18 09-2017

4 Things You Should Do Before Approaching Investors With Your Product

By | 2017-09-18T17:00:34+00:00 September 18th, 2017|

Presenting your business idea to investors can be intimidating, especially when they begin firing questions at you. Careful preparation is key to demonstrating your product's potential, and can give you confidence in the face of scrutiny. Where to begin? Consider completing these four steps before trying to sell your idea to investors. 1. Test Market [...]

8 09-2017

SBA Awards $5 Million in Grants to Help Micro-Entrepreneurs

By | 2017-09-18T17:00:53+00:00 September 8th, 2017|

Community-based organizations across the country are set to receive a combined $5 million in grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of its Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME). The 34 organizations selected aim to help low-income entrepreneurs gain access to capital, so they can establish or grow their small businesses. This year, [...]

22 06-2016

To Grow or Not to Grow? The Q2 2016 State of Small & Micro Businesses in the U.S.

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:05+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|

Once a quarter, Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet poll small and medium-sized businesses across the United States to learn more about those companies' growth and access to capital. This quarter, the survey also polled microbusinesses across the nation and discovered new insights. Microbusinesses surveyed are planning to grow more than their [...]

8 04-2016

5 Ways to Help Secure Alternative Financing for Your Small Business

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:05+00:00 April 8th, 2016|

Does the thought of applying for a traditional small business loan make you break out in a cold sweat? If you’re like a lot of small business owners, a traditional loan simply isn’t a possibility. Your business might not generate the kind of cash flow traditional lenders want to see before offering a loan. You [...]