What Do Lenders Expect From Your Request for Business Financing?

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What Do Lenders Expect From Your Request for Business Financing?

For most entrepreneurs, the process of obtaining business financing can be highly intimidating. It can appear to be a confusing maze with no map to follow.

The question I get all the time from business owners is “what do lenders really want?” And in the next breath they say that lenders just want too much information.

So what do lenders expect from your request for business financing?

Show That You Have Prepared Well

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Do You Know How to Ask Funders to Win Business Financing?

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Do You Know How to Ask Funders to Win Business Financing?

Put your ASK in gear was the mantra at a training session I attended many years ago.

It is a great trigger reminding us what we must do to grow our businesses. We always have to ask—for the business, the referral, the testimonial—but most importantly for getting business financing.

The big question is–do you really know how important the way you ask funders for money impacts the potential for winning business financing?

The Funding Request ...
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Become a New Year’s Resolution Champ With These Simple Steps

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Become a New Year’s Resolution Champ With These Simple Steps

I can’t believe that it is already 2018! Now that the holiday festivities are over, we all think about how to become a better, fitter and more successful person.

And, if you are like most people, you started this year with New Year’s Resolutions – a whole scroll of them from being a more successful entrepreneur to losing weight.

And I can bet that this list probably makes you anxious each time you look at it, and ...

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December 14 – The Death Knell for Small Business?

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December 14 – The Death Knell for Small Business?

The internet is the life blood of my business.

I send out a weekly newsletter and I publish my blog on my website. I offer webinars, online training and do online consulting with many clients. I am constantly using the web to research and to develop my own skills with online training.

Without open and equal access to the web my business would die.

And if you want to grow ...

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How to Find Your Financial Sweet Spot to Make Your Business Profitable

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How to Find Your Financial Sweet Spot to Make Your Business Profitable

Every entrepreneur wears many hats and has numerous goals and objectives to meet. And at times it seems that many conflict with one another.

As business owners we are all looking for the financial “sweet spot” that can help us meet our productivity and profitability goals. But many small businesses are not trained to understand how to effectively reach their financial sweet spot.

In fact, many businesses do not even know how to determine their best financial ...

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The Major Ramifications of Not Doing Effective Year End Planning

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The Major Ramifications of Not Doing Effective Year End Planning

It is that time of year when the air turns brisk, the holidays are upon us and we see the end of the year staring us straight in our faces.

I am gathering my financial data for the past year and planning meetings with my CPA. We will discuss what happened this past year, my goals for the future and the steps I need to take to reach them.

Unfortunately, many businesses don’t do this—and they suffer ...

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Where Do You Start If You Need Business Financing

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Where Do You Start If You Need Business Financing

Sooner or later your company will need business financing.

Whether you are in startup mode, an established business that needs funding to grow, or need money to survive a crisis, you will be approaching a lending institution with a financing proposal.

Finding business financing can be challenging in any economic climate, but can be especially so if you are a small business.

Many small business owners and entrepreneurs don’t know where to start the business financing ...

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The Golden Key to Winning Business Financing

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The Golden Key to Winning Business Financing

Your goal in business is to show how your products and services are unique and satisfy a customer’s needs.

In dealing with a lender or investor you also have to differentiate yourself. You want to show financing sources why they need to “buy” you—or in other words winning business financing.

So what is the golden key that can win business financing for you?

The Best Differentiator

“Great things in business are never done by one ...

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Busting Myths That Are Plaguing Small Business Growth

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Busting Myths That Are Plaguing Small Business Growth

Small business is essential to the growth of the U.S. economy. Yet, the creation and growth of the small business environment is still lagging behind the peaks of 2007.

There are many myths which may be stifling small business growth—while untrue, they are still pervasive in government policies, economic strategies and within the mindset of the public.

To be successful in any endeavor, we need to focus on the real issues, not stereotypical views or symptoms surrounding ...

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What It Takes To Win Business Financing Today

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What It Takes To Win Business Financing Today

The road to winning business financing can feel like navigating a maze without any directions.

When discussing winning business financing with small and mid-sized companies (SMBs) I find there is a mixture of fear, anger, frustration and overwhelm.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Understanding the Financing Perspective

When discussing how to win business financing, entrepreneurs respond with comments such as, “Banks only lend to businesses that don’t need it,” or that the investors ...

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