Catherine Clifford

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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The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Credit Comeback
SBA and Government Funding

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

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.
What Small Businesses Care About This Election Year
Tax Center

What Small Businesses Care About This Election Year

New data reveals business owners' top concerns and confusion.
SBA Seeks to Boost Small-Dollar Loans With New Push
SBA and Government Funding

SBA Seeks to Boost Small-Dollar Loans With New Push

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

Gaps Persist Amid Small-Business Lending Comeback

In 2011, SBA lending hit a record level. SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills explains why.
How Industry Clusters Can Spur Small-Business Growth
SBA and Government Funding

How Industry Clusters Can Spur Small-Business Growth

One way the SBA has sought to foster entrepreneurial growth is through industry clusters.The SBA's Karen Mills explains how.
3 Things You Must Know Before Pitching Investors
Venture Capital

3 Things You Must Know Before Pitching Investors

Consider these tips before you seek funding for your startup, whether from angel investors or VCs.
4 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Bank Loan
Financing

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.
The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Recovery
Management & Operations

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

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.
The SBA's Karen G. Mills Answers Her Agency's Critics
SBA and Government Funding

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

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.
Small Business and the President's Cabinet
Leadership

Small Business and the President's Cabinet

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.
7 Ways Entrepreneurs Will Ride Crowdfunding's Ripple Effect
Financing

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.
Shaping Crowdfunding 2.0
Financing

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.
More Businesses Burdened By Slow-Paying Customers
Cash Flow & Money Management

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?
Financing

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.
Bank Lending to Small Business Slips, Crowdfunding on the Rise
Financing

Bank Lending to Small Business Slips, Crowdfunding on the Rise

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

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.
Most Retailers Saving Big on Debit Card Processing Fees
Payments & Collections

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

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.
Fair Trade's Growing Pains: Pivoting a Successful Model
Growth Strategies

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.
Silicon Valley VCs Perk Up
Venture Capital

Silicon Valley VCs Perk Up

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

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.
Venture Capital: Fewer Deals, Fewer Dollars
Venture Capital

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.
Entrepreneurs: 'One Percenters'?
Leadership

Entrepreneurs: 'One Percenters'?

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

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.
SBA Chief Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Lending Comeback
SBA and Government Funding

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

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

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.
What the 'Buffett Rule' Means to Small-Business Owners
Tax Center

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

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.
Senate Offers Its Own Small-Business Tax-Cut Plan
Tax Center

Senate Offers Its Own Small-Business Tax-Cut Plan

A few days after the House introduced its tax-cut proposal for small businesses, the Senate responded with its own plan to reduce the tax burden on the coveted demographic.
How Does a 20 Percent Tax Cut Sound? Don't Hold Your Breath
Tax Center

How Does a 20 Percent Tax Cut Sound? Don't Hold Your Breath

Next week, Congress will take up a piece of legislation that would give businesses with fewer than 500 employees a one-year tax break.
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