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Any helpful primers I should know about before I apply for a bank loan?
QUESTION | BY Renata Harrison | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/22/20

I want to apply for a small business loan. The banks I have researched so far have pretty tight standards for applying. Is there anything I can show or do beforehand to increase my chances of getting...

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What are the pros and cons of accepting credit cards as a small business?
QUESTION | BY Tamara Kenney | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/20/20

I am a relatively small business (I work full time M-F and have a small business I run nights and weekends). Not sure if it would be beneficial for me to begin accepting CC as a form of payment. I...

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How do I put together a business proposal to secure a bank loan?
QUESTION | BY Valerie Glasgow | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/18/20

My uncle was renting a space on a retail lot that has other working businesses. My uncle recently passed away, and the owner has offered the entire lot, along with the storefront and an extra parcel...

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What are the best software products used in the banking industry?
QUESTION | BY Roberto Romello | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/18/20

I want to know a list of recommended software products used in the banking sector that addresses a bank's core banking needs and helps manage evolving customer expectations. Please list out the...

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Is the Square a direct credit card processor like TSYS and First Data?
QUESTION | BY Gary Smith | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/12/20

Several credit card salespeople want to sell me their credit card terminal services. Some tell me they are direct processors (meaning that my transactions do not go through a "middle-man" processor...

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How do I set up a merchant account for a business?
QUESTION | BY Aspire Signature | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/06/20

I am running a business and have a volume of tech support, pharma, and travel business from the UK/USA/Canada/AUS/NZ. Also, I have prepaid debit card volume. Right now I am using a 3rd party...

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Do I need a separate business bank account when just starting out?
QUESTION | BY Barbara Ciosek | 11 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/06/19

Can I use my regular personal bank account for business and just keep clear records of all my business expenses or do I need to set up a separate business bank account?

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Is it necessary to have separate bank accounts for each subsidiary within an Umbrella Corp?
QUESTION | BY John Hughes | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/26/16

Was wondering if it is prudent to have separate bank accounts for different operations/functions/projects within the same umbrella corp? From the accounting side, most account software can separate...

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What's next in the space of mobile banking?
QUESTION | BY Niladri Roy | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/04/16

We have experienced mobile banking, social media banking, and m-commerce in every day life. Banking has become just a service like any other. What can we expect from the mobile banking space in the...

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What are the best banks for small businesses?
QUESTION | BY Zack Lombardi | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/06/15

My production company is expanding, although we are still considered either a start up or small business. Any recommendations on the best banks for small businesses? We're interested in interest...

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How do I "break out" of Pro-Bono work.?
QUESTION | BY Emily Wheare | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/24/15

I am looking to get my freelance business off the ground. I've registered myself as a freelance writer but I keep getting asked to do pro-bono work. How do I "break" out of this and start being a...

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How do I accept donations as an LLC versus a non-profit?
QUESTION | BY Pamela Lozoff | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/03/15

I'm partnering with yoga studios to garner funding for my programs at youth sites. The funding will be received as a donation i.e. fund a class for youth by paying for a yoga class. I'm not sure how...