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Financing options for small business growth
Small business often need funding to make that push to the next level. Here are four options for finding the cash your growing business needs.
How to finance your small business comeback
The federal government's response to the coronavirus pandemic includes billions of dollars aimed at supporting small businesses and helping them to manage through shutdowns and rebuild their businesses.
Do you need to revamp your supply chain after the pandemic?
Your business may be ready to reopen or ramp up after a pandemic-required lull. But that doesn't mean your vendors and suppliers are ready—or that they will ever reopen.
How to create a crisis management plan
Businesses are learning a lot about their operations especially their strengths and weaknesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps the greatest takeaway, however, is that every business needs a crisis management plan.
Retooling your small business in the time of coronavirus
As the world has adapted to social distancing to help fight the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), many small businesses have been forced to reimagine their business models to keep their doors open and continue serving customers.
How mobile and online banking can benefit your business
Your smartphone and computer may already serve as vital tools for your small business. Mobile and online banking can expand their role even further by giving you a virtual bank branch in your pocket and on your desk—one with many features to help your business run smoothly and support your financial goals.
Effective practices for managing debt
Most small businesses have some debt. In most cases, debt is not an indication the business is in trouble. In fact, many companies leverage debt to fund growth. Having a loan or line of credit can help your business improve cash flow, expand marketing efforts, prepare for future sales, purchase equipment and even hire new employees.
Tips to get payments faster for your business
Even successful businesses can feel the pinch when invoices aren't getting paid on time. When a company's cash flow slows or is disrupted, it can affect almost every aspect of current and future business operations.
Management assessment tools for small businesses
Management assessment tools for small businesses that can help create a clear path to improvement. Use these helpful tips from BBVA.
Using personality assessments as a management tool
Personality tests can boost small business success.
In-house mentoring programs: The key to lower turnover and lasting employee loyalty
The benefits of in-house mentoring programs for smart companies.
How to effectively manage a cross-generational team
Four key ways to manage cross-generational work teams.
Employee compensation strategies for small business sales teams
Finding ways to incentivize sales in your Small Business sales team can help push your revenue to the next level and keep employees happy
How to reorganize a business and manage workplace worry
Tips on how to reorganize a business and manage employee concerns.
Small business savvy: The case for mentoring in the workplace
Build a better workplace mentoring program with these 6 tips.
Sit there and do nothing: Why it pays to encourage meditation at work
When you encourage your employees to meditate you could actually be improving focus and sharpening decision-making skills, as well as other benefits.
Buy or lease equipment for your business?
Should you lease or buy business equipment? Get details, compare options, and find out which choice is best for your business and financial situation.
Quiz: Should you hire your kids?
You're a small business owner who needs help to lighten the workload. Should you hire your children? Ask yourself these 5 questions before you do.
Your small business is growing. What's next?
A growing business is something to celebrate, but for most entrepreneurs, it's only the beginning. Here are ideas for your next steps.
Why onboarding matters
For many businesses, onboarding is one of the last things small business owners have time to think about. But it's important. Find out why and get tips.
SBA Loans vs. Commercial Loans
Need a loan for your small business but not sure which kind? Check out the differences between SBA loans and commercial loans.
Business snapshot: How I net almost every sale
Landing a sale is the goal of every entrepreneur. But keeping your customers and finding new ones is just as important. Here are some tips to do that.
What do your customers want from your website?
To set your small business website apart from your competitors' sites, you need the basics coupled with excellent content. Get tips for your website here!
5 ways to make your sales pitch a winner
Sales pitches can make or break a business. Here BBVA offers five ways to make your pitch better than ever.
Getting a business loan with bad credit
Running a small business with less-than-perfect credit isn't necessarily an insurmountable problem. Even though it's not always easy to secure credit if you have a low personal or business credit score, here are some options to help grow your small business.
Community-building tips for small business owners
The most successful small businesses are those that attract repeat customers through community building. Here is how entrepreneurs can build a supportive community.
Keys to local advertising in your community
Ready to advertise for your small business? Considering TV, billboards, social media, paid search? Here's what you need to do first.
Small business, small marketing budget?
Small business, small marketing budget? Take a look at our infographic on how to think through your strategy to get the most from your promotion dollars.
Deciding if an SBA Loan is right for your small business
Deciding between loan options for your small business should start with understanding the options.
Small business digital marketing for internet sales
New to online marketing? Overwhelmed? Here are 6 basic steps for jump starting an online strategy to boost your sales!
How small business owners can use YouTube
YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world and an excellent tool for small businesses. Learn these key ways entrepreneurs can use the platform to attract and retain customers.
Military veterans get help becoming small business owners
Military veterans get help becoming entrepreneurs with SBA and DOD grants, loans, training, mentorships and conferences
Is Instagram the right social media channel for your small business?
Instagram: It's not just for pictures of your breakfast anymore. How businesses can leverage Instagram for marketing.