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.
The last two years have seen record-shattering levels of government-guaranteed lending, which includes the SBA 504 loan program (aka the SmartChoice® Commercial Loan). In terms of loan volume, 2011 and 2012 were the biggest and second biggest years (respectively) in the history of the SBA. Since the SBA has done the lion’s share of small business lending as our economy struggles to get back on its feet, what can we expect in 2013?
Back in 2007, the Small Business Trends people noticed that business book reviews and awards were focused on books aimed at corporate audiences. They weren’t able to consistently find helpful information about books written specifically for small business
If you’re anything like me, you’ve grown weary of all the high drama in Washington these days. First the Fiscal Cliff; now the looming Sequester; next month it’ll be something else. But as we sit on the edge of our seats waiting to find out what will happen tomorrow, I’d like to tell you why the Sequester won’t be the end of the world as we know it.
I did an interview for a local newspaper yesterday, and I told them I don’t expect the Sequester to hurt the SBA or small businesses too badly, as some have predicted. I do think that small business loan production will be down this year, but for other reasons. I also