Starting your business

Infographic: 10 steps to start a small business

Opening a small business can be overwhelming. Here are 10 steps to get you started.

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How to create a marketing plan

Before you dive into marketing your business, it's important to plan it properly. Here's a five step process for creating a marketing plan.

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10 must-have marketing materials

Marketing is important for lead generation and customer engagement. These 10 must-have tools help small business owners spread the word.

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10 steps to start a small business

Do you have a great idea for a business, but you're not quite sure where to start? These 10 steps will get your business started off right.

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Why you need to have a business plan

When you're busy starting a new business, you may put off writing a business plan. Here's why a business plan is essential for success.

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Business basics: How do I get health insurance?

Getting health insurance while self-employed isn't always easy and it can be quite expensive. Here are some options if you need coverage.

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How to create a business plan in 3 simple steps

A business plan is crucial for starting your business off on the right foot. It doesn't need to be complicated. Here's how to get started.

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7 ways to fund your new business

Starting a new business? Here are seven potential ways to fund your new venture so you can decide which one might be right for you.

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Business basics: How do I pay myself?

When it comes to paying yourself as a small business owner, there are several different ways to do it. Here are five ways to pay yourself.

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7 things to do in your first year of business

Want to build a successful new business? Here are seven things to do during your first year to set yourself up for long-term success.

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4 ways to evaluate your new business idea

No matter how brilliant your business idea is, you still need to do your research. Here are four ways to vet your idea before you invest a dime.

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How to establish a credit history as a new business

Does your small business lack credit history? Learn how to establish a business credit history and build your business credit score.

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Should I rent or buy space for my business?

To rent or to buy? It's important to weigh the pros and cons of each to decide which option is right for your business space.

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Growing your business

Why and how to reassess your business plan every year

Does your business plan still reflect your goals and values or does it need updating? An annual business check-up can help you decide.

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How to use SEO to make your business website more successful

Want to get more leads and sales? It starts with web traffic. These SEO basics will help you generate more traffic to your website.

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Branding for small business

Not sure where to start with branding your small business? These five steps will prime you for success with brand awareness and marketing.

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Digital marketing 101 for small business

Ready to start marketing your small business? Here are some of the key digital marketing terms and strategies you'll need to know.

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How to create a high-converting business website

Want to make your website generate more leads and sales? This guide will help you create a high-converting business website.

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How small businesses can start selling online

Ecommerce is expected to hit $4 trillion in sales in 2020. Take these six steps to tap into this powerful revenue engine.

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How to boost leads and sales with social media advertising

With social media advertising, you can reach your target audience, increase brand awareness, and generate leads. Here's what you need to know.

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How do I hold a sale at my business?

Promotional sales can drive traffic to your store, but before you hang the banner, it's important to match your goals to the right tactics.

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Why digital advertising should be part of your marketing plan

Discover the pros and cons of traditional vs digital advertising, and why and when you should use them to promote your small business.

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6 tips to move excess inventory for the holidays

Shelves full of leftover inventory? These six suggestions will allow you to reimagine it with holiday flair to boost your seasonal sales.

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Moving your business outside your four walls

Set up your business outside with sidewalk sales, festivals, and outdoor dining. These best practices can help boost your success.

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How to prepare your online store for holiday traffic

People are increasingly completing their holiday shopping online. Here's how you can make sure your ecommerce shop is built to handle it.

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How to make the most of a small marketing budget

Every small business needs a strong marketing plan to succeed. Here's how you can make the most of a limited marketing budget.

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How to maintain your online store

Just like your physical store, your ecommerce website needs regular maintenance. These eight steps will keep yours running smoothly.

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How to increase sales with a full online inventory

A limited online inventory can cost sales, especially if shoppers can't visit your store. Here's how to maximize your online product list.

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5 ways to increase your sales using Social Media

Learn how with social media advertising you can get your products and services in front of the right people.

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5 things successful small businesses do differently

Successful small businesses have several things in common. Here are five traits that often appear among thriving companies.

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5 strategies for generating quality referrals

Most satisfied clients are more than happy to pass on a good word. Here are 5 ways to ask for referrals without feeling pushy.

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Is a coworking space right for your small business?

Coworking space allow workers from different businesses to share a typical office setting. Learn about the benefits for your small business.

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Got questions? A mentor might have the answers for your business

Finding a mentor to help you problem solve and expand your business network doesn't have to be complicated. Here are some tips.

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5 ways to generate leads for your small business

Lead generation is a big challenge for small businesses. Here are some effective ways to find new customers.

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5 ways to get your website ready for the holidays

E-commerce sales increase with each holiday season, and these five steps will help get your website ready for shoppers.

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How to choose the business credit card that's right for you

Before you pick a business credit card, consider where your company spends its money and how it pays its bills.

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6 ways to boost holiday sales

To make most of the holiday shopping season, retailers need to excite existing customers and bring in new ones. Here's how.

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Which social media channels are right for your business?

Not sure how to use social media for your small business? These tips will help you choose the right platforms and then make the most of them

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Managing your money

How to adapt your payment terminal for touchless payments

If you want to offer contactless payments, you may need to reconfigure your software or upgrade your hardware. Here's how.

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What you need to know about mobile payments for small businesses

The use of mobile payments is skyrocketing with benefits for small businesses and customers alike. It's easy to get started. Here's how.

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3 ways to quickly access extra funds for your business

Most businesses face cash shortages from time to time. These three options can help keep your business afloat when cash runs low.

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How a certificate of deposit can help you save in your business

Saving for business goals can be easy with a safe and secure certificate of deposit. Here's what you need to know.

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How much should you have in your business emergency fund?

The amount needed for your business emergency fund depends on how much you spend each month and how long you need to cover those costs.

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How to improve your business credit score

Healthy business credit can help your company save money, access capital, and get new clients. Here are tips for improving yours.

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How to monitor your business credit report

Want to keep tabs on your business credit? Here are several options for monitoring your business credit reports and scores.

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How to save money by going green

You may think making your business more eco-friendly is prohibitively expensive. But greening your business can help reduce costs over time.

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Things that can hurt your business credit score

You could be hurting your business credit score without even knowing it. This list of common credit mistakes can help you avoid them.

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Why your small business needs an emergency fund

Every business needs an emergency fund to protect the business and its owners. Here are some reasons you should start saving.

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How do I accept credit card payments?

New retail businesses need to set up a system for accepting credit card payments from customers. Here's how to do it.

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5 ways to better manage cash flow in your small business

Cash flow issues can plague small businesses. Here are 5 ways to avoid them.

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How the SECURE Act affects small business owners

The SECURE Act makes it easier and more affordable for employers to offer retirement plans. Here's what small business owners need to know.

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Your year-end business checklist

This year-end business checklist will help you get this year's financials in order and jump start planning for the year ahead

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Business tax timeline: Annual vs quarterly filing

Small businesses file annual tax returns and pay estimated taxes quarterly. These tips can ensure you know what to pay and when.

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What's the best way to handle paper checks?

With clear policies and technical tools like remote deposit, you can find a simple way to handle paper checks for your small business.

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4 ways business credit cards can help you manage cash flow and save money

Business credit cards come with great features for tracking and controlling your company's spending. Here's how to put them to work for you.

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Small business exit strategy: what's right for your business?

Thinking about retiring or moving on from your business? Be prepared for a smooth transition with these four exit strategies.

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How to get approved for a business loan

Your banker wants to make sure you're solid, and these four elements can put you in the best position to get a “yes" for your loan request.

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3 ways to borrow money for your small business

Learn about some of the most common ways small businesses borrow money, including bank loans, SBA loans, and lines of credit.

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Can I get a credit card for my small business?

All types of small businesses, including sole proprietorships and those with no business credit history, can obtain credit cards. Here's how.

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What's a business credit score (and why is it important)?

Understanding and improving your business credit score can help you get the financing you need to grow. Here's what you need to know.

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Protecting your business

The True Price of Fraud for Businesses

Any business can be a target for fraud. Here are some common types of fraud businesses might face — and steps you can take to prevent them.

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A business continuity plan needs to be part of your estate plan

To ensure your business will survive after you're gone, make business continuity planning part of your estate plan. Here's how.

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What's The Buzz? Your Guide to Monitoring and Managing Your Online Reputation

Online reviews are more important than ever. Find out how to build and monitor your online reputation and use reviews to your advantage.

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Cybersecurity tips for small business

Cybersecurity can feel like a challenge to small businesses without an IT department. But these smart tips can help protect your business.

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What is business interruption insurance?

Recovering from an accident or disaster can take a while. Business interruption insurance helps keep your business afloat during that time.

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8 steps to create an effective business continuity plan

An effective business continuity plan can help you recover from disasters and emergencies. Here's an eight step guide to building a plan.

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How to recognize business email scams

Business Email Compromise is a growing threat to businesses of all sizes. Learn more about how to recognize and prevent this type of fraud.

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6 steps to quickly get back in business after a disaster

Recovering from a disaster quickly is essential to keeping your business viable. Here are six steps you can take to bounce back soon.

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Why your business needs an emergency fund

Every business needs an emergency fund to protect the business and its owners. Here are some reasons you should start saving.

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How to adapt your business during times of crisis

When a disaster strikes, small business owners will have to adapt their businesses to survive. These tips will help you form an action plan.

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Customer service tips for small businesses during a crisis

When your small business faces a crisis, it's vital to prioritize customer service. Here are five tips to help keep the information flowing.

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How to build and maintain a secure business website

A secure website is critical to the success of any business. Here's how to build and maintain one, even if you have no tech experience.

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How to protect customer data from cyber attacks

Every company that collects personal information from customers needs to carefully guard their customers' data from hackers. Here's how.

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9 types of insurance every small business needs

There are several types of insurance entrepreneurs should consider obtaining for their small business. Here are the ones you should consider.

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How to prevent check fraud at your business

Check writing may be declining, but businesses still lose money to check fraud every year. Here are five tips to prevent check fraud.

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Commercial & middle-market insights

Automobile manufacturing when the chips are down

Reduced computer chip supply is severely limiting auto production, resulting in very low inventory and very high prices for new and used cars. See the impact of semiconductor manufacturing on the auto industry.

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Protecting customer data is key to reputation management

Your brand reputation ultimately lives in the hearts and minds of consumers, but there are ways it can be influenced. One of the most effective ways to do so? Respect your customers’ personal information.

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Lumber industry sharpening the saw to reduce shortages

Sawmills were shut down when the pandemic began. No one anticipated the effects this would have on lumber and the construction industry. How soon will things change?

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Where to look for real estate investing opportunities

The suburbs are swelling, with new homes popping up everywhere. That’s great for residential real estate. But what’s attracting commercial investors?

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Scenario planning: Preparing for what’s next

Despite advances in technology, the Nostradamus School of Management still doesn't exist. How would another prolonged business disruption affect your organization? What would it mean for revenue? Our employees? Scenario planning can answer these questions.

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Managing trucking industry shortages: Tech bound and down

Construction, manufacturing – even your favorite meal – are being affected by the trucking industry’s driver shortage. The American Trucking Association says the labor shortage isn’t new. Here’s what this group and other industry associations are recommending to fix the problem.

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From “ugh” to “ahh”: Six ways corporate cards make expense management easier

Companies have been slow to transition from manual purchasing and reimbursement processes, but now might be a good time to upgrade to a better tool.

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Waiting…and waiting…to be paid

Payment delays are a challenge many organizations face. Adopting some best practices will ensure you’re paid in a timelier manner.

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The need for speed: Accelerating AR payments

Finance professionals have been trying to speed up receipt of outstanding payments for decades. Recent pandemic-related economic struggles are making expedited payments even more critical.

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Scenario planning dos and don’ts

First used in the 1950s to assess potential effects of a nuclear war, scenario planning offers practical benefits for CFOs and other finance professionals today. Consider these dos and don’ts when beginning the scenario planning process.

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Is inflation heating up?

Since the May 12 Consumer Price Index release, the investment community has debated how long we’ll experience high levels of inflation. What can we expect?

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Satisfying the Southeast’s taste for meat and dairy

Farmers in the Southeast are hustling to keep consumers fed. See how they fared in 2020, as well as what’s in store for this year and beyond.

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Supply, demand, and the $50 chicken sandwich

Several factors are driving up the cost of everything from homes to a Southern lunch classic. Is there an end in sight?

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Cyber check-up: Are you protected against ransomware?

The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack should’ve been a wake-up call to businesses. Here’s what you need to do to protect your assets.

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Is an employee stealing from your company?

One of the costliest financial crimes might be happening in the office next to you. Would you recognize the signs?

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Are construction material costs slowing building pace?

2020 saw a rise in new home construction and a slight drop in commercial building. But lingering supply chain disruptions are causing building material shortages, as well as increases in pricing. Will these factors impact construction this year?

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Three ways the pandemic has changed business fraud

The COVID-19 outbreak provided the perfect cover for thieves to exploit economic, public health and political conditions for their personal gain. But businesses can fight back.

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Is your government organization safe from tax scams?

Fraud against governments reduces funding for citizen and community services. Seven simple steps will help mitigate internal and external fraud.

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Corporations are in the hunt for cash

Forecasting cash flow and increasing reserves are on Treasury professionals' radar. See quick tips to help reach your liquidity goals.

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Southeastern crops hungry for growth

The pandemic interrupted food supply chains. Even with eased constrictions, the next few years will be challenging for Southeastern producers. Farmers and other growers must be prepared to adapt to market conditions.

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Five keys to optimize cash management

Managing cash flow and liquidity is a balancing act. Five key tactics will improve forecasting, analysis, visibility and fraud mitigation for optimal results.

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How to protect your business from pandemic-related fraud

Since the pandemic began, anti-fraud professionals have seen an increase of 77% in related business crimes. These recommendations will help neutralize the top threats.

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How CFOs are shifting the finance paradigm for greater business impact

The modern CFO is evolving from financial guru to visionary. With a focus on four key areas, these captains of finance are leading the way to more profitable business models.

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Outlook 2021: Georgia’s winding path to stability

Like 49 other U.S. states, Georgia has weathered some hard knocks during the pandemic-induced depression. What, if any, economic relief will 2021 bring?

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Commercial Real Estate Outlook: A year of transition in the Office sector

Since the onset of the pandemic, some commercial real estate sectors performed well. Others didn’t. The Office sector still poses questions.

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Employee fraud infographic

Companies of all sizes experience fraud. But did you know it's not always an external attack?

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Employee theft: The whys and hows

Most businesses are aware of external fraud risks. But do you know how many are targeted by employees and why?

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Five tactics for business continuity

During the pandemic, we’ve witnessed untold interruptions to life and business. These five recommendations offer a holistic approach to business continuity planning.

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Eight must-haves for your business online banking provider

Does your business need online banking? Carefully consider these essentials before you choose.

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Online banking: Not just for consumers

Personal online banking has been around for years. Businesses can benefit from its convenience too.

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Why you should leave payroll to the pros

Outsourcing payroll may seem like a luxury if you’re a small business owner. But after considering total costs, it might make perfect sense.

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25 U.S. industries that are crushing the pandemic

Almost a year into the pandemic, some businesses not only found a way to survive but are thriving. These 25 industries are among those achieving the fastest growth in 2020.  

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Look beyond the borders: Funding international growth

If you’re considering global expansion, but think your business is too small, think again. Opportunities await and export lending is readily available.

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Outsourcing payroll

Managing payroll can be time-consuming. It can also be costly when mistakes are made. Outsourcing payroll can help small businesses take control.

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Multifamily housing in the pandemic: Setting the stage for 2021

Pre-existing conditions and unprecedented market forces are affecting the multifamily sector. What trends will 2021 bring?

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Technology: The mother of business transformation

As we manage through and beyond the pandemic, optimizing technology will come down to prioritizing your organization’s efforts to implement efficient and profitable solutions.

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How manufacturers are coping with COVID-19

The problems of COVID-19 will not disappear overnight, but nimble manufacturers will survive and learn to thrive.

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Covid-19 rocks transportation: How to keep rolling

After Q1 2020, transportation and logistics leaders anticipated disruptions to their business. But a few practical steps can help to minimize risks throughout the remainder of the year.

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Working capital is priority one

Eight capital management strategies to better control cash flow by evaluating short- and long-term liquidity needs.

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