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Alternate Funding Resources

January 14, 2017

This is a list of sources for funding and financial resources in Arizona for business startup and development.

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Two Types of Business Loans Outside of the Bank

January 9, 2017

For those that do not want a traditional bank loan, there may be two other options available. This article outlines the basics of these other options.

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Applying For A Commercial Small Business Loan

January 9, 2017

Our local SCORE chapter here in Southwest Florida recognized that there was a lot of confusion between the commercial borrower and the banks.  We formed a bank loan committee in our chapter and sent each committee member to a bank to have them show us their requirements for obtaining a commercial bank loan.  The banks’ responses were overwhelmingly positive and that started close relationships that continue today.  In this post, I’ll share with you what we have learned and tips you can use to secure a loan for your small business.

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What Is The Criteria For Getting A Small Business Loan?

January 9, 2017

Getting a small business loan from a bank can be difficult and time consuming. Each bank has its own criteria for loan approvals and can change its criteria depending on both internal and external events. The best chance you have for getting approved is to present the bank with the information they need, how they need it, and in a professional and concise but complete manner. To that end, here are the major criteria used by most banks in approving loans.

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Three Rules of Thumb for Setting Up Your Small Business Marketing Budget

January 9, 2017

For this article I was hoping to come up with a neat chart with small business marketing benchmarks by industry. Unfortunately those figures do not seem readily (or publicly) available. But I have seen several polls by different companies that all point to the same general “rules of thumb” for marketing budgets. The below levels of dedicated time and money are typical of businesses that are growing and want to keep growing.

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What’s the Difference Between Debt and Equity Funding?

January 9, 2017

There are two broad categories of funding you can use to start up your company. These categories are not distinguished by who you’re borrowing from but by the requirements, limitations and types of returns that regulate the type of investment. It boils down to what you’re giving away to receive the money.

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Starting A Franchise

January 5, 2017

There are a lot of sources out there that will tell you how to start a franchise and eventually how to run one. So, how do you start your search? Too much information almost makes decision-making worse. Here we’ve outlined some resources for those looking to open a new franchise.

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Are Small Business Loans Getting Easier to Get?

January 5, 2017

There’s some good news for small business owners who are looking for financing to expand their businesses: Banks of all sizes are approving more small business loans, according to the latest Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index. Small bank approval rates for small business loan requests increased to 50.3 percent in February, up from 49.9 percent in January and 47.6 percent in February 2012. Clearly, though, the big news is with big banks.

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How Much Does it Cost to Start a New Business?

January 3, 2017

Determining your startup costs can be complex. There are many variables to think about and in some cases, the best you can do is to make educated guesses. But the more accurate you can be in estimating your costs, the more likely you are to fund your startup appropriately, and therefore be poised for success.

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Perla Salinas – SCORE Mentor – SBA Lending, Banking & Finance

December 13, 2016

Perla Salinas joined Greater Phoenix SCORE in 2014. She started her banking career in 2004 in the area of loan operations and credit analysis. To date, Perla specializes in Commercial Banking and is currently managing a $50MM+ commercial loan portfolio for National Bank of Arizona.

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