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HostGator

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HostGator.com is a provider of shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated web hosting. With over five million domains hosted by HostGator, they make up approximately 1% of the world’s Internet traffic. HostGator.com allows you to have unlimited subdomains under your account, with no restrictions on bandwidth or disk space. The down site to having so many …

LogoWorks

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LogoWorks is a service of HP. They spell out a very detailed process, which inspires confidence. Plus, they have customer feedback and ratings right alongside each package choice. They have designed over 45,000 logos; packages start at $299. HP also offers LogoMaker, a free logo creation service with an upgrade plan of $49. It is …

Logo Design Team

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Logo Design Team stands on its in-house design team, as opposed to a freelance team of people spread around the globe. They offer a $149 start price. Logo Design Team offers a “logo repair” service where they will update your existing logo, refreshing it to something modern and hip.

Logo Mojo

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Logo Mojo (a division of Deluxe) has a starter package at $195 which includes six concepts, two rounds of changes, and a three-day turnaround. They offer other artwork services, too, including Twitter backgrounds and Facebook profile images.

Sage One Invoicing

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Sage One Invoicing is a monthly subscription-based invoicing service that will run you $9 a month. Sage One Invoicing allows you to send out your invoices from Sage, and the customer can pay directly from the invoice into Sage’s credit card service or through Paypal. If the payment is late, Sage One will tell you …

WePay

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Online invoicing and payment app service WePay just released a new app for iOS devices that allows small businesses to send invoices and charge credit cards from mobile devices. Credit card processing and invoicing both come with a fee of 2.9% and $0.30 per transaction. The payment app accepts all major credit cards, and there …

FreshBooks

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FreshBooks signup is easy, fast, and free. No credit card required, which is always helps reduce signup friction. You can trial the software for 30 days for free, then decide on a paid plan or a forever-free plan. Of course, the free plan is limited, but it may work for your business. Paid plans start …

Guru

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Guru offers a wide variety of freelancing jobs and allows you to create up to five different profiles. Their commission is variable, but they handle tax reporting so you do not have to give out your Social Security number to every employer. Escrow ensures freelancers are paid, but can be confusing. The onsite messaging is …

oDesk

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Odesk is designed for freelancers who prefer hourly wages as opposed to flat fees. They are a little more expensive in their commissions, but they cover employer tax costs if the employer wants to hire you through their payroll service. You need to log in to the website while you work so it can record …

Freelancer.com

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Freelancer.com is one of the world’s largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace for small business. The site connects over 3,961,410 employers and freelancers globally from over 234 countries & regions. Through the website, employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering and the …

Infusionsoft

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Infusionsoft combines everything your business needs — contact management, CRM, marketing automation and e-commerce — into a single online system. Along with their impressive array of features available, Infusionsoft allows you to be able to place a single contact into multiple list. This gives you the ability to track and target your customers more effectively …

MailChimp

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MailChimp is a Web-based email marketing service that comes with a great suite of tools. With over 95 million emails sent per day on average, MailChimp proves that email is still a viable way for small businesses to get the word out. One of the most important things to know is the service is completely …



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New Northeast Franchise Lending Initiative Launches | Small Business News, Tips, Advice – Small Business Trends

New Northeast Franchise Lending Initiative Launches

  • April 3, 2013

WALTHAM, Mass., April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) will launch a Northeast franchise lending initiative Wednesday at the first Franchise Lending Spotlight Conference in Waltham, M.A. The campaign will feature a new loan exchange that will match borrowers with Small Business Administration (SBA) loans through their network of nearly 270 Certified Development Companies (CDCs), authorized by the SBA to facilitate U.S. government guaranteed small business loans.

“This new initiative will increase the use of the SBA’s loan programs, finance new franchise establishments and create jobs in the franchising industry in 2013 and beyond,” said Beth Solomon, President and CEO of NADCO. “The SBA and the nation’s nearly 270 CDCs are a critical vehicle to finance the growth plans of franchisors and franchisees, one of the world’s most successful small business models.”

Kiddie Academy, Checkers, Great Clips, Martinizing Dry Cleaning, Uno Chicago Grill and Bin There Dump That are among featured brands who will meet with leaders of Bay Colony Development Corp., a regional CDC whose purpose is to stimulate economic development through the creation and preservation of jobs by providing healthy companies with fixed asset financing at affordable rates and reasonable terms. Bay Colony, founded in 1981, has funded loans in excess of $350 million to well over 700 growing businesses throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut, representing nearly $1 billion in total project financing. In addition to providing Section 504 Loan Program financing, Bay Colony works with lending institutions and the SBA to assist small businesses with loan guarantees under the Section 7(a) Guaranteed Loan Program.

Solomon added: “While franchisees have long used SBA-guaranteed finance programs, franchisors can now deploy these asset finance programs for system-wide, game-changing growth. The CDC industry is mobilizing to support franchise growth and create the jobs America needs.”

Currently, there is legislation pending in Congress that could extend SBA’s debt refinancing for small businesses. This initiative helped 2,700 businesses refinance $7 billion locked in their real estate and assets during a trial period in 2012, allowing them to save up to $20,000 per month for job creation and retention. The bipartisan legislation, known as the CREED Act (S. 289/H.R. 1240), is co-sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sen. Mo Cowan (D-MA) and was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee. Other co-sponsors include Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). House co-sponsors include Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-MA) and Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA).

“Every member of Congress should be supporting this zero-cost capital access initiative for small businesses,” Solomon concluded. “It’s not Congress’s money, it belongs to the small businesses. This is a no-brainer for Republicans and Democrats alike to help small businesses create and sustain the jobs America needs.”

ABOUT THE CREED ACT

The Commercial Real Estate and Economic Development (CREED) Act, a zero-cost deft refinance program administered by the Small Business Administration, was originally enacted as part of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, enabling over 2,700 businesses to refinance nearly $7 billion in old, expensive debt during a short trial period. During that time, nearly 2,700 business were able to unleash capital locked in their real estate that was reinvested into their businesses to create and sustain jobs. The measure literally saved thousands of businesses in communities across the country during the recession, helping them accelerate the economic recovery.

On the Senate side, Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Committee introduced a five-year extension could offer capital access to over 250,000 additional businesses across the country, saving them up to $20,000 per month. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) is a co-sponsor.

Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) has introduced the House version of the CREED Act, along with Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI).

ABOUT THE SBA’s 504 LOAN INITIATIVE

The 504 loan initiative is a self-funded long-term financing tool at no cost to taxpayers providing small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate loans with down payments as low as 10%. Certified Development Companies (CDC) work with the SBA and private sector lenders to provide financing to small businesses under the 504 loan program.

ABOUT NADCO

The National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) is the trade association of Certified Development Companies (CDCs) – nonprofit companies that have been certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide financing for small businesses under the SBA 504 Program. NADCO represents nearly 270 CDCs, serving all 50 states. In 2012, the industry provided $6 billion to nearly 10,000 U.S. small businesses.

SOURCE National Association of Development Companies (NADCO)

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