This Landscaping Pro Created a Platform for Happier Customers and Bigger Profits

After turning a solo lawn care endeavor into a business with 125 employees and $8 million annual revenue, Bryan Clayton sold his previous company after 15 years in business. Now, he’s founded GreenPal, an online marketplace that connects homeowners in need of lawn care with a reliable lawn care service in their neighborhood. Sort of like Uber for lawn care, GreenPal simplifies the process of hiring a lawn service. Users can get quotes from interested service providers in minutes, and Read More

Fundbox Invoice Financing Review 2016

Fundbox offers a way for businesses to get paid in advance for their outstanding invoices. An advance on invoices such as the one offered by Fundbox are an option for businesses who offer their customers net-30, 60, or 90 day payments who need to close the payment gap and cover cash flow needs. As of late July 2016, Fundbox had processed 39 million invoices from 30,000 small businesses nationwide, a growth of about 17 million invoices since December of last Read More

4 Business Credit Cards That Let Business Owners Double Dip on Rewards

Owning a small business is all about maximizing revenue while minimizing expenses. Having a good small business card helps you organize your company’s finances, but it can also help you to reduce your expenses by earning valuable rewards from your spending. In addition, some credit cards offer you multiple ways to perform some credit card reward stacking which some people refer to as double dipping. Here are four business cards that allow you to double-dip on rewards: CapitalOne Spark Cash Read More

The Best Bank Accounts for New Business Owners

I’ve always believed that every business needs a bank, but not every bank deserves your business. As you start your new business venture and run through the checklist of to-do items such as gathering up capital sources, deciding on the right name, deciding on whether you will incorporate, completing state registrations, finalizing business plans, and more, a very important aspect you must decide on is an efficient banking institution to manage your business bank account. It’s important to establish a Read More

This Week’s Happenings: The Power of Women Entrepreneurs, Small Business Capital, and Persistent Anger

In Great Recession, Two Federal Programs for Small Business Generated Billions, U.S. Treasury Secretary Says The Small Business Jobs Act, signed into law in 2010, was created to increase the availability of credit for business owners. Just this week, and six years after the program’s inception, the U.S. Treasury department released evaluation reports for two programs created by the Small Business Jobs Act that are nearing their end, the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) and the Small Business Lending Read More

Which Presidential Candidate Is Better for Small Business?

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, we will elect the 45th president of the United States. Based on current four-way polling, Real Clear Politics shows a growing advantage for first place for Hillary Clinton (D) over Donald Trump (R), with Gary Johnson (L) and Jill Stein (G) in a distant third and fourth place. Some of the policies of the next president will certainly have an impact on small business. So to help you make an informed decision at the polls, Read More

No Debate: Here’s What Trump and Clinton’s Business Credit Scores Mean

Here’s a wild fact about business credit that you may not know: Suppliers, vendors, and even business partners can look up your business’s credit score, anytime they want, without notifying you and without your permission. So we looked up the business credit scores of Donald Trump’s holding company, The Trump Organization, Inc., and The Clinton Foundation. Because Clinton’s is a foundation, it works a little differently, but we’ve included its score, too. What Is a Business Credit Score? Similar to personal Read More

7 Takeaways from a Female Trailblazer Who Built a Multi-Billion Dollar Company

With her dazzling hair, flawless makeup, and hot-pink aesthetic, Mary Kay Ash is one of the most recognizable and successful entrepreneurs in the world. A somewhat controversial figure, she was a heady blend of contradictions—radical yet conservative, old-school yet revolutionary, a quintessential grandmother in a pink Cadillac. Demoted twice by oldfangled executive teams for the crime of outshining her male colleagues, Ash quit her day job at the age of 45 and founded Mary Kay Cosmetics—a global phenomenon which, at her Read More

5 Hacks This Artist Is Using to Thrive in a Cutthroat Industry

Rob Bennion, owner and founder of Salt Lake City-based Echo Talent Management, is thriving in a difficult and competitive industry. His DJ mixes have been featured on hip-hop and electronic music stations, he’s performed and been interviewed many times on local and national TV shows, and he holds multiple weekly residencies with his jazz band and as a club DJ, with a 40% increase in revenue each year for the past two years. It took some work to get there, Read More

This Couple Grew Their Online Eyewear Business Into a 57-Person Team

Today marks the beginning of National Business Women’s Week. Since it was first nationally observed in 1928, NBWW highlights the contributions of women business owners and entrepreneurs, and aims to increase leadership and advancement opportunities for women. Angie Stocklin and her husband, Randy, own One Click, a company that operates three eyewear brands in the e-commerce space—, which sells reading glasses, Sunglass Warehouse, which sells discount sunglasses, and felix + iris, which sells prescription glasses. A purely online sales company, the Stocklins have Read More