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SBA

Ready For Anything

These Brother and Sister Entrepreneurs Were Just Named the National Small Business Persons of the Year

One of the founders of the family-owned and operated Missouri Star Quilt Company reflects on moments of intense struggle -- and serious doubt.
Ready For Anything

Battle-Tested Startup Advice From 6 Awesome Entrepreneurs

The six finalists in the running for National Small Business Person of the Year share what they wish they'd known as they were getting started.
National Small Business Week

Small Businesses Celebrating on a Tight Budget This Year.

Entrepreneurs can be successful even in the worst of times, but let's hope they aren't forced into that position for much longer.
National Small Business Week

What Keeps Entrepreneurs Grounded, Peaceful and Happy Amid the Chaos

We asked six nationally celebrated entrepreneurs to share how they stay grounded amid the turbulence of running a business.
Project Grow

What Inspires Entrepreneurs to Work as Hard as They Do

As National Small Business Week kicks off, we gathered some insight from the six finalists in the running to win National Small Business Person of the Year.
National Small Business Week

3 Things You Need to Know About National Small Business Week

Here's how you can get involved in the Small Business Administration's week-long celebration of the Main Street entrepreneur.
Startup Financing

When Seeking an SBA Loan, Remember the 5 C's

Banks analyze these five factors to determine whether to approve your small business loan application.
Loans

Why Small Businesses Don't Want a Loan

The reason may be due to uncertainties caused by the financial crisis and how home values have fallen so much.
Veteran Entrepreneurs

Thank You for Your Service - 4 Business Funding Programs for Veterans

A grateful nation gives its warriors at least a bit of help making the transition from military life to launching their own businesses.
Lending

Small Business Credit Still Not Back to Pre-Recession Levels

Despite the recent rise in the number of small business loans, small business lending still has not returned to their highs.
Cash-Flow Management

4 Tips for Managing Cash Flow When You're Bootstrapping

The wealthiest companies work hard to know where every dime goes. Startups literally cannot afford to do less.
Ready For Anything

How to Build an Institution, Not a Short-Term Business

Maria Contreras-Sweet, the newest head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, is an entrepreneur herself. Here, she discusses how to create a business that will be around for the long haul.
National Small Business Week

New SBA Chief Jumps Into the Red Zone, Taking On the Infamous Disaster Loan Program

Maria Contreras-Sweet was sworn into office just over two months ago and her very first concern was tackling one of the Small Business Administration's major sore spots.
Ready For Anything

SBA Chief: The Secret to Being a Good Boss Is Being a Good Cheerleader

Maria Contreras-Sweet became head of the Small Business Administration just about two months ago, but managing employees is hardly new territory for her.
SBA

Congress Is Right to Challenge the SBA's Program Expansion

The Small Business Administration has done something rare: It united both sides of the aisle in opposition.