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Petition Started to Challenge Lapse of SBA's 7(a) Small Business Loan Program

Marc Prosser | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Marc Prosser

Yesterday, the U.S. Small Business Administration halted its flagship 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program after hitting the $18.75 billion funding ceiling set for the fiscal year.

Congressional Inaction Puts SBA Lending at Risk

Brayden McCarthy | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Brayden McCarthy

Little gets done in Washington these days until the final second of the last minute before a deadline. Now lending supported by the Small Business Administration is the next important area to be hampered by Congressional inaction.

Five Things I Love About Having a Strategic Growth Plan for My Small Business

Helen Callier | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
Helen Callier

A Leader that works on the business guiding a team to achieve an established vision versus working in the business i.e. hands on in producing a widget or doing the actual hammering. By working on your small business you are in a better position to lead your organization through its mission, goals and strategies.

Careless SBA Lending Tells Same Old Story

Chris Hurn | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Chris Hurn

One of my favorite quotes comes from Spanish philosopher George Santayana who said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Believe it or not, we can draw a connection between this 110-year-old quotation and small business lending today.

The State of U.S. Small Business: Progress Made, Work to Be Done

Frank Islam | Posted 05.18.2015 | Small Business
Frank Islam

This is National Small Business Week. It has been so designated by the SBA. Our question is whether this week should be a time to celebrate accomplishments or to reflect on the work that remains to be done to continue to level the playing field for small businesses.

Are Free Business Training Programs Really Worth It?

Shaniece Bennett | Posted 05.23.2015 | Small Business
Shaniece Bennett

Over the years I have learned that training programs are not intended to be a one stop shop for everything I need to know about a particular topic.

SBA Launches Online Matchmaking for Small Business Loans

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 04.13.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

If there's broad agreement that small businesses are the engine that powers the American economy, shouldn't it be easier to fuel the tank?

Maria Contreras-Sweet on Running the Small Business Administration

Tom Fox | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

Maria Contreras-Sweet, who came to the United States from Mexico as a child, is the administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). In this interview, Contreras-Sweet discusses her approach to leading the SBA and explains how her immigrant background shaped her outlook on public service.

'Twas the Night Before Big Business, Once Started Small

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 02.20.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

The SBA's mission is to help small businesses grow. When companies that were once small become some of America's biggest brands with our help, it gives all of us here at the agency a reason for holiday cheer.

Could Your Politics Get You Canned?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Richard Zombeck

What's surprising and disconcerting about this is that the fear and trepidation is fairly new. So while the threat and odd lack of protection against it has always been there, the sense that it could actually happen is fairly recent.

Small Businesses Drive U.S. Job Recovery

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 02.04.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that our economy added 321,000 jobs in November. That's 57 consecutive months we've added jobs -- the longest employment growth streak since America started keeping track.

Small And Minority-Owned Businesses: Seven Tips To Rebound And Rebuild After Unrest

Helen Callier | Posted 01.25.2015 | Small Business
Helen Callier

History has shown repeatedly that business dreams are birthed through chaos and from the ashes of despair, new business ideas rise. I encourage all the small and black-owned businesses impacted by looting and fire in Ferguson, MO to stay in the game and to know that their customers are waiting for them.

Why SBA Loans Are a Lot Harder to Obtain After the Great Recession

Yun-Fang Juan | Posted 12.21.2014 | Small Business
Yun-Fang Juan

One of the reasons that (expensive) alternative loans like merchant cash advances became so popular was because banks dramatically reduced their small business lending after the great recession.

No One Left Behind in Coal Country

William S. Becker | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

What should the Obama administration do to ensure that the transition in coal country is as fair as possible?

Give it Your Best Shot: 6 Ways to Meet SBA loan Criteria

Evan Singer | Posted 08.06.2014 | Small Business
Evan Singer

Here are 6 ways businesses can optimize their chances of receiving an SBA loan.

Encouraging Self-Employment Should Be a Focal Point of the New Small Business Administrator

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 06.18.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

Our nation's smallest businesses -- the self-employed and micro-businesses -- represent the heart and soul of America's middle class. Yet, America's small businesses face critical challenges that prevent them from opening, growing and expanding.

The Hidden Terms of Startup Capital

Anna Barber | Posted 05.27.2014 | Small Business
Anna Barber

When you are starting a business, where you get your money from has mostly to do with who is willing to give it to you. Most entrepreneurs just want to get funded, and often don't think through the ramifications of their funding source.

How Small Business Success Can Happen At Any Age

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.03.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

John's resume is notable for the range of his experience. He was a career military man, and retired medically from the Army as a 71L, Clerk-Typist; an 11B, Infantryman; and 05C, SCUBA Diver. He had endured physical challenges, including losing the sight in his right eye, and had problems with his knees.

Maria Contreras-Sweet: From ProAmérica, to America's Promise

Javier Palomarez | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Javier Palomarez

For Maria Contreras-Sweet, helping America's small businesses flourish is more than a job -- it's a calling. Her personal journey defies cynics. She...

An Open Letter to Maria Contreras-Sweet

Chris Hurn | Posted 03.25.2014 | Small Business
Chris Hurn

A small business owner's wishlist for the new SBA Administrator Dear Ms. Contreras-Sweet, I have a vested interest in the U.S. Small Business Admin...

Obama To Nominate California Businesswoman To Lead Small Business Administration

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rounding out his Cabinet, President Barack Obama intends to nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of a Latino-owned communit...

Resolution: Change Job, Change Life

Heather Rosen | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Heather Rosen

For people who want to be their own boss, but don't have a business model or product in mind and who don't mind following someone else's path as long as it's one that leads to prosperity, franchising can be an excellent option.

What to Do With All Those Big Bank Branches?

Joe Driscoll | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Joe Driscoll

Banks can and should innovate and market new services generating lending growth before shuttering up all those main street branches. Foreign markets, trading on their own accounts, and subprime lending have all been tried already.

Obama's Closing the Small Business Administration, Why Is the Media Helping?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Here is the truth that you will never hear or see in any story in the mainstream media about why President Obama wants to close the SBA.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short: SBA Finally Walks Back From Misleading Report on Regulations

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 12.03.2013 | Business
Sidney Shapiro

After handing this Christmas gift to the anti-regulatory forces, SBA's Office of Advocacy owes the public something more than burying a begrudging acknowledgment of the report's weakness on an obscure webpage.