Now that you’ve gotten familiar with the loan choices the SBA offers, you may be ready to apply. Here, we give you a step-by-step checklist of everything you need to do to complete and present the necessary paperwork and cover all your bases.
Does your business need a loan? Consider one from the Small Business Administration (SBA). In our three-part series, you can explore all your SBA loan options to make a more informed decision and get the loan that fits your business needs best.
Part 1 provides an overview of what SBA loans are and how they can benefit your business. You can read about the different types of SBA loans in Part 2 by clicking here.
If you’re a small business owner looking for capital, you may want to consider looking into Community Development Financial Institutions, or CDFIs—organizations that specialize in lending to small businesses. While approval rates are higher than at traditional banks, there are pros and cons. Check out our infographic to learn more about whether a CDFI fund might be right for your business.
A good business credit score may help your business qualify for better rates on credit cards, loans and lines of credit. So how do you find out what your business credit score is and see what’s on your business credit report? Plus, how do you improve your score if it’s not where you’d like it to be? Check out our infographic.
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Getting denied for business credit is frustrating, but knowing why you were turned down can help improve your chances next time. From your cash flow to your utilization ratio, this infographic breaks down the common reasons small businesses are turned down and explains steps to take before reapplying.
If getting credit for your small business is proving to be an uphill climb, you may want to look into a secured credit card. Not only can it help you build or reestablish the credit you need now, but also possibly provide a stepping stone toward an unsecured credit card or bank loan in the future.
When it comes to your small business, better credit could mean bigger possibilities. Improving your company’s credit score — and in some cases, repairing it — could help you take full advantage of opportunities that may fuel your business growth.
Learn the ins and outs of building a solid foundation of good business credit with our new guide.
Now that you’ve gotten familiar with the loan choices the SBA offers with, you may be ready to apply. Here, we give you a step-by-step checklist of everything you need to do to complete and present the necessary paperwork and cover all your bases.
Need a loan? Consider one from the Small Business Administration. In our three-part series, you can explore all your SBA options to make a more informed decision and get the loan that fits your business needs best.
There are several types of loans available from the Small Business Administration. In part 2 of our 3 part series, discover all the loan choices at your fingertips, so you can do your due diligence and select the one that’s perfect for your business. You can also read Part 1: "An Overview of SBA Loans" by clicking here.
When it comes time to secure financing for your small business, it’s important to know going in what lenders are looking for. And while it’s true that many lenders have their own unique underwriting requirements, most follow “The 5 Cs.”
Better credit means bigger possibilities. Improving your company’s credit score can help you take full advantage of the opportunities that arise as your business grows. Learn the ins and outs of building a solid foundation of good credit history with our infographic, Building Credit for Your Small Business.
Most of the time, you just want to find content that has a particular phrase. Here are the easiest ways to find the content you want.
Enclose your search phrase in quotes. Search will try to find content with those words in the order you enclosed them. A search for "marketing advice" is going to return content with the phrase "marketing advice".
Search for content that has certain words, but not necessarily all of the words in order. This is the most basic search. Simply enter your search terms. For example: accept credit cards This will search for documents containing the words accept, credit, and cards
Using OR. The OR operator links two terms and finds a matching document if either of the terms exist in a document. To search for documents that contain either "web design" or just "online marketing" use the query: "web design" OR "online marketing"
Using AND. The AND operator says that the search should return content in which all of the search terms are present. To search for documents that contain both "web design" and just "online marketing" use a search like this: "web design" AND "online marketing"
We would appreciate having your voice in the Small Business Community. You can participate in a number of ways.
Start a discussion in our member-to-member forums. By participating in the Small Business Community, our members gain knowledge and connections that give them a competitive advantage in building a successful business. Take advantage of the collective experience and expertise of the community to get small business ideas and help with a specific question or business challenge.
To post your question in our community, in the “Ask the community” section, from the drop-down, select the category that you’d like to post to, then click the “Start a Discussion” button. If you simply want to introduce yourself to the community, please select the “Introduce Yourself” category.
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Share your small business story. Do you have an interesting story to tell related to your small business? Have some advice for other entrepreneurs to help them avoid some of the pitfalls of small business ownership? We invite you to share your story with the Small Business Community. Click the “Share Your Story” link and simply answer the questions in our Share Your Story template.
Answer a question. Are you an expert in a particular area of running and growing a successful small business? Would you like to help other small business entrepreneurs by answering their questions? We would appreciate your expertise in the Small Business Community. Please click the “Answer a Question” link to see a list of the open questions asked by members of the community.