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Small Business Administration lending increases

Michelle Robey and Patty Nappo secured a $1.9 million SBA loan to help make their dreams of business ownership in Medford, New York come true. (photo by Judy Walker)

The U.S. Small Business Administration had approved $15.2 billion in loans in fiscal year 2018 by mid-May, up 1.9 percent from the $14.9 billion approved in the same period in fiscal 2017.

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Cici’s, other franchisees, use SBA program for financing

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Greg Costley doesn’t need the Small Business Administration’s assistance to secure entrepreneurial capital at BancFirst anymore because his first experiences as a new restaurant franchisee years ago were so successful.

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5 reasons to upgrade from Excel to Google Sheets

Sheets lets your team interact and collaborate on spreadsheets in real-time.

  Spreadsheets are employed almost universally by businesses everywhere. Whether they’re used to quickly compute complex calculations or merely to store valuable company data in one convenient location, spreadsheets are beloved by many for their functionality, ease of use, and ...

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Do you have a real cybersecurity plan?

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A new survey conducted by Microsoft and Marsh found that two-thirds of 1,300 senior executives polled said cybersecurity was a top five risk management priority for their company. But while companies fear the impact of a cyberattack, only 30 percent ...

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More than words: Deeds make your company’s value statement matter

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When communicating a business’s values, authenticity is most effective, according to an executive and professor who has written books on the subject. Value statements are a good way to engage people with an organization and its goals, said George H. ...

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The Cumulative Impact of a Departing Employee

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  When an organization loses a key employee, the bleeding typically does not stop there. What about the teammates that the departing employee leaves behind? How are they impacted? Simply put, when an employee leaves an organization, you could lose ...

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3 key strategies to develop a team of high performers

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Anyone who’s ever been a member of an excellent team at work will attest to how energizing it can be. Team members provide support and encouragement to give you the drive to reach goals that you thought were beyond your ...

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Google Meet: The ultimate conference solution

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A recent update to Google’s Meet has helped to solidify the conferencing platform as an industry leader.  A number of additions have made their way to Hangouts Meet over the past few months, showing that Google is fully dedicated to ...

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10 tips on attracting top talent to your organization

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It’s a fact: Every organization wants the best talent in the market, but not every organization works toward it. Merely wanting to attract the best talent will not produce results; organizations must make themselves attractive for that to happen regularly. ...

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Ignore sexual harassment at your own peril

Though sexual harassment and misconduct dominates today’s headlines, the issue is nothing new. These charges cut across all sectors and communities. But sweeping charges under the rug allows accusations to fester, damaging brands and harming the workplace. And that’s keeping ...

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