About Lennon Cole

Social Media Coordinator at Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. concentrated on helping small business owners navigate the business world. When he's not writing about business, he's hiking the wee hills of Los Angeles and writing creative nonfiction, for which he's won a Dominic J. Bazzannella Award. Connect with him via Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.

Budget Deal Could Put Government Contractors Back In Business

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The bipartisan budget deal concocted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.) could increase contracts for small businesses that work with the government. Though it does not replace all the spending the sequester cut earlier this year, it does increase spending by $60 billion, with most of it directed toward domestic purchases […]

What makes your business great? It might just get you recognized by the SBA


Own your own business? Have a favorite Mom & Pop Shop? Proud superhero advocate for USA’s backbone? “YO…Microphone check one, two, what is this?” The Small Business Administration (SBA) is looking for small businesses with awesome stories to tell. Naturally, in our opinion, that’s all of you! Whether you’ve turned a long-time dream into a […]

When Words Aren’t Enough, Draw Pictures

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Every iteration of our Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet event has been roughly the same, intentionally so: We wanted to ensure attendees of each event received the same high level experience and information. However, we felt there was something missing in the Town Hall section of the event. The content of the panels was […]

Giving Wichita Business Owners the Means to Protect Their Business Credit

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As you may well know, the city of Wichita, Kansas, was the target of a cyber attack in October. Their electronic procurement website was hacked, which exposed the personal and financial information of over 29,000 local businesses. Social Security, tax identification, and banking numbers were among the information stolen. The city has worked to notify those whose […]

Access to Capital: Making It Rain (Funding) In Seattle


There’s a single event responsible for millions of dollars of loan originations for small business owners. It’s created bursts of successfully funded ventures in three cities so far – Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta – and now it’s coming to the Northwest. In its last appearance of the year, Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet will […]

The Results of Q4 Hackweek & Why We Do It

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Last week wrapped up our Q4 hackweek, a week during which team members from various departments broke into even more teams to concentrate on a single, specialized project. Seven grueling days, in some cases weekends, full of coffee and energy drinks, late nights and short naps. Some teams squeezed over 100 hours of work into that […]

Bumping Up Against the Debt Ceiling: What’s a Small Business Owner to Do?

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I have to think that Congress would go back in time to the beginning of 2013 if they could. Then they were dealing with the debt ceiling issue for the first time. I bet, were they to go back, they would take the time to fully deal with the situation instead of just propping it up for a […]

Santa Monica 5000: Run for Education


Yesterday, the Santa Monica 5000 run took place primarily along Ocean Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA. Among the hundreds of people who turned out for the run was a group of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. employees (myself included) from our Malibu headquarters. The run, the proceeds of which went to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, […]

Can Your Business Afford the Government Shutdown?


You’ve no doubt heard that our Federal Government is shut down. Every news source is covering it, and everyone on Twitter is jabbering away. Of course there’s good reason to be outraged: It seems our government is better at creating problems than finding solutions. No matter whose fault the current crisis is, it’s imperative that […]

How Much Can Twitter Boosts Customer Acquisition and Engagement?


It can be hard to determine which social media platforms you should use. In most cases, attracting an engaged following is not an easy task, and keeping it can be even more difficult, since there’s no point in which you can put it on autopilot and expect good results. However, here’s a reason to be […]


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