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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.
Business Owners Take SBA Chief to Task
SBA and Government Funding

Business Owners Take SBA Chief to Task

At a town hall at National Small Business Week, some entrepreneurs complain to Karen Mills about access to credit and high health insurance costs.
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.
Pitching: How to Paint a Quick Picture for Investors
Angel Investors

Pitching: How to Paint a Quick Picture for Investors

To persuade investors to back your business, you must first start by conveying your belief in your message. The Esquire guy explains.
Momentum and the Art of the Investor Pitch
Angel Investors

Momentum and the Art of the Investor Pitch

Too much crocodile salesman in your pitch? The Esquire guy helps you sharpen your skills.
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.
What Investors Really Want to Hear in Your Pitch
Venture Capital

What Investors Really Want to Hear in Your Pitch

A good concept is one thing, but investors are more likely to consider these three criteria -- and they can make or break your pitch
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.
Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own
Angel Investors

Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own

Many small-business owners who hope to land angel funding have expectations that are wildly unrealistic. Here's a reality check.
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.
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.
Impact Investing for the Rest of Us
Money

Impact Investing for the Rest of Us

You don't have to be Bill Gates to make a difference as a social entrepreneur. Here's how Ron Cordes is using the financial empire he built to help others.
5 Critical Questions Facebook Must Answer in Its IPO Roadshow
IPOs and DPOs

5 Critical Questions Facebook Must Answer in Its IPO Roadshow

If founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to win over investors, he'll need to have clear explanations for these looming issues.
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.
Lowering Taxes on Manufacturers Won't Help Small Business (Opinion)
Tax Center

Lowering Taxes on Manufacturers Won't Help Small Business (Opinion)

Giving special treatment to one industry leads to misallocation of resources to that favored business sector.
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.
Special Reports
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Special Reports

Ongoing coverage of issues critical to entrepreneurs, from special reports on how to start a business to profiles of today's most innovative business leaders.
Pricing a Product? Read This First
Pricing

Pricing a Product? Read This First

Consumers ask two questions before purchasing a product or service. Their answers should factor into your pricing strategy. Here's how.
Is Microfinance for You?
Financing

Is Microfinance for You?

Here's how a $25 loan can change the world. (But do your homework before investing.)
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