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Small Business Trends You Should be Aware of In 2016

It's no secret that running a small business can be difficult. In addition to building a team, a company, and a brand, entrepreneurs need to know how to expand while adapting to the changing world around them. While many fundamental principles stay the same (e.g. working hard, providing great customer service, etc.) it's important to stay up to date on the latest trends in order to be prepared.   Cyber...

The Need For Transparent Small Business Financing

They say you need to spend money to make money. Unfortunately that's a lesson that many small business owners learn the hard way, leaving them in need of a loan or line of credit. Although approval rates from small business loans have increased in the past couple of years, there are still many entrepreneurs who still can't obtain the financing they require for their business. A new study commissioned by...

The Role of Alternative Lenders in Small Business Loans

In the late 2000s alternative lenders like Lending Club and OnDeck emerged and began offering loans directly to borrowers online. Touted as “disruptors,” these lenders sought to challenge the current banking system that they deemed to be broken and grant more consumers and small businesses access to credit. On the surface it would seem as though these startups are looking to go head-to-head with the big banks. However the truth...

How Equity Crowdfunding Could Change Start-Up

After years of waiting, it looks like the gates to equity crowdfunding (EC) will finally be opened thanks to a recent vote within the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although Title III of the Jump-Start Our Business Start-Ups (JOBS) Act was signed into law over three years ago, the SEC has taken this long to draw up rules that would prove mutually beneficial to businesses and investors. While the agreed upon rules, which...

Small Business Loans Made Easy Thanks to New Partnerships

Alternative and online lenders have made it easier than ever for entrepreneurs to secure loans for their businesses. Additionally some of those online lenders are now working with non-profit organizations to further promote the expansion of small business in America. Community development financial institutions (CDFIs), which assist business owners with little to no credit, are getting a big boost by utilizing FinTech platforms. As reported by NerdWallet, in June of...

Lending Club Debuts Line of Credit Option for Small Businesses

Thanks to the rise of FinTech companies and online lenders, small business owners have enjoyed more options than ever when it comes to getting a loan. Now one such lender is offering entrepreneurs yet another option. This past week Lending Club expanded their small business lending offerings to include a business line of credit. This new product will give entrepreneurs the ability to cover unexpected expenses and invest in improvements without taking out...

Small Business Lending: The Good and Bad News

Small businesses have long been called “The Backbone of the Economy.” In order to grow many small businesses rely on loans to buy inventory, repair equipment, and market themselves in order to bring in customers. Unfortunately following the 2008 financial crisis it has been extremely difficult for small businesses to get loans from traditional banks. Following the near-collapse of the banking industry, those left standing cut back severely on their...
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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...
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Imprint Launches Credit Cards from H-E-B and Central Market 

The FinTech Imprint is partnering with the popular Texas-based grocery chain H-E-B for a pair of new rewards credit cards. This week saw the launch of the H-E-B Visa Signature Credit Card as well as the Central Market Visa Signature Credit Card. With these two (nearly identical) options, customers will be able to earn rewards on groceries and beyond. First, both versions of the card earn up to 5% back on select...
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Student Loan Benefit FinTech Summer Raises $6 Million

For years, student debt has been one of the most talked about financial topics. What's more, while the debt itself has become a major part of many Americans' lives, discussion of student loans has become political due to efforts to forgive certain loan repayments. However, while we wait for resolution on that front, a FinTech that brings student debt benefit solutions to employers and consumers has raised a new round...
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Choice Hotels, Wells Fargo Debut Choice Privileges Select Card

With spring well underway and the summer travel season now just around the corner, Choice Hotels and Wells Fargo have unveiled their latest co-branded credit card offering. Today, the two companies announced the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard. Carrying an annual fee of $95, this card will serve as the premium option in the hotel brand's new lineup. Looking at the Choice Privileges Select, it offers a mix of rewards categories....
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Health and Wellness Rewards Card Ness Partners with Whole30

In recent years, several unique rewards cards have come to market. These include offerings from FinTech startups as well as brands looking to do something special for their loyal fans. On that note, a recently-announced rewards credit card offering is now working with a popular brand to introduce new benefits for customers. This week, the Ness Card (which is issued by The Bank of Missouri) unveiled a new partnership with...