Friday, 28 April 2017

Information and commentary for the small business banking industry

Category Archives: Growing

12 Dec

Crowdfunding – a viable option for raising capital

If you haven’t been in business long, it can be tough to qualify for a loan. Lenders want to see a detailed business plan, backed by income and cash flow statements, that prove you’re a good risk. Often strict lending requirements can freeze out new businesses when they need funding […]

07 Dec

Looking back over 2016 and gearing up for Christmas

For most businesses – especially those that are retail-based – one of the busiest times of the year is coming up – Christmas. Everyone’s planning or doing their Christmas shopping, and taking their families on holiday, so it’s a boom time for retailers. What’s important is knowing how to make […]

07 Dec

Looking ahead to 2017

As 2016 winds down – although the Christmas season is winding up – it’s a good idea for small business owners to look ahead to the new year and consider how they’re going to ensure their business thrives. When it comes to trends to be aware of, mobile’s where it’s […]

05 Dec

Getting the most out of social media

In keeping with today’s theme of using the internet to help grow a business, we’re harking back to one of our favorites – social media. It really should be a must for any small business’s marketing mix. Why? Mostly because everyone’s online these days. And of that, a majority are […]

05 Dec

Making the most of online resources

The great thing about the internet for small business is that there’s almost an unlimited amount of resources out there that an help grow a business, and many of them are free. Small businesses should always be seeking to improve their cash flow, and one of the best ways to […]

02 Dec

The 2017 business year – help your small business customers look ahead

Maintaining that competitive advantage There’s so much competition among small businesses in the U.S. that it’s essential for business owners to remain up to date with what’s happening in their industry, so that they can maintain and improve their competitive advantage, as well as boosting their brand in the marketplace. […]

01 Dec

Why small businesses should be mobile-everything in 2017

Like SEO, we bring this one up a lot. And never is it more relevant than now, when one year is coming to a close and small business owners should be looking ahead to 2017 and making plans to see their business grow. Mobile technology’s where it’s at. Everyone has […]

30 Nov

The benefits of data-driven marketing

Customer retention, and gaining new customers, are essential for successful business growth. The best way to keep existing customers and to find more like them is to learn as much as possible about them. A good sales system means a business owner can keep track of them and their buying […]

29 Nov

The basics of business growth

Running a small business is not without its challenges. And those challenges are often dependent on the type of business. But there are some fundamentals when it comes to business growth, that are sometimes overlooked by business owners because they’re so busy with the individual needs of their business. However, […]

28 Nov

How social media can help grow a business

Social media should be part of any marketing mix: it’s a cheap, effective and easy-to-use marketing tool. On social media, people talk about products and services. They talk about a great coffee they had at a particular cafĂ©, or they moan about the awful service they experienced at their local […]