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May 17, 2024

Practical Cybersecurity Measures for Your Small Business

Fortify your small business against cyber threats with practical cybersecurity measures. From employee training to secure remote access, explore key strategies to protect your digital assets effectively.

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May 10, 2024

SEO Basics for Small Businesses

Unlock the potential of SEO for your small business with our beginner's guide. Learn how to improve your online visibility, attract more traffic, and grow your customer base through effective SEO strategies.

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April 30, 2024

How Financial Literacy Can Elevate Your Success

As Financial Literacy Month wraps up, remember the year-round value of understanding credit scores. This guide highlights how maintaining a strong credit score empowers small businesses with better financing options, negotiating power, and cost-effective insurance rates.

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April 19, 2024

Why Sustainability is Essential for Modern Businesses

Explore the critical role sustainability plays in modern businesses. Learn how going green enhances brand value, reduces costs, and meets regulatory standards, with insights on how companies like Patagonia and Walmart successfully implement these practices.

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April 16, 2024

FEATURE FOCUS: President Larry Bassuk on High-Yield Savings: Earning Big with a 6% APY

Find out how much you could make with an interest rate on a 6% high-yield savings account. Larry Bassuk offers advice on how to optimize your savings and guard against inflation.

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April 8, 2024

FEATURE FOCUS: Mastering Credit Card Debt: CEO Justin Leto's Cost-Cutting Strategies

Unlock CEO Justin Leto's expert insights on slashing credit card debt with cost-effective strategies. Explore debt relief services, income-driven repayment plans, and leveraging home equity loans to regain financial control.

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April 2, 2024

Idea Financial and ORIX USA Partner to Elevate Small Business Financing

Discover how Idea Financial's collaboration with Synovus Bank and ORIX USA is set to transform small business financing, providing more accessible, tailored solutions for growth.

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March 29, 2024

Eco-friendly Business Practices: Going Green

Dive into sustainable business with our guide to eco-friendly practices. Learn how going green can save costs and attract eco-conscious consumers, with Idea Financial's support for your sustainability goals. Shape a greener, more profitable future for your business.

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January 25, 2024

Financial Health Check: Starting 2024 on the Right Foot

New Year, New Goals! Dive into our essential guide for a 2024 financial health check. Find out how to analyze, plan, and boost your business's finances with Idea Financial's help

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January 16, 2024

Budgeting for Small Businesses: A Starter Guide

Chart Your Financial Course! Dive into effective budgeting strategies and discover how Idea Financial can propel your business's fiscal health this year.

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January 12, 2024

Navigating 2024: Key Market Trends for Small Businesses and the Power of Financial Flexibility

Stay Ahead of the Curve! Explore essential market trends and how Idea Financial's flexible solutions can elevate your business strategy in 2024.

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January 4, 2024

Embracing the Future: Top 5 Tech Trends of 2024 for Business Growth

Stay ahead in 2024 with the latest tech trends shaping business financing. Discover how AI, blockchain, and IoT can boost your business's growth potential.

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December 27, 2023

Planning for 2024: Setting Small Business Financial Goals for Success

Ready for 2024? Discover essential financial planning strategies for small businesses and learn how Idea Financial's credit lines can fuel your growth.

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December 19, 2023

Year-End Financial Review Tips For Small Businesses: Ensuring A Healthy Financial Close

Wrapping up the year? Discover key strategies for a successful financial review and learn how Idea Financial can boost your business's growth.

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November 2, 2023

What You Need to Know to Prepare For Black Friday

'Tis the season to be shopping. It's time to make those Black Friday plans, and we got you covered with the tips and tricks you need.

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October 13, 2023

Hiring with a Growth Mindset for Your Business

Is your business growing and need to expand your team as a result? We’ll show you how to hire with the perspective of hiring for future business growth potential

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October 10, 2023

Take Advantage of Prime Day Deals!

It’s Amazon Prime Day Oct, 10 and 11! Take advantage as we got some shopping tips for you to optimize the best deals for your business!

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October 2, 2023

5 Reasons You Didn't Realize Why You Need a Business Loan

Loans usually have a negative connotation - but they can actually be a lifesaver. From emergency funds to expanding your company, here’s how a business loan is right for you.

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September 8, 2023

Three Easy Budgeting Tips for Investing in Cybersecurity

Is your company protected from cyber threats? Small businesses are easy targets to cyber crime due to their sensitive information and lack of funds in cyber security. Here are some easy budgeting tips for investing in your company's cyber security.

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July 14, 2023

Top Two Ways Small Businesses Can Utilize a Business Term Loan

These are the top two ways that small businesses utilize their business term loans.

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July 13, 2023

Three Ways a Restaurant Can Use a Line of Credit

Small, family-owned restaurants are a unique kind of small business that comes with their own challenges; these are the top three ways our customers use their line of credit for their restaurant.

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July 10, 2023

Four Reasons Your Small Business Would Benefit from an Intern

Learn how interns are beneficial for small businesses and you should be utilizing them

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July 7, 2023

Tips for Hiring a Social Media Manager

Discover five essential tips for hiring a social media manager for your small business.

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July 6, 2023

Why Small Business Owners Need a Morning Routine

Discover why small business owners should prioritize a morning routine, as it fosters focus, boosts productivity, and promotes self-care, allowing them to set clear intentions, plan effectively, and cultivate a positive mindset for success in their entrepreneurial journey.

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July 5, 2023

Discipline Leads to Success

Discover how small business owners can achieve success through everyday discipline.

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July 3, 2023

It’s the Little Things That Can Elevate a Small Business

Discover how small businesses can elevate customer experiences through the power of attention to detail, personalized interactions, and the little things that make a big difference.

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June 30, 2023

Attracting More Customers: How Small Businesses Can Create a Positive Customer Experience

Discover key strategies for small businesses to attract more customers by creating a positive customer experience, including prioritizing exceptional service, enhancing communication channels, and building emotional connections.

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June 28, 2023

Harnessing the Power of Brainstorming for Small Business Marketing Success

Unleash creativity, problem-solving, and team collaboration with effective brainstorming techniques to drive marketing success for your small business.

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June 27, 2023

Three Effective Ways for Small Businesses to Measure Marketing Success

Discover three effective ways for small businesses to measure the success of their marketing efforts, from tracking website analytics to monitoring social media engagement and gathering customer feedback.

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June 26, 2023

Three Tips for Small Businesses Looking to Start a Podcast

Discover three essential podcasting tips for small businesses looking to start podcasts, from defining target audiences to planning engaging content and investing in quality production and promotion, in this informative article.

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June 23, 2023

Elevate Your Brand Voice: Why Your Small Business Needs a Podcast

Discover how starting a podcast can help your small business cultivate a strong brand identity, expand your reach to a global audience, and unlock versatile content marketing opportunities for consistent brand presence and engagement.

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June 22, 2023

Avoiding Burnout: Essential Tips for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

Discover essential tips for entrepreneurs and small business owners to avoid burnout and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Stay energized, focused, and achieve long-term success in a demanding business environment.

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June 21, 2023

Traditional Marketing Ideas for Small Businesses

Unlock the potential of traditional marketing with these four tried and true ideas for small businesses.

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June 20, 2023

Line of Credit VS Business Term Loan

Discover the differences between a revolving line of credit and business term loan to determine which could benefit your small business more.

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June 16, 2023

The Lifeline for Small Businesses: Why a Line of Credit is Essential

Discover the top four reasons that small businesses should have a line of credit and the number one lending company to apply for one from

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June 15, 2023

Boosting Your Small Business Credit Score: Essential Tips

Learn how to raise your business credit score with these three tried-and-true tips.

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June 14, 2023

Essential Components for Optimizing Your Small Business Website

Learn the essential components to optimize your small business website for success. From responsive design and compelling content to SEO strategies, discover how to enhance your online presence, attract customers, and drive business growth in the digital landscape.

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June 12, 2023

The Power of Traditional Marketing for Small Businesses

Traditional marketing is an often overlooked area for small businesses. While digital marketing is helpful, it is important to incorporate both marketing modes for the best results.

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June 9, 2023

Three Ways to Use a Line of Credit

Having a line of credit is a great way to build your business credit, so here are three ways you can best use it.

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June 8, 2023

Overlooked Tools Every Small Business Needs

These are the top three overlooked tools that every small business needs to utilize now

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June 5, 2023

Why Do Small Businesses Need a Digital Presence?

Having a solid digital presence for your small business is important for maximizing growth and garnering customers.

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June 2, 2023

Bug in Chase Bank Caused Double Transactions

Chase Banks customers saw duplicate transactions in their online banking services. A representative said that the charges and fees will be reversed.

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June 1, 2023

Fueling Growth for Small Business Retailers with a Line of Credit

As a small business retailer, a line of credit can provide ample growth opportunities that you don’t want to miss out on.

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May 31, 2023

Two Ways Small Business Owners Can Use AI for Marketing

As artificial intelligence improves, it is imperative for small business owners to start utilizing these tools. A great area that can benefit from AI-tools is marketing.

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May 30, 2023

Anatomy of a Blog

Learn how to craft an engaging blog that drives traffic to your website and boosts sales in the guide tailored to small businesses.

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May 26, 2023

Books Every Small Business Owner Should Read

These are the best books we recommend for small business owners to read.

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May 25, 2023

A Guide to Blog Writing for Small Business Owners

This helpful guide for small business owners teaches them the basics of blog writing.

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May 24, 2023

Why Small Business Owners Should Start a Blog for Their Company

Establishing a strong online presence is crucial for the growth and success of any business. While social media and website optimization are often emphasized, small business owners should not overlook the power of blogging. A blog can be a game-changer, providing numerous benefits that can propel a company to new heights.

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May 23, 2023

Elevate Your LinkedIn Profile: Tips for Small Business Owners

In this short guide for small business owners, learn how to spruce up your LinkedIn profile and attract more visibility to your brand.

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May 22, 2023

How Small Businesses Can Garner More Five Star Reviews

For small businesses, online reviews are a powerful tool that can shape their reputation and attract new customers. Five-star reviews act as social proof, building trust and credibility. To harness the benefits of positive feedback, small businesses must implement strategies to encourage satisfied customers to share their experiences. Here are effective techniques to obtain more five-star reviews.

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May 18, 2023

Montana Banned TikTok—Small Businesses Should Worry

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed into law a bill banning TikTok in the state, which could hurt small businesses.

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May 17, 2023

How to Generate More Leads for Your Small Business

Learn how small business owners can utilize the internet to generate more leads for their companies.

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May 16, 2023

Crafting Compelling Newsletters: A Guide for Small Businesses

Unlock the secrets to crafting captivating newsletters with this comprehensive guide for small businesses.

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May 15, 2023

Why You Should Start a Newsletter for Your Small Business

Discover the untapped potential of newsletters for small businesses in this insightful blog post.

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May 11, 2023

Why a Restaurant Owner Should Have a Line of Credit

Running a restaurant has its own unique challenges. Having an available line of credit from a reputable lender like Idea Financial can help prepare your restaurant for growth.

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May 10, 2023

Take Advantage of National Small Business Day

Today is National Small Business Day. Here are a few ways you can celebrate and promote your small business at the same time.

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May 9, 2023

A Brief History of Golf as the Premier Networking Sport

Today, golf is known as a gentleman’s sport and the go-to for networking opportunities. But how did this Scottish game become this way? We delve into a brief history and the circumstances that made golf the networking sport it is known as now.

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May 8, 2023

Be a Leader for Your Small Business

It’s not enough just to be the founder of a small business; you also need to be a leader. We have sure fire tips to support a small business owner becoming a true, inspiring leader of their company.

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April 3, 2023

Benefits of Using Freelancers

The needs of every small business are different, and freelancers are a flexible, cost-effective solution.

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April 3, 2023

The Importance of Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses

Social media marketing is a crucial aspect for small businesses to be successful in the modern online landscape.

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April 3, 2023

How to Choose the Right Accountant for Your Small Business

The tax-filing deadline is fast approaching. How can a small business choose the right accountant for their company?

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March 20, 2023

How Small Businesses Can Use AI

If you're running a small business, you may be wondering if artificial intelligence (AI) is right for you. Here's what you need to know about AI and how to use it to spawn success.

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March 13, 2023

How to Build a Loyal Customer Base

Building a loyal customer base that returns again and again is the key to any prospering and growing business – here are 5 tips to achieve just that.

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March 1, 2023

Technology Essentials Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know

With the technological landscape constantly evolving, here are the essentials this one successful CEO thinks every small business owner needs to know about.

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February 23, 2023

Five Tips for How Small Businesses Can Survive Inflation

Inflation can’t be avoided, so learn how to handle inflationary periods by cutting unnecessary expenses, leveraging automation, and utilizing funding options like lines of credit and loans.

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February 21, 2023

How to Build Business Credit Fast for New Small Businesses

Build a strong business credit score fast with our comprehensive guide: secure loans and favorable terms for your new small business success.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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