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Charge it, balancing the books, the loan arranger.

This story appears in the June 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

"Ben, I want to say one word to you--just one word: plastics." Thirty years after that succinct career advice was pressed on Benjamin in "The Graduate," another kind of plastic--credit cards--is launching thousands of businesses each year.

About 70 percent of small businesses are funded by credit cards and personal savings, according to NEBS, a Groton, Massachusetts, provider of business and computer forms.

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