Why SBA Lending Deserves Another Look


If you're considering acquiring a new business or expanding your existing business venture, a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan may be a more attractive option than ever before. Rules implemented within the last few years make SBA 7(a) loans more appealing to lenders and more accessible to businesses.

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A Business Plan is Not Just For Your Bank. It’s For You Too


Creating a business plan is not just one of those tedious tasks to throw together a lengthy document that is solely for the purpose of ticking another box off a lender's checklist. A business plan will serve as your guidepost, your foundation, your mandate for conducting your business, and it should clearly communicate those crucial elements to those within your organization, as well as those outside.

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Tips for Nonprofits to Maximize Private Grant Opportunities


Securing grant funding is a strategic process that requires planning and preparation, according to Laura Bode, Director of Community Engagement at A New Leaf. During the Bank's recent ShopTalk event focused on strategic funding for nonprofit organizations, Laura shared her tips for maximizing private grant opportunities.

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How to Keep Your Sales Pipeline Flowing


Our business bankers have built and continue to maintain a prospect pipeline with more depth and breadth than ever. So how are they doing this, and how can their success and experience help you develop the same for your business?

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Secrets to Running a Successful Woman-Owned Business


Without a doubt, women are excelling in business. According to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Business Report by American Express, there are now more than 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., generating $1.8 trillion in sales as of 2018. In light of all the progress women have made in business, you may be wondering how and why women are excelling in business. We spoke to four women business owners to find out what they believe were the secrets to their success.

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