18 08-2015

How much do you really know about the SBA?

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:08+00:00 August 18th, 2015|

The Small Business Administration can be an incredible resource for business owners, but first they need to know what the SBA has to offer. Learn the SBA's history and what the organization does for small businesses.

6 02-2014

New SBA Study Confirms Importance of Business Credit

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:16+00:00 February 6th, 2014|

A study released Wednesday by the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy supports that the recent existence of business credit scoring has been largely beneficial to businesses, giving banks and other lenders a clearer picture of the financial standing of businesses they are considering lending to. While personal credit has been around for a long [...]

16 01-2014

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

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:17+00:00 January 16th, 2014|

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 [...]

19 12-2013

2013: The Year in Review for Small Business

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:17+00:00 December 19th, 2013|

While we spent the year planning and on the road for the 2013 Access to Capital Tour, small business owners were experiencing a year of change due, in large part, to the federal government. Healthcare reform, deep budget cuts and a government shutdown, the hiring climate and more access to capital were a few of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

16 08-2013

Access to Capital Atlanta – A Huge Success!

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:21+00:00 August 16th, 2013|

We are happy to wrap up another successful stop on the Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet tour. Access to Capital was in Atlanta on August 14 with over 40 representatives from lending institutions of all types and sizes, 4 outstanding panels of expert business owners and lenders, as well as a community resource center [...]

7 02-2013

Accessing Capital for Women-Owned and Minority-Owned Businesses

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:23+00:00 February 7th, 2013|

In the years since the recession took hold, small businesses across the nation have struggled to access the financing they need to continue operating at peak levels while fueling expansion. The U.S. Small Business Administration and federal government stepped in to help independently owned companies survive with loan programs that administered funding when big banks [...]