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How to Grow Your Service-Based Small Business

While businesses with tangible outputs can simply produce and sell more products, it’s often more difficult for entrepreneurs in service-based businesses to envision ways to increase revenues, particularly if they typically offer their services on a per-hour or per-project basis. Excelsior Growth Fund spoke with Deb Boulanger, EGF Consulting Corps member and founder of The Great Do-Over and The Launch Lab for Women Entrepreneurs, a 12-week virtual business accelerator. Deb teaches [...]

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Online Business Apps

Even if your business is on a tight budget, there are numerous free, web-based resources available to help you stay organized, streamline communications, and optimize your online presence.  To help you navigate the seemingly endless sea of online business resources, we’ve compiled a list of five applications that can help your company achieve its goals without breaking the bank. 1. Project & Task Management Trello: Trello is an easy-to-use project and task management [...]

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What lenders want to see in your business plan

As a small business lender, Excelsior Growth Fund has “insider” knowledge about what lenders really look for in business plans. Ensuring that your plan includes the key points outlined in this article will help lenders better understand your business and your funding needs. Every business needs a plan. While they’re critical during the startup phase, they’re just as essential during growth periods to keep leadership focused. Down the road, your business plan can provide [...]

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Top 3 Benefits of Working with a CPA

Friday, February 16, 2018
Benefits of Working with a CPA

As a business owner, you know that financial management is critical to keeping a pulse on your business’s health. If you’ve hired a bookkeeper to assist with this, then you’re on your way to building a great financial management system. If you want to take it to the next level, it may be time to start searching for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). CPAs are accounting professionals with a special designation that is earned by passing a certification exam in addition to [...]

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Small business marketing plan

Opening a small business without marketing it is like throwing a party without sending invitations – if you don’t tell people about what you’re offering, they’ll never know to buy it. That’s why lenders expect marketing to be part of your overall business plan. We developed this step-by-step plan to introduce you to the marketing-related information that lenders want to see in your business plan, as well as how you can satisfy their concerns and requirements in [...]

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