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  • Recently, Pantene ran a series of empowerment-themed commercials that called attention to how much an apology is used to downplay female power. Whether we’re late to a meeting (“Sorry, I’m late…”) or raising our hands to ask a question (“Sorry, could I just ask...
    Managing a Business - March 04, 2015 - 0 comments
  • Did you know that nearly a quarter of all new U.S. entrepreneurs come from the 20-34 age group? (source: Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity) And, as more and more millennials express enthusiasm about business ownership, this number is sure to rise. In fact, back in 2011, a nationwide poll...
    Starting a Business - February 23, 2015 - 10 comments
  • U.S. businesses are selling more goods and services abroad than ever before, reaching an all-time record of $2.3 trillion in 2013 – and 98 percent of American companies that export are small businesses.Despite the statistics, many small businesses still face big challenges when it comes to...
    Managing a Business - February 11, 2015 - 11 comments
  • Home businesses are a booming! In fact, 52 percent of all small businesses are home-based, according to the latest data from the SBA Office of Advocacy.It’s no surprise; home businesses afford the luxury of being your own boss and can be started with relatively little investment.But what...
    Starting a Business - February 09, 2015 - 17 comments
  • If you’re looking to start or grow your business, unless you’re fortunate enough to have a reserve of savings or a benevolent angel investor, then you’re going to need a business loan.So where do you start?According to credit expert and SBA guest blogger, Marco Carbajo, a recent...
    Financing - January 21, 2015 - 9 comments
  • January marks the celebration of the 15th annual National Mentoring Month!Created by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and Harvard School of Public Health with support from the Highland Street Foundation, National Mentoring Month is all about driving systemic change to make mentoring an...
    Managing a Business - January 05, 2015 - 12 comments
  • Is your small business on social media? Is it working for you? Tried it but not convinced?Social media is the top online activity in the U.S., according to Marketing TechBlog it also has a huge influence on consumer buying decisions. Forty-six percent of web users look towards social media when...
    Managing a Business - December 17, 2014 - 24 comments
  • According to LegalZoom, small businesses spend up to 50 percent of their sales on introductory or marketing launch programs, while established businesses can spend up to 30 percent.That may sound like a considerable chunk of change, but marketing is a must for small businesses – it gets you...
    Financing - December 15, 2014 - 10 comments
  • When we think of entrepreneurs, we often picture young, tech-savvy millennials. But the face of American entrepreneurship is actually quite different. A recent survey conducted by Monster.com found that baby boomers take more risks and start more businesses than twentysomethings. With assets such...
    Starting a Business - December 10, 2014 - 40 comments
  • It’s been a stellar year for SBA lending, which is good news for small businesses.In FY 2014, the SBA’s flagship loan program, the 7(a) Loan Program, achieved another lending record. By the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30), SBA had approved 52,044 7(a) loans for nearly $20 billion, an...
    Financing - December 09, 2014 - 12 comments

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