The Skinny on SBA Financing

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Last week’s recap of the top U.S. Small Business Administration lenders in 2010 covered data from the federal agency’s flagship program, the 7(a) loan, but that’s far from their only option to help fund your business. We thought it would be a great time to provide a quick breakdown of what else they offer. To [...]

Five Keys to Productive Meetings


“If they can't start a meeting without you, well, that's a meeting worth going to, isn't it?” So says Buddy Ackerman, the cutthroat studio executive played by Kevin Spacey in Swimming with Sharks. That bit of show business advice might be worth following if you’re planning to make a Hollywood power play. The rest of [...]

Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase Largest Small Biz Lenders in 2010

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The top lenders to American small businesses? The surprising answer: Giant banks. JPMorgan Chase approved the most U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) loans in federal fiscal 2010, while Wells Fargo was the largest lender in terms of gross dollars, according to SBA data. JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest commercial bank, approved 3,386 small business loans, [...]

Google Gives a "Boost" to Local Business Advertising — Sort Of

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Small businesses in several cities have a new tool for attracting local customers online, and it doesn’t require any heavy lifting. Google Boost rolled out this week in San Francisco, Chicago, and Houston — the same week that Microsoft announced its own search milestone: a single account to let you manage ads on both Bing [...]

The Sales Tax Tussle: Ballot Measure Pits Public vs. Private Spending

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If you don’t do business in Massachusetts — or in a neighboring state — then you’ve probably not paid much attention to the upcoming election there. You might want to start. When Massachusetts voters hit the polls on Nov. 2, they’ll weigh in on Question 3, which proposes to slash the state’s sales tax from [...]