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SBA Modernization Is Unlocking Commercial Capital

Last week, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet celebrated her one year anniversary at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn how she is modernizing the SBA to get more capital out the door.

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April is National Financial Capability Month

According to the findings of a 2014 Intuit study, more than 40 percent of U.S. small businesses consider themselves financially illiterate. April is National Financial Capability Month, so now is a great time for small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to brush up on their financial literacy skills.

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A Small Business Owner’s Guide to the Hiring Process

The goal of every small business owner is growth, but with growth comes more responsibilities and more work. You may already juggle being the boss, accountant, office manager, maybe even janitor, but at some point, you realize you can’t do it all.

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Using the Phone to Market Your Business

With more and more customers contacting companies online, it may seem as if your business phone doesn’t matter much anymore. But if you aren’t taking advantage of the many ways your company’s phone can be used as a marketing tool, you’re selling your business short.

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Lenders: Profit from Your Customers' Export Sales

The most competitive companies in your portfolios are those that have proven themselves by succeeding in international markets.  But, they often need additional working capital to expand into new markets and fill orders.  Are you supporting them in their growth and profiting from their success?

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Take Your Business Global - An Introduction to Exporting

Have you considered exporting as an option to grow your business?  Nearly 96% of potential customers live outside of the United States.

  • Get an understanding of global markets
  • Develop an exporting strategy
  • Get informed about legal considerations
  • Take a look at shipping and distribution plans for exporting

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Small Business Payments Toolkit Available 

A cross-industry group, the Remittance Coalition, is seeking to increase use of electronic payments among small businesses.  The Coalition recently posted a Small Business Payments Toolkit. It focuses on explaining payment types, describing electronic payments like automated clearing house (ACH) transactions, working with your banker, and avoiding payments fraud, and offers resources for further information and education on payments. 

For more information on the Toolkit and the Remittance Coalition, contact us: remittance.coalition.smb@mpls.frb.org

 

SBICs - A Compelling Option for Banks

At the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, we discussed Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) vehicles and opportunities for banks specifically. What makes the compelling case for banks to invest or own SBICs are many, but from a regulatory perspective there are two reasons.

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At the Crossroads of Health Care and Innovation

Earlier this month, Secretary Burwell traveled to San Francisco. During her trip, she had the opportunity to meet with private sector leaders on a myriad of issues including precision medicine, how to better transform our healthcare delivery system and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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Free Affordable Care Act 101 webinar covering healthcare reform and your small business hosted by SBA and Small Business Majority. Click to RSVP today

Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars

SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. Join us every other Thursday at 2 PM ET.

Join us for the Affordable Care Act 101 webinars in Spanish once a month on Tuesdays at 4 PM ET. 

Discover Global Markets


Register Now! Discover Global Markets Conference

May 12-14 in Miami, FL

Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Florida District Export Council for DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: The Americas, the premier international business conference for U.S. executives. Come explore new market opportunities and learn effective strategies from senior U.S. Diplomats and business leaders in the region.

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