entitled Peer-to-Peer Lending: A Financing Alternative for Small Businesses. Peer-to-peer lending (P2P) is an alternative funding model in which individual investors provide small sums as personal loans to individuals via Internet platforms.

In this brief, Research Economist Miriam Segal builds upon existing research and discusses the emerging funding option by explaining the investment model, comparing it to traditional small business financing options, and presenting implications regarding the future of peer-to-peer lending.

While the brief outlines scholarly research on various sources of capital, this report also gives the research economist, the potential investor, and the small business owner, the most up-to-date information on different opportunities for accessing capital in today’s economy.

» Download Issue Brief

Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights Webinars

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MBDA
Created on September 25, 2015
 

Small Business Borrowers' Bill of RightsHave you heard about the Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights?  Want to learn more about this effort to address the emergence of predatory practices in the small business lending market?  FIELD at the Aspen Institute and theResponsible Business Lending Coalition are hosting two webinars to share information about why the BBOR is needed, what it includes, and how organizations that support, promote and advocate for small businesses can join this effort.

Register for Webinar at 2 PM EDT on October 15

Make the Switch to New Payments Technology

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SBA News
Created on September 24, 2015
 

EMV ChipsThis October, America will take a major step to mitigate fraud and improve our financial security by migrating away from outdated credit and debit cards that transmit sensitive customer data using magnetic stripes. In 2015, it should not surprise us that a system using essentially the same technology as cassette tapes is especially vulnerable. That is why major credit card companies, lenders, and businesses are now embracing new, more secure, authenticated payment technologies.

Many consumers already have credit cards embedded with microchips in their wallets, and many more will be receiving these cards in the coming months. This technology – also known as EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) – is a safer form of payment for buyers and sellers alike, as the cards are nearly impossible to counterfeit.

Doing Business with GSA Video Series

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MBDA
Created on September 23, 2015
 

The Doing Business With GSA Video Series gives small businesses the opportunity to learn more about doing business with the federal government when it’s convenient for them.

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