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Small Businesses Pivoted to E-Commerce When Shuttered During Pandemic

Tanvi Asher admits to being somewhat naïve when her store had to temporarily close in mid-March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “At first I thought we may be closed two weeks,” says Asher, designer and owner of Peppermint ...

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Bank Loan Alternatives for Small Businesses

Although starting a business is becoming easier, getting the funding that you need for your small business is not quite as easy if you take a traditional route. Thankfully there are several bank loan alternatives for small businesses to consider. ...

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Forging a Future for Small Businesses to Succeed through Analytics

In today’s world of digitization, the incorporation of analytics into businesses has become more and more prevalent to stay competitive in an industry. Businesses are taking advantage of big data and business analytics tools to better market their product and services. ...

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Small Business Owners Struggling to Find Workers: Survey

According to the latest MetLife and U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey, published July 14, small businesses are having difficulty finding workers and say they are having to work more themselves or are asking staff to work longer hours. Despite having ...

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How to Appeal if Your PPP Loan Forgiveness Request Is Denied

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The SBA has laid out a formal and legal process for appealing its decisions to deny PPP loan forgiveness. The process is intricate and detail oriented, and there will be continued developments as the appeals come in. Once the appeal ...

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Are There Privacy Laws that Apply to Your (Small) Business?

Companies operating in the US can have a complicated web of privacy laws to navigate. State laws create a patchwork of privacy laws that can be more challenging for businesses than a single federal law. First, when legal theories evolve ...

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How Small Businesses Benefit from Partnering with Local Banks

Over this past year, during the COVID crisis, many bank lobbies have been shuttered, making neighborhood banking seem like a thing of the past. But for small business owners, this crisis has brought home just how important it can be ...

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Diversity Certification: Good Business for Small Business

Business certification is the diverse status verification of the owner or owners of a business. This includes women, minorities, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, those with disabilities and individuals living in areas that are separated from mainstream society (usually remote rural areas). ...

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Four Things Your Small Business Financial Plan Should Cover

You have drive. You have self-reliance. You’ve started a small business, led a business through a world of change and navigated a myriad of challenges from operational to financial. As a small business owner and leader, it’s likely there’s some ...

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COVID Grants May Be Drying Up for Small Business: What Else Is Out There?

Post COVID, if you’re still looking for free money for your business, other small-business grants may help meet your needs. Here’s how to get them.  Understand What’s Available Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, which launched in April , is open ...

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Business news roundup

Three proposed changes to the Paycheck Protection Program could significantly benefit small businesses.  CNN > Under the proposed coronavirus relief deal, businesses can drop paid sick leave for infected workers. BUZZFEED NEWS > The pandemic created winners and losers in the ...

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A number to know: Brother, can you spare 10 dimes?

$1 The value of the forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loan approved for a business in Atlanta. That business had applied for a $10,000 loan. READ MORE AT ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE >

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Business news roundup

Female workers could take another pandemic hit: To their retirements.  NEW YORK TIMES > After the pandemic, will inflation return? THE ECONOMIST > The Federal Reserve and Treasury have urged Congress to to approve more virus relief. AP> There’s still time to beat ...

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