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Tips to navigate export financing programs

In the past several years, federal agencies have increased efforts to stimulate exportation activity among the nation's small businesses, especially considering the increased importance of boosting gross domestic product in the wake of the Great Recession. As such, entrepreneurs have a variety of competitive options to choose from when applying for small business loans that … Continue reading Tips to navigate export financing programs

How to improve approval chances on small business loans

The economic recovery has led to a variety of market segment improvements across the nation, one of the key areas being the return of small business lending. Approval rates have been found to be far healthier today than any time since before the recession among a variety of lending institutions, while businesses are still enjoying … Continue reading How to improve approval chances on small business loans

Considerations when working to finance small business growth

The rapid recovery of the United States economy has translated to much more positive and preferable conditions in the market for small business owners, including stronger access to commercial loans, increased consumer spending and competitive rates on real estate. As more entrepreneurs get rolling on their operations and existing small business owners expand, there are … Continue reading Considerations when working to finance small business growth

Analyzing the small business minimum wage debate

Small business lending, consumer spending and commercial real estate values are among the most important aspects of entrepreneurial strategy development, but they are far from being the only ones. In recent months, many discussions have turned to the prospect of a higher national minimum wage, as well as state-level decisions that could impact thousands of … Continue reading Analyzing the small business minimum wage debate

The ins and outs of small business disaster preparedness

Several major natural disasters and man-made outages have struck the small business sector hard in the past several years, including Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo. Entrepreneurs must put some of the finances acquired through commercial loans toward preparedness and recovery planning to ensure that their firms do not have to close their doors following … Continue reading The ins and outs of small business disaster preparedness

What to expect in the 2014 small business lending market

The economy experienced a significant resurgence in 2013, which was made apparent when adversities would surface and businesses would remain resilient. One of the hottest topics of discussion among analysts has been small business lending, as entrepreneurs depend on strong access to credit to start and expand upon their operations.  Last year, commercial lending to … Continue reading What to expect in the 2014 small business lending market

End-of-the-year wrap up for small business lending in 2013

The past 12 months have been an exciting time to be an entrepreneur, as many economic factors have improved at least incrementally and provided small businesses with an opportunity to open and grow. Although there has been plenty of turbulence throughout the year, many reports indicate that 2014 has the makings to be a big … Continue reading End-of-the-year wrap up for small business lending in 2013

Rhode Island entrepreneurs united at the new Hatch Entrepreneurial Center

The economic recovery continues to rage on across the United States, with entrepreneurs launching new operations and expanding upon existing companies more today than any other time in the past five years. Since commercial real estate has already started to rebound, prices on the average lease might be a little higher than some small business owners … Continue reading Rhode Island entrepreneurs united at the new Hatch Entrepreneurial Center