Tag Archives: Small Business Administration

Five Essential Pages For Your Small Business Website

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There are certain pages every website can’t be without. A small business’s site needs to give visitors what they are most likely to be looking for. If you’re getting a website together for your small business or reinventing an existing site, take a look at the five essential pages every small business website needs. We include three other recommended pages as well. Homepage Your homepage is the virtual lobby of…

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Build Your Small Business Credit

Build Your Small Business Credit

As individuals we spend years establishing, managing and protecting our good personal credit ratings. With strong personal credit, access to favorable interest rates and terms when applying for credit and financing may be available. When you have the ability to obtain financing at the best available bank rates for items such as a new automobile, home, or investment property, you have established a strong personal credit asset. As a business…

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Seven Marketing Resolutions to Make This New Year

What can your small business do differently in 2018 to boost the results of your marketing efforts? Here are seven marketing resolutions every entrepreneur should make for the coming year. 1. I resolve to build relationships with customers. Consumers and B2B buyers alike have seemingly endless options for purchasing almost any product or service they could possibly want. With so much “noise” out there, how can your small business hope…

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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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Exporting Basics for Small Businesses

Alberto Rodriguez-Baez with the Minority Business Development Center offered guidance on how American companies can become exporters. (VBR)

U.S. companies exporting to other countries is big business and small entrepreneurs can get in on the action if they can navigate a sometimes complex process to identify international markets and promote their products. “Size doesn’t matter. Small business imports are growing all the time,” Alberto Rodriguez-Baez, senior export manager for the U.S. Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency, said during a presentation in Weslaco hosted by the Small Business…

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SBA Loans Pump Cash into Economy

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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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Women Make Headway in Business World

Marlen Saenz

When Marlen Saenz began selling picture frames at a local flea market 12 years ago, she never dreamed her little business would grow to where it is now after receiving a $1.3-million SBA 504 Real Estate & Equipment Loan. At the U.S. Small Business Administration, we know business success can be achieved with the right tools. And Saenz is just one of the 54,773 reasons the Rio Grande Valley has…

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Brothers Credit SBA Programs with Growth

Federal programs and contracts pay off Brothers Samuel and Saul Maldonado founded SAM Engineering & Surveying Inc. in June 2008 with only three employees and yearly sales of $400,000. Today, the firm has grown to 55 employees with sales in excess of $4 million.  The brothers attribute part of their success with assistance provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Starting initially as an engineering and surveying firm, SAMES added…

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Disaster Assistance … The SBA You Never Knew

What used to be a family home is now splintered debris after being beat by strong winds. An office building or retail store that serves as a source of sales and income for several workers is now unusable and unprofitable in the blink of an eye. Who do you call? Helping communities recover and rebuild after hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other disasters is a side of the U.S. Small Business…

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Boots to Business Reboot in Harlingen

Veterans receive entrepreneurial training Veterans of all eras and their spouses are invited to Boots to Business Reboot June 29-30 at the SBA office in Harlingen. The free two-day entrepreneur training is for all service-members, including members of the National Guard and Reserves. The training program provides an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, as well as an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan.…

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