This Company is Spreading the Love of Avocado-Based Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Chi Ndika loves it, and is now spreading the joy of vegan, avocado-based ice cream through her company Luv Fats. Starting Out When did you start your company? I started Luv Fats Ice cream in November of 2017. I started booking gigs and vending at pop-up events in January of 2018. Where is your company based? Austin, Texas Why did you start the company? From a young age, I’ve always loved being around ice cream, Read More

This Portable Crib Company is Fighting Against Child Abuse

Looking for a creative outlet and to fill a whole in the market, Amber Kroeker started Pip & Grow, which makes portable sleep spaces for infants. They also work in their communities to end child abuse and spread wellness fo children everywhere. They spoke to Nav to give us more insight to the beginnings and day-to-day of their company. Starting Out When did you start your company? Our company launched in October of 2016 in Portland, Oregon.  Why did you Read More

4 Ways Business Credit Card Rewards Can Help Grow Your Business

Business credit cards are one of most popular forms of business financing currently available. They’re easy to use, (sometimes) easier to qualify for, and are a great way to establish and build business credit (check your score for free with Nav.) Chances are, if you have a business credit card, that you receive a variety of rewards for using it. These rewards can be quite lucrative if you use your card correctly, and could even help your business. Here are Read More

31 Small Businesses You Can Support With the Click of a Button

Thanksgiving week is the biggest shopping week of the year. After everyone awakes from their turkey coma, it’s time to get Christmas shopping done with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. An equally important shopping day is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, known as Small Business Saturday. This movement encourages people everywhere to go out and buy from small businesses to support their local economy. Some small businesses, however, may have a limited local clientele, and have made their products available Read More

Invoice Financing vs. Invoice Factoring: What’s the Difference?

Sometimes, the money your customers owe you just can’t come soon enough. Just like any other business owner, your clients may be struggling with cash flow or any variety of budget issues, and that, in turn, impacts your business. There are a variety of steps you can take to get that cash quicker, from offering to waive late fees or interest, or certain incentives for early payment, but even these may not bring in the cash from those unpaid invoices. Read More

Cash Crunch? How to Find Hidden Cash in Your Business

Running a business often comes with a significant amount of challenges regarding cash. From emergencies to new opportunities, there are plenty of situations that can either drain your business bank account or send you scrambling for cash. There are plenty of options as far as financing go, but you may not be willing at the moment to apply for a business loan or a business line of credit. There’s always a better way to do things and adjustments to be Read More

4 Ways to Find Cash to Fund Your Business

Starting a small business is difficult, there’s no way around it. From writing a business plan to locking down the logistics of getting everything rolling, there are a lot of plates to keep spinning. Along with all of that, you need to find money to do it all. This is, perhaps, the most discouraging element of starting a business, but it doesn’t need to be. By taking the right steps and getting started on the right foot, you can not Read More

The New Business Gold Card From American Express: What You Need to Know

For years now, American Express has provided multiple quality business credit card offers, including American Express® Business Gold Reward Card (BGR). With no annual fee for your first year and a bundle of other perks, it has been a solid option for business owners. Today, American Express is launching a brand new Business Gold Card, a separate offer from BGR with a new and optimized rewards system to help the busy business owner. Who it Affects Because Business Gold is Read More

8 Books for Small Business Owners

As a small business owner, there’s always something to learn. You’re likely an expert in the subject matter of your business, but in the course of starting, running, or scaling a business, there are myriad lessons waiting for you. Fortunately, there are people who have done it before, and have taken the time to write down their words of wisdom for you to learn from. Here, in no particular order, are eight books for small business owners. 1. ReWork: Change Read More

The Most Neglected Type of Small Business Loan

The life of a business owner is busy, stressful, and, at times, unpredictable. Plan as they may, small business owners encounter myriad varieties of challenges, and nearly all of them require money. Small business owners have a good idea of what their financing options are, and often opt for a business credit card or search out a business line of credit or the much-coveted SBA 7(A) loan. For those looking for a relatively easy path to financing and to maybe Read More