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B2B Best! Matchmaking at the 2014 National MED Week Conference

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Created on July 18, 2014

Connecting Business with Opportunity is the theme of the 2014 National MED Week Conference on July 31-August 1 in Washington D.C.  This year’s event introduces an all new B2B Best! matchmaker and expo that will engage, educate, and connect conference attendees. 

MBDA Business Center Spotlight: Bridgeport

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Created on July 18, 2014

Event at Bridgeport MBDA Business Center on June 12Minority businesses learned valuable tips, like how to grow their businesses by connecting with the 95% of consumers who live outside the United States, at the Bridgeport MBDA Business Center on June 12.

These tips were given as part of a series of global procurement workshops hosted in Bridgeport, Conn. Through the work of interagency collaboration, David Leister, an international trade specialist and MBDA Global Business Center Project Manager at the San Antonio MBDA Business Center gave remarks and engaged in a discussion on the benefits of expanding the scope of minority businesses beyond our borders.

Increased Collaboration in Creating Stronger Communities across the Country

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Deborah M. Kobrin, Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist
Created on July 18, 2014

Last month, MBDA participated in the 82nd Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in Dallas, Tex. The USCM Annual Meeting is an opportunity for mayors from across the country to discuss the economic health of our cities through important issues including transportation, housing, infrastructure, and education.

10 Can't-Miss Business Credit Profile Tips for Small Business Owners

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Marco Carbajo, Guest Blogger
Created on July 18, 2014

Originally posted on the Blog

Credit RatingIf you run a company, your business credit profile is related to your reputation. With a strong business credit profile, you have access to much greater financing opportunities with favorable terms and lower interest rates.

For lenders, a company with a creditworthy profile is considered a good risk. Whether you own a startup or existing business, managing and protecting your profile with all three major business credit reporting agencies is crucial.

Here are ten essential tips for establishing, maintaining and protecting your business credit profile:

  1. Keep all company data identical – Whether applying for a D-U-N-S Number, submitting a credit application or opening a business bank account, provide all the same information in order to avoid any potential issues. Inconsistent data can cause a denial of credit due to mismatched data or even cause your company to have a duplicate credit file.

Why Business Loans Get Rejected

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Doug Devereaux is a Senior Industrial Specialist at MEP
Created on July 14, 2014

Reason for Declined Loans

Originally posted on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog

Access to capital, especially access by small privately held companies, is a component of growth.

According to an article in Forbes magazine, citing data from Pepperdine University’s  2014 Capital Markets Report, while nearly 89% of business owners report having the enthusiasm to execute growth strategies, only 46% report having the necessary capital resources to successfully execute the growth strategies. Among the smallest businesses (those with less than $5 million in revenue) that sought bank loans in the previous three months, only 39% in the same study reported they were successful in securing a loan. It is also quite common for these small company owners to be turned down for loans and not know exactly the reasons why.

The Reasons Business Loans are Rejected

The President of New Markets and Community affairs at Northside Bank in Adairsville, Georgia, acknowledges that he often hears from business owners whose loan applications have been rejected by other banks and many times they are not told the reason for the denial.   His bank is currently working with those clients to help them understand any credit-related shortcomings.

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