Some of us here at Mercantile are pretty avid golf fans (yours truly included…and let me emphasize that I’m a fan…I wouldn’t call myself an avid golfer). The Masters golf tournament is this weekend, and I can’t wait to see what happens this year at Augusta National. Tony and Sean, two of our Senior Loan Officers, made a trip to Augusta back in 2009 (when Angel Cabrera won in a three-way sudden-death playoff) and I was very jealous. I’ve been twice to practice rounds, but can’t wait to go back…especially to watch an actual competition round.
The other day, I came across a Masters quiz put together by Doug Ferguson, a golf writer with the Associated Press, and I thought you might like to test your knowledge of this legendary golf tournament. There’s a “Front Nine” and a “Back Nine” with different point
I’ve been on record saying that the SBA will likely see a 20 to 30 percent decrease in 504 loan volume in fiscal year 2013. Despite the fact that the SBA is coming off back-to-back record-breaking years, I expect this drop-off in 504 loans due in large part to the 504 refinance and secondary market (FMLP) programs not being extended past September of 2012. Well, I may have to eat my words (and I’ll gladly do so), because the Agency recently announced some changes that may curtail my forecasted decrease. Specifically, there are four things that I think will make a big difference for small business owners, and I explain
As I said last week, we’ve been stretched a little too thin to work up a good April Fools’ Day hoax this year. We’ve had a lot of fun seeing what others have done, though. Here’s a mid-day roundup of my favorite video pranks for 2013 from Google, the White House, YouTube, and more:
April Fools’ Day is usually a pretty interesting day around Mercantile Headquarters. Robin is our chief prankster, and she’s gotten some of us pretty good over the years. There was the time she told me Jorge Bouche called from 202-456-1111 and asked that I call him back. Turns out that’s the White House phone number, and you can guess what they said when I asked for “Jorge Bouche.” She also got Ken, our receptionist, when she had him call “Harry Lyons” at 407-323-4450 (the Central Florida Zoo).
She’s also been known to rearrange offices, tamper with phones and keyboards, and even turn pictures upside down in frames. But the most memorable one was when she made Dirt Cake — cream cheese, cool whip, crushed Oreos, etc. — for the whole office. Instead of the
I’ve been honored by having my book, The Entrepreneur’s Secret to Creating Wealth, nominated for Small Business Trend’s5th Annual Small Business Book Awards. Currently, it’s in first place in the personal finance category, but I still need your help. If you’ve voted for me already I thank you, but please watch the video below to find out how you can help my book get named as one of the overall winners.