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6 dos and don’ts of crafting an effective business plan

December 7, 2017 | Small Business Loans
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When an amazing business idea strikes, you may be tempted to dive straight into execution. Avoid this rookie mistake with one crucial step: Develop a business plan. A business plan is like a roadmap. It details where you want the business to go and whether the effort is even feasible,…

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Holiday Gift Guide for shopping ‘small’ this season

December 5, 2017 | Community
gift box, gift guide

Still on the hunt for holiday gifts? Want to give something locally made and novel? Look no further. This holiday season, ditch the overflowing malls and humdrum online stores — and support innovative, small businesses. To get you started, here are some gift ideas; they’re all products made and sold by…

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How this small business got ‘almost instant’ approval for online loan with fair, clear terms

December 1, 2017 | Uncategorized
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The following is a guest post from Mirador, an innovative partner that powers CDC Small Business Finance’s online loan application. In this post, CDC borrower Margarita Duran shares her experience using the platform to easily take out a $75,000 FastFund loan to grow her bookkeeping business. The blog has been edited for…

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CDC scholarship supports ‘Wonder Woman’ scholar

November 28, 2017 | Uncategorized
Rachelle Hornby

Rachelle Hornby was a devoted Wonder Woman fan growing up — so much so that one Halloween she donned a homemade, red-white-and-blue leotard and oversized wig to emulate the superhero for a day. Decades later, Hornby would find herself re-channeling her Wonder Woman persona once more. After raising two sons,…

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Small business retailers employ 11.5M people – and other stats that will convince you to shop local this holiday season

November 24, 2017 | Community
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Consumers tend to flock to big-box stores and websites with on-demand shipping for convenience and ease-of-use. But there’s a growing movement among Americans to return to the robust offerings of Main Street — engagement with store owners, experiencing products first-hand, and spending quality time in your own community. There’s no…

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How a microloan helped startup keep 100% of their equity — and why that mattered to them

November 21, 2017 | Success Story
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As consumers increasingly turned to Instagram for the latest retail products and fashion trends, Ronan Galvin and Casey Mathews immediately spotted a prime business opportunity. Knowing the average business owner may not have the time or know-how to promote themselves on the platform, they developed a service that would do…

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6 Things We’re Grateful for This Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017 | Community
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Thanksgiving  is synonymous with roasted turkey, waistline-busting side dishes and travel to see loved ones. But let’s not forget why we gather for this annual celebration: to express our gratitude. Over nearly four decades, CDC Small Business Finance — a small business lender and non-profit organization — has provided more…

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Banner Year for Smaller-Dollar Loans

November 15, 2017 | Community Advantage

A U.S. small business loan program that directs help to underserved communities — including women, minorities and veterans — recorded a banner year in 2017, according to recent data from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The news comes as national economic indicators continue to trend upward. Stocks are on the…

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How a Southern Calif. military veteran got crucial funding to launch craft brewery 6 years in the making

November 9, 2017 | Success Story
spechops brewing company

With the discipline and precision of a seasoned soldier, David Casperson transformed his beer obsession into a 6,500-square-foot business, home to a tasting room and manufacturing plant that can brew up to 4,800 pints a day. The journey to this point has been replete with the usual entrepreneurial challenges, from…

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