Are lenders putting money back in the hands of small businesses?

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It’s looking that way While lately it seems as though small businesses haven’t been dealt the most desirable hand, forecasts are showing that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel. Recent surveys predict the financial lending market will be offering up greater opportunities for small businesses to get back into the game. […]

Telecommute Gets the Boot

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As you may or may not have heard, Yahoo!’s CEO Marissa Mayer recently issued a policy change in the form of a memo delivered to all Yahoo! employees that was… ill-received, to say the least. The memo, sent from head of Human Resources, Jackie Reses, stated that all employees who currently had arrangements to work […]

Given the Political Climate, Small Business Hiring Dips

Not Hiring

The most recent Private Capital Access Index report produced by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, in partnership with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., revealed that 55% of owners are less confident in their business growth prospects than one year ago (pdf). While this number may seem similar to the millions of other vague statistics […]

Mentorship is the New Black

Inspire a Generation

From Plato and Aristotle to Gandalf and Frodo, the historical narrative surrounding the nature of the mentor/mentee relationship is very straightforward; young people fair better in the “real world” when they have expert mentor input readily available. Whether it’s advice on how to solicit funding for a start-up, or instructions on how to destroy the […]

Top 10 Things We Learned From The Private Capital Access Survey

Keep Calm and Carry On

The third quarterly Private Capital Access Index, gathered by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business in partnership with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., is out! Aimed at small businesses of America, the survey reflects how optimistic business owners are about their chances to access capital, expected growth, and pinpoints difficulties they may be having. Here’s a top ten of what […]

Crowd(re)funding

No Refunds

In response to NPR’s segment on the woes crowdfunding contributors face if projects fail to deliver – namely what happens to the money acquired through funding – Kickstarter released an update to their Terms of Use on their blog. Not surprisingly, Kickstarter maintained that they are not responsible for overseeing refunds to “Backers” (the term Kickstarter uses in […]

Getting Started with Apple’s Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) for Apps

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Great news for the mobile business world! Apple has announced that they have launched a Volume Purchase Program (VPP), allowing companies to buy Apps in bulk and distribute them easily to employees.   But what does this mean for businesses using Apple products such as iPhones or iPads? Just imagine: IT Department – Never manually install […]

Is Your Business Ready for Google Plus?

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The social media team has gotten their hands on Google Plus and after playing with it for a while, our heads are spinning with ways that businesses can take advantage of Google’s new social networking site. In reality, the current iteration of Google Plus is not designed for businesses.  However, Google is testing out special […]

The Most Influential Small Business People on Twitter

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NOTE: We’ve updated this list: 2012 Most Influential Small Business People on Twitter. Can Twitter experts help small business owners improve their businesses? We think so! In fact, we’re so convinced about it that we’ve tried to identify (objectively, of course) the most influential people in small business on Twitter.  (The process we used to […]

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