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Success Story: The Catering Companies & Bell Mill Mansion

Success Story: The Catering Companies & Bell Mill Mansion

Solar farm at event hall marries lower energy bills and environmental stewardship Tara Plumlee grew up in the food industry – helping at her father’s barbecue restaurant from the age of 13. After trying her hand at owning and operating a restaurant, she started The Catering Companies in Chattanooga to give her a more flexible schedule

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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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Success Story: Intrinsic Balance Chiropractic & Health Services

Success Story: Intrinsic Balance Chiropractic & Health Services

Alabama woman makes adjustment from franchise manager to chiropractic practice owner Dr. Morgan Fountain first named her business “Intrinsic Balance” as part of a project during her final year of chiropractic school. “Opening your own practice and being an entrepreneur is the end goal for most chiropractic students, but for me it was this amorphous

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How to: Government Contracting for Veteran-Owned Businesses

Government contracting for Veteran-owned businesses

Government contracting and procurement tips for vetrepreneurs GWACs, IDIQs, T&M – oh my! To a new business owner, these acronyms look like alphabet soup. To government entities, they look like work. But to a veteran business owner competing for a government contract, “GWAC, IDIQ, and T&M” look like opportunity. To start off, the terms, “GWAC,

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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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2017 Annual Report: Expanding Opportunity

Pathway Lending 2017 Annual Report preview

Another banner year for regional CDFI Pathway Lending and the businesses we serve 2017 was an incredible year for Pathway Lending, one in which we sought opportunity to help entrepreneurs create wealth and grow jobs at every turn. We’re proud to share our 2017 Annual Report with you. Enjoy stories from just a few of

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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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SUCCESS STORY: X-Cel Business Products

Client success story: X-Cel Business Products

Former State employee launches office and medical supply business For more than 20 years, Memphis-based business owner Lonzell “Lonnie” Yates has operated X-Cel Business Products LLC to provide customers with “quality products and services that enhance customers’ productivity and profitability.” But he wasn’t always an entrepreneur. After a long career working in minority business development

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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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This Summer: Free workshops for Pathway Lending clients

Free workshops for Pathway Lending loan clients

Summer classes for entrepreneurs at Pathway Lending Education is a critical part of our mission, so we’re offering free and reduced workshop rates for Pathway Lending loan clients this summer. Here are just a few of the workshops we’re offering this summer:   QuickBooks Online: Bootcamp for Business A crash-course on how to manage your

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