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How to Use Your 401(k) for Small Business Funding

When you have the dream of starting your own business, you need a way to make that dream come true. Funding your passion often means relying on various resources for capital.
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| Author Kristy Boldt, tagged in ROBS, 401k funding, 401k business financing, 401k business funding, ROBS Funding

SBA Rescinds Rebranding Efforts: 7(a) and 504 Loans Return

Effective immediately, the new SBA Administrator, Linda E. McMahon, has rescinded the November 1, 2016 notice to rebrand its two core business loan programs. The names of the loans have returned to what they were previously:  the "7(a) Loan Program" and the "504 Loan Program."  Click here to read the official notice

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| Author Kristy Boldt, tagged in SBA, Benetrends, small business loans, 7a, 504, david grams

The Beauty and Benefits of a Good Business Plan

Your business plan is a road map which helps you navigate the unexpected twists and turns faced by any new business. When your business plan is done well, it provides insights and guidance to help focus energy on truly important tasks.
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| Author Kristy Boldt, tagged in business planning

How and Why Smart Market Research Leads to Small Business Success

Choosing to start your own business is exciting, filled with endless possibilities and opportunities. Turning those dreams into success takes drive, vision, and discipline.
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| Author Kristy Boldt, tagged in business funding

The Entrepreneur's Quick Guide to Successful Startups

Starting a small business is a thrilling time, full of opportunity and excitement. The foundations of starting your own business begin with you. Your vision, dreams, and aspirations are an important component to any successful business venture.
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| Author Kristy Boldt, tagged in small business funding

The Insecurity of Job Security: Why Business Ownership May Be the Best Option

When you think back to the impression you’ve been given your whole lifetime, you can probably tie the word “job” to security. Always accepting the notion that the longer you stay somewhere, the better off you will be. Some of you reading this may even have upheld that notion and are now at a crossroads; you’ve severed ties with a longstanding employer and you’re well into your working years.

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| Author Larry Carnell CBI, CFE, CFB, tagged in starting a business, purchasing a franchise, business owner

Calculating the Costs of a Small Business Startup: Tips for Getting Started

Starting a new business or franchise can be very exciting. However before you take the leap, it’s important to understand and calculate the costs involved. Not only are there are a variety of expenditures and fees for the launch of a startup, there are also ongoing expenses to take into account to keep your doors open long-term.

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| Author Kristy Boldt, tagged in Entrepreneurs, business funding, business startups, small business startup costs

5 Things Every Budding Entrepreneur Should Know

"If only I had known." That phrase is not the one you want to be uttering shortly after embarking on a new business venture.

Ideally, beginning your own business should be a time of excitement and joy. The way to keep the joy flowing long-term is to start off on the right entrepreneurial foot from the very beginning. Here, then, is a short list of things you should know before you become an entrepreneur.

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| Author Kristy Boldt, tagged in

Changes Coming To SBA In 2017

Click here to listen to the recent Benetrends podcast that addresses recent changes in the SBA world. The podcast covers the recent SOP changes and their effect on franchisors, borrowers, franchise consultants and business brokers

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| Author Molly Klein, tagged in SBA, small business loans, 7a, 504, david grams

Need to Borrow Money for your new Business? An Alternative to “Family Funding”.

You wanted to open your own business, but you didn’t have quite enough saved to make your dream a reality.  Enter your family (or friends) with a loan that will allow you to open your business.

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| Author Molly Klein, tagged in borrow from retirement account, rainmaker plan, 401k funding, start up loans

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