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Debt 101: Getting Loans to Build Your Business

by Samia S. Morgan

 

Debt 101: Getting loans to build your business

Getting a loan to expand a business shouldn't happen when the business is in crisis, but long before, according to business-loan expert Susan Schreter. She walks business owners through the types of debt -- asset-based loans, SBA-backed loans, revenue-based financing and more -- and explains the pros and cons of each. Entrepreneur.com (2/20)

4 used-car buying tips from BBB

It's important to realize that there is no "lemon law" that applies to used cars, said BBB's Heather Clary. You should get used cars checked out by trusted mechanics and avoid buying until the financing has been worked out, she said. ClipSyndicate/WTVQ-TV (Lexington, Ky.) (2/15) 

 

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A Bright Idea for Saving Your Business Money

by Samia S. Morgan

A bright idea for saving your business money

Some business owners shy away from making the switch to energy-efficient lighting because of the upfront costs involved, but using compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs can save money in the long run, Kelly Spors writes. Some utility companies will help to cover the costs of energy-efficient lighting, which can make it an even more attractive option. Small Business Trends (2/16)

Censorship raises questions about social networks' trustworthiness

Research found that the public has become more trusting of social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, yet those sites censor posts at the request of foreign governments, writes Rebecca Chao. "Even if the rest of us are able to read tweets that repressive governments censor, tweets that are not accessible to the original posters and their networks are deprived of their utility and transformative power," argues Human Rights First, a nonprofit organization. The Huffington Post (2/15)

 

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BBB Ad Group: Comcast Can Claim Superior HD

by Samia S. Morgan

BBB ad group: Comcast can claim superior HD, not that AT&T has "old phone wires"

The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has recommended that Comcast no longer call AT&T's U-verse network a "bunch of old phone wires" in its advertising material. Comcast said it disagreed with the organization's assessment but that the controversial advertisements have already run their course. The organization said Comcast had justification for arguing that it has better linear HD picture quality. Multichannel News (2/16)

How to build your business' credit file

Your business' credit rating is essential for securing loans and conducting other financial transactions, but many companies have blank credit files, writes Mikal E. Belicove. "A blank credit file is to a bank like a blank resume would be to an employer," said Erik Simon of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility. You can improve your credit rating by staying up to date with bill payments and reporting your good behavior to credit bureaus that will let you do so, Belicove writes. Entrepreneur.com/The Daily Dose blog (2/14)

 

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A Home-Grown Park in Pittstown

by Maresa Giovannini

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Why Aren't Banks Lending to Small Businesses?

by Samia S. Morgan

 

Why aren't banks lending to small businesses?

Although the economy is recovering, getting a bank loan remains a difficult proposition for small businesses, Barry Moltz writes. Part of the problem lies with regulators, who implemented strict rules to avoid another collapse in the banking system, he writes. The FDIC needs to encourage small-business lending, and a fund should be created to funnel more funding to small companies, he writes. Small Business Trends (2/10)

Show your value to solidify business relationships

You should offer something of value -- such as a free product or access to members of your network -- when you're trying to build relationships with other businesspeople, John Jantsch writes. "Once you've established trust through this initial, genuine purpose, you'll find that the doors to 'working together' may naturally swing open." Duct Tape Marketing (2/13)

How to start your children down the path to entrepreneurship

If you want to foster your child's interest in entrepreneurship, there are a few steps you can take, according to Matt Smith, a college freshman who has been involved with two startups. Encourage your children to read about what interests them, establish relationships with others and create something, he advises. Parents should also help children to change their understanding of failure, he said. Entrepreneur.com (2/10)

 

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Understanding the Health-Insurance Deduction

by Samia S. Morgan

Understanding the health-insurance deduction

Self-employed individuals who have health insurance in their names -- or in the names of their businesses -- can take tax deductions, Bonnie Lee writes. Lee breaks down how to take the deduction and the tax forms involved. Fox Business Small Business Center (2/10)

BBB tips for dealing with authorization holds
  
Authorization holds can lead to problems for credit and debit card users. To avoid potential trouble, consumers should ask whether businesses use authorization holds, make sure they have some extra funds available and monitor their accounts, says BBB's Heather Clary. ClipSyndicate/WTVQ-TV (Lexington, Ky.) (2/8), Independent Mail (Anderson, S.C.) (2/14)

3 possible explanations for that sarcastic slap

Employees might turn to sarcasm as a result of their insecurities, anger or awkwardness, Vanessa Van Petten writes. "Sarcasm is not only hurtful, it is also the least genuine mode of communication." One way to stop sarcastic comments is to pretend they are sincere, she writes. Young Entrepreneur Council (2/13)

 

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Calculate the Cost of Your Employees Before Making Spending Decisions

by Samia S. Morgan

Calculate the cost of your employees before making spending decisions

It makes sense to think about how much it costs you to employ your workers when making decisions about other expenses. Based on the assumption a worker with a $50,000 salary costs about $40 an hour to employ, it's worth it to buy new technology and pay for useful magazine subscriptions, writes Tim Berry of Palo Alto Software. It's also a good idea to have meals during meetings, he writes. Planning Startups Stories blog (2/9)

How to secure your data and stay productive on the road

A number of tools can help you to be more productive and better protect your business data while traveling, writes Natalie Sisson. For example, the FindmyiPhone application can help you to locate your lost smartphone, and Gmail's offline feature can help you to manage your e-mail even when you aren't online. Forbes (2/10)

The right way to borrow money to build your business

Most companies should put borrowed money toward revenue-generating activities, writes Tom Gazaway of Hawkeye Management. When borrowing money, it's important to keep business loans from affecting your personal credit, to make the most of tax benefits and to keep interest costs low. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (2/10)

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How to Handle the Security Threats of Social Networking

by Samia S. Morgan

How to handle the security threats of social networking

Social media has become an essential part of the business world, but companies should take some precautions to mitigate the security risks involved, writes Bindu Sundaresan. Businesses should create a security strategy and communicate with workers about the risks involved with social networking, she advises. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (2/9) 

5 tips for easing the pain of tax season

Keeping your financial records in order throughout the year can save you money and make tax season less of a hassle, said Elizabeth Milito of the National Federation of Independent Business. "Come tax time, you don't want to be dumping loose papers and receipts on your CPA's desk and saying, 'Have at it,' " she said. Among her other tax tips are to familiarize yourself with available deductions and to be aware of behaviors that could lead to audits. Fox Business Small Business Center (2/8)

5 ways to improve sales without breaking the bank

Boosting your company's sales doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg, writes Suzanne Paling. A number of tactics -- including complimenting your salespeople, changing your approach to meetings and creating lists of the top accounts -- can all help to drive sales, she writes.Entrepreneur.com (2/8)

 

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Be Wary of Scammers Masquerading as the IRS

by Samia S. Morgan

Be wary of scammers masquerading as the IRS

With tax season under way, scammers are targeting consumers with phishing scams, according to BBB's Heather Clary. If you receive a suspicious e-mail asking for personal details, don't click on links, she said. Instead, leave your e-mail account, and go to the organization's website using the address you know to be correct. ClipSyndicate/WTVQ-TV (Lexington, Ky.) (2/8)

Don't miss out on these often overlooked tax deductions

Many Americans pay more than they have to on their taxes because they don't take full advantage of available deductions and credits. To avoid overpaying, you should be aware of small-business deductions such as those for companies that pay for health care or have acquired assets. BPlans.com/Up and Running Blog (2/7)

States look to collect e-commerce taxes

Amazon is backing federal legislation designed to standardize the way states collect sales taxes from online transactions, but the bill is stalled in Congress, according to this article. In the meantime, states are developing their own initiatives. USA TODAY (2/8)

 

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BBB: Credit Card Industry is Most Complained About Category

by Samia S. Morgan

BBB: Credit card industry is most complained about category

The credit card industry once again drew the most complaints from customers in 2011, according to BBB of Central Ohio. The furniture and cable industries saw an increased volume of complaints over previous years as consumers have spent more time at home as a result of economic difficulties. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (2/3)

What a balance sheet can tell you about your business

Balance sheets, which compare your business' assets to its liabilities, are essential for understanding the current financial state of your company. Bonnie Lee provides explanations of many terms that appear on balance sheets, including prepaid expenses and equity. Fox Business Small Business Center (2/3)

 

Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 
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