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  • US Chamber of Commerce Releases First Small Business Index

    Even in the face of economic uncertainty, small businesses are looking at 2017 as a year to grow. According to the first ever Small Business Index from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife (NYSE:MET), a majority of small businesses are expecting revenue growth this year. And 1 in 3 expect to hire someone for…

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  • Looking for Funding? Here are Some Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

    The number of women-owned businesses has risen dramatically in recent years, a healthy sign for those who value greater diversity in the nation’s economy. Between 2002 and 2012, the number of women-owned firms increased at a rate 2½ times the national average (52 percent vs. 20 percent) and employment at women-owned firms grew at a…

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  • Getting the Right Funding Can be Daunting – But There is Hope

    Vendedy is the first social network designed to connect global travelers to street markets. Founded by Forbes30Under30 Entrepreneur Christine Souffrant Ntim, the small business’s goal is to digitize the $10 trillion dollar street market economy and make it accessible to anyone and everyone. But when Ntim started out, she had an incredibly difficult time getting…

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  • 3 Tips for Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits

    Here are three tips to help you maximize your Social Security benefit amount. It seems like a simple equation. You pay money into Social Security during your working years. You get it back when you retire. And if you hold off past full retirement age, you get more. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. The reality…

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  • Opportunity Fund Targets Minority Businesses, Loans More Than $60 Million in 2016

    Small businesses in California that can’t access capital through traditional lenders have another option. Opportunity Fund is an organization that provides microloans to small businesses. Since it was founded in 1994, the organization has loaned more than $164 million to more than 5,500 businesses. And in its 2016 fiscal year, Opportunity Fund provided over $60…

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