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Big Banks’ Lending Programs Yielding Few Results So Far

Some of the largest U.S. financial institutions have pledged new commitments to small businesses in recent months, but it remains to be seen how much these efforts will help business owners secure financing, reported The Wall Street Journal. Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. have separately announced programs that aim … Read More »

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Will Obama’s Small-business Agenda Survive Congress?

It was late October when President Obama first called for measures to stabilize struggling small businesses. Then, in his State of the Union address in January, he emphasized the role small business would play in healing the nation’s wounded economy. But it is only now, eight months after that speech, that Congress finally seems ready … Read More »

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Study: Employees Offered Child Care Are Healthier, More Productive

Despite higher upfront costs to employers, employees with kids are less stressed and more productive when their employers offer child and dependent care services, according to new research reported by AOL Small Business. The study — conducted by the consulting practice at Watertown, Mass.-based Bright Horizons Family Solutions, which provides employer-sponsored health care, and Jamie … Read More »

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Survey: Business Plans Double Chances of Success

Entrepreneurs who write business plans are twice as likely to grow their businesses, according to a new survey by Palo Alto Software reported by AOL Small Business. Having a business plan doubled a company’s chances of obtaining investment capital — 36 percent of companies with plans received money, compared to 18 percent without one. Similarly, … Read More »

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Watch Out for SBA Loan Scammers

When it’s tough to get a bank loan, scammers pop out of the woodwork with offers to “help.” Recently, the Small Business Administration warned business owners about a spike in complaints they’ve received about SBA loan fraud. A particular target is apparently the SBA Express loan, which offers loans up to $350,000, Entrepreneur.com reported. Here’s … Read More »

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Tax-saving Moves for Small Businesses

If you’re a shareholder in a successful closely held C corporation, you know this year’s federal income tax rate structure is favorable to your cause. If your company pays you a dividend this year, the maximum federal income tax rate will be only 15 percent. The same 15 percent maximum federal rate will apply to … Read More »

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