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What’s Your FICO Score? Now You Can Find Out on MyFICO.com

What’s Your FICO Score? Now You Can Find Out on MyFICO.com

FICO has announced the launch of MyFICO.com en Español. For the first time ever, the more than 34 million native Spanish-speakers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico can now access personal credit reports, credit report analysis, their FICO Score and FICO Score analysis in Spanish. continue reading »

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

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 »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: SBA Kicks Off Young Entrepreneur Series

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 »

Puerto Rican Oscar Quiles Named Minority Small Business Person of the Year

Puerto Rican Oscar Quiles Named Minority Small Business Person of the Year

Oscar Quiles, president of Pentaq Manufacturing Corp., of Sabana Grande, PR, was named the National Minority Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration durin continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS: Faster Payments to Our Nation’s Small Businesses

SMALL BUSINESS: Faster Payments to Our Nation’s Small Businesses

President Obama announced a new initiative called Quick Pay that will cut the time it takes for Federal agencies to pay small businesses for contracted services. Now small businesses like yours can get paid faste continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS: U.S. Treasury Announces 2 Illinois Community Banks Receive $24.5M for Small Business

SMALL BUSINESS: U.S. Treasury Announces 2 Illinois Community Banks Receive $24.5M for Small Business

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that two Illinois community banks received a total of $24.5 million through the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF). The SBLF, which was established as part of the Small continue reading »

IRS Urges Taxpayers to Avoid Becoming Victims of Tax Scams

IRS Urges Taxpayers to Avoid Becoming Victims of Tax Scams

The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to guard against being misled by unscrupulous individuals trying to persuade them to file false claims for tax credits or rebates. continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: SBA’s Patriot Express Loans Reach $633 million

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: SBA’s Patriot Express Loans Reach $633 million

In just four years the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Patriot Express Pilot Loan Guarantee Initiative has provided more than $633 million in SBA-guaranteed loans to 7,650 veterans to start or expand their small businesses. continue reading »

Small Business Got Nearly $100 Million in Federal Contracts in FY 2010

Small Business Got Nearly $100 Million in Federal Contracts in FY 2010

2010 Small Business Procurement Data Shows Significant Progress toward 23 Percent Federal Contracting Goal. The federal government awarded nearly $100 billion in federal contracts to small businesses continue reading »

IRS Increases Mileage Rate to 55.5 Cents per Mile

IRS Increases Mileage Rate to 55.5 Cents per Mile

The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2011. Taxpayers may use the optional continue reading »

CredAbility Selected to Help Reduced Income Homeowners Apply for Federal Funds to Avoid Foreclosures

CredAbility Selected to Help Reduced Income Homeowners Apply for Federal Funds to Avoid Foreclosures

National Nonprofit Credit Counseling Agency Will Immediately Begin Qualifying Homeowners Hurt by Unemployment, Medical Issues. CredAbility, a national continue reading »

Xavier Serbia Releases New Book Where He Looks to Provide Answers to Financial Questions

Xavier Serbia Releases New Book Where He Looks to Provide Answers to Financial Questions

Xavier Serbia Releases His New Book "Preguntale a Xavier: Respuestas a preguntas reales de finanzas personales," Where He Looks to Provide Answers to Financial Questions Posed by Thousands of People continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS: SBA Announces Appointments to Advisory Council on Underserved Communities

SMALL BUSINESS: SBA Announces Appointments to Advisory Council on Underserved Communities

Council will advise SBA on ways to strengthen support for small businesses in underserved communities. continue reading »

Three Hispanic-Owned Small Businesses to be Recognized During National Small Business Week

Three Hispanic-Owned Small Businesses to be Recognized During National Small Business Week

Hispanic-owned small businesses from Florida, New Jersey and Texas will be honored during National Small Business Week, an annual event organized and hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration to recognize the contribution of small businesses to job creation and the recovery of the nation’s economy. continue reading »