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5 Resources to Make Part of Your #VetBiz Community

We know business ownership isn’t a solo mission. So, this National Veterans Small Business week, we are celebrating you – the veteran entrepreneur – and your #VetBiz community. We have resources and support waiting for you to help your business succeed and we want to be part of your community. Here are a few programs that might be

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Entrepreneurship Resources for Service-Disabled Veterans

For the month of October, we’re focusing on service-disabled veterans who are current or aspiring business owners. The resilience of service-disabled veterans translates well into business ownership, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) as an integral part of the veteran business community. To prepare for business ownership, service-disabled

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Ways to Fund Your Business: Bootstrapping

Sources of Business Funding: Bootstrapping

How to bootstrap your business Bootstrapping means starting or growing your business with the resources you already have, without the use of outside funds. Here is a helpful article from Intuit QuickBooks on how to bootstrap a small business. Methods of bootstrapping your business include: -Personal Savings/Debt Many entrepreneurs budget carefully to build up their

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Ways to Fund Your Business: Find an investor

Sources of business funding: Contact an investor

Why investors seek small business owners to invest in and the risks you’ll face If you’ve ever watched Shark Tank, you may think this is how investors operate. While investors are great when looking to fund your small business, typically, it’s difficult to maintain control over the future direction of your business. Investors buy ownership

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Ways to Fund Your Business: Launch a crowdfunding campaign

Sources of business funding: Crowdfunding Campaign

Explore a modern way to fund your business in crowdfunding Crowdfunding is a newer form of funding that puts some excitement into raising money for new products and/or business ideas. This kind of lending allows for the account creator to gain funds by asking for the support of family, friends, and fans. Websites like Kickstarter.com and

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Ways to fund your business: Apply for a loan

4 sources of business funding: Apply for a loan

When and how to use a small business loan to grow your business The bank is the first place many small business owners go for startup capital or a line of credit to grow their business. Before you pursue an online loan or launch a crowdfunding campaign, talk to your personal banker to learn what

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Where will I get the money to start or grow my business?

4 sources of business funding

4 sources of business funding for entrepreneurs Picture this! You’ve been working night and day on an amazing business idea. You have all the details worked out from the products and services to the marketing and pricing strategy, you even have customers who are ready to buy. There’s just one last item to check off

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6 Small Business Tips for Tax Season

6 tax tips for small business owners

Helpful hints for business owners to lessen the stress of filing taxes. With the deadline to file taxes fast approaching, we asked one of our Business Advisory Services Consultants, Phylicia Moye, to share some tax tips for small business owners. Throughout the year, I help our loan clients navigate tough decisions and work with them

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How to buy an existing business in 8 steps

Want to buy an existing business? Here’s what you need to know. Buying an existing business has many advantages over starting an entirely new one. Existing businesses typically already have employees, clients, inventory, processes, cash flow, and historical financial performance. While operations can begin right away, buying an existing business presents several challenges that should

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Guide to Online Business Loans: Easy Does Not Equal Cheap

5 Things to know before you apply for that online business loan

Funding Your Small Business Online Is Easy, But Comes With Risk In 2008, the Great Recession caused many banks and financial institutions to tighten their credit standards. As a result, a new breed of online lenders seized the opportunity to assist small businesses and new business owners with their credit needs, and often at a

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