D-U-N-S Number — What You Need to Know

What is a DUNS number? The Data Universal Numbering System—or D-U-N-S number—was created and copyrighted in 1962 by Dun & Bradstreet. It is a unique a nine-digit identifier that has become the standard numbering system to identify businesses across the globe. Just as your social security number reveals a lot about you—your bank accounts, tax returns, credit scores, residences, etc., your DUNS number reveals similar information about your business. This is helpful, and in some cases required, for commercial and Read More

How Often Does My Credit Score Change?

“How Often Does My Credit Score Change?” Nav customers often ask us this question. Most people guess their credit scores change once a month, but that’s not the full story. The quick answer is that your scores can change any time new information is added to your credit reports. Here’s how it works: How credit bureaus generate your score First, it’s important to understand how the major credit bureaus create a credit score. A credit score is calculated using information Read More

The Ultimate Business Credit Card Guide

Business credit cards offer a quick and secure way for business owners to get the funds they need to run their business smoothly, take advantage of growth opportunities, provide breathing room when business is slow, safeguard personal finances from actions of the business, and more. We created this guide to set you on a path to make the most out of business credit cards. Here’s a taste of what’s inside: The incredible advantages of business credit cards How business credit cards Read More

Business Credit Card FAQ’s

How smart business owners use credit cards [Webinar] What is required to get a business credit card? How do business credit cards impact my personal credit scores? Can a new startup qualify for a business credit card? Does my business have to have a certain amount of revenue to qualify for a credit card? How can I get higher limits for my credit cards? Should I spread expenses over several cards or use one to the max? Is it a Read More

How Business Owners Can Get and Keep Strong Personal Credit Scores [VIDEO]

When you’re a business owner, strong personal credit scores can be an asset, by helping you qualify for a business credit card, an SBA loan or other types of funding that take the owner’s personal credit into account. But if you’re not careful, your business can hurt your credit scores. In this video you’ll learn: The big credit score mistake many small business owners make How to protect your credit from your business Nav tools that can help you protect Read More

Business Credit Cards for Bad Credit

Credit mishaps happen for a number of reasons, and perhaps one has happened to you. The good news is that there are a few business credit cards for bad credit which will give you the chance to build your business credit so that you can qualify for credit increases or new cards without having your personal credit called into question. (Solid business credit scores can open a number of other doors as well). To save you time, we’ve put together Read More

How to Get a Business Credit Card in 4 Steps

More and more small businesses are turning to business credit cards as a way of having back up financing and improving their business credit scores at the same time. Many business credit cards offer perks just for using them, including frequent flyer miles and cash rewards. Business credit cards are great for business owners who need back up credit for emergency situations or to offset irregular cash flow. Additionally, making on time or early payments on a business credit card Read More

Business Tax Liens

Business tax liens can hurt your finances, your credit and can possibly even put your business in jeopardy. “A tax lien can be devastating to you and you should do everything you can to avoid it,” says Barbara Weltman, attorney and author of J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes. What is a business tax lien? Here’s how this goes down. The IRS says you (or your business) owes taxes. It sends you a notice (Notice and Demand for Payment). You don’t Read More

Fast Business Loans — What You Need to Know

Nowhere is the saying “you need money to make money” more true than in the crowded, competitive, fast-moving world of small business. As you seek to establish and grow your enterprise, access to capital (or the lack thereof) will be one of your biggest hurdles. For small business owners facing expenses that just can’t wait, traditional approaches—SBA loans from banks, for example—can be burdensome, inconvenient, and ultimately disappointing. On the other hand, while the APR for a bank loan is Read More

Business Loans for Bad Credit — What You Need to Know

Although it may seem like you need to have stellar credit and multiple years in business to secure financing, in today’s lending environment that statement is far from true. In fact, there are over 44 different financing options available to business owners, and not all of them require an A+ personal or business credit grade. Very poor credit will likely put you out of the running for the lowest cost loans such as bank loans and SBA loans, however you Read More