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Citing a Slow Rate of Recovery, American Small Business Owners are Cautiously Optimistic

Citing a Slow Rate of Recovery, American Small Business Owners are Cautiously Optimistic | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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While the Economy is showing signs of recovery, most American small business owners are hesitant to celebrate. Citing regulations, increasing costs of doing...
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The more that American Business owners can get access to capital the better. While the majority are caustious, the economy is slowly regaining its feet.

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Loaning a look at the business of BBQ | Horizon | Alternative Small Business Financing Solutions

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Cool video, plus who doesn't love barbeque? Interesting to konw that it's so hard to run that kind of a business.

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The Benefits of Green Fuels for Trucking Explained

The Benefits of Green Fuels for Trucking Explained | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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Trucking is not a business that one would normally associate with conservation, but increasingly, the benefits of greener fuel usage are being promoted both in...
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The trucking industry isn't what I would call green, but evidentally there are some pretty great benefits for business owners who update their trucks to be more fuel efficient. 

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Mad Cow Disease After Effects still being Felt By Trucking Small Business Owners

Mad Cow Disease After Effects still being Felt By Trucking Small Business Owners | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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In 2003, an outbreak of Mad Cow Disease, or Bovine Spongiform Encephelopathy tainted beef shipments in Canada and the US, devastating both the beef and shipping...
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Wow, the virulence of the disease and the effect on the economy is still being felt even 10 years after the outbreak.
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‘Natural swimming pools’ loan solution for chemical conscious, but likely not much change | Horizon | Alternative Small Business Financing Solutions

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Awesome video and article about natural "pond pools" as cheaper greener alternatives to traditional chlorinated pools.

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Google+ and Small Business: Does it Beat Facebook for SEO?

Google+ and Small Business: Does it Beat Facebook for SEO? | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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With more businesses focusing the brunt of their marketing efforts on SEO and Customer Relations Management the question of what networks to...
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Really excited to start using G+ more at work, I think that the tech behind it is really going to go far and change a lot of minds.

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The Lack of Funding for Small Business Owners and the Effect on the Economy

The Lack of Funding for Small Business Owners and the Effect on the Economy | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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President Obama has called Small Businesses “the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our communities,” However, as a result of the economic turmoil of...
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Small Business Owners and Affordable Care Act Healthcare

Small Business Owners and Affordable Care Act Healthcare | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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According to this government page, “On average, small businesses pay about 18% more than large firms for the same health insurance policy. And small businesses...
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This is clearly a dicey issue. On the one hand it is important for employees to have insurance, on the other hand, businesses might just stop hiring full time employees, which would make the whole situation that much worse.

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Outdoor retailer loans hiking boot buying tips | Horizon | Alternative Small Business Financing Solutions

Outdoor retailer loans hiking boot buying tips | Horizon | Alternative Small Business Financing Solutions | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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Man I love hiking. This video definitely inspired me to get some new boots now that it's almost summer.

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Nature loving chefs loan new life to ‘Rust Belt’ food scene | Horizon | Alternative Small Business Financing Solutions

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The Rust Belt has been blowing up in my social media lately, it's nice to see this region of America is still doing great things.

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Economic Reality: Business Owners Increasingly in the TV Limelight

Economic Reality: Business Owners Increasingly in the TV Limelight | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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Reality TV has been around for a while now and people are exhausted by the endless onslaught of heiresses, partiers and sexually promiscuous young people. Wisely,...
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I would much rather have reality tv promote small business than randomly weathly people.

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How to Go Paperless with your Small Business

How to Go Paperless with your Small Business | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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At Horizon, we value the Environment as well as our Productivity and aim to protect both by choosing to reduce paper in the office as much as possible. We...
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Going paperless is a Great way for a business to be environmentally conscious and stay organized.

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SBA Loans and Business Funding Increasingly Available for Small Business Owners

SBA Loans and Business Funding Increasingly Available for Small Business Owners | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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According to this article the Small Business Administration has increased the amount of government funding it is offering to Small Business Owners at this time...
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It's good to see that more capitol is out there for Small Business owners

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Micro-Brewery Small Businesses are Increasingly The Venture of Choice for Entrepreneurs

Micro-Brewery Small Businesses are Increasingly The Venture of Choice for Entrepreneurs | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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Craft beer is a trending commodity across the US thanks to a wave of small breweries that are loaning some hoppy local flavor to the economy. Many brewers have...
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Who doesn't love craft beer? The more breweries the better is what I say.

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Behind the Pike, Bait Fish are Big Business

Behind the Pike, Bait Fish are Big Business | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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Sport fishing in the state of Minnesotta alone is “an economic engine that supports 43,000 Minnesota jobs, generates $2.8 billion in direct annual expenditures...
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I had no idea there was such a huge industry surrounding the simple American activity of drinking beer on a boat and fishing.

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Family Farms are Getting Connected Through Social Media

Family Farms are Getting Connected Through Social Media | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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The internet has changed the way many do business, but it is surprising to note that it has loaned a whole new level of efficiency to Small Family Owned...
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I think it's cool that small farms in rural america can still benefit from the internet and use it to preserve the businesses that they've grown for decades.

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Keep on Trucking: Some of the Struggles Involved with the Industry in 2013

Keep on Trucking: Some of the Struggles Involved with the Industry in 2013 | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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In 2013 all Small Businesses are trying to recover and grow in the wake of economic turmoil over the past few years, and virtually no industry has been...
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People don't often think of commercial trucking as a barometer for economic health, but some of the challenges faced by truckers reflect the overall strength of the economy in ways one woulnd't normally think about. 

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Commercial Trucking Small Business: How it's Changing in 2013

Commercial Trucking Small Business: How it's Changing in 2013 | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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According to this IRS report the Commercial Trucking industry has been changing due to technology since the late 90’s and the pace of innovation has not slowed yet....
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I think that every business is going to be increasingly effected by technology in 2013. It's funny how people would tend to think of trucking as a low tech industry but it seems like it's really not. 

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Credit Pinch for Small Business Impedes U.S. Job Growth

Credit Pinch for Small Business Impedes U.S. Job Growth | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
Jim Brown, owner of JWB Properties LLC, says community banks called him almost every day in 2006 trying to lend him money. Now, his homebuilding business in Atlanta can’t get a loan.
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This highlights the important role that non traditional lenders can play in bolstering the economy. 

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Fox Business News article loans answers to reader’s bad credit question | Horizon | Alternative Small Business Financing Solutions

Fox Business News article loans answers to reader’s bad credit question | Horizon | Alternative Small Business Financing Solutions | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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Low limit cards are a start. Another tip would be to open a line of credit and increase the limit as you can. Higher limits with good and timely payback on balance build credit history.

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New York loans space to bike share program | Horizon | Alternative Small Business Financing Solutions

New York loans space to bike share program | Horizon | Alternative Small Business Financing Solutions | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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They opened one of these things in front of my house but everyone wants to use the bikes so there are never any left! Too bad.

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Report predicts professionals will loan more time to scuba diving | Horizon | Alternative Small Business Financing Solutions

Report predicts professionals will loan more time to scuba diving | Horizon | Alternative Small Business Financing Solutions | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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Scuba seems like a very bucket list worthy thing to do.

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Eva Longoria Speaks in Senate Hearing on Behalf on Latina Entrepreneurs

Eva Longoria Speaks in Senate Hearing on Behalf on Latina Entrepreneurs | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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Eva Longoria, best known as a star of the hit TV show Desperate Housewives, testified in the Senate hearing on “Strengthening the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for...
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Good for her! She is a success both as an actress and a business woman and it is great that she is taking a proactive stance to help others.

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Small Business Owners and Minimum Wage: is an Increase in Order?

Small Business Owners and Minimum Wage: is an Increase in Order? | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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In a press release summarizing their survey findings, an organization called The Small Business Majority claims that 2/3 of Small Business owners support a Federal...
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Statistics can be decieving. I would want the Fed to create some of their own before any laws were created.

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Overseas, Business Loans Helping Families in Occupied Palestine

Overseas, Business Loans Helping Families in Occupied Palestine | Small Business Funding | Scoop.it
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An excellent article published by the United Nations reports a $50 million dollar investment in the...
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The availability of Capital can help Small Businesses reinvigorate communities, even in Palestine.

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