How Small Business Owners Should Prepare for Tax Season

Now that the holidays are well behind us and the new year-hype has finally dulled, tax season is here to remind us that life can’t be a ball all of the time—unless you’re expecting a large tax return, I suppose. But for most of us, tax season is a chore, and for small business owners, […]

2014 SBA Small Business Week Awards Open for Nominations

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 […]

Access to Capital Seattle Wrap-Up

Access to Capital Seattle was similar to our other events: hundreds of small business and startup owners attended, there were four informative panels of experts, and over forty representatives from local and national lenders. Though the décor and programming was the same as Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta, there was one welcome addition to our […]

BBQ’d Productions – Success After Access to Capital Chicago

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, […]

SparkMarket’s Official Web Site & Campaign Launch

We’re gearing up for Access to Capital Seattle, our fourth stop on the Money to Mainstreet tour. This will be the last event of 2013, and it is exciting to reflect on the successful events under our belt. We were in Atlanta in August and were fortunate to have a very unique crowdfunding panel thanks […]

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 […]