Money

Microfinance Hits Small Businesses Right Where It Helps
Financing

Microfinance Hits Small Businesses Right Where It Helps

Here are three reasons why micro-borrowers do better than owners who've borrowed from a traditional bank.
How to Cut Transaction Costs on Customer Purchases
Payments & Collections

How to Cut Transaction Costs on Customer Purchases

Tired of high credit-card processing fees? Here are three ways to save when accepting payments.
How to Pitch Investors: Four Tips from TechStars New York
Money

How to Pitch Investors: Four Tips from TechStars New York

If you want to impress investors, you can pick up some pointers from the participants in this hot business-accelerator program.
The State of the SBA
SBA and Government Funding

The State of the SBA

SBA chief Karen Mills on how the agency evolved through the economic crisis.
Would Looser Investment Rules Help Small Businesses?
Financing

Would Looser Investment Rules Help Small Businesses?

The SEC is forming a small-business committee to review rules that entrepreneurs say make it harder to raise money. But relaxing the rules might not be a good thing.
Mixed Messages on Small-Business Optimism
Money

Mixed Messages on Small-Business Optimism

Do varying reports indicate that there is no real consensus on financial outlook?
Five Ways to Channel Your Inner Millionaire
Productivity

Five Ways to Channel Your Inner Millionaire

Here's how to harness your brain power to maximize productivity.
Could a Band of Angels Help Your Business?
Angel Investors

Could a Band of Angels Help Your Business?

Angel investors are getting easier to find thanks to the rise of investment groups.
A Recovery in Small-Business Lending?
Bank Loans and Microloans

A Recovery in Small-Business Lending?

The SBA's 90 percent guarantee on certain loans may be no more, but the borrowing outlook may be brightening.
Three Common Accounting Mistakes
Managing Cash Flow

Three Common Accounting Mistakes

Expert advice and lessons learned from financial missteps of small-business owners.
A Primer on Cash-Flow Projections
Managing Cash Flow

A Primer on Cash-Flow Projections

Regular cash flow projections can keep creditors at bay--and go a long way toward ensuring the good health of your business
Search Funds: A Financing Option for Business Buyers
Financing

Search Funds: A Financing Option for Business Buyers

Search funds seek out opportunities to acquire.
An Early Investor in iTunes and Pandora Shares His Views on the Direction of the Music Business
Venture Capital

An Early Investor in iTunes and Pandora Shares His Views on the Direction of the Music Business

An early investor in iTunes and Pandora weighs in on what makes an online music company a hit.
Six Ways to Smooth Out Uneven Cash Flow
Managing Cash Flow

Six Ways to Smooth Out Uneven Cash Flow

How one small-business owner made strategic changes when finances became unpredictable.
Four Contests Offer Small Businesses Cash, Mentoring
Financing

Four Contests Offer Small Businesses Cash, Mentoring

Present a creative idea, and you might take home up to $25,000 in the current crop of contests. Here are details.
Facebook and AmEx Offering Business Makeovers
Financing

Facebook and AmEx Offering Business Makeovers

Winners of The Facebook Big Break for Small Business contest each receive $20k. Learn how to enter here.
Green-Business Experiment: Crowdsourcing an Energy Upgrade
Financing

Green-Business Experiment: Crowdsourcing an Energy Upgrade

How a unique customer-donation program helped a small cafe pay for energy-efficient lighting. But will this fund-raising method gain traction?
Five Bookkeeping Tips for Business Owners
Accounting Basics

Five Bookkeeping Tips for Business Owners

Adopting some good habits can help stave off costly errors when it comes to recordkeeping.
Raising Cash from Customers to Fund Growth
Self-Financing

Raising Cash from Customers to Fund Growth

How a small Pittsburgh company uses presales to source expansion capital.
How to Grow Your Business in Risky Times
Managing Cash Flow

How to Grow Your Business in Risky Times

Owners are finally coming out of survival mode and moving into growth mode. Here are a few suggestions for how to grow without taking on added risks.
Five Ways to Keep Cash Flow Pumping
Managing Cash Flow

Five Ways to Keep Cash Flow Pumping

For new business owners, getting cash flowing into the business should be priority No. 1. Here are ideas for getting started.
75 Items You May Be Able to Deduct from Your Taxes
Tax Center

75 Items You May Be Able to Deduct from Your Taxes

You might save a bundle if you carefully consider your business expenses for possible deductions for taxes.
The Hidden Small-Business Credit Crisis: Fear of Applying
Financing

The Hidden Small-Business Credit Crisis: Fear of Applying

A new study finally answers the question: How many entrepreneurs were afraid to even apply for a loan during the recession?
Five Rules for Writing Off Meals and Entertainment Costs
Tax Center

Five Rules for Writing Off Meals and Entertainment Costs

There's a fine line between business and pleasure when you're talking entertainment expenses. Learn what you can and can't deduct.
Six Small-Business Tax Breaks for 2010
Tax Center

Six Small-Business Tax Breaks for 2010

Tax time is fast approaching, here are some credits that promise amp up your returns.
Think You Can Save Big by Incorporating in Nevada or Delaware? Think Again
Tax Center

Think You Can Save Big by Incorporating in Nevada or Delaware? Think Again

Before you pay for an out-of-state registration for your business, consider the pitfalls.
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