Financing & Credit

Paycheck Protection Program, Round 2: Can Your Business Receive Any of This Money?

On Friday, April 24, President Trump signed into law a new bill providing a much needed additional $310 billion into the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), created under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) to help small businesses keep employees on the payroll, and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Out of the …

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How to Reduce or Delay Paying Your Bills During the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the finances of many people. Over 22 million workers have become unemployed in a short period of time. Unemployment benefits are available for laid off workers, freelancers, independent contractors, and gig workers, but the availability of some of those benefits has been delayed due to the crush of …

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Where’s the Money? The Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions About CARES Act Loans

The federal government enacted in late March legislation to help small businesses suffering from the COVID-19 crisis. The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) provides for the availability of $349 billion in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. There are currently two types of loans available: Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Paycheck …

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Small Business Relief Must Be a Priority During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Alexis Glick As the COVID-19 health emergency has been unfolding, I’ve been doing some writing and media appearances talking about a group of people I care passionately about—namely, the millions of underserved children in the United States who depend on the U.S.D.A.’s school lunch and school breakfast programs for the lion’s share of their …

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An Insider’s Guide to Grants and Fundraising: Interview With Entrepreneur Valerie Grant

By Felena Hanson Valerie Grant has worked with nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations to help obtain grant funding since 1998. Her company, Grant Consulting Services, assists organizations through project development, comprehensive funding searches, expert grant management, and professional grant proposal writing services. Valerie is also a published author and an accomplished freelance writer. Read on …

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Newly Available CARES Act Loans: 10 Things Small Businesses Need to Know

The federal government has recently enacted two pieces of legislation to help small businesses weather the COVID-19 crisis, including the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act passed on March 25, which provides $349 billion in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. The previous bill provided for $7 billion in additional loans. It is important …

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Small Business Relief: COVID-19 Resources for Startups

Small businesses are struggling to find relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Forbes, about 30 million small businesses across the United States are in trouble, with half that number blaming the pandemic for revenue decline. As states work to approve emergency funding measures for business owners, many companies are closing their doors and laying …

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Should You Sign a Personal Guarantee for a Small Business Loan?

By Veronica Baxter Every small business must contend with the challenges of financing their business operations. Whether you’re just starting up or expanding, business loans are often a critical part of a small business’s success. But what if you are required to personally guarantee the loan? Should you? Read on to learn about how a …

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6 Tips for Using a 0% APR Credit Card for Your Small Business

Every small business owner knows the power of a good business credit card. You can use your card to rack up rewards points, access perks like insurance and purchase protections, and give yourself a little cash flow breathing room when you need to make a big investment.  For business owners with excellent credit, a certain …

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When Financing Equipment, Beware of the Dreaded Blanket Lien

By Chris Fletcher Let’s meet John. John owns a tree cutting service in Pennsylvania. He took it over from his father about 20 years ago, and over the years, built the business to be the largest service in the area. On any given day, he can have two to three crews working, and owns several pieces …

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A Simple 6-Month Plan to Help You Build Business Credit

While your resolutions as a small business owner probably include things like “grow my business” or “hire my first employee,” I’m guessing “build business credit” didn’t make the list. That’s a shame because putting energy into your business credit can actually help you realize the other goals on your list! Your business credit is one …

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Today’s ‘Net Terms’ Economy Hits Small Businesses and B2B Companies Hardest

Welcome to the Net Terms Economy. This “buy now, pay later” environment is not the most hospitable place for small business owners, and yet, we’re stuck here in a world that can negatively impact our businesses, our industries, and America’s economy. Explaining the Net Terms Economy Living in the Net Terms Economy means waiting to …

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