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Catherine Clifford

Catherine Clifford is a senior writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the New York bureau for CNN. Catherine attended Columbia University where she earned a bachelor's degree. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Email her at CClifford@entrepreneur.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @CatClifford.

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Small Businesses Suffer in States Hardest Hit By Housing Meltdown

Small Businesses Suffer in States Hardest Hit By Housing Meltdown

Southeastern states have a particularly high percentage of small businesses being hamstrung by tight credit conditions.
May 23, 2012 in Self-Financing
3 Rules for Successful Crowdfunding

3 Rules for Successful Crowdfunding

Consider these tips before pitching the crowd to fund your startup.
May 23, 2012 in Financing
The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Credit ComebackPlay Video

The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Credit Comeback (Video)

The small-business credit market has recovered since 2009, when lending had all but frozen. Banks are coming back to the market and seeing greater demand for loans from business owners.
May 23, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
What Small Businesses Care About This Election Year

What Small Businesses Care About This Election Year

New data reveals business owners' top concerns and confusion.
May 22, 2012 in Tax Center
SBA Seeks to Boost Small-Dollar Loans With New PushPlay Video

SBA Seeks to Boost Small-Dollar Loans With New Push (Video)

The SBA is looking to increase the number of smaller loans in underserved communities with a new push.
May 22, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
Gaps Persist Amid Small-Business Lending ComebackPlay Video

Gaps Persist Amid Small-Business Lending Comeback (Video)

In 2011, SBA lending hit a record level. SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills explains why.
May 21, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
How Industry Clusters Can Spur Small-Business GrowthPlay Video

How Industry Clusters Can Spur Small-Business Growth (Video)

One way the SBA has sought to foster entrepreneurial growth is through industry clusters.The SBA's Karen Mills explains how.
May 20, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
3 Things You Must Know Before Pitching Investors

3 Things You Must Know Before Pitching Investors

Consider these tips before you seek funding for your startup, whether from angel investors or VCs.
May 18, 2012 in Venture Capital
4 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Bank Loan

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Bank Loan

Two leading banks, honored for National Small Business Week, offer their best advice to business owners seeking credit.
May 18, 2012 in Financing
The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business RecoveryPlay Video

The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Recovery (Video)

SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills travels the U.S. talking with business owners and bankers. She says she's hearing more talk of expansion compared with three years ago.
May 17, 2012 in Management & Operations
The SBA's Karen G. Mills Answers Her Agency's CriticsPlay Video

The SBA's Karen G. Mills Answers Her Agency's Critics (Video)

Some critics have called for dismantling the U.S. Small Business Administration. The agency's leader says demand for its services is only growing and is a good value to tax payers.
May 17, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
Small Business and the President's CabinetPlay Video

Small Business and the President's Cabinet (Video)

President Obama recently made the head of the SBA part of his presidential cabinet. We speak with SBA Administrator Karen G. MIlls about what it means for U.S. small businesses.
May 17, 2012 in Leadership
7 Ways Entrepreneurs Will Ride Crowdfunding's Ripple Effect

7 Ways Entrepreneurs Will Ride Crowdfunding's Ripple Effect

A look at how the impending new crowdfunding rules are prompting entrepreneurs to predict -- and deliver -- what the expanded industry will demand.
May 15, 2012 in Financing
Shaping Crowdfunding 2.0

Shaping Crowdfunding 2.0

As the crowdfunding industry braces for a massive shift, its players are seeking rules that will serve both to protect investors and entrepreneurs.
May 11, 2012 in Financing
More Businesses Burdened By Slow-Paying Customers

More Businesses Burdened By Slow-Paying Customers

About one in seven small business owners cite payment irregularities as their most challenging business problem.
What Do Pinterest and a Community Bank in Lubbock, Texas, Have In Common?

What Do Pinterest and a Community Bank in Lubbock, Texas, Have In Common?

When it comes to converting companies into cash, an alternative investment marketplace is expanding beyond high-growth startups.
May 9, 2012 in Financing
Bank Lending to Small Business Slips, Crowdfunding on the Rise

Bank Lending to Small Business Slips, Crowdfunding on the Rise

Big and small banks approve fewer loans as startups turn to alternative funding sources.
May 8, 2012 in Financing
Pinterest and Warby Parker -- The Next Pre-IPO Stars?

Pinterest and Warby Parker -- The Next Pre-IPO Stars?

SecondMarket, an online marketplace for shares of private companies, ranks those with biggest jumps in popularity on its site.
May 7, 2012 in Financing
Most Retailers Saving Big on Debit Card Processing Fees

Most Retailers Saving Big on Debit Card Processing Fees

Federal Reserve report shows financial reforms are making a difference for merchants, although some say it's not enough.
May 3, 2012 in Payments & Collections
Small Business Hiring Slows, But Still Adding More Jobs Than Large Companies

Small Business Hiring Slows, But Still Adding More Jobs Than Large Companies

While revenues rise among small businesses, the latest payroll numbers show the smallest increase in hiring in seven months.
May 2, 2012 in Hiring Center
Fair Trade's Growing Pains: Pivoting a Successful Model

Fair Trade's Growing Pains: Pivoting a Successful Model

The founder of the Fair Trade certification program in the U.S. is dealing with the struggles that come with expanding a successful operation.
April 27, 2012 in Growth Strategies
Silicon Valley VCs Perk Up

Silicon Valley VCs Perk Up

Inspired by new waves of technology developments and blockbuster deals, VCs are feeling better at the start of 2012.
April 26, 2012 in Venture Capital
Green Power: A Low-Cost Boost to Your Brand and Bottom Line

Green Power: A Low-Cost Boost to Your Brand and Bottom Line

An EPA program offers business owners an easy and relatively inexpensive way to take care of the planet and also improve their image among employees and customers.
April 25, 2012 in Going Green
Venture Capital: Fewer Deals, Fewer Dollars

Venture Capital: Fewer Deals, Fewer Dollars

For the third quarter in a row, the market for venture capital shrank, continuing a long-term trend in the industry.
April 20, 2012 in Venture Capital
Entrepreneurs: 'One Percenters'?

Entrepreneurs: 'One Percenters'?

As part of Entrepreneur Week in New York, entrepreneurs walk to put a face on their chapter of the American dream.
April 18, 2012 in Leadership
Small-Business Lending: Getting Better, Still Not Great

Small-Business Lending: Getting Better, Still Not Great

Small-business lending has been showing signs of life, albeit not the activity seen before the recession.
April 17, 2012 in Financing
SBA Chief Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Lending ComebackPlay Video

SBA Chief Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Lending Comeback (Video)

Karen G. Mills, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, talks about the agency's 2011 record year in small-business loan guarantees, helping to fill gaps when banks were reluctant to lend.
April 17, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
Gas Prices, Health-Care Law Keep Small Businesses from Hiring

Gas Prices, Health-Care Law Keep Small Businesses from Hiring

While small-business owners are feeling slightly more optimistic about the economy, they aren't creating jobs, according to a new survey.
April 16, 2012 in Hiring Center
What the 'Buffett Rule' Means to Small-Business Owners

What the 'Buffett Rule' Means to Small-Business Owners

The Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would impose a minimum tax of 30 percent on all individuals with incomes of more than $1 million.
April 16, 2012 in Tax Center
Looking for a Loan? Don't Wait for a Big Bank

Looking for a Loan? Don't Wait for a Big Bank

Approval rates at the biggest U.S. banks shriveled up a bit in March compared to the previous month, according to a survey.
April 11, 2012 in Financing