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The 5 C’s of Lending

August 26, 2019 / John Myers - ISBDC Southeast

Small businesses often look to bank lending as a source to raise project capital. Some examples are start-up costs, updating equipment, acquiring more space, and moving into new markets. Many growing small businesses are turned down for commercial loans simply because they have not put themselves in the lender’s shoes.

 

 

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4 of the Toughest Questions You’ll Face When Starting a Business

July 18, 2019 / Chelsea Lamb - Business POP

Starting a business is a maze of filings, permits, and applications. While navigating the legal side of getting your business off the ground, you also need to find and furnish an office, develop a website, and decide how you’ll actually run your business from day to day. It’s enough to send anyone running back to the job boards, but you shouldn’t let early obstacles stop you from pursuing your entrepreneurial dreams.

 

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How Small Businesses Can Compete with the Big Guys

June 27, 2019 / Venture Out Business Center / Lindsey Weiss - Outbounding.com

There are many small businesses competing against one another, but when you start a company of your own, you don’t just have competition in your own lane to worry about. There’s also the big guys, the companies like Amazon that have many more resources and much more money behind them than any small venture does.

 

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MYTH: Entrepreneurs Have to Work 24/7

May 24, 2019 / Venture Out Business Center

Working 7 days a week does not automatically make you successful. Although it feels counterintuitive, feeling productive doesn’t mean you actually are productive. You need time to step back and assess. You have to make time to care for yourself before you can care for your employees and customers.

 

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Why Small Businesses Should Be Concerned With Data Security

May 3, 2019 / Lindsey Weiss - Outbounding.com

Every year, there seems to be a big news story about a corporation that has been hacked and breached, or

there’s an email sent from a company to its members about said breach. This scenario has become seemingly commonplace, because everything is online and susceptible to hackers. No business is too small to be exempt from this unfortunate occurrence, especially if you’re not careful and proactive.

 

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6 Problems Good Design Solves

April 2, 2019 / Phil Manning - PMDC

By its very nature, design is purposeful, strategic problem solving that can have a major impact on every business, from the mom & pop on Main Street, to the ultra-mega-super-duper multinational conglomerate.

 

Here are 6 problems that good design can solve for any business:

 

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Marketing Your Small Business

March 6, 2019 / Venture Out Business Center

So you need to let people know about your unique small business. Chances are you’ve already thought of marketing tools like a website or social media pages. Now you’re ready to really build out a plan and expand

your customer base, but what steps should you take?

 

Here’s five tips to consider as you develop your strategy.

 

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MYTH: Most New Businesses Fail in the First Few Years.

January 22, 2019 / Venture Out Business Center

This is one of the most commonly repeated "facts" about small business. While statistics show that within five years, about half of small businesses close, that’s not necessarily due to failure. Let’s keep in mind that businesses discontinue operations for a myriad of reasons. Sometimes owners sell to bigger corporations or simply retire. The owners may have moved locations or made so much money that they bought a jet and are now flying around the globe! If you’re looking to start a business, there’s good news…

 

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