Insights into the world of small business lending and development


Friday, December 22, 2017 | Access to Capital, Financial tools and management

Building a successful business is no easy feat and many owners learn what works by trial and error. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best financing lessons learned from the small business owners we talked to this year.  

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | Access to Capital, Financial tools and management

7 Signs That You Shouldn’t Sign (or E-sign) on the Dotted Line

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 |

This holiday season consider supporting businesses that employ, empower, and bolster women entrepreneurs around the world. 

Here’s a selection of companies led by visionary women who are using their businesses to build more people and planet-friendly products.

Monday, October 30, 2017 | Access to Capital, Financial tools and management

Getting approved for a small business loan is an exciting moment. You finally have the capital you need to move the needle for your business—whether it’s capital to purchase a new piece of equipment, to finance a second store opening, or simply to cover your regular business expenses. After putting hours and effort into searching for and applying for a business loan, you might be tempted to just quickly review your offer, check the rates and terms, and sign on the dotted line.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Access to Capital, Business planning and strategy, Financial tools and management

You may not be trimming the tree just yet, but it’s definitely time to make sure your business is ready for the biggest shopping season of the year. From retailers to restaurants, the majority of small businesses will significantly boost their bottom line in Q4. According to a recent survey from Vistaprint, 75% of consumers indicated that they’re likely to do at least some of their holiday shopping with small businesses this year.

Monday, October 16, 2017 | Access to Capital, Financial tools and management

If you have bad credit, your financing options may be limited and expensive. If you hope to start or a grow a business, you'll need to learn how to judge the status of your credit score and why it matters to your lender. Even more important, you must explore realistic avenues to fix the problems with your credit history.

Monday, October 9, 2017 |

Entrepreneurship is rarely easy, especially as a female in a typically male-dominated business world. I recently had an opportunity to interview two highly successful business masterminds: Rachel Braun Scherl of SPARK Solutions for Growth, who has nabbed the title of "Vagipreneur" for her success in the female sexual health market, and Sarah Beane Ricca, VP and financial advisor for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Both women have sage advice about the practices and philosophies they live by to overcome female-related obstacles and obtain true success.

Monday, October 9, 2017 | Access to Capital, Financial tools and management

If you’re just beginning your hunt for business financing, you’re likely knee-deep in unfamiliar terms and lending jargon. And it’s enough to make even the most eager entrepreneur feel overwhelmed. Don’t continue your search without reviewing a few of the essential terms you need to know to make an informed decision about financing your business. We’ve broken down eight must-know terms below.