Small Business Loans versus Equity: Which is right for your business?

Though we’ve written on both topics—small business loans extensively—we’ve never put small business loans and equity head to head for small business owners to compare which might better suit their needs. While equity is often referred as the more prestigious form of startup or growing capital, small business loans have certain strengths that might better […]

5 Facts about Maria Contreras-Sweet: What You Should Know

President Obama announced Maria Contreras-Sweet as his nominee to lead the Small Business Administration on Wednesday.  A businesswoman who has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, Contreras-Sweet makes a great candidate to fill Obama’s final cabinet seat.  Here are five reasons why her nomination is a step in the right direction for […]

SpringStar Inc.: From Bankruptcy to Success

In 1998 Michael Banfield launched his company, SpringStar Inc., and introduced non-toxic, environmentally safe pest control products to the Seattle region.  SpringStar positioned themselves as an alternative for many harmful pesticides, and developed a complete line of products for the home and garden.  The Company quickly extended sales to a national and then an international […]

10 Expert Business Funding Tips

Need funding to grow your business? Here are 10 tips on how to raise money from experts at our Access to Capital events: Strength in Numbers Don’t go it alone. There are an amazing number of people and organizations who can help you grow your business and access funding. Establishing a personal relationship with your […]

Capital Access Programs Lend a Helping Hand

In the current post-recession credit environment, many small businesses are finding it very difficult to find the capital they need to either start or grow their business.  Luckily in a number states, including Washington, our next stop on the Access to Capital tour, Capital Access Programs (CAPs) are available to greaten the chances of small […]

Factoring: Another Successful Lending Solution

When it comes to small business loans, there is no shortage of options, but finding the right source of funding for your company may be tough. Traditional lending is not practical for everyone, so alternative lending may be your best bet. Factoring is just one type of alternative lending that could be a possible solution […]