The Ultimate Guide: How to Apply and Qualify for an SBA

The Ultimate Guide: How to Apply and Qualify for an SBA

Small businesses open every day. But starting a venture isn’t cheap. The acts of securing a physical storefront, getting your management structure in order, hiring the necessary employees, purchasing or leasing equipment, and marketing all demand money. Most people starting businesses don’t pay for everything out of their own pockets upfront; it costs far too…

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4 Factors That Affect Financing Your Start-Up

4 Factors That Affect Financing Your Start-Up

Financing your business requires a lot of determination, effort, and adaptability. It’s unreasonable to expect individuals to finance the entire endeavor with their own capital; start-ups simply require too much money for most people to do so alone. During this process, you should know four factors that affect financing your start-up—the variables that could be…

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Insights for long-term entrepreneurial success

Entrepreneurial thinking has been around since the development of money. And it has grown exponentially since the pandemic forced people to re-think and adapt their own prospects. That leaves the small business community with an outsized contingent of new business owners. While many of those new companies are owned by seasoned business professionals, many are…

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Use social media to maximize response

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Social media—such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others—serve businesses best in two broad areas: in public relations (PR) (by building and reinforcing awareness) and in advertising (by showcasing targeted paid ads). And the platforms have carved out a comfortable niche for small businesses looking for either service. Or both. If you use social media mainly…

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Public speaking skills

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If you’re like a lot of people, you’d sooner endure a root canal than speak to an audience. That’s understandable—and common; the aversion to public speaking even has a clinical name: Glossophobia. As a small business owner, you can avoid performing this particular job requirement (and for many, it is a requirement) for only so…

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Basics of blogging

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If your business relies on a web presence, you may be considering a blog to build traffic to your site. Like other communication channels, blogging has its own rules, protocols and best practices. Businesses, especially small ones, use blogs to build awareness and excitement, attract an audience of followers, leverage their expertise, boost engagement, communicate…

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5 tips to make your new business marketing plan work

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Many small business owners start off making decisions, even consequential ones, while multitasking on the fly. In the early going, you might be doing more doing than planning: developing your product or service, raising capital, and other concrete first steps. That’s understandable; those issues are all critical. Eventually though you’ll need to shift some of…

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Tips for using freelance talent

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Freelancing has expanded rapidly throughout the economy, especially during the 2020 downturn related to the pandemic. And from all indications, it’s poised to keep growing; even as the economy rebuilds, there’s a trend away from full-time employment. In some sectors, like ride sharing, workers who freelance function largely on a plug-and-play basis. But for many…

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Avoid startup blunders by focusing on revenue

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When you’re just starting a business, there are so many imperatives to focus on that it’s hard to prioritize. Raising capital. Marketing. Operations. Staffing. Product development. How do you allocate your limited resources and bandwidth? As you triage the mission-critical details demanding your attention, you might be tempted to move one of those details, your…

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Attributes of standout entrepreneurs

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Outwardly, you have all the elements in place to launch a successful startup: the capital, the product, the team, the location and the market. But what about inwardly? Do you have what it takes to alchemize all those elements into a business to be reckoned with? For many small business owners, the secret sauce is…

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Pango recognized for best value 2 years in a row!

Pango Financial is proud to be recognized for offering the best value among Rollover for Business Startups (ROBS) providers in 2020 and 2021! The distinction comes from Investopedia.com, a respected website relied on by business owners, financial advisors, investors, executives and others worldwide for unbiased information. Pango’s ROBS service, our acclaimed DreamSpark® plan, lets investors…

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