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SBA Launches Online Matchmaking for Small Business Loans

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 02.11.2015 | 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?

Fiscally Responsible SBA Has Strong Case for FY16 Budget

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 02.06.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Our two main lending vehicles -- the 7(a) and 504 programs -- delivered $29 billion in small-business loans to entrepreneurs last year. In FY16, we expect another banner year, and taxpayers won't be on the hook to cover any potential losses, as we're requesting and managing a zero taxpayer subsidy for our core capital programs.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Help Fuel Record Growth Streak

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 02.09.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Immigrant-owned firms today employ one in 10 U.S. workers. Immigrant entrepreneurs are twice as likely to start a business as native-born citizens. While they account for 16 percent of the labor force nationally, immigrants make up 28 percent of Main Street Business owners.

Maria Contreras-Sweet on Running the Small Business Administration

Tom Fox | Posted 02.06.2015 | 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.

Trade Deals Would Open New Channels for Small Business Growth

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Passing new trade agreements would be critical to our smaller exporters, which don't have offshore affiliates to help them overcome trade barriers and gain market access. Trade promotion opens doors for small businesses that would otherwise remain closed.

3 Proven Ways for Female Entrepreneurs to Turn a Good Idea Into a Good Income

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 01.22.2015 | Small Business
Kari Warberg Block

Starting without cash in the bank is possible, but it takes an approach that is both practical and inspired. Since my business journey began with little more than an idea, I wanted to share three pieces of advice with you for making it big when starting with nothing...

'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.

5 Things Your SEO Strategy Needs to Focus on Entering 2015

Jonathan Long | Posted 02.17.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Yes, it is that time of the year again when everyone starts to predict what SEO will look like in the coming year. Google's algorithm is constantly changing. There are public updates as well as refreshes and tweaks that occur on a regular basis.

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.

5 Mistakes New Online Businesses Need to Avoid

Jonathan Long | Posted 02.07.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Offering your products or services online can introduce your business to a worldwide audience and contribute to exponential growth.

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.

10 Affordable Tools to Help Your Business Thrive Online

Jonathan Long | Posted 01.31.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

There are several tools available to help online businesses operate smoothly and increase productivity, but with so many choices how do you know what ones are worth looking into? It can be extremely overwhelming, so I put together a list of 10 affordable tools that can really help your business succeed online.

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.

Improve Holiday Conversion Rates With These 13 Email Marketing Tips

Jonathan Long | Posted 01.19.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Consumers are becoming immune to email marketing and most emails get deleted without even being looked at. The following 13 email marketing tips can be used to create emails that capture your customers' attention, receive a high open-rate and result in holiday sales for your business.

No Online Marketing Budget? Use These 7 Tips to Grow Your Business In-House.

Jonathan Long | Posted 01.14.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Every small business would love to dive head first into online marketing, but many hit a roadblock when exploring the many options available: their budget.

Raising the Minimum Wage Isn't Enough

Preeti Vissa | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Government financial regulators can collect -- and make public -- better, more detailed data that give us a clearer picture of how our banking and financial system serves (or fails to serve) the needs of all our communities. This sounds wonky and obscure, but remember: We can't fix what we don't know.

My Lawyer, My Friend: A CEO's Guide to Working with an Attorney

Jack Garson | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
Jack Garson

Almost every business has the pleasure or torture of dealing with a variety of outside advisors, from accountants to attorneys to brokers. Here's your insider's guide to a heavenly relationship with your attorney.

How Social Media Experts Are Killing You Softly

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 12.28.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Marketing agencies and social media 'experts' have you tricked into thinking social media is rocket science. It isn't. Here is why you need to stop paying for social media experts.

The 4 Types of Viral Content: A Study Based on 300 Social Media Accounts

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 12.22.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

The 4 Types Of Viral Content - A Study Based on 300 Social Media Accounts Recently our team at Computan studied 300 social media accounts on Facebo...

The First 6 Months With Your New Digital Marketing Specialist

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 11.22.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

You need a marketing person that understands digital and how your business can benefit from it. Instead, 6 months ago you hired a techie and trapped them in a marketer's body.

The Future Of Digital Marketing

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 10.26.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

You don't need a crystal ball or a 1985 DeLorean to see where the future of digital marketing is headed. Just look at another one of your business areas for insight: IT.

5 Insider Strategies On How To Grow Your Small Business In Government Contracting

Helen Callier | Posted 10.25.2014 | Small Business
Helen Callier

It is a must-go time for minority businesses to take calculated risks to expand their footprint through government contracting

Why You Should Outsource Your Digital Marketing

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 10.05.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

You need someone in-house to keep the digital agency utilized and take the marketing campaign to the web, but not to do the work in house.

Next Tech Boom May Be Fueled By Grandpa Power

Daryl Rowland | Posted 10.04.2014 | Technology
Daryl Rowland

Programs Provide Help For Gen-X and Boomer Entrepreneurs CLEVELAND: When we think of tech entrepreneurs, we tend to envision 20-something coders wit...

7 Key Ways to Increase Your Small Business Chances of Winning Government Contracts

Helen Callier | Posted 09.17.2014 | Small Business
Helen Callier

As your small business starts swimming in the Federal market while continuing to grow on the local and state levels, know that there are key strategies required for success in winning contracts.