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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.

10 Essential Entrepreneurial Lessons From the Notorious B.I.G.'s 10 Crack Commandments

Ciara Pressler | Posted 02.09.2015 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

Of the many great insights gleaned from rap lyrics, few are as applicable to startup success as The Notorious B.I.G.'s 10 Crack Commandments.

What Is Wrong With Outsourcing Software?

Emmanuel Straschnov | Posted 02.06.2015 | Technology
Emmanuel Straschnov

If you're building a business, you've probably had to think about building your software solution. Very often, the way to go is outsourcing, be it onshore or offshore.

Conference Room Conflict: Office Densification Creates Need for Flexible Meeting Areas

Frank Chalupa | Posted 02.06.2015 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

Employers were quick to embrace open offices, believing they would help them attract young professionals who value teamwork and collaboration. But, in doing away with private, individual workspaces, many companies took the open office concept too far.

5 Books That Will Help You Transform How You Do Business

Susan Steinbrecher | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business
Susan Steinbrecher

There's just something about the new ideas and inspiration that I inevitably find in a good book that help me get the New Year off to a good start. Also reading can be good for you.

9th&Elm's Ambitious Goal to Take Independent Fashion Mainstream

Brittany Hodak | Posted 02.05.2015 | Small Business
Brittany Hodak

In a world filled with discount websites peddling mass-imported fashion, 9th&Elm stands out...way out.

A Dozen Easy Ways to Generate Buzz and Leads Without Spending a Penny

Chelsea Berler | Posted 02.05.2015 | Small Business
Chelsea Berler

I've put together this handy-dandy list of a dozen proven, money-saving tips that have worked at Solamar and for our clients. I personally recommend that you.

Accenture Digital: 7 Digital Business Transformation Lessons

Vala Afshar | Posted 02.06.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Sutcliff provides us with an education on digital transformation and helps businesses discover how they can provide better outcomes and experiences by doing things differently using a combination of digital technologies, such as social collaboration, mobility, cloud computing, and analytics solutions.

How Traveling Helps You Succeed in Business

Paige Brown | Posted 02.05.2015 | Travel
Paige Brown

Get out from behind your desk and beyond the walls of your organization. Go experience the world, and you'll discover you're more prepared to compete and win in business than before.

Increase Business Blog Traffic With These 5 Tips

Jonathan Long | Posted 02.09.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

A lot of businesses will publish blog content that rivals advertisements. Give you helpful free information on your blog and your audience will appreciate it. This helps to build a relationship based on trust. Consumers are going to return to blogs that aren't constantly jamming offers down their throat. Focus on providing value and the leads and sales will follow naturally.

10 Social Media Tools for Small Businesses and Freelancers

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 02.05.2015 | Small Business
Alex Ivanovs

As far as business owners and freelancers are concerned, social media is an amazing platform for generating extra business (or leads as they might call it), and it also helps to iron out the problems that people are seeking solutions for.

5 Formalized Referral Systems to Grow Your Sales

David Finkel | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Here are several potential referral systems to spark you to think about how you can design a formalized referral system (or systems) to help you grow your business. The key is that these are systematic, automatic, reliably run processes that you use to generate referral business versus "one off" individual efforts.

The Power of Self-Healing Systems and Infrastructure

Patrick Duroseau | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
Patrick Duroseau

Self-healing systems are the lifeline of your company. A holistic in-depth understanding of your business, its workflows, processes, and the drivers of revenue are needed to realize the benefits of self-healing systems.

Barber Cuts Kids' Hair Like Old Men To Stop Them From Misbehaving

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.04.2015 | Weird News

An Atlanta-area barbershop is offering a controversial haircut free as a means of punishment for misbehaving children. Russell Frederick of A-1 Kut...

3 Simple Steps to Improve Your Sales Process

David Finkel | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Mandy owned a successful medical acupuncture clinic in southern California. She wanted to scale her business so invested time and money to increase the lead flow of prospective patients to her clinic. One problem -- it didn't work.

6 Ways to Stay Sane as a Freelancer or Entrepreneur

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 02.05.2015 | Small Business
Alexandra Ostrow

These days, I meet daily with freelancers, founders, and entrepreneurs. So, in addition to my own experience, I hear about their journeys as well. The consensus?

Working From Home? 6 Tips to Keep You Focused and Productive

Emily Cassel | Posted 02.04.2015 | Small Business
Emily Cassel

Working from home can be a serious adjustment. We can feel like we're on the clock 24/7, and our boundaries between work and personal life tend to become blurry during this transition. Here are my top six tips to keep you focused and productive, so that you can fully enjoy the benefits and privilege of working from home.

Managing Your Team for Maximum Growth

John Bowen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Small Business
John Bowen

We can build hugely successful companies -- just not by ourselves. Scaling requires knowing how to get the very best from your most important assets: your team members. Here's how to do it.

A Level, Mobile Playing Field: How Mobile Job Searches Can Give Small Businesses An Advantage

Jason Whitman | Posted 02.03.2015 | Small Business
Jason Whitman

Small businesses are poised to harness the power of mobile technology to compete for the best talent. Here's why the odds are in their favor.

Startups in LA Are Hiring

Lee Schneider | Posted 02.03.2015 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

If I had to give you the tl:dr on the LA Uncubed event last Friday, I'd say: They're hiring. Two small words, but with big import for the LA economy and the startup scene here.

6 Employee Retention Strategies to Reduce Small Businesses Turnover

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 02.03.2015 | Small Business
Margaret Jacoby

Replacing employees is time consuming, costly, and frustrating. It's one thing to hire for a new position, but replacing employees you have spent time and money training is another. If you want to reduce costly turnover and create a more competitive workforce, follow these employee retention strategies for your small business.

How to Tell Your Story and Win in Business

Jeremy Sandow | Posted 02.03.2015 | Business
Jeremy Sandow

In a world where millions of business owners scratch and claw each other for the attention of any audience that will listen, your stories are the only things you have to differentiate yourself. And if you don't use them, you risk being lost in the shuffle.

Brands Speak

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 02.03.2015 | Business
Jane D. Wurwand

There is much debate these days about the erosion of the English language, generally attributed to the replacement of traditional print forms by digital media. But actually, words have never been more important. I'm speaking as a 'brander' here.