It May Be Possible to Tweet, Post, and Pin Your Way to a Better Business Credit Score

For a fledgling operation with little to no established business credit history, it can be discouraging to grow that business credit score. That’s why the recent announcement from Experian, regarding their new social media insight capabilities is so exciting. With the news of this innovative program for identifying credit risk, businesses have another avenue at getting access to credit that may have been closed to them before the program. What is the Social Media Insight Program? According to John Krickus, Read More

How This Entrepreneur Started a Business To Help New Parents

Nicole Johnson is the president and owner of The Baby Sleep Site, a resource for new parents who are trying to help their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers sleep better. The company provides assistance with issues like sleeping through the night and taking longer naps through free blog articles, e-books, audio recordings, and live chat services with sleep consultants. “Sometimes, you need a more personal touch to help your specific baby sleep, so we offer one-on-one services and support. We’re kind Read More

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start a Small Business

For many, starting a business is part of a lifelong dream. The freedom of owning your own business and to control, through your hard work, the success of your business epitomizes the American dream. Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, the life of a small business owner is also remarkably stressful and difficult to maintain. Pushing off into open waters does indeed free you from the rule of a boss or supervisor, but it also distances you from the 9-5 schedule, as you Read More

How Long Will It Take to Improve Your Business Credit?

Building a solid business credit history is essential if you plan on staying in business for a long time. Not only is it helpful when applying for a business loan, but it can also make it easier to find and work with suppliers and vendors. Building business credit can take time, though, so it’s important to start the process as quickly as possible. Here’s what you need to know. How long does it take to build business credit? There’s no Read More

4 Monster Employees & How to Turn Them Good

Managing workers is a mixed bag. Some hires turn out to be an amazing source of reliability and talent right out of the gate. Still, others need a little bit of refining to realize their best. Before you write off a less-than-stellar performer in search of someone with more substance, remember that today’s extremely low unemployment rate gives workers the upper hand. Use these tips to see if you can take these horror story employees and turn them into that Read More

What to Do if Your Small Business is Robbed

So you’ve managed to grow your business with consistent revenue, a good name in the community, and a trustworthy, friendly staff. All of this is helping to bring more customers in the door, and everything is going great. But then one day, some deadbeat looking for a fast track to cash decides they are going to rob your business, putting not just yourself, but potentially your employees and customers in harm’s way. Your Location Being A Potential Target A recent Read More

Should I Expand Beyond a Sole Proprietorship?

Like many business owners, you’re probably pumped about your business right now. Your cash flow is good, you’re looking to hire, and you’re expecting to keep growing over the next year. If you’re a sole proprietor, incorporating your business could help fuel your growth even faster. However, deciding whether to incorporate could completely change the course of your business, so it’s best to do your research and figure out what’s best for your company. Here’s what you may want to Read More

These Moms Saw a Need in the Kitchen and Started a Business

Doaa Elkady is a health-conscious mom who saw a need in her own kitchen for clean, organic ethnic spice blends. So, she and her sister-in-law founded Spice Tree Organics. “We realized there really weren’t any authentic global spice blends out there that were certified organic. We decided to start this company to offer that to people,” she said. For more than three years, the company has been doing just that in the New York City area and through its Website. Read More

5 Small Business Nightmares to Watch Out For

As a small business owner, you’re likely aware of many of the ups and downs that can befall your business. Some of them are easy to bounce back from, but others will leave you and your employees dealing with a nightmare fit for a horror movie. The good news? Many of them are avoidable, particularly if you implement the right habits and practices. Here are a few that can leave you hiding out in your office, but don’t worry, there Read More

How to Win a Small Business Grant

When Rachel Irons won Nav’s first small business grant for her company Founding Foods,  it wasn’t just about the money. “To have a much larger company choose us and trust us with with such a sum of money felt incredibly validating,” she explains. “All the hard work we’ve been putting in was recognized and appreciated and that was just the best feeling.” At the same time, she recognizes that the money she won will be immensely helpful to her business. Read More