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Small Business Funding: 2015 Year in Review

January 08, 2016 - 12:00 EST By Molly Klein
Small Business Funding: 2015 Year in Review Now that we are a few days into the New Year, we thought we’d share some of the highlights and changes we saw in funding this past year. It was an action filled year in SBA lending. Perhaps the biggest change was the significant increase in SBA loan approvals. Although we are not back to the levels seen in 2011 in terms of dollar amount, as the chart below indicates, there was a 31% increase from 2014 SBA fiscal year to the 2015 fiscal year. *Source: SBA Lending Statistics for Major Programs. Part of that increase was a greater willingness

Make your Nominations for the 2016 National Small Business Week Awards

December 22, 2015 - 12:00 EST By Molly Klein
2016 National Small Business Week Awards.Are you or someone you know SBA's Next Winner? Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the 2016 National Small Business Week Awards. All nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the nearest SBA District Office no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on January 11, 2016. Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week, May 1-7, 2016. National Small Business Week award categories include: Small Business Person of the Year Award Small Bus

Exclusive Interview with Benetrends Chief Development Officer, Dallas Kerley.

November 23, 2015 - 12:00 EST By Molly Klein
Deal Talk: Exclusive interview with Dallas Kerley. Dallas Kerley, Benetrends Chief Development Officer, was interviewed by host Jeff Allen on a recent (October 10, 2015) episode on Morgan & Westfield’s Deal Talk. The topic of discussion was “How to Use your Retirement Account to Fund your C-Corp and other Funding Options”. Throughout the broadcast, Kerley discussed the products offered by Benetrends to help finance a new or existing business, such as: Small Business Administration (SBA) loan 401(k)/IRA retirement funds (known as ROBS or Rollover for Business Startups) Leasing o

From a Client's Perspective: Spotlight on Perry Grot Enterprises, Inc.

November 20, 2015 - 12:00 EST By Molly Klein
Perry Grot Enterprises, Inc. opens first Phenix Salon Suites in Georgia! David and I (the Grot’s) have known the Perry’s (Karen and John) since 1995. In 1998, John and David joined forces as independent brokers, selling health insurance. Due to the changes within the industry, we started looking for another business venture. After looking at many options, we found the Phenix franchise, and decided it was a good fit. Perry Grot Enterprises, Inc. is aptly named for the four principals. We established the corporation in November 2014. Our business is Phenix Salon Suites, and we ar

Emerging Franchisor Conference: Benetrends President/CEO, Rocco Fiorentino Moderating the General Session

November 18, 2015 - 12:00 EST By Molly Klein
Benetrends President and CEO, Rocco Fiorentino, Moderating at the Emerging Franchisor Conference General Session Rocco Fiorentino, President and CEO of Benetrends Financial, was selected to serve as moderator of the general session on Financing the Brand: The "How To" Guide to Providing Franchise Financing to Fuel Your Growth at the upcoming Emerging Franchisor Conference. The conference, which takes place November 18-19, 2015 in Miami, FL, is designed for franchisors looking for leadership lessons to fuel their growth and take their brands to the next level. Fiorentino will be joined a

Dallas Kerley Presenting at the West Coast Franchise Expo

November 12, 2015 - 12:00 EST By Kristy Boldt
Attending the West Coast Franchise Expo? Benetrends' Chief Development Officer, Dallas Kerley, will be presenting a Seminar on 'Franchise Financing Options' at the West Coast Franchise Expo. Date & Time: Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm in Room 213D Description of Seminar: What preparation and steps are necessary to attain financing? How do I make myself look attractive to lenders? In this seminar we will discuss how to use different types of financing as a tool to help you achieve your goals through business ownership. We will explore financing options available to you thr

We Celebrate our Benetrends Veterans!

November 11, 2015 - 12:00 EST By Molly Klein
Veteran's Day is a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. With grateful hearts, we thank you for your service. We also want to honor our Benetrends veterans. Left to Right: Retirement Plan Analyst Lou Rettenberg (Army Reserves), Retirement Plan Analyst Gloria Miles (Navy and Army), and Corporate Reporting Analyst Mayra Flores (National Guard). Not pictured, Randall Brocious (Navy).

National Veterans Small Business Week: November 2-6, 2015

November 02, 2015 - 12:00 EST By Molly Klein
National Veterans Small Business Week is celebrated November 2-6, 2015. It is a week that celebrates the men and women who have served in the US Military, and then continue to serve as a member of the small business community. In 2007, the Census Bureau reported that U.S. military veteran’s owned 9 percent of businesses nationwide, accounting for 2.4 million businesses, employing nearly 5.8 million people. And that was eight years ago. (New census data reports will be released in December 2015). The demographic of Veteran owned businesses is overwhelmingly male, with more than 75% i

The Power of Business/Franchise Ownership in Times of Job and Wage Insecurity

October 20, 2015 - 12:00 EST By Kristy Boldt
With unemployment rates falling to a level around 5.6%, some people are considering putting their dreams of franchise or business ownership on hold for the perceived security of a 'real job'. If this is you - don't let this happen! Here's why: • Job security doesn't exist anymore. Times have changed, company reorganizations and layoffs occur all the time, and we simply don't have the same job security that our parents or grandparents had. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average number of years that employees stay with an employer is currently 4.6 years. Long gone are
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