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Everything you need to know about funding for your business from SBA Loans and commercial real estate loans, to finding investors.

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Rise of Click-and-Collect Options Presents Incredible Opportunities and Challenges
By Monica Eaton-Cardone | June 29, 2020

Contactless payments have recently grown in popularity, and it's important that we examine the long-term effect this might have on the market.

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How to Apply (and Get Approved) for a Business Loan
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2020

Many businesses need loans to launch or grow. This guide will help you apply for a business loan and improve your chances of approval.

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Should I Start My Own Business During Retirement?
By business.com editorial staff | June 26, 2020

Retirement doesn't always mean not working. Sometimes, it means pursuing entrepreneurship.

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How a Cash Advance Works
By Adam Uzialko | June 26, 2020

A cash advance provides you with fast cash, but is it worth the high price?

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SBA 504 Loans: Program Details and How to Apply
By Dock David Treece | June 26, 2020

The SBA 504 Loan Program is intended to spur economic development. Learn more about SBA 504 loans and how to apply for funding.

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What Is a Hard Money Loan?
By Simone Johnson | June 24, 2020

Hard money loans are based on the value of real estate or another asset, rather than credit score or debt-to-income ratio. Is this the right type of financing for your business?

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Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness: New Guidance Released by SBA
By Adam Uzialko | June 22, 2020

The SBA extended the deadline for businesses to return their Paycheck Protection Program loans to May 18. Here's what to know about returning your funds.

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Will There Be a Second Stimulus Check? What Is the HEROES Act?
By Adam Uzialko | June 19, 2020

The HEROES Act, a $3 trillion spending bill intended to further address the economic impact of COVID-19, includes a second check for individual taxpayers. But it has to pass the Senate first.

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What Is a High-Risk Business Loan, and What Industries Can It Help?
By Simone Johnson | June 18, 2020

Learn about high-risk business loans and potential financing alternatives.

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How to Attract Investors During a Crisis
By Howard Goldstein | June 15, 2020

If you have been turned down by banks for funding, it is critical to ensure you take the steps needed to make your business investor-friendly.

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What Are Merchant Cash Advances and Working Capital Loans?
By Simone Johnson | June 15, 2020

Should you consider a merchant cash advance or working capital loan to alleviate your cash flow problems? Or would that make things worse?

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Buying a Business: The Pros and Cons of Seller Financing
By business.com editorial staff | June 12, 2020

Buying a business through seller financing is an overlooked option. How does it work? How do both parties get a good deal?

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What is the difference between a merchant cash advance and working capital loan?
By Adam Uzialko | 5 Answers | Last Activity on June 12, 2020

I'm currently working on an article for business.com about the difference between a merchant cash advance and a working capital loan. I am looking for community members with experience, either as...

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Small Business COVID-19 Diaries: Part 4
By Adam Uzialko | June 12, 2020

COVID-19 upended economic activity and disrupted small business owners' lives. Here are stories from real entrepreneurs about how the novel coronavirus pandemic is impacting them.

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7 Quick Tips for Negotiating a Business Lease
By business.com editorial staff | June 10, 2020

Get the office of your dreams within your budget.

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Got Turned Down for SBA 7(a) or 7(b) Funding? What to Do Now
By Rapid Finance | May 21, 2020

If you were unable to secure an SBA loan to keep your business afloat during COVID-19, you have other options. Here's what to do if you were turned down for an SBA loan.

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How to Finance Business Expenses Not Covered by SBA Loans
By Rapid Finance | May 20, 2020

The response to COVID-19 led to the development of SBA loan programs, but they only cover certain expenses. Here's how to finance your remaining expenses not covered by the SBA loans.

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Key Actions Small Businesses Should Take to Survive COVID-19
By Tucker Mathis | May 15, 2020

Take steps to preserve your cash and access, expand online sales pathways, and cultivate customer relationships to survive a financial crisis.

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Startup Funding From Friends and Family: Best or Worst Idea Ever?
By business.com editorial staff | May 14, 2020

There is a right way to ask for financial help for your startup from friends and family.

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Supply Chain Finance or Invoice Factoring: Which Is Better for Managing Cash Flow?
By Anne MacRae | May 14, 2020

Is supply chain finance right for your business, or would invoice factoring suit it better? Here's what you need to know about both types of financing.

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Tips on Getting a Business Loan If You Have Bad Credit
By Chad Otar | May 12, 2020

Don't let bad credit hold you back from obtaining funding for your business.

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6 Creative Financing Ideas for Cash-Strapped Startups
By business.com editorial staff | May 04, 2020

Consider these alternative funding options if you don't have enough cash to launch your startup.

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Small Business COVID-19 Diaries: Part 2
By Adam Uzialko | May 04, 2020

These three small business owners are coping with challenges facing many entrepreneurs due to COVID-19 pandemic. Here are their stories.

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What to Know Before You Refinance Your Business Loans
By business.com editorial staff | April 28, 2020

Evaluate these five elements before you move forward with refinancing.

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7 Alternative Sources of Funding for Your Business During COVID-19
By Rapid Finance | April 28, 2020

There are plenty of places to find funding for your business, especially as you try to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. Which alternative sources of funding are right for your business?

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Know Your Worth: 3 Methods for How to Value a Business
By business.com editorial staff | April 27, 2020

Knowing how to value your business is a crucial piece of running the company. Learn how to you find an accurate value for your business.

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How to Plan for the Future of Your Business During Coronavirus
By Adam Uzialko | April 27, 2020

The pandemic has forced many businesses to close or drastically adapt their business models to survive. Here's how to plan for the future of your business during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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Top 10 Things to Watch Out for as You Explore 7(a) or 7(b) Loan Funding
By Rapid Finance | April 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the federal government to develop economic relief loan programs. Here's what you need to know about the Paycheck Protection Program and an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

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How to Start a Business Without Outside Funding
By Kiely Kuligowski | April 24, 2020

Shama Patel launched a successful skin care company with no outside funding. Here's how she did it.

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Paycheck Protection Program Receives $310B in New Funding
By Adam Uzialko | April 23, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program, a COVID-19 economic relief program created under the CARES Act, received $310 billion in additional funding.