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This Saturday, November 24, is Small Business Saturday! It’s a great occasion to kick off your holiday marketing and get customers in the door. While small businesses may not have access to expensive marketing gimmicks, you can make up for it in creativity and excellent customer service, and utilize the many resources available to small business owners.

You probably already know that the Small Business Administration and American Express partner to release holiday marketing materials for small business owners, and you can easily personalize these resources to your business. Check...

Venturize is proud to partner with the Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC), an organization based in Missouri that provides mentorship and trainings for veteran small business owners, while also assisting their transition back to civilian life. Not only is the VBRC a strategic partner of our parent organization, Small Business Majority, but they have also partnered with us to bring our lending resources to their expanding network of veterans. In honor of Veterans Day this week, we sat down with the VBRC to learn more about resources and tips for veteran...

This is the second post in a series on the basics of small business finances. Check out our first post on small business bank accounts, and stay tuned for future posts in this series, including information about bookkeeping.

Hopefully, you’ve read our first post about navigating your small business finances and learned why it’s important to open a small business bank account to keep your personal and business accounts separate. Just like with bank accounts, a small business credit card is an important component of establishing good financial practices for your small business.

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Small Business Majority's Deputy California Director Xiomara Peña spoke with Remy Meraz, founder of Me Tyme Network, to discuss her story and lessons she learned along the way as she built her business. Me Tyme Network produces video content aimed at "helping people think, feel and work better." Listen to Remy share what inspired her to become an entrepreneur, how she's navigated funding challenges, the resources she's relied on to grow her business and more!

 

 

Technology has transformed the way small companies do business, and while this has helped small businesses and entrepreneurs access more customers and new markets in new ways, it’s essential that we talk about the risks associated with moving business online. The rise of new technology can lead to severe security issues, and unfortunately many small businesses are unaware of measures they can take to help ensure the security of their and their customers’ information. That’s why we’re sharing tips and resources for small businesses during October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

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Women entrepreneurs contribute significantly to America’s economy and women are opening businesses at higher rates than their male counterparts. While women entrepreneurs face unique challenges around issues like accessing capital and finding mentors, they are increasingly optimistic. Bank of America’s 2018 Women Business Owner Spotlight found 58% of women business owners expect to increase revenue in the coming year, up from 44% in 2017. Similarly, 56% plan to grow their business over the next five years and 1 in 5 plan to hire in the next year.

Women entrepreneurs are doing and pl...

Are you looking for ways to get funding for your business, but aren’t sure what kind of loan is right for you? This video will give you some basic information about two of the main types of funding-debt and equity-so you can better understand your options and choose what’s best for you. In this video, we’ll cover equity funding. Be sure to check out part 1 in this series to learn more about debt funding.

Are you looking for ways to get funding for your business, but aren’t sure what kind of loan is right for you? This video will give you some basic information about two of the main types of funding-debt and equity-so you can better understand your options and choose what’s best for you. In this video, we’ll cover debt funding. Be sure to check out part 2 in this series to learn more about equity funding.

Alfredo Zendejas es copropietario de Accesorios Zendejas junto con su esposa, Leticia Sánchez, en Los Ángeles, California. Una verdadera empresa familiar, Alfredo y Leticia trabajan juntos para diseñar, crear y entregar piezas decorativas personalizadas para cumpleaños de 15 años, bautismos, bodas y otras ocasiones especiales.

Accesorios Zendejas no es la primera empresa comercial de Alfredo: fue copropietario de una empresa en el centro de Los Ángeles durante muchos años, pero él y su socio se vieron obligados a vender después de los reveses financieros causados ​​por la recesión d...

Kateri Gutierrez cofundadora de Collective Avenue Coffee en Lynwood en 2016, con grandes sueños de lo que el negocio podría hacer por su comunidad. A medida que su negocio creció, este compromiso con la comunidad se ha convertido en la base de Collective Avenue Coffee, desde su estructura empresarial hasta su misión e incluso cómo ha financiado su crecimiento.

Kateri y su cofundador Jonathan Robles se organizaron para que su negocio fuera la primera cafetería en Los Ángeles propiedad de los trabajadores, lo que significa que el negocio es propiedad y está operado por sus miembros y...