Helena Hauk

As the President of 5th Gear Consulting Helena Hauk assists small to mid-sized businesses with preserving and generating capital, project management, strategic planning, and business development. You can follow her on Google+.

Recent Articles Published by Helena Hauk

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Business Plans vs. Strategic Plans: What’s the Difference?

Many business owners know and understand the value of a business plan. The business plan is a key component of the loan process and serves as a foundation for your organization. However, it only tells half the story. To get the whole picture and have a framework on which to build your business you also... Read more »

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A Brief Introduction to the SBA Loan Programs

Interested in an SBA loan? Learn about the 7(a), CDC/504, microloan and disaster loan options offered by the SBA. Read more »

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How to Get Certified as a Woman Owned Business

Did you know that several companies and government agencies allot a certain number of projects/portion of their budget for contracts that can only go to woman-owned businesses? Those contracts include everything from military projects to public works and information technologies. When it comes to securing those choice contracts, the only eligible businesses are those that... Read more »

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Overview of the Players in the SBA Lending Process

The SBA is one of the most vibrant sources of funds and tools for small business owners. Their lending programs, especially the 504 program, make it possible for all types of small businesses to secure needed funds to continue to grow their business. It takes many people to successfully secure and close an SBA loan.... Read more »

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Show Me the Money: What are my Financing Options for my Business?

Whether you’re just getting started or have been in business for many years, every business at some time or another will need a little outside financial help. Equipment breaks down, you outgrow your space, or maybe you want to invest in infrastructure. Whatever the reason, it’s nice to know you have options when it comes... Read more »

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The Five C’s For Making Your Business Credit-Worthy

There comes a time when every business must secure financing to cover their growing needs. Whether it’s to buy new equipment, purchase land, improve an existing location, or to just give your business a little breathing room, a loan can sometimes mean the difference between making it to the next level and falling behind your... Read more »

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To Rent Or Buy: Knowing When to Buy A Commercial Space For Your Restaurant

The Palo Alto Software team is at the National Restaurant Association Conference this week and Bplans is featuring articles and resources for restaurant owners. When it comes to getting your restaurant off the ground, what’s even more important than a great concept and great food is a great location. A high traffic location located near... Read more »

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To Rent Or Buy: Knowing When to Buy A Commercial Space For Your Restaurant

This article is part of our Restaurant Business Startup Guide—a curated list of articles to help you plan, start, and grow your restaurant business! When it comes to getting your restaurant off the ground, what’s even more important than a great concept and great food is a great location. A high traffic location located near... Read more »

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What Lenders Look for in a Business Plan

Your business plan is the foundation of your business. It defines your vision and mission, and serves as a road map as you move forward. It’s one of the most important documents you’ll ever create. It’s also an invaluable tool when it comes time to apply for a business loan. What lenders look for in... Read more »

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How To Orchestrate Effective Meetings

[This is a guest post by Helena Hauk of 5th Gear Consulting. Helen approached us to talk about orchestrating effective meetings and I couldn’t say no to the topic. — Kai] No one likes meetings and if people can avoid them they will. Unfortunately meetings are a necessary and vital part of doing business, especially... Read more »