7 02-2014

How Small Business Owners Should Prepare for Tax Season

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:16+00:00 February 7th, 2014|

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, [...]

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 [...]

18 11-2013

Access to Capital Seattle Wrap-Up

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:18+00:00 November 18th, 2013|

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 [...]

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, [...]

4 10-2013

SparkMarket’s Official Web Site & Campaign Launch

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:19+00:00 October 4th, 2013|

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 [...]

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 [...]

17 05-2013

Throwing Strikes With Your Investor Pitch

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:22+00:00 May 17th, 2013|

Whether it's for a major prospect to close a big sale or meeting with an investor group to raise capital for your business, nothing inspires greater enthusiasm and anxiety than the presentation pitch meeting. Despite the many hours executives spend preparing for the big presentation, regardless of all the well-intentioned seminars, executive coaches and training [...]

1 04-2013

Join us at Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet events

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:23+00:00 April 1st, 2013|

See for yourself what has made our Access to Capital events so successful for small businesses looking to raise funding and get to know local lenders. We're coming to Seattle this November, so stay tuned to find out how you can take advantage of this great event! Learn more about our Seattle event on November [...]

21 03-2012

Getting The Feedback You Need to Raise Capital: Thick Skin Needed

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:31+00:00 March 21st, 2012|

We're genuinely proud to be part of a company culture here at Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. that cherishes success sprung from failure. Learning from our mistakes is an age-old adage, but CEO Jeff Stibel sweetened the proverbial pot by reiterating, I've said this before but it bears repeating: success by failure is not an oxymoron. When [...]