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Expo Mexico Emprende 2012 A Game Changer For Entrepreneurs

Small Business Expo Ignites Entrepreneurial Spark on Both Sides of the Border. Chicago will host the second edition of Expo Mexico Emprende, an initiative of the Mexican continue reading »

Treasury Announces $154M Increase in Small Business Lending in Illinois Banks

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a report showing that Illinois banks have increased their small business lending by $154.3 million since receiving capital through Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF). continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: 7 Money-Saving Year-End Tax Tips

Although tax season is still a few weeks away, now is the time to take advantage of a basket of tax opportunities that can help your small business reduce its tax liability and save money come April 2012. continue reading »

USHCC Applauds Startup America Milestones to Provide $2 Billion for American Small Businesses

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) applauds the recent commitment by the Startup America Partnership and Early Stage Innovation Fund to provide a total of $2 billion toward the continued growth of small business startups in America. continue reading »

Hispanic Entrepreneurs to Benefit From ‘Small Business Saturday’ Effort

National Entrepreneurship Month Ends with Effort to Bolster Local Communities. The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) today announced its support of the 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday, taking place November 26, 2011, continue reading »

Hispanic Entrepreneurs to Benefit From ‘Small Business Saturday’ Effort

National Entrepreneurship Month Ends with Effort to Bolster Local Communities. The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) today announced its support of the 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday, taking place November 26, 2011, continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: SBA Kicks Off Young Entrepreneur Series

Five-city tour offers young people advice and tools to start and grow businesses. The White House and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced today the launch of the Young Entrepreneur Series (YES) continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: SBA’s Growth Capital Program Sets New Records

$2.59 Billion in Financing for Small Businesses in FY11. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program provided a record $2.59 billion in fiscal year 2011 to small businesses, a 63 percent increase over last year’s $1.59 billion. continue reading »

SBA Approves First Six Lenders to Start Making Community Advantage Loans

Community-based, mission-focused lenders will start accepting loan applications from small business borrowers immediately. The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved an initial group of six community-based, continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: SBA expands Commercial Real Estate Refinancing

Small business owners with eligible commercial real estate mortgages maturing after Dec. 31, 2012, will be able to secure more stable, long-term financing through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s temporary 504 refinancing program as a result of a change that will be published in The Federal Register by April 6. continue reading »

New Online Toolkit Improves Access for SBA Lenders

Small business lenders now have access to more in-depth information and resources on U.S. Small Business Administration loan programs through the new Lender Toolkit on the agency’s recently redesigned website. continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: Signs of Impending Growth in Small Business Lending

Lending to small firms by U.S. financial institutions continued to decline over the 2009–2010 period, but some loan size categories began to stabilize, according to the Office of Advocacy’s latest edition of Small Business Lending in the United States. continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: SBA Launches Temporary Program for Commercial Real Estate Refinancing

Agency will begin accepting refinancing applications Feb. 28 for small businesses facing maturing mortgages, balloon payments. continue reading »

White House to Launch “Startup America” Initiative

Administration and Private Sector Campaigns will promote entrepreneurship and innovation. In his State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out a plan for winning the future by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the rest of the world. continue reading »

Common Marketing Mistakes

You must have heard about the huge marketing blunders made by some of the most well known brands in recent history. Sometimes it is the result of misjudgment and at times it is some experiment going wrong. The nature of the marketing job is such that even the most proficient can make a mistake. continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: When and How to Use Coupons to Promote Your Business

There’s no doubt about it we are a nation of coupon-clipping consumers and let’s face it, who doesn't like a bargain? From print coupons to online coupon codes, and now with the staggering growth of social coupons – consumers are literally bombarded with special offers. continue reading »

Reporting Business Income and Expenses – Which Accounting Method is Right for You?

In two previous posts, I addressed some key tax consolidations that small business owners and employers need to be aware of as we head into tax season, including the specific tax requirements that impact employers continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: Payroll Tax Cut to Boost Workers’ Take-Home Pay

The Internal Revenue Service today released instructions to help employers implement the 2011 cut in payroll taxes, along with new income-tax withholding tables that employers will use during 2011. continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: New Tech Guide Helps Entrepreneurs Grow Small Businesses, Create Jobs

A new technology tool for small businesses is now available to help them grow and create jobs. The new education resource, Business Technology Simplified, helps small business owners connect the dots between entrepreneurship and technology to give them a competitive edge. continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: IRS Help Small Business Claim Healthcare Tax Credit

The Internal Revenue Service today released final guidance for small employers eligible to claim the new small business health care tax credit for the 2010 tax year. Today’s release includes a one-page form and instructions small employers will use to claim the credit for the 2010 tax year. continue reading »