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Options to Fund Your Business Startup

As a startup with little to no business history, what are some quick ways to get funding? First, it’s important to understand since you won’t have a great deal of revenue, the key factor that lenders will look at is your personal credit worthiness. As you know, personal credit reports and credit scores are tools lenders and banks use to rate an individual’s credit worthiness. Whether you are in the initial stages…

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Mentors Increase Small Business Success

Paola Carmona photographs her favorite clientele. (Courtesy)

January is National Mentor Month, a perfect time to connect with a counselor/mentor at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Lower Rio Grande Valley District partners provided counseling and training to 9,094 small businesses in 2017, and helped create or retain about 481 jobs. These partners also helped start 111 new businesses. Mentors can be invaluable to small businesses. After all, it can be overwhelming to juggle dozens of responsibilities and…

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Small Business Award Nominations Due Tomorrow

JDG Jewelers in Mission was the winner of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office's Small Business Persons of the Year in 2017. The SBA is taking nominations for this year's awards through Jan. 9.

SBA deadline is 2 p.m. Jan. 9 Tomorrow is the last day an area small business may be nominated for consideration for the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week awards. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has served as a salute to small business owners. Many household names were previous National Small Business Week award winners, including Ben and Jerry’s, Callaway Golf, Chobani, Dogfish Head, Stonyfield Farm, Pacifica, Maui Brewing…

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SBA Loans Pump Cash into Economy

SBA loans

The Small Business Administration’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District saw an increase in the amount of money loaned to businesses in fiscal year 2017, even though there was a slight decrease in the number of loans approved. The LRGV district guaranteed 191 loans in the 7(a) and 504 loan programs. These programs combined provided more than $71 million to small businesses that created 633 jobs and retained 984. The loans…

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Holiday Marketing Tips on a Limited Budget

Small Business Saturday

As the country looks to Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25, remember more than $15 billion was spent in 2016 during this national day of celebration and support of small businesses in the community. Kick off your business’s holiday season with your and your customers’ interests in mind with SBA’s seven holiday marketing tips on a limited budget. Contributor Caron Beesley says to think outside of promotions and discounts. Host…

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SBA Accepting Small Business Week Award Nominations

JDG Jewelers in Mission was the winner of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office's Small Business Persons of the Year in 2017. The SBA is taking nominations for this year's awards through Jan. 9.

SBA asks, “Are you SBA’s next winner?” The Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for the National Small Business Week awards. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has served as a salute to small business owners. Many household names were previous National Small Business Week award winners, including Ben and Jerry’s, Callaway Golf, Chobani, Dogfish Head, Stonyfield Farm, Pacifica, Maui Brewing Company and Tom’s of Maine. All nominations must…

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Veterans Make Big Economic Impact

National Veteran's Week

As a veteran, the celebration of Veteran’s Day is near and dear to my heart. Veteran’s Day also reminds me of the many veterans using their military and leadership skills to serve their communities through entrepreneurship and job creation. We just celebrated National Veterans Small Business Week, a reminder that veteran entrepreneurs are a driving force in our economy. Nearly one in every 10 American businesses today is owned by…

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Veterans Symposium Focuses on Entrepreneur Training

National Small Business Week 2017

Multiple sessions offered throughout day to aid veterans In honor of National Veterans Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office is hosting a series of entrepreneur training focused on veterans business development skills Nov. 3. The Veterans Opportunity Symposium, held in collaboration with the UTRGV Veterans Business Outreach Center, includes multiple sessions and panels from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Schedule for the…

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Six Ways to Prepare for a Successful Holiday Season

Holiday Season, holiday marketing

Guess what people are doing right now? They’re starting their holiday shopping. They may not be decking the halls yet, but 17 percent of shoppers surveyed by the National Retail Federation said they start researching holiday purchases before September, while eight percent reported making purchases before the start of autumn. That holiday mentality holds steady in September before rocketing up in October and November. Customers are looking ahead, and your small business needs to…

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Free Export Webinar Focuses on Minority Business Enterprises

Taking Your Business Global

SBA webinar takes place Sept. 19 The U.S Small Business Administration hosts a free webinar on taking your business global Sept. 19. SBA Senior Export Project Manager Alberto Rodriguez-Baez will discuss the San Antonio Minority Business Development Agency Export Center. The center provides technical assistance and business development services to generate increased financing, contract opportunities, and greater access to new and global markets for minority business enterprises. The AT&T Connect…

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