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SBA Disaster Assistance: SBA provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

Open For Business – A Disaster Protection and Recovery Planning Toolkit for the Small to Mid-Sized Business: The Open For Business toolkit was prepared by the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a nonprofit initiative of the insurance industry to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property losses. To access the toolkit, go to: CLICK HERE

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Business Sense

Is My Company Export Ready?
19 May 11:53 am

  The opportunities for selling products and services abroad are greater than ever for U.S. businesses. Statistics...

Funding Your Small Business
23 Feb 11:10 am

Cash is to a business what oxygen is to a human…necessary for survival. Finding the needed cash...

40 Years of Small Business Development Center at UGA
28 Aug 11:04 am

Who would have thought that an idea in 1975, promoted by William C. Flewellen, Jr., former Dean...

“If I Only had Known…”
20 Jun 09:31 am

As one looks to enter the world of entrepreneurship or expand their current business, the question is...

Three Reasons Why You Should Buy Your First Business
10 Mar 12:44 pm

When most “first time entrepreneurs” think about having their own business – they quickly default to the...

Becoming a Camera Ready Vendor: Quick Tips
14 Feb 02:37 pm

If you’ve ever lingered at the close of a movie to watch the credits, you may have...

Be Smart about Starting a Business
7 Dec 03:21 pm

January is the time of year when we see a lot of individuals wanting to start a...

Year End Planning for Your Small Business
16 Nov 12:03 pm

The act of planning in business is often seen as something that must be done for the...

Monitor Four Critical Areas of Your Business
2 Nov 01:51 pm

Here are the ONLY 4 things a small business needs to pay attention to on a daily...

Fixing the Broken Windows of Your Business
13 Sep 01:05 pm

James Wilson and George Kelling, two brilliant social psychologists, published their “broken windows theory of urban decay”...

Funding Options for New or Young Farmers
13 Sep 10:16 am

For many young farmers there is a deep desire to grow their farming operation, however, most are...

The Entrepreneur with 1000 Faces: A Formula for Success
15 Aug 11:16 am

The entrepreneurial process can be mapped according to the same story formula that Hollywood uses in our...

Three Types of Small Businesses
5 May 05:22 pm

You have a small business but you’re not making a profit and haven’t in some time. You may have...

Can I Export My Products …. and Where?
5 May 04:32 pm

American companies make excellent products; they really do. And many of these products are sold all over...

Don’t Overlook These Issues When Buying a Small Business
3 May 03:44 pm

The “boom” in the number of Americans reaching retirement age is driving an increase in the number of small businesses being sold...

3 Ways to Organize Your Sales Team for Success
2 May 03:12 pm

One of the most common mistakes early stage entrepreneurs make is assuming that their product or service will...

Business Loan Application Tips Borrowers Can Take to the Bank
2 May 02:31 pm

Whether it’s to start, operate, expand or acquire a business, capital is required. Just how much is available, and what...

Using a VRI Analysis for Strategic Planning
19 Apr 03:31 pm

Why do some companies perform better than others in the same industry? A large portion of the...

How do you lead – a choice of style
19 Apr 11:31 am

Recently I was teaching a class that was in part centered on organizational leadership. Of course, we...

Foreign Receivables Insurance: A Tool to Grow Your Business
20 Jan 04:54 pm

If you have a business that sells product or service internationally, or if you are considering selling...

Making Something Out of Nothing – Money is No Excuse
21 Dec 04:36 pm

Assisting entrepreneurs to estimate their funding needs, whether launching a new business or expanding an existing one,...

Lessons From a Small Business Owner
15 Dec 10:33 am

There is certainly no shortage of business advice out there, and I read just about everything I...

Should I Have an App for My Business?
14 Dec 11:36 am

In this age of handheld interaction with smartphones and tablets, businesses need to engage their customer base...

The Answers Are Different This Week
18 Nov 09:18 am

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” -Dwight...

The Most Important Cost You Never Consider
12 Nov 04:59 pm

John is a web designer.  He owns a small web design company and carefully considers the cost...

Enhancing Your Brand
6 Nov 10:38 am

Your brand is what your company stands for in the mind of the customer. Many people believe...

How to Cold Call Without Feeling Awkward
27 Oct 09:07 am

Small business owners have to wear several hats, one of which is salesperson. However, some, never having...

Can You Raise Money through Crowdfunding?
21 Oct 10:02 am

Although there have been many successes, there is a lot of misunderstanding out there about how crowdfunding...

Know Your Numbers
21 Oct 08:53 am

I recently met with a client in the specialty food business. The company, in short time, gained...

It’s Not The What, But The Why
6 Oct 08:00 am

The age of the infomercial seems to be at a close. Current trends are showing consumers are...