6 12-2013

Talking Access to Capital with Congress

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:17+00:00 December 6th, 2013|

Jeff Stibel, CEO and Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., testified in front of the House of Representative’s Subcommittee for Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access to examine the post-recession state of small business in the U.S. yesterday, Dec. 5. As the nation’s leading provider of credit building and credibility solutions for small businesses, [...]

22 11-2013

2014 SBA Small Business Week Awards Open for Nominations

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:18+00:00 November 22nd, 2013|

Last year, Jill Blankenship, CEO of Frontline Call Center and panelist at Access to Capital Seattle, was the recipient of the SBA’s Small Business of the Year award in Washington State. Frontline Call Center is first and foremost a call center that provides call support for a selection of businesses, but Jill founded the business [...]

7 11-2013

How to Prepare for Your Small Business Loan Officer Meeting

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:18+00:00 November 7th, 2013|

Access to Capital Seattle is next week and available meetings with the many small business lenders are filling up fast. These meetings are a chance for you to begin a relationship with some of the people who could help you find the funding your business needs, so it's important to be prepared and create a [...]

6 11-2013

SBA Announces $0 Loan Fees on Smaller Dollar Loans

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:18+00:00 November 6th, 2013|

It’s always exciting to hear about the new, unique solutions to small business finance that pop up: Lendio, an online loan matching service; Merchant Cash & Capital, coining the phrase “funding made simple” with its one-two-three cash advance service; Craft3, the Northwest’s non-profit lender that pairs CDFI loans with small business resources; and many, many [...]

1 10-2013

What the government shutdown means for small business funding

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:19+00:00 October 1st, 2013|

The impact of the federal government shutdown that started today is obvious for the 800,000 government workers who stayed home from work, or anyone who tried to visit a national park. For small business owners who often turn to the government to help them find funding for their businesses, the effect is less clear. What [...]

28 08-2013

Community Resources for Small Businesses

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:19+00:00 August 28th, 2013|

Accessing capital is only one step of business ownership. Running a business is a complicated process and can be particularly intimidating for first-time business owners and entrepreneurs. Luckily, community resources are readily available at free or low cost for business owners looking to start, grow or maintain their companies. Local Small Business Development Centers, Chambers [...]

21 08-2013

How to Draft and Execute an Effective Business Plan

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:21+00:00 August 21st, 2013|

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Whether you are looking to improve your existing business or start a new venture all together, the question you should be asking yourself is, “what’s the plan?” Follow these steps to ensure a healthy and productive plan that is the best fit [...]