Entrepreneurial

from The Edgy Optimist:

Amidst a banking dry spell, small businesses kickstart themselves

By Zachary Karabell
February 4, 2013

As the U.S. jobs market continues its slow, not-very-impressive-but-nonetheless-forward march, one area of the economy still lags. Banks have only very recently begun to lend. Both individuals and small businesses have faced tight credit standards enforced by risk-averse banks; mortgages have been hard to obtain, and small business credit has been tighter yet. From 2008 to 2011, loans to small businesses fell 20 percent. The net effect has been to mute an already muted recovery.

Small business owners turn to pawn shops

By Guest Contributor
August 10, 2011

– Cynthia Hsu is a contributor to FindLaw’s Free Enterprise blog. FindLaw is a Thomson Reuters publication. –

Small business at a crossroads

By Guest Contributor
June 7, 2011

– Jeff Stibel is the chairman and CEO of small business credit rating agency Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. The views expressed are his own. –

Big banks see slow recovery for small business

May 27, 2011

Marc Bernstein’s response to reports of loan facilitators advising small business clients to avoid big banks: “It’s simply bad information.”

“Loan doctor” to small business: Avoid big banks

May 11, 2011

Large banks are making noise about lending more to small companies this year, but financing expert Ami Kassar is still advising his clients to steer clear.

Why America isn’t lending to small businesses

By Guest Contributor
November 16, 2010

– Jeff Stibel is the chairman and CEO of small business credit rating agency Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. The views expressed are his own. –

Small business bill passes, now what?

September 27, 2010

As President Obama gets set to sign off on the $30-billion small business lending bill, people want to know one thing: how will it help me?

Save the pelicans and small businesses

June 29, 2010

– George A. Cloutier is the founder and CEO of American Management Services and the author of the bestselling book “Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing”. The opinions expressed are his own. –

National Small Business Week: Who cares?

May 25, 2010

– George A. Cloutier, a graduate of Harvard Business School, is the founder and CEO of American Management Services, one of the nation’s largest turnaround and management services firms specializing in small and mid-sized companies. He is also the author of the bestselling book “Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing”. The opinions expressed are his own. –

Small business confidence taking a beating

December 9, 2009

All those pundits who declared the current recession dead and buried, obviously haven’t been talking to small business owners.