National Small Business Week: rewarding entrepreneurs or politicians?

National Small Business Week kicked off this week as Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, The White House, and Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet all commented on this week dedicated toward highlighting the efforts of entrepreneurs.

For the skeptical individual, it’s easy to point to this week and ask: is it all for show?

At […]

May 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on National Small Business Week: rewarding entrepreneurs or politicians?|

why small businesses need accurate finance records

For small business owners, quarterly payments may be seen as a painful, joyless endeavor. While many individuals have the opportunity to pay their personal taxes on April 15 and then relax until the next year, business owners aren’t provided the same luxury.

With that being said, there are several reasons why small business owners should […]

May 8th, 2014|Business, Entrepreneur|Comments Off on why small businesses need accurate finance records|

Applying Market Research in the Digital Age

Market research is deeply rooted in the history of modern business institutions. Charles Coolidge Parling, considered the “father of marketing and commercial research”, first pioneered market research in the early 1920’s.

In the modern day however, a simple question emerges for the business owner and entrepreneur: how does one distill market research information into digestible and […]

May 6th, 2014|Business, Entrepreneur, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Applying Market Research in the Digital Age|
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    Economic recovery heightens expectations for startup businesses

Economic recovery heightens expectations for startup businesses

Beyond the optimistic predictions of the Federal Reserve or Keynesian economists, there has been skepticism among small businesses and start ups about the health of the economy. This seems to have changed however, as recent polls conducted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom show a greater degree of confidence among start ups.

The […]

May 1st, 2014|Business, Entrepreneur|Comments Off on Economic recovery heightens expectations for startup businesses|

Student Loans and young entrepreneurs

For the aspiring young entrepreneur, there is no greater bane to his or her personal dreams and aspirations than student debt.

Already, there are clear signs that student debt have significant impacts on personal spending habits. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Research and Statistics Group reports for example, that “homeownership rates between 2003 and […]

April 29th, 2014|Business, Entrepreneur, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Student Loans and young entrepreneurs|

Finance through factoring, not family

For the aspiring entrepreneur, one of the hardest questions that must be tackled is finding a source of capital. The previous posts have covered methods such as crowd-funding and bank loans. There is however, one obvious option that has not been covered: asking friends and family members for financing.

The first and most important aspect of asking […]

April 24th, 2014|Business, Entrepreneur, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Finance through factoring, not family|

Riding to success: Cesar De Alba

Racing down the track over a quarter of a mile on a horse galloping at break-neck speeds. For many, this endeavor would seem like a formidable challenge in its own right. Knowing that a $200,000 purse awaits at the finish line takes that challenge and elevates it to a whole new level.

To Cesar De […]

April 22nd, 2014|Business, Featured, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Riding to success: Cesar De Alba|

The problems with crowd funding

It’s easy to look at crowd funding as the new, great alternate to bank loans. After all, there are very famous success stories now of individuals that have used IndieGoGo and Kickstarter to jump start and fund a new, innovative project. Few business owners and entrepreneurs however, are aware of the cons attached to […]

April 17th, 2014|Business, Entrepreneur|Comments Off on The problems with crowd funding|

Small Businesses harmed by tax season

It’s no secret that tax season is a source of misery for most. Having to organize receipts for job-related expenses and mailing federal and state tax payments practically ensures that come April 15, pocketbooks are significantly less full.

For small businesses however, there is a more substantial cost that comes with the tax season. […]

April 15th, 2014|Business, Entrepreneur, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Small Businesses harmed by tax season|
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    California ranked among top states for entrepreneurial activity

California ranked among top states for entrepreneurial activity

In a recent report released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation,  California continues to remain a hotbed for entrepreneurs. According to the report, California had 400 per 100,000 adults creating businesses each month during 2013. Moreover, San Francisco had the highest percentage of entrepreneurial activity among the nation’s 15 largest metropolitan statistical areas. Other […]

April 10th, 2014|Business, Entrepreneur, Featured|Comments Off on California ranked among top states for entrepreneurial activity|