New Authority Will Bolster Women-Owned Small Businesses

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 11, 2015
The U.S. Small Business Administration put out a press release today stating the following: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today issued a final rule authorizing federal agencies to award sole-source contracts to women-owned small businesses eligible for the Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program. Effective October 14, 2015, the rule levels […]
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Finding the Cash You Need for Your Business

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 10, 2015
Cash is the life blood of any business, large or small. Like an elite athlete requiring a gulp of oxygen to finish the drill, most businesses need outside sources of cash for top performance – to purchase equipment, enter new markets, or meet payroll. If you need cash to start or grow, what are the options? Equity investment is […]
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Let’s Help Banks Help Us

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 10, 2015
In working with many small businesses in the middle Georgia area on a daily basis, I hear recurring questions. The most popular ones seem to be “Why can’t I get a loan?” Or “Why won’t my bank approve my request?” From that, it usually becomes, “My bank doesn’t want my business anymore,” or “This bank […]
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Technology Must-Haves for Small Business

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 9, 2015
Have a great idea for your own small business, but don’t feel like you have the experience to get started with making it a reality? With the job situation still uncertain in much of the country, many people are stepping away from traditional job paths to start their own companies instead. Fortunately, this means that […]
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Four Factors to Consider When Expanding your Business

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 2, 2015
There will come a time when you will saturate the market and have to consider growing your business by entering a new location. While there are many factors to consider, current relationships could play a major role in the success of the new location. As you and your team begin searching and planning, remember to consider […]
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Advertising on Facebook the Niche Way

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 2, 2015
Not a day goes by without me getting questions about how to better use social media to help gain new customers and increase sales. In particular, business owners want to use Facebook more efficiently because they use it personally and know that many of their customers use the popular network. Well it’s true; according to a USA Today article, there are 1.39 […]
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3 Ways for an Entrepreneur to Stay Sane, Healthy, and Successful

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 1, 2015
Running business can be stressful enough to drive just about anyone crazy. Here’s how to keep your sanity and be successful. A recent University of California study revealed that entrepreneurs are particularly prone to mental health issues. Why is that? Well, many entrepreneurs are creative thinkers, keen observers of the world around them, and driven […]
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Growth and the Chinese Bamboo Tree…

  • Posted by Mark Lupo
  • On August 26, 2015
(Published in the August 2014 Troup Trends magazine, a publication of the LaGrange Troup County Chamber of Commerce) Back in 1991, I remember returning from the Middle East after Desert Shield/Desert Storm, really unsure of what I wanted to do with my life, though knowing that a change was on the horizon.  You know how […]
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6 Reasons You Need to Use Video Marketing

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On August 25, 2015
All businesses, from the smallest to the largest, can and should use video to reach customers. Almost every individual in business probably has the following response in regard to yet another article about video marketing: “We get it! Video is important!” You know that consumers are 64 percent more likely to buy a product after watching a video […]
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11 Ways to Know You’re Meant to Be An Entrepreneur

  • Posted by Marketing Intern
  • On July 31, 2015
Mark Cuban, the billionaire “Shark Tank” investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is known among NBA fans for racking up fines for misconduct at Mavs games he gets a bit too excited about. But nothing, he writes in his book “How to Win at the Sport of Business,” makes him more competitive than business. […]
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