Bright Ideas for Business
Managing your business while sheltering in place
Managing your small business from home during the pandemic crisis can be stressful. Here are several steps to help keep you on track.
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.
That rainy day is here. Now what?
For many businesses across the country—and around the world—the coronavirus pandemic isn't just a rainy day. It's a monsoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dealing with employees that don't live up to expectations
If you're a control freak boss, step back, don't flip out.
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
Small business savvy: The case for mentoring in the workplace
Build a better workplace mentoring program with these 6 tips.
The Anti-micromanagement guide
Entrepreneurs can easily fall into the trap of micromanaging their employees. Here are tips to explain how to get out of such a trap and improve the morale in your business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Presentation tips for entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs make dozens of presentations every year, sometimes to investors, other times to customers and vendors. We dive into five ways to improve the quality of those presentations.
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.
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.
Chasing the millennial dollar
Millennials are positioned to spend at least $200 billion each year. Can your old-school small business learn some new-school tricks?
Your growing company: A guide to better outsourcing
Considering outsourcing as a tool to build your growing company? Smart tips from a CEO who's been there to help you outsource smarter (knowing when, why, and what you should never outsources).
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!