Bringing you the latest on small business news and more—this month we’ve got small business lending on the rise, SEO tips, and the meaning of “disruptive” in tech.
An extended legal battle over the Z-Burger brand proves the importance of registering trademarks. If you need to find out more about the process, check out Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets…How Do You Protect Your Creations?
What didn’t happen
As expected, the Federal Reserve voted nine to one not to raise interest rates. Speculation abounds, but for now rates will remain near zero.
Power to the people
At this year’s HR Technology conference, a number of startups showed off ways to give employees more of a say in the workplace. For more on how to keep your employees happy, check out 15 Surprising Perks Employees Love.
Small business, big lenders
Wells Fargo issued over $1.9b in SBA 7(a) loans in fiscal year 2015, making them the top 7(a) lender.
Paypal, meanwhile, announced it has extended $1b in small business loans since launching Paypal Working Capital two years ago.
If you’re looking for loans, take a look at The Complete Guide to SBA Loans, 3 Hurdles to Getting a Bank Loan and How to Overcome Them and 10 Things the Bank Will Ask When You Need a Business Loan.
“Disruptive” has become the biggest buzzword in startup businesses. But, are all tech startups really “disruptive”?
A budget deal is on its way through Congress, which could avert a government shutdown not only now, but for the next two years.
As the 2016 election ramps up, the Bipartisan Policy Center has a few questions on how the candidates will help small businesses.
23 percent of federal contracts are supposed to go to small businesses. For one reason or another, that isn’t happening, as big corporations poach small business contracts.
For more, be sure to check out 10 Tips to Help Small Businesses Get Government Business.
Small business watch
The ACA employer mandate is fast approaching for businesses with 50-99 full-time employees.
Advice from the headlines
- Unproductive employees can be a problem for any business. Here are a few ways to motivate your team members. Also take a look at How to Recognize and Put a Stop to Employee Burnout.
- Local SEO is crucial to putting your business on the map. Fortunately, Daniel Goh has a few pointers for local businesses. And if you’re looking to up your SEO game, read How a Small Business Can Compete With the Big Guys at SEO.
- Looking for a killer sales team name? Fit Small Business has a list of Sales Team Name Ideas that’ll get the creative juices flowing. If you want to find out more about registering your business name, read The Complete Guide to Registering Your Business Name.