23 01-2014

Social Media 101: Engaging with Your Users

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:16+00:00 January 23rd, 2014|

When it comes to building a company brand and bolstering your business’s reputation, social media can be an indispensable tool.  No matter what stage your business is in, whether it’s brand-new or well established, using social media platforms to promote your products and services is something no business owner should neglect to do.  A reputable [...]

8 01-2014

Managing a Startup and Your Day Job

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:17+00:00 January 8th, 2014|

In an ideal world, an entrepreneur could quit his or her day job to pursue their dream of starting a company, but unfortunately, that is not feasible for many budding small business owners. The sad reality is there are still bills and rent to pay, mouths to feed, gas costs, you name it, making it [...]

6 12-2013

Spotlight: Access to Capital Seattle Attendees

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

As the gatekeeper of the Financial District at Access to Capital in Seattle, I was charged with scheduling and enforcing lender appointments. This gave me the opportunity to meet our small business attendees face-to-face, most of whom were excited and shocked at the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a mixture of alternative and traditional lenders [...]

2 12-2013

Watch and Learn: View Panel and Spotlight Presentations from Access to Capital Seattle

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:17+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|

Access to Capital Seattle was a huge success. Our business funding panels were packed with invaluable information for small business owners that we hope will guide them through whatever stage of business they’re in—from startup to growth. Please check out these full version panel videos and share them with friends, colleagues, or anyone who could benefit from them. [...]

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 [...]

16 10-2013

The JOBS Act and Small Business Financing: New Opportunities Still Require Traditional Diligence

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:19+00:00 October 16th, 2013|

With the passing and enactment of Title II of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in September, the SEC essentially changed the game for small businesses and start-ups seeking financing. Simply put, Title II lifted an 80-year ban on openly soliciting personal networks and the general public for funding. And while this is a [...]

10 10-2013

BBQ’d Productions – Success After Access to Capital Chicago

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:19+00:00 October 10th, 2013|

Kris Schoenberger, owner of BBQ’d Productions—a mobile catering and full-service party planning company - attended Access to Capital Chicago as a finalist in the Growing Chicago: $10k Business Pitch Contest. He hoped to win the money to finance a second trailer. Instead, he made an important connection with loan officer Jennie Motto from Accion Chicago, [...]

25 09-2013

There Really is a Fate Worse than Death

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:19+00:00 September 25th, 2013|

In terms dollars and cents, becoming disabled creates way more economic carnage than death.  Half of all home foreclosures are due to disability with only 2% to 3% attributable to death.  About half of all personal bankruptcies are due to disability and related health costs.  For those of you seeking access to capital to build [...]

26 08-2013

Startup? Where to Start

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:19+00:00 August 26th, 2013|

Have a great idea for a business but no idea where to begin? Fret not, because local resources for start-ups are abundant. Business schools, incubators, accelerator programs, and small business development centers are just some of the ways entrepreneurs can hone their concepts and start taking steps necessary to jumpstart their companies. Business Schools While [...]

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 [...]