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How You Can Grow Your Woman-Owned Business

Woman-owned businesses are making more and more economic contributions at rates that are higher than the national average. As of 2016, there were over 11.3 million woman-owned businesses in the US (a 45% increase since 2007), according to The 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report from American Express. These businesses employed about 9 million people and generated more than $1.6 trillion in revenues. Getting officially certified as a woman-owned business has its advantages. For female business owners, there are certifications like the Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), which give women entrepreneurs access to resources […]

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Where To Get A Small Business Loan with Bad Credit?

Merchants who have bad credit are viewed as riskier borrowers by small business loan providers.  Creditors who lend money to bad credit merchants usually shy away from these borrowers since they aren’t sure high risk merchants won’t miss their payments or default. The Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) calculates credit scores and provides the famous FICO score. The Corporation uses information from the 3 credit bureaus, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax, and calculates the score. Be aware, your bad credit can cause a number of problems such as higher interest rates. According to FICO: Maxed-out card costs 10 – 30 points for […]

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Get a Small Business Loan Today!

64% of small business owners start with $10.000 or less. They’re primarily self-funded. If you, as a small business owner, need access to working capital, be aware it may be challenging to get approved for a small-business loan. So, you need to prepare well so that to increase your chances of getting a loan. What do you need to focus on? Reason You Need Funding Lenders would like to know the reason you’re applying for a small business loan. Determine whether you need it to start your business, manage day-to-day expenses, grow your business, or maybe to have a safety […]

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11 Business Development Tactics for Your Small Business

Who doesn’t want to control a large portion of the market, and wield much influence and power? There are several important growth strategies that small businesses can apply to expand their operations and occupy a larger share of the market. Here they are: Having a Strong Plan You’re the owner of your business and you have the necessary information about operations, finances, market conditions and other important issues related to your company. This knowledge can help you determine when and how your business should expand. By building a strong plan, you can avoid the negative effects of poorly managed growth. […]

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What You Should Know About Estimated Taxes

Estimated taxes are periodic advance payment of taxes based on the amount of income you earned and the amount of estimated tax liability to be incurred as a result. Assessment of estimated taxes is based on income that isn’t subject to any type of withholding such as self-employment income, dividend income, rental income, interest income, and capital gains. As a rule, you’ll be required to pay estimated taxes on a quarterly basis. Paying Estimated Taxes Individuals such as sole proprietors, partners, and S corporation shareholders, are generally required to pay estimated taxes if they anticipate owing tax of $1.000 or […]

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Holiday Product Trends and Loans for Your Retail Business

The holiday shopping season doesn’t technically begin until Black Friday, so it’s never too early for you, as a retailer, to discover what new and exciting retail trends are waiting for you in the 2017 holiday season. Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer a huge business opportunity. Online shoppers spent about $3 billion on Black Friday weekend in 2016, including almost $1 billion in mobile sales alone. In 2017, the top 3 retail trends that will impact the holiday shopping season are: Shopping from home The mall as you once knew is gone Companies are focusing on customer senses to […]

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10 Things to Know When Rebuilding After a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes can cause loss of life or property damage. You can read several helpful tips in this article that will help you recover and get out of the situation. Damage Caused by Natural Disasters Globally, 8.700 people were killed by natural disasters in 2016. This is down from 25.400 in 2015. Global natural disasters resulted in $175 billion in damage in 2016. The global cost was the highest in 4 years. Only 30% of the losses ($50 billion) were insured, according to the German reinsurance firm […]

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Retail Inventory Management Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season accounts for 20% of the retail industry’s annual sales. It’s often responsible for up to 30% of some individual retailer’s sale. Based on 2016 ecommerce statistics, gift cards are the most desired holiday gifts. The biggest days of sales for retailers and ecommerce businesses are on the 22nd and 23rd of December. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), holiday sales are projected to increase 3.6% – 4% for a total of $678.75 billion to $682 billion in 2017. This is up from $655.8 billion in 2016. Since holidays are such an important time of year that […]

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Myths About Small Businesses in America

It’s shocking how a lot of propaganda is floating around concerning small retail shops (commonly known as mom-and-pop stores) these days. Honestly, all myths surrounding the experience as a startup business owner are often exaggerated. These myths can scare you from venturing into a niche that could be very profitable or, equally, convince you into going after opportunities that don’t really exist. Discover the most common myths about mom-and-pop shop and the truth about small business. Mom-and-pop stores are fading away Truth: While startup businesses are not always at par with established business all the time in terms of revenue […]

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Mom-and-Pop Businesses Vs Mega Chains

According to the US Small Business Administration, there are 28.8 million small businesses in the US. Small businesses, which include those with fewer than 500 employees, represent 99.7% of all business in the US. Between the middle of 2009 and the middle of 2013, small businesses created 60% of the jobs. When it comes to larger stores, 20 of the largest US-based supermarket and grocery store chains are ranked alongside the 250 largest retailers in the world thanks to the revenue they have. Of the 250 world’s largest retail chains, 25% are classified as strictly being supermarket and grocery store […]

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