The SBA is broadcasting live from the Internet… Webinars you don’t want to miss, Apr 1- Apr 10

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There are so many SBA sponsored events coming up in April and the great news is that many of them are FREE and ONLINE! You won’t have to travel anywhere or spend money; it’s a win-win! I’ve put together this roundup of upcoming SBA webinars from Apr 1 – Apr 10. The topics will range from Business Planning to […]

Roundup: Social Media Metrics Tools for Small Businesses

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Metrics matter when you want to see how effective your  online content is. We know that “Content is King,” so we’ve put together a list of free tools that you can use to manage your social media, view detailed analytics, and help you create content strategies to increase your audience engagement in the future. Whether […]

Take Advantage of Diversity Programs to Build Your Business

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In effort to help all small business owners compete for government contracts, certification programs exist at both the state and federal level for minority-owned and underutilized businesses. The purpose of these diversification programs is to empower small business owners to procure government contracts, giving them access to the hundreds of billions of dollars the government spends […]

Supplier Diversity Programs: Grow and Stabilize Your Small Business

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As National Small Business Week approaches and we prepare to celebrate our country’s innovation, we’re kicking off the festivities with a series of posts on how your business can take advantage of the resources available through supplier programs, especially supplier diversity programs. So let’s get started… What is a supplier program? Supplier procurement programs are typically […]

Spreading the Word In All the Right Places… and Apps?

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Spreading the word in all the right apps? That’s right! The capabilities of mobile applications have increased dramatically. As the world transforms, becoming more technology based, most small businesses surprisingly have yet to jump on the bandwagon and take full advantage of the opportunities available through mobile marketing. Understanding a few things will put you on the […]

Can we really bring together 21 lenders who want to fund your business growth?

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After months  of planning, outreach and tons of community support, we’re getting so close to next week’s Access to Capital event in Chicago! And couldn’t be more excited! If you’re a business owner from the Illinois area looking to fund you’re business growth, we sure hope you’ll join us at the Navy Pier on Wednesday, […]

Deep Dish Pizza, the Bulls, and Small Business: That’s Chicago!

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[Editor's note: We're pleased to welcome this first post from, Biz2Credit, written by Liz Jacob, a writer and editor living in New York. Biz2Credit Business Loans is an online credit resource for small business loans, business loans for women, equipment financing, working capital and other funding options. They've secured $800 million in funding for small business owners in the U.S. […]

Big Apple Takes a Bite of Small Business

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We’re following Gatsby fever and heading to The Big Apple as we gear up for this year’s installment of the nation’s largest B2B trade show, Small Business Expo: New York, being held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Pier 92! This year, Small Business Expo is back, and better […]

Given the Political Climate, Small Business Hiring Dips

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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 […]

Will the Fiscal Cliff Deal Affect Your Small Business?

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As I read through the news around the effect of the Fiscal Cliff deal on small businesses, one thing sticks out… While there are likely to be very few changes for most small business owners, there’s a ton of uncertainty. For example, while reading through my small business news on Zite, it isn’t uncommon to see […]

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