• JPMorgan Chase Launches $30 Million Initiative to Fund Small Business Clusters

    Small Biz Trends | August 14, 2014

    While small business owners may not feel like every big bank has their best interests at heart, JPMorgan Chase seems to be trying to change that perception. The company recently announced its $30 million “Small Business Forward” initiative, to be spread over 5 years. The initiative is...

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  • No one is less certain about the economy than small business owners

    Fortune | August 14, 2014

    The NFIB released a report with mixed messages for the coming months. Small business experts unravel the responses. In the National Federation of Independent Business’s report released today, the small business advocacy organization found that owners across the U.S....

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  • New Twitter Ads Let You Pay for Only What Works

    FOX Small Business | August 12, 2014

    New Twitter ad campaigns are helping small businesses get the most bang for their buck. This week, Twitter unveiled its objective-based campaigns that are designed to make creating and optimizing successful marketing campaigns easier for businesses. Additionally, the new campaigns give small...

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  • Square Targets Small Business With Launch Of Online Booking Tool “Square Appointments”

    Tech Crunch | August 11, 2014

    Continuing its expansion beyond mobile payments, Square this morning has rolled out Square Appointments, an online appointment booking service aimed at small businesses, like beauty and hair salons, and other individuals looking to...

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  • U.S. Small-Business Owners’ Optimism Continues Slow Rise

    Gallup | August 8, 2014

    U.S. small-business owners' optimism about their businesses continues to rise slowly, according to the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, although it remains well below where it was prior to the 2008 recession. ...

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  • Preparing Small-Business Owners for Retirement

    The Wall Street Journal | August 6, 2014

    Small-business owners often are so busy working that they don't take time to plan for their retirements. But that is clearly a mistake, financial advisers say. In turn, advisers are helping these entrepreneurs more accurately value their businesses as well as their personal expenses, and...

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  • Who’s Really to Blame for Slow Bank Loans?

    The Wall Street Journal | August 5, 2014

    Ask any small-business owner to name his or her biggest gripe about obtaining a bank loan, and you will likely hear that it's the tortoise pace at which banks review and approve loan applications. Banks are notorious for their lengthy loan-application processes, which often take weeks to...

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  • Small business hiring cools off in July

    The Washington Post | August 4, 2014

    Hiring by small businesses cooled off this past month, mirroring a similarly modest slowdown across the broader economy, according to a new report. Small employers added 84,000 workers in July, down from a two-year high of 126,000 new positions added the month before, according to payroll...

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  • Government hits small business contracting goal for first time since 2005, officials say

    The Washington Post | August 1, 2014

    The federal government has met its obligation to steer contracts to small businesses for the first time in nearly a decade, even as the actual value of the deals declined, according to a report released Friday. In total, federal agencies awarded $83.1 billion worth of what contracts to small...

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  • Expensive Small Business Lenders Are Unregulated. Should They Be?

    Bloomberg Businessweek | July 30, 2014

    The Main Street credit gap has become such a well-accepted fact that whole waves of startups have launched, often armed with impressive-sounding technology, to improve small business...

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