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Small businesses have more choices and options for loans and financing than ever. Some financing sources today simply call everything “small business loans” even if the financing really takes the form of a cash advance or line of credit or something else.

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Do you remember the last major purchase you made?

But if it wasn’t, and you happen to be thinking about buying a franchise-which is a major purchase, this article is for you.

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Ransomware attacks are the fastest growing malware threats. On average, more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred daily since January 1, 2016.

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Keeping Up with State Workplace Laws [0.12]

Posted on May 16, 2017, 1:23 p.m. by SBA All Blog Posts RSS @ [cached copy]

If you have even one employee, you may be impacted by law changes occurring at your state or local level.

There is no federal law requiring any paid leave time for employees for sickness, childbirth, or family emergencies.

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We get it: the idea of exporting can be intimidating. In fact, small businesses engaged in exporting on average stay in business longer, grow sales faster, and support more jobs than their non-exporting counterparts.

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Did you know business credit can be just as important as having personal credit?

It’s essential for small businesses to get credit so they can have access to the financing needed to cover any unforeseen expenses, manage cash flow and grow.

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May is World Trade Month [0.03]

Posted on May 9, 2017, 2:16 p.m. by SBA All Blog Posts RSS @ [cached copy]

As the world's largest economy and the largest exporter and importer of goods and services, trade is critical to America's prosperity. In recognition of one of the most rapidly growing and changing sectors of the U.S. economy, May is designated as World Trade Month.

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This year, spending on Mother’s Day is projected to hit a record high of $23.6 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. How can your small business capture some of those Mother's Day dollars?

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Small business owners are always thinking: about their next sale, next potential customer, long to-do lists.

We asked — and their responses will help us better help them develop thriving businesses.

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National Volunteer Week [0.33]

Posted on April 27, 2017, 4:24 p.m. by SBA All Blog Posts RSS @ [cached copy]

This quote, attributed to Winston Churchill though often disputed as to whether he actually said it, is one of my favorite adages.

As Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, I am proud to partner with an organization that helps so many entrepreneurs benefit from the experiences of others: SCORE.

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This quote, attributed to Winston Churchill though often disputed as to whether he actually said it, is one of my favorite adages.

As Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, I am proud to partner with an organization that helps so many entrepreneurs benefit from the experiences of others: SCORE.

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Writing YOUR Success Story [0.16]

Posted on April 21, 2017, 9:43 p.m. by SBA All Blog Posts RSS @ [cached copy]

Once upon a time….

Once upon a time, my husband and I started our business sharing a desk.

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SBA is gearing up for National Small Business Week, which will be taking place April 30th - May 6th. And like last year, we’re taking the show on the road to celebrate small businesses across the United States.

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Social media marketing is powerful, but can become a time sink if you let it.

Setting up a social media calendar helps organize your business’s efforts and make the most of your limited resources.

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Franchise Fees: Why Do You Pay Them And How Much Are They?

In this article, I’m going to teach you all about franchisee fees, including why you pay them and how franchisors make money.

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Celebrating SCORE Mentors in Action [0.06]

Posted on April 13, 2017, 2:14 p.m. by SBA All Blog Posts RSS @ [cached copy]

Did you know that April 23-29, 2017, is National Volunteer Week?

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is excited to celebrate National Volunteer Week by recognizing all of the SCORE volunteer mentors who help entrepreneurs like you to succeed.

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Imagine owning stock in a company where the price appreciates greatly, you sell it, and pay no tax on your profit. That’s what can happen with qualified small business stock (QSBS).

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Have you always wanted to start your own business?

Do you have a lot of business ideas but don’t know which one to pursue?

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10 Ways to Get New Customers [0.16]

Posted on April 6, 2017, 1:39 p.m. by SBA All Blog Posts RSS @ [cached copy]

Every small business owner wants to attract new customers.

Ask for referrals.

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Happy National Volunteer Month! [0.19]

Posted on April 4, 2017, 2:03 p.m. by SBA All Blog Posts RSS @ [cached copy]

Ask any one of America’s 62 million volunteers why they give their time, and you’d probably get nearly 62 million unique answers. Then, there are extra advantages that many volunteers enjoy, like studied health benefits.

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