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Small Businesses Cite Funding As Main Obstacle To Reopening

The lack of adequate small business funding is a source of great anxiety for small business owners.  Following the closures of most businesses, coupled with strict social distancing measures enforced during the COVID-19 outbreak, there does seem to be an “easing up” on regulations, allowing for businesses to slowly resume operations.  However, a recent survey conducted by LendingTree revealed a crippled confidence among business owners. According to the data, 46% of small business owners mentioned that funding was the number one hindrance that is keeping them from reopening. If they were to open, they would be subjected to strict safety […]

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Despite Push For More Funding, PPP Money Still Unclaimed

Small business funding is largely underutilized due to stringent rules and endless changes.  The U.S. Small Business Administration will be closing their doors of approval for all Paycheck Protection Program loan applications on Tuesday June 30th. What this means is that more than $100 billion in “federal loan guarantees” for nonprofits and small businesses grappling with COVID-19 will remain untouched.  According to the SBA, the Paycheck Protection Program, launched on April 3, has awarded close to $519 billion in loans from private lenders and banks to almost 4.8 million borrowers. Based on these figures, that leaves an excess of $134 […]

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Alternative Business Funds During COVID-19 Recovery

A crisis like the one caused by COVD-19 puts businesses of almost any size and type into a difficult financial situation. If you can’t get approved for a state-backed funding option or need another financial source, look for alternative resources. If you’re interested in nontraditional business funds during COVID-19 recovery, you’re at the right place. Alternative Business Funds During COVID-19 Recovery Federally-backed funding options under the CARES Act give you access to additional working capital. However, they aren’t the best option for all businesses, and many merchants have had difficulty obtaining them. Let’s see what nontraditional solutions are available for […]

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New House Bill Gives Business Owners More Time to Use PPP Loans

A recently passed bill in the House of Representatives has many small business owners breathing a sigh of relief. This new legislation, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, addressed concerns expressed by entrepreneurs across the country. These business owners have been adamant that changes needed to be made around loan forgiveness – one of the main attractions of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was initially created by the CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief law. In early April, forgivable loans were first issued through this Act to small business owners struggling to stay afloat during the current […]

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Health Providers Need Business Funding to Weather COVID-19

As the current coronavirus pandemic continues, businesses are finding themselves in a tighter and tighter position. Most have had to either shutdown for a period of time or completely alter their service and product delivery methods. Restaurants, salons, retail stores, gyms and many others have had to quickly adapt and find creative ways to still engage with their customers and meet their needs. These unprecedented times have not only impacted the way businesses operate, but also the way healthcare is delivered. The current crisis is so dramatically different from anything experienced that it has even put the medical field in […]

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17 Small Business Financing Options Available

Small business financing can be found through many different avenues.  One major factor that will ultimately determine your venture’s success is financing. If your fledgling business is in desperate need of capital, take a look at these traditional and not-so traditional financing avenues to offer your enterprise a much-needed financial boost.  Alternative Financing Solutions: Community Development Finance Institutions: They provide capital to both small business and microbusiness owners with reasonable terms. They don’t need much collateral like traditional banks.  Venture Capitalists: This group assumes partial ownership of the company in exchange for capital. Percentages of ownership are up for negotiation […]

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Clever Ways to Finance Business Costs Not Included in SBA Coronavirus Relief Loans

During their inception, SBA Covid-19 relief loans were seen as the perfect tool to survive this unusual pandemic. But many business owners are coming to terms with the harsh reality as applications get rejected and loan terms get clearer. The CARES Act provided Coronavirus Relief Funding through two programs; the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). With possible federal loan forgiveness, the two funding programs seemed like the perfect deal until business owners realized that their terms can be unforgiving. For instance, small businesses have reported difficulties getting access to PPP loans. And those who are […]

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4 Things We Can Learn from Female Political Leaders amid Covid-19

It’s sad that we still consider our women second best after men in many aspects of life. This disregard continues even after a woman has worked hard to earn an administrative or leadership role. But Coronavirus has led to a new revelation regarding women and their ability to lead. For some reason, women have shown more resilience and creativity when it comes to surviving a crisis. Perhaps it explains the many recent feminine headlines praising the critical role of women political frontrunners from all corners of the globe. Being a leader or owning a business is not an easy feat […]

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Consider the Following When Applying for Your Next Business Loan

Small business loans are your cushion anytime your company threatens to hit rock bottom. The term “small business loans” is an umbrella description of various forms of funding, but your priority as a retailer is to pick the right product. And many times, your needs determine the right loan for you. So you must understand how these loans work to make the most of them. What’s a Small Business Loan? It is a form of funding a bank or lender offers a business in return for interest and fees, and payback (of the lent amount) in a defined schedule throughout […]

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Relief Grant For Minority-Owned Businesses Now Available

Minority-owned businesses can now get a financial boost with COVID-19 funding.   Wisconsin’s governor, Tony Evers, has launched an initiative to help 1,000 “ethnically-diverse micro-businesses” that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This will come in the form of a $2 million grant.  The Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant, which was funded by the Wisconsin Development Corp., is offering $2,000 to small businesses that are based in Wisconsin and are in the retail, hospitality, or service industry. They have to be at least 51% minority-owned to qualify.  More Requirements To Qualify In order to qualify for these funds, these businesses must […]

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