Funding and Finance Blog Posts

Access to resources on business finances, lending, and what it takes to prepare before applying for a loan.

Protect Your Business, Stop Employee Theft

Employee theft has been an unbridled phenomenon in the business world. Loss-prevention consulting firm Jack L. Hayes International’s study on this problem reveals that more than 70 thousand employees were apprehended in 2012 for thievery, which is 5.5 percent higher than the previous year. More or less $50 million was recovered in those cases, which… Read the full article.

Track your Start-Up Expenses with These Essential Apps

Monitoring expenses can be one of the most daunting parts of starting a business. However, the rise of the smartphone has simplified the process for startup owners. Here are some of the best financial tracking apps for startups and small businesses.

Budgeting your Marketing without a Marketing Budget

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, businesses with less than $5 million revenue should allocate 7-8% of their revenue to marketing. Of course, this is affected by a lot of factors, and you can’t base your marketing cost purely on your revenue, because if your revenue is low, spending less on marketing won’t help… Read the full article.

Startup Costs for a Business: Licenses, Insurance and More

When most people think of running their own business, their minds go from thinking of the initial idea all the way to sitting in an office with the money steadily rolling in. While that would be ideal for life to work out the way, neglecting the middle steps can be a big reason why new… Read the full article.

Celebrating an Early Spring: Small Business News – March 11-15, 2013

“Now is the winter of our discontent.” – John Steinbeck. It’s certainly been a long economic winter for the U.S. and across the globe. But signs of life are poking up everywhere, even in the week before spring officially begins.