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Has Access to Capital Really Improved for Entrepreneurs? (Infographic)
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A look at the financing landscape for business owners, plus some tips for finding alternative funding opportunities.
March 18, 2014 in Money

Despite Challenges, Franchising Continues to Rebound in 2014

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The sector created an estimated 11,000 new establishments and 150,000-plus jobs in 2013, outpacing the overall U.S. economy in business formation and job growth.
December 19, 2013 in Franchises
Where Startup Funding Really Comes From (Infographic)

Where Startup Funding Really Comes From (Infographic)

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VCs and angel investors get a lot of attention, but personal loans and credit, followed by investments from friends and family, are the top funding sources for startups.
November 20, 2013 in Financing
How to Build Great Credit for Your Fledgling Startup

How to Build Great Credit for Your Fledgling Startup

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Young entrepreneurs have the challenge of raising funds on little to no credit history. Here's how to overcome this obstacle.
November 19, 2013 in Financing
How a Good Credit Score Can Save You More Than $100,000

How a Good Credit Score Can Save You More Than $100,000

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Your credit score is important when it comes to managing your personal finances. Here's how to take better control of it.
October 7, 2013 in Personal Finance
U.S. Consumer Getting Stronger, Loan Delinquencies Continue to Fall

U.S. Consumer Getting Stronger, Loan Delinquencies Continue to Fall

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U.S. consumers continued to pay down debt in the first quarter of 2013 as household wealth rose above its pre-recession peak.
10 Questions to Ask Before Applying for a Bank Loan

10 Questions to Ask Before Applying for a Bank Loan

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Here are some of the key issues to consider before starting your application.
July 8, 2013 in Financing

9 Strategies for Improving Your Credit Rating

Start cleaning up your credit rating and improving your credit scores with these smart tips from a personal finance expert.
July 2, 2013 in Payments & Collections

Entrepreneurs Suspect Credit-Rehab Service Misled Them

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A close look into Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., a credit-management firm, has turned up troubling facts, according to a published report.
June 21, 2013 in Financing

Negotiating Secrets: How to Convince Creditors Not to Ruin Your Credit Score

Not everything in your credit history has to show up on your credit report. Here's how to convince your creditors to remove or modify negative information.
June 4, 2013 in Personal Finance
Why Consumer Credit Matters to Small Businesses (Opinion)

Why Consumer Credit Matters to Small Businesses (Opinion)

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Washington's recent efforts to protect consumers may be hampering small-business growth.
March 14, 2013 in Financing
Tough Credit Conditions Predicted for the Remainder of 2013

Tough Credit Conditions Predicted for the Remainder of 2013

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Findings from Moody's Analytics shows that small-business credit quality dropped in the fourth quarter of 2012, but predicts a better outlook for 2014.
February 20, 2013 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Small Businesses Borrow More, But Should They?

Small Businesses Borrow More, But Should They?

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An uptick in small-business lending may mean entrepreneurs will start hiring in 2012, or they might just sit on their cash.
March 5, 2012 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Do You Know What's In Your Business Credit File?

Do You Know What's In Your Business Credit File?

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Why managing your business credit score is more important than you may think.
February 14, 2012 in Payments & Collections
The Home-Equity Credit Crunch (Opinion)

The Home-Equity Credit Crunch (Opinion)

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How home price declines have contributed to tight credit for small businesses.
January 3, 2012 in Financing
How to Weigh Your Options When Deciding on Financial Products

How to Weigh Your Options When Deciding on Financial Products

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Household brands like Office Depot, Sam's Club and Google are offering financial products, but are they the way to go for your business?
December 5, 2011 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Video: How Should I Offer Credit to Customers?Play Video

How Should I Offer Credit to Customers? (Video)

Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, on when and how business owners should offer credit to customers. His advice: Start with small amounts to build a history and reward good behavior, but also enforce penalties on late payers.
October 5, 2011 in Offering Credit
Five Ways to Build Business Credit

Five Ways to Build Business Credit

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Consider these options to start building an enviable credit history for your small business.
August 25, 2011 in Money and Finance How To Guides
Video: How Do I Build Credit for My Business?Play Video

How Do I Build Credit for My Business? (Video)

Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, shares four tips on building business credit and improving your credit score.
August 12, 2011 in Cash Flow & Money Management
Four Rules for Business Credit

Four Rules for Business Credit

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Consider these tips for rebuilding your financial track record.
February 18, 2011 in Bank Loans and Microloans

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