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  • Submitted on 26 September 2016

    The decision has been made. You have decided that XYZ bank is the bank-of-choice to lend your company some badly needed capital. Now is the time to pay that banker a visit, right? Wrong.

    Once you sit down with a business banker, you will need to answer a variety of questions about your financial needs and business goals.  If you do a little homework before hand, answering those questions thoroughly may ensure a smoother, and possibly quicker, loan application process.  Below are a few of the questions that most commercial lenders will want answered before your loan application can proceed.

  • Submitted on 26 September 2016

    One of the most effective ways to grow your business is also one of the oldest: networking. While it may not get as much buzz these days as social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, old-fashioned, face-to-face networking is still essential for building a business.

    If networking makes you nervous, try these tips to make it easier, more effective and maybe even fun.

    1. Set goals for networking. Like any business effort, you need to set measurable goals so you can determine the best networking strategy; such as making X number of new contacts or qualified leads per month.

  • Submitted on 15 March 2016

    Created on March 15, 2016

    As many of us know, Trade Shows can be a prime location to seal deals and make new connections. This is the first of a three part Tradeology blog series to help your business succeed at the next trade show. Stay tuned for part two.

    At the Show

    Anyone who has exhibited at one or more trade shows inevitably has a horror story to share: missing graphics, lost shipments, brochures lost in the mail, booths breaking during setup, etc.  While these are indeed terrible incidents, the real horror stories are those of companies from the United States traveling halfway around the world to exhibit at a trade show, spending $15,000 - $20,000 cash, plus countless employee hours…and then spending most of the show on their iPhone, or not taking the time after the show to properly follow-up on leads.

  • Submitted on 04 February 2016

    Created on February 4, 2016

    Seven-month intensive, executive entrepreneurship education series now available in 51 Cities and Communities Across the United States


    The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders executive-level training series is launching in 51 cities and communities across the country this year.

  • Submitted on 01 February 2016

    Created on February 1, 2016

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) increased small business size standards affecting businesses in 46 industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 42, Wholesale Trade, and in one industry in Sector 44-45, Retail Trade.  SBA retained the current size standards for the remaining industries in those sectors.  The final rule was published in the Federal Register on January 25th and will be effective February 26, 2016.

    As part of the review of all size standards under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act), SBA reviewed 73 employee based size standards in those sectors to determine whether they should be revised or retained. 

  • Submitted on 29 December 2015

    Created on December 29, 2015

    Small Business ScamsA small business or nonprofit gets what appears to be an invoice for a listing in an online yellow pages directory. On the face of it, it looks legit. It includes the name of an employee at the office, a copy of what the listing looks like, the “walking fingers” symbol associated with directories – and a demand for the $486.95 the business or nonprofit supposedly owes for the listing. What’s really going on? As an FTC case against Canadian scammers suggests, chances are it’s a fraud targeting small businesses, doctors’ offices, retirement homes, churches, etc. And your company or community group could be at risk.

    Earlier this year, the FTC sued Ivan Chernev, German Lebedev, American Yellow Corporation, and a host of Montreal-based entities for pulling a fast one on smaller offices. It was bad enough that they billed the businesses and nonprofits for unauthorized listings. But when the companies that got the phony invoices dared to fight back, the FTC says the defendants turned up the heat. Recipients who ignored the bogus bills were sent collection warnings demanding payment of more than $2,000. When they refused to knuckle under, the defendants masqueraded as third-party debt collectors. In March 2015, the court halted the operation and froze the defendants’ assets pending litigation. The defendants didn’t respond, so the court entered a default judgment. That order requires the defendants to pay more than $1.2 million and bans them for life from the directory business.

  • Submitted on 09 December 2015

    Created on December 9, 2015

    SEEKING 2016 NOMINATIONS Are you SBA’s Next Winner?

    Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell?

    If so, submit your nomination today for the 2016 National Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are currently being accepted online at

  • Submitted on 13 November 2015

    Created on November 13, 2015

    Digital ResourcesOn October 1 the Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU) updated their web resources with a more diagnostic approach to helping companies understand the steps to working with GSA. takes the information that small businesses need and provides it in bite-sized pieces that are easy to process. The landing page provides a virtual door for each business in every step of the process!

    For example, if a company is new to the government they are encouraged to watch a series of short videos to help them determine if working with GSA is the right next step.  If the business has worked with the government before, they may only be looking to pursue and win business or maybe how to maintain and renew their contract.

  • Submitted on 25 September 2015

    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

  • Submitted on 19 June 2015

    Created on June 19, 2015

    As part of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, ICCC helps small businesses in economically distressed areas access capital, achieve sustainable growth, and provides a forum where companies can connect with capital providers. Executive Education, led by top-tier professors from leading entrepreneurship institutions, covers a range of practical skills—from strategy and entrepreneurial finance to marketing and investor pitch presentations. Through intensive coaching sessions, small business owners connect with capital providers from an exclusive portfolio made available through our partners. The culminating program event is the national conference, where program participants put learning into practice and can market and pitch their businesses.

    » Apply

    » Nominate a Business

    » Frequently Asked Questions

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