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Business resources
January 9, 2023

8 Strategies For Business Owners to Improve Time Management

Time management is crucial for big and small business owners to achieve their business goals. Learn strategies for effectively managing time below.

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Business resources
January 9, 2023

7 Best eCommerce Solutions for 2023

A good eCommerce platform helps enhance your business processes and boost sales. Learn about the 7 best eCommerce solutions including their ins and outs below.

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Business resources
January 4, 2023

7 Ways to Use a Business Line of Credit to Improve Customer Retention

Happy customers are the foundation of any business, so this article will cover seven ways to use a business Line of Credit (LOC) for customer retention.

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Business resources
December 20, 2022

How to Write a Business Plan For Your Business

Learn what a typical business plan includes and learn how to write a business plan here. We cover contents, formatting, and more!

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Company culture
December 14, 2022

How to Promote Team Bonding Among Your Employees

How can a team work well together when they don’t know anything about each other? Learn some best practices for team bonding to enhance your workplace and culture.

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Business resources
December 7, 2022

Top Reasons To Choose Business Insurance from The Hartford

Navigating the world of business insurance can be tricky. In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know and recommend an insurer you can trust.

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Company culture
November 23, 2022

4 Ways to Achieve Business Results with a Small Team

Just because you have a small team doesn’t mean you can’t get big results. Learn how to make the most out of your team and accomplish your business goals.

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Business resources
November 16, 2022

Small Business Strategies for a Successful Holiday Season

The holiday season presents opportunities to make a profit for your business and bring your team together. Here are the best strategies to prepare your small business.

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Business resources
November 7, 2022

Small Business Guide to Win Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2022

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are major sources of revenue for many small businesses. Here are some strategies to maximize your revenue from shoppers.

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Business resources
November 2, 2022

What Small Business Owners Should Know About General Liability Insurance

Find out everything small business owners should know about General Liability Insurance, including the costs, coverage, and benefits.

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Business resources
October 25, 2022

How Retailers Can Navigate a Recession in 2022

If you’re concerned about how a recession will impact your retail business, here’s what you need to know, plus seven tips to help your small business survive in the storm.

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Business resources
October 18, 2022

How to Build Business Credit in a Recession | 6 Steps Revealed

Business credit makes it easier for your company to borrow money, which can then be used to buy services or products. Here are steps you can take to improve your credit score while a recession is ongoing.

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Business resources
October 11, 2022

6 Ways to Increase Sales Using a Business Line of Credit

Taking out a business Line of Credit (LOC) allows you to invest in your business to increase sales. Here are six smart, ROI-driven ways to invest your LOC.

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Business resources
September 27, 2022

5 Tips Revealed to Prepare Your Small Business for Hurricane Season

Protecting your business from potential damage is especially important during hurricane season. Follow these tips to strengthen your business foundation and weather the storm.

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Company culture
September 22, 2022

Prevent Quiet Quitting from Impacting your Small Business

As ‘quiet quitting’ encourages more employee disengagement, small business owners and managers should be more cognizant of how to prevent the movement from impacting the workplace.

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Business resources
September 7, 2022

How to Calculate ROI When Financing a New Project

A key indicator of the likelihood that a small business will be successful in the long term, ROI provides investors with important insight into the potential for a return on the capital they risked. Read on to learn how to calculate ROI when financing new projects for your business.

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Business resources
September 6, 2022

7 Types of Debt Financing for Small Businesses

Debt financing can be a helpful option for getting the capital you need to run your small business. From business lines of credit to traditional bank loans and more, here’s all you need to know about the different types of debt financing to grow your business.

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Business resources
August 9, 2022

Solving Supply Chain Issues for Small Businesses

Supply chain issues are impacting many industries. However, business owners can implement different strategies to overcome the supply shortage and reduce the impact these may cause.

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Business resources
July 8, 2022

6 Strategies for Small Businesses to Win Amazon Prime Day

Here’s everything small businesses need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2022, including 6 strategies to make the most of the biggest sales day of the year – you don’t need to sell on Amazon to participate!

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Business resources
May 11, 2022

EXPLAINED: Faster, Easier Access to Equipment Financing

As a business owner, we don’t need to tell you that having the right equipment is vital to keeping your small business running at maximum efficiency and productivity. Thankfully, there is a quick and easy way to secure the funds necessary for equipment purchases without decreasing your critical business capital: A small business loan.

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Business resources
May 3, 2022

3 Tips to Ensure Twitter is a Positive & Profitable Tool for Your Small Business

A small business might reasonably look at this atmosphere and wonder, “What good could possibly come from driving headlong into that tornado of animosity?” The truth is, however, Twitter can still be a powerful instrument for good—and profit!—in your marketing toolbox. Here are three reasons why…

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Business resources
April 25, 2022

Your Own Flying Circus: 3 Small Business Creativity Boosting Tips from John Cleese

Many of the lessons the actor/comedian has learned along the way about effectively tapping one’s imagination and actualizing the best parts of what comes out of it were collected by Cleese in a funny, enlightening little book back in 2020 entitled, Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide.

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Company culture
April 12, 2022

A Prank, A Party, & A Renewed Sense of Purpose: Idea Financial Turns 5

Ever wonder what happens when a company’s fifth anniversary celebration, the end of another successful quarter, and April Fool’s Day all converge on roughly the same date?

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April 1, 2022

Insurance Checkup: Do You Have the Right Coverage?

Idea Financial has joined forces with The Hartford to provide a trustworthy, competitively priced, and fast way to protect your business

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News
April 1, 2022

Rhinos for Rhinos: Idea Financial applauds new World Bank Wildlife Conservation Bonds effort

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)—has created a five-year $150 million Sustainable Development Bond designed to raise money to protect and increase endangered rhino populations at the Addo Elephant National Park and the Great Fish River Nature Reserve, both in South Africa.

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Business resources
March 30, 2022

REVEALED: The Secret to Small Business Influencer Marketing Success

Even with such fundamental cultural acceptance, small businesses continue to struggle to define what an influencer marketing strategy might look like for them. Still, achieving some clarity is essential because this is one trend entrepreneurs ignore at their own peril: “The ROI from influencer marketing is clear,” business coach Neal Schaffer writes in his comprehensive, illuminating new book Age of Influence.

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News
March 23, 2022

Idea Financial Stands with Ukraine

Two weeks ago, we announced that Idea Financial would seek to raise funds for more than a dozen family members of our employees trapped in Ukrainian cities under Russian bombardment. We set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of $5000 and a promise to match donations dollar for dollar up to $2500.

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Business resources
March 14, 2022

Idea Financial Recognized as a Top Miami Startup

The self-described “tech company with a mission to help successful companies extend their tech capacity” recently included Idea on it list of Top Startups in Miami in 2022 alongside many other great Magic City companies, including Papa, Gaming Frog, Moda Design District, 4ocean, SportsEdTV, and more.

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Business resources
March 2, 2022

How to not be left behind by retail’s “experiential” revolution

Though COVID may have notched many victories in early battles against the global retail market, a recent uptick in the success and profitability of brick-and-mortar stores across the United States suggests small businesses are set to win the war.

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Business resources
March 1, 2022

A no-hassle, money-saving guide to building your small business website

Though setting up a website for your small business is often a daunting proposition, the reality is that when armed with the right tips and tricks the process can be a gratifying – and, ultimately, profitable! – experience. The following concise primer will help get you started…

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Business resources
February 22, 2022

Give your small business the gift of cash flow confidence

Idea Financial Senior Vice President of Product & Technology Carlos Martelo is here with the download on the affordable, flexible lines of credit and term loans that can provide the key.

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Business resources
February 22, 2022

Got a minute? The revolving line of credit for small businesses

Idea Financial Chief Financial Officer Santiago Rubio walks viewers through the many benefits of this flexible funding solution that can save you time, money, and worry over where that next financing dollar is coming from.

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February 15, 2022

Getting to the ideal small business funding solution

Idea Financial Chief Risk Officer Joe Salvatore provides a concise-yet-thorough overview of the financing challenges small businesses have had to navigate in recent years—and then walks you through the potential funding solutions that could help keep your business growing and thriving.

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Business resources
February 11, 2022

The 5-step small business cybercrime survival guide

More than half of small businesses fold in the aftermath of a cyberattack. These 5 steps can help ensure you aren’t one of them.

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Business resources
February 9, 2022

How to make your small business a TikTok star

TikTok, the social media platform serves up short, punchy videos to a massive, dedicated audience and early adopters can attest how powerfully it can serve businesses and brands.

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Business resources
February 7, 2022

Expanding opportunity by democratizing capital

Idea Financial Director of Revenue Operations Rodney Rabah is more than happy to answer that question—and to make the case for why you should partner with Idea to achieve your next, best success.

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Business resources
February 3, 2022

How your small business can navigate hiring during the "Great Resignation”

The “Great Resignation” has seen millions resign in a bid to retire or find better jobs elsewhere. With talent shortages already representing a significant challenge to most companies, this trend has shifted the employment market strongly in favor of candidates.

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Company culture
January 31, 2022

President Larry Bassuk talks reimagining small business funding

Co-founder and President Larry Bassuk discusses the history and mission of Idea Financial.

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Company culture
January 26, 2022

WATCH: Go behind the scenes at Idea Financial HQ

At Idea Financial we pride ourselves on the close, enduring partnerships we forge with our clients—relationships that go beyond innovative, affordable small business funding solutions we provide and connect to the destinies we strive to help build.

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Customer stories
January 10, 2022

Crash Chronicles: Selah Pools takes its customized, visionary backyard “dreamscapes” to the next level

Think you know what a swimming pool is? Well, think again. The visionary team at Selah Pools deftly merge art, fun, and functionality into mind-blowing customized personal oases that are as revolutionary and unique as they are gorgeous

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Business resources
January 5, 2022

SBA Ends COVID Lending Program Despite Omicron Surge. Where Can Small Businesses Turn?

When the clock struck midnight on December 31 it marked not only the end of 2021 but also tolled the bell for the Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (COVID EIDL).

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Business resources
December 30, 2021

7 Ways to Achieve Your Next, Best Business Success in 2022

We regularly explore the latest hacks, tips, and innovations from every corner of the entrepreneurial world. Seven blogs we published in 2021 that can help set you up for success in 2022!

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Business resources
December 10, 2021

Twelve Days of Small Business Christmas

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a lovely carol, but it isn’t exactly full of the most practical advice or items for a small business owner, is it? And so now, in the holly jolly crucible of the holiday season, Idea Financial updates the song for the realities and needs of you, our cherished customers…

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Business resources
December 1, 2021

Launching a Small Business May Cost Less than You Think

The US Small Business Administration estimates that a microbusiness—defined as having nine or fewer employees, but usually a sole proprietorship—costs on average $3,000 to launch.

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Business resources
November 19, 2021

Do I Need a Term Loan to Fund My Small Business?

Term loans have set many businesses on the path to enduring financial success. Which type is right for you? Idea Financial breaks it down.

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Business resources
November 19, 2021

Top Reasons for Small Business Loans for Restaurants

You perfect your cuisine. Idea Financial will provide the business line of credit to help you serve it to the people.

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Business resources
November 16, 2021

An Umbrella For You, General Liability Insurance For Your Business

Storms, financial and otherwise, come up unexpectedly. Learn more about how Idea Financial and The Hartford have you covered with affordable, trustworthy General Liability Insurance

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Business resources
November 8, 2021

How Do I Get A Loan To Buy An Existing Business

Getting a loan to buy an existing business requires plenty of prep work. Before you ever speak to a lender, you will need to make sure you are ready. This means more than honing your elevator pitch.

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News
November 5, 2021

Idea Financial x Movember

Idea Financial understands and believes in the power of ideas backed by resources. After all, every day we place funds in the hands of small business owners and watch as visions are transformed into reality.

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Business resources
November 3, 2021

What You Need to Know About Commercial Loans for Business

Whether your small business just opened its doors or has been around for years, securing the right commercial financing can be transformative.

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Business resources
October 27, 2021

Your Long-Term Business Loan Questions Answered

Everything you always wanted to know about long-term business loans but were afraid to ask, courtesy of Idea Financial. Find out which funding option is best for you.

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News
October 26, 2021

Idea Financial partners with The Hartford to offer General Liability Insurance that you can trust.

Idea Financial has joined forces with The Hartford to provide a trustworthy, competitively priced, and fast way to protect your business with General Liability Insurance as you continue to move forward and grow.

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News
October 8, 2021

WATCH: Idea Financial CEO Justin Leto and President Larry Bassuk talk small business empowerment on Inside South Florida

Idea Financial CEO Justin Leto and President Larry Bassuk talk small business empowerment and the post-lockdown great American comeback on Inside South Florida.

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September 21, 2021

Idea Financial announces the promotion of Tyler Walton to Underwriting Manager

Idea Financial, a leading provider of small business lending solutions, announces the promotion of Tyler Walton to Underwriting Manager.

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Customer stories
August 17, 2021

Klyxx invests to build their team and service more businesses

More and more clients need to rebrand their business, products, and online presence. With a greater influx of customers, Klyxx needed to build up!

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From the desk of the CEO
August 12, 2021

Idea Financial announces the promotion of Sean Hritz to Vice President of Credit and Risk

Sean's keen instincts, rich experience, and leadership skills play a key role in Idea Financial's growth and success.

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Business resources
July 12, 2021

How can I qualify for a small business loan

Let Idea Financial help you understand what it takes to qualify for a small business loan.

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News
July 6, 2021

Idea Financial closes $84 million warehouse facility

The commitment from Synovus and Hudson Cove increases Idea Financial’s capacity to extend competitive and flexible financial products to Main Street.

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Business resources
July 5, 2021

How to start a small business online

Learn how to start an online business with some tips and tricks from Idea Finacial.

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Business resources
June 28, 2021

Business 101: How to establish business credit

Establishing business credit can help your company get ahead. Idea Financial has compiled some tips to help you start the process.

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Customer stories
June 9, 2021

Snowfly

Snowfly faced mounting orders, hypergrowth but also a stop-gap with their resources. Here is how they charged their business forward!

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Customer stories
May 19, 2021

MedForward tapped into their working capital to hire new talent

Michael founded MedForward to make the life of medical professionals and patients easier, every step of the way.

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From the desk of the CEO
May 7, 2021

Idea Financial Appoints Salina Erazo as Director of Marketing

Idea Financial is delighted to welcome Salina Erazo as our new Director of Marketing.

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Business resources
May 5, 2021

Building it right: How to successfully develop an idea

Learn how to successfully develop a business idea with some help from the experts at Idea Financial.

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Business resources
April 28, 2021

Six factors: When is the right time to acquire a company?

If you are thinking of buying a company our latest blog offers help and advice to guide you in making your decision.

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Business resources
April 21, 2021

Why and how: Business continuity planning

Learn how to create a business continuity plan and how it can help you overcome potential issues in your industry.

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Business resources
April 14, 2021

Finding funding: How your startup can source the capital it needs

Learn how you can find the funding to get your startup off the ground. The experts at Idea Financial can help you better understand your options.

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News
March 16, 2021

How to start an estate sale business

Today, we’re going to discuss in detail how to start an estate sale business. Check out our latest blog to learn more.

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From the desk of the CEO
February 11, 2021

Idea Financial appoints Joseph Salvatore as CRO and Santiago Rubio as CFO

As Idea Financial grows, so does its team in both in size and responsibility. This is a look at how Joseph Salvatore and Santiago Rubio rose up the ranks!

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Customer stories
December 17, 2020

Crash Chronicles - Romelio

​Cool Runnings Air is ready to serve its main industry in South Florida with all its instruments, inventory, and, most importantly, experience.

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Business resources
December 17, 2020

Ready for eCommerce? Restructure your business for online sales

Taking your business to the eCommerce sector might seem challenging, but there are many tools to start with, and make sure you do it correctly.

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Customer stories
December 3, 2020

Crash Chronicles - Charles

He had several options on the table, but the timing was important. See what he decided to do.

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Customer stories
November 6, 2020

Crash Chronicles - Chrystina

Business was growing and Chrystina realized that she had several opportunities to take that growth to the next level.

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Business resources
November 4, 2020

Brand Clarity: Fundamental tools for creating an effective brand

Knowing how your brand creates value, and how it differentiates itself from the competition is key to attracting new clients and growing. ​

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Customer stories
October 16, 2020

Crash Chronicles - Lydell

Crosstown Pharmacy is a specialized homeopathic pharmacy that is patient-centric and that goes above and beyond the services of your local pharmacy.

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Customer stories
October 13, 2020

Crash Chronicles - Snap Pak

Snap Pak produces durable, microwave safe, freezer safe, and washer safe meal prep containers. Snap Pak invested in expanding their product line.

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Business resources
October 9, 2020

Restructuring for growth

There is more than one way to grow your business. Here a some examples to inspire your next step onto business growth.

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Customer stories
October 5, 2020

Crash Chronicles - American Compliance

American Compliance Systems is taking on the challenges 2020 has brought by investing in product development and marketing.

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Customer stories
September 28, 2020

Crash Chronicles: George growing his software company

George is investing in hiring new personnel and purchasing new equipment to offer online services for companies around the country.

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Customer stories
September 24, 2020

Crash Chronicles: Sally the Vet saves the day

Expanding a veterinary practice takes research, planning and the right funding. Find out how one Vet offered more services to her furry clients.

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Business resources
September 24, 2020

Business Efficiency: Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable

Learn strategies on how to make your business more efficient, and automate your accounts receivable and payable to help your business grow.

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Guest posts
September 11, 2020

What is a group of Rhinoceroses called?

Fun fact!

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Business resources
July 31, 2020

Small Business Taxes: What you should know

Businesses pay taxes to multiple governments and it's important to know what these are and when to pay them.

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Business resources
July 15, 2020

Business Beware: Overleverage turns your business into a tumbling tower

Learn about multiple loan stacking, how it affects your business finances and how to avoid it.

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Business resources
July 13, 2020

EIN Lookup: How to find your EIN

From opening a bank account, to filing taxes to applying for business loans; having your EIN handy is really important. Learn how to find your EIN.

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Business resources
June 12, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program changes and deadline

There was an update to the PPP called the Flexibility Act that eases rules, such as reducing the payroll threshold of %75 to %60.

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Business resources
May 29, 2020

Boosting employee morale during lockdown orders

With lockdown orders, 24/7 news, layoffs and irregular working hours, tending to employee needs today is more important than ever.

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Business resources
May 14, 2020

5 expert social media tips to help your small business succeed

Social media is a great way for small business owners to connect with customers, partners and employees during and after the pandemic.

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From the desk of the CEO
May 12, 2020

Lessons from a Pandemic and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The importance of financial literacy to navigate funding options during the Covid-19 crisis.

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Customer stories
April 26, 2020

Artistic Tile & Stone

Family owned and established in 1982, Artistic Tile & Stone came with the promise of giving the most satisfying tile and stone buying experience.

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Customer stories
April 13, 2020

Local Eye Site

To continue serving patients in the eye care industry, Local Eye Site has expanded its services to now offer a Telehealth application.

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Customer stories
April 12, 2020

Auto Insurance Companies Issuing Credits on Premiums

Auto insurance companies have considered how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting both sectors and are now issuing payment relief on motor vehicle insurance.

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From the desk of the CEO
March 27, 2020

The CARES Act for Small Businesses

Get to know the CARES Act and how it affects small businesses nationwide. The initial budget already ran out. There is another $310 billion coming.

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Customer stories
March 26, 2020

Hydro Clean

One of the issues that we are taking care now more than ever is keeping our space clean. Hydro Clean has you covered with effective cleaning services.

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Customer stories
March 26, 2020

Cool Running Air

As people are staying more in their homes for work and safety, it is important to count with air conditioning professionals that get the job done.

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Customer stories
March 26, 2020

Snap Pak

If there was a time for our society to be prepared and sure we had the essentials we needed and had to make each count, it is now and Snap Pak helps.

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Customer stories
March 26, 2020

Maestro Filmworks

Maestro Filmworks helps you with video production, creative development and photography.

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Customer stories
March 26, 2020

Terrazzo

From the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Hoover Damn, Top End Terrazo has probably installed a floor you have seen or walked on.

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Customer stories
March 26, 2020

Denny's

As our country keeps safe, franchises have also been affected and are still delivering and making sure clients a taken care of.

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Customer stories
March 26, 2020

Madison Taylor Marketing

To face today’s challenges each business must learn to strategize, reinvent and align their marketing efforts to the needs of their customers.

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