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What Not to Do When Seeking a Small-Business Loan

Small-business owners who get turned down for a loan often blame the lender. Yet, more often than not, the owner is primarily at fault, because he or she went about …

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More Businesses to Qualify as ‘Small’ Thanks to New SBA Size Standards

The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum size of a company that may qualify for small-business status in 70 different industries. In about a third of those industries, …

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How to Keep Divorce From Ruining the Family Business

Divorce often brings out the worst in people, which can be a huge problem when a family business is involved. Protecting yourself and your company while ending your marriage requires …

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Salary or Draw? How to Pay Yourself as Business Owner

Congratulations! Your small business has moved beyond the initial startup phase and is now a profitable venture. Although you may have worked for free in the early days, it’s time …

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Improve Your Banking Relationship

Think your small business will need a line of credit or another type of loan in the future? You may want to cultivate a stronger relationship with your banker(s) now. …

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New SBA Program Offers Business Loans to Veterans

The Small Business Administration recently announced the SBA Veteran Pledge Initiative, a new program that aims to increase business loans to military veterans by 5 percent a year for the …

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Expert Advice on Small-Business Lending

You’ve probably read plenty of articles about small-business lending. But what if you could talk to a lender and get inside information that might not appear in the advice columns? …

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How to Negotiate a Better Commercial Lease

Among your company’s biggest expenses, your payments for office or retail space probably rank near the top. So, naturally, you’ll want to negotiate the best possible terms [PDF]. Despite what …

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7 Tips for Avoiding Small-Business Legal Potholes

Even the most successful business can be undermined by poor legal arrangements. Failing to plan for the possibility of lawsuits or other problems may come back to bite you at …

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How to Accelerate Cash Inflows and Delay Outflows

With lesser reserves and fewer financial alternatives than  corporate competitors, small businesses should prepare for the kinds of fluctuations in revenue that could prompt cash crises. It’s wise to put …

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Businesses React to Threat of Internet Sales Taxes

The Marketplace Fairness Act, which could force many more business owners to collect sales tax on online purchases, recently passed the U.S. Senate. However, the legislation faces an uncertain future …

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Get Ready for Next Year’s Tax Return Now

Small-business owners are probably thinking about paying their second quarter estimated taxes right about now, because they’re due on June 17. While you’re at it, why not start getting ready …

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How to Get a Handle on Your Clients’ Creditworthiness

Being too trusting of your clients will cost you, according to Pam Krank (pictured), president of The Credit Department, a credit-management firm in Minnesota. Service-oriented small businesses that agree to …

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When Should You Sell Your Business?

Every entrepreneur has different reasons for selling a business, but there are better times and conditions than others in which to do so. For instance, selling simply because you’re exhausted …

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Mastering Cash Flow in Your Small Business

Managing cash flow is critical to keeping your doors open. Much like the blood that courses through your body, cash flows through every area of your organization, nurturing its growth …

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