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What is a Tax Write-Off Anyway?

There's a famous sitcom scene that I reference often — maybe too often, if I'm being honest. It comes from Seinfeld and, in it, Kramer is telling Jerry about how these big companies just write everything off. This prompts Jerry to state that Kramer doesn't even know what a write-off is. Kramer's response, "But they do, and they're the ones writing it off." Well, it would seem that, like Kramer...
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Amex Increases Grants for 4th Historic Small Restaurant Program

American Express has launched its latest Backing Historic Small Restaurants Program — and has significantly increased the grant money up for grabs. About this year's Backing Historic Small Restaurants Program: For the fourth annual Backing Historic Small Restaurants Program, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have announced that it will not only double the number of grant recipients but also increase the total funding. This year, 50 historic...
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Barclays Unveils Fourth Annual "Small Business Big Wins" Contest

Barclays has announced that its "Small Business Big Wins" contest will be returning for its fourth year. About the contest: Entries for the fourth annual Small Business Big Wins program are now open. Once again this year, the content will offer up a total of $255,000. This includes one $60,000 Grand Prize winner as well as a $40,000 Second Place Prize winner and a $20,000 Third Place Prize winner. Seven...
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Survey: 94% of Small Business Merchants Accept Card Payments

A new survey highlights how the vast majority of small businesses are now accepting modern forms of payments — although satisfaction with some popular payment platforms is waning. About the survey results: J.D. Power has released its 2024 U.S. Merchant Services Satisfaction Study, which compiled responses from 5,383 small businesses. Conducted between September and November of last year, the survey inquired about provider satisfaction is several areas, including the cost...
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SoFi Launches Marketplace for Small Business Loans

SoFi is bringing a small business loan hub to its core user experience. About the marketplace: SoFi has announced an expansion of its small business marketplace. Now, small businesses can connect to the bank's network of providers and view funding options within the SoFi ecosystem. The loan marketplace can be found at SoFi.com/Small-Business-Loans. Among the loan types/users currently supported by SoFi's marketplace are expansion loans, equipment loans, working capital, payroll...
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Survey: 23% Considering Starting a Small Business in 2024

Intuit has released its Entrepreneurship in 2024 Report, which features some interesting tidbits. About the findings: Intuit's report was derived from surveying more than 4,500 adults in the United States. Headlining the report is the fact that nearly one-quarter (23%) of respondents stated that they considered starting a business in the new year. Members of Gen Z were the most likely to be mulling the idea, with 28% responding affirmatively....
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2023 Small Business Credit Card Satisfaction Tops 2019 Highs

The latest small business credit card study from J.D. Power shows satisfaction continuing to rise. About the study and results: This week, J.D Power released its 2023 U.S. Small Business Credit Card Satisfaction Study, which includes responses from more than 3,400 small business credit card customers. In this case, the study looked at businesses with annual revenues between $10,000 and $10 million. First, it was discovered that overall satisfaction among...
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2023 Small Business Saturday Sees $17 Billion in Spending

American Express has released results from the 14th annual Small Business Saturday event. About this year's sales: According to initial projections via the Amex 2023 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, consumers in the United States spent a total of $17 billion at small businesses on Small Business Saturday. That figure puts it below last year's $17.9 billion total and well off the record $23.3 billion seen in 2021. In...
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A Guide to Building Credit and Increasing Your Credit Scores

When it comes to credit, there’s some good news. The average credit score in the United States has been steadily rising in recent years, coming in at 715 in 2023. That may be because, today, consumers not only have more ways to access their credit reports and scores than ever before but also because there are an increasing number of options that Americans have for building credit in the first...

2024 SoFi Checking and Savings Review

Ever since I started taking an interest in the FinTech sector, one company whose name I’ve seen pop up over and over again is SoFi. Lately it seems as though that theme has been sent into overdrive as the company has not only become a household name thanks to its stadium naming rights deal but also because of the company’s continued product expansions. The most interesting development in my mind...
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Brim Financial Raises $85 Million as It Eyes Global Expansion

Toronto-based FinTech infrastructure startup Brim Financial has announced a new funding round. About the round: Brim has revealed an $85 million round. The Series C was led by EDC Investments while new investor Vistara Growth and returning investors White Owl Group, Epic Ventures, and Zions Bank also participated. To date, the company has now raised $110 million including a Series B in 2021. According to Brim, the latest funding will...
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Chase Reveals Q2 2024 Freedom 5%(+) Bonus Categories

Chase has announced its bonus category picks for the second quarter of 2024 — including some interesting twists. About the categories: As April approaches, Chase has revealed what categories Freedom and Freedom Flex cardholders can earn bonuses on. From April 1st through June 30th, customers can earn 5% (or more) in three categories: Amazon.com, Hotels, and Restaurants. Similar to how Chase embraced a "New Year, New Me" theme last quarter,...

FedEx Announces Winners of 11th Annual 2023 Small Business Grant Contest

Nearly three months after the entry period ended, FedEx has announced the winners of its 11th annual Small Business Grant Content. This year's event saw more than $300,000 in funds going to a variety of small businesses across the nation. Last month, the company revealed 100 finalists, with that list now being narrowed down to just 10 winners. This year's grand prize winners included KindVR, The Cupcake Collection, Up In...