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'Twas the Night Before Big Business, Once Started Small

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 11.25.2014 | 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.

Obama Revives Ronald Reagan's Plan to Kill Small Business Programs

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lloyd Chapman

President Obama has revived a plan Ronald Reagan used to try and end all federal programs for the nation's 28 million small businesses. President Reag...

SBA Fraud and Potential Closure Reveal True Small Business Advocates

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.25.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is the only government agency to assist the nation's 28 million small businesses. President Obama is proposing to close it. Now, who is objecting to that plan?

Small Business Administration Closure Plan Will Be Deceptive and Devastating

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.18.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

he elimination of the SBA and the nation's largest economic stimulus program for small businesses will devastate the middle class economy. Millions of small businesses across America will be negatively impacted and millions of jobs will be lost.

Obama Needs to Focus 100 Percent on Syria and Forget About the Economy and Jobs

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Even if it bankrupts America and brings about a total and complete collapse of our economy, our society and our way of life, we need to focus all possible U.S. resources on the "Crisis in Syria."

Racial Equality In and Out of the Workplace

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.29.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

When Phyllis Freeman and her husband started their own DBEs (disadvantaged business enterprises) they couldn't anticipate all the obstacles they'd face both within and outside of their company.

Pentagon PR Heavyweight Takes Over SBA Press Office, Why?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.27.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

The most powerful and experienced public relations officer from the Pentagon has taken over the Small Business Administration (SBA) press office. Why?

Obama's Plan to Close the SBA Will Sink the Economy and His Approval Rating

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

The one and only agency in Washington to assist the 28 million American small businesses is the SBA. The agency is charged with managing the single largest economic stimulus program in U.S. history to assist small businesses.

Obama Wants to Close the SBA to Cover Up Fraud, Not Save Money

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Could it be that President Obama intends to try and close the only agency in Washington that assists the nation's 28 million small businesses?