What the government shutdown means for small business funding

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 […]

Community Resources for Small Businesses

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 […]

How to Draft and Execute an Effective Business Plan

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 […]