Options for Businesses Caught in Middle of U.S. Export-Import Bank Battle

Last month the U.S. Congress left Washington for the 4th of July recess without reauthorizing the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which supports international trade by providing financing for large and small companies. This lapse froze more than $9 billion in import-export transactions, including more than $3 billion in loan guarantees. As Congress returns from their summer break, the...
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Businesses Prepare as Signs Point to Rate Hike

Economy watchers have been waiting all year for signs that momentum in the U.S. economy would necessitate a shift in the monetary policy that has kept interest rates low for several years. That sign came recently when Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen sent her strongest signal yet that the Fed could start to raise interest rates before the end of the year.  This ini...
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Small Business Outlook Remains Positive

The outlook for small businesses remains strong according to recently released numbers about small business sentiment and borrowing demand. The data, which was released separately by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending, shows that small business optimism remained steady and the demand for small business loans,...
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Five Keys to Purchase Order Financing

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Purchase order financing is an effective alternative for companies that have a large order, but need capital to complete it. A purchase order loan uses the value of a confirmed customer purchase order or contract as collateral. A purchase order loan can allow a company that has received an order with large capital requirements to obtain financing and manage the liquidity demand...
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Creating Cash Flow with Contract Financing

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Contract Financing is a unique type of funding tool that allows companies to create cash flow from a pending customer contract. This flexible financing tool allows companies, which receive a large order or may not be able to get a bank line of credit, to get the capital they need to complete the project. There are many types of companies that are able to use contract financing ...
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Contract Financing Provides Liquidity

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To meet short term liquidity demands many companies are turning to a unique financing tool called contract lending, which allows a company to borrow against a signed customer contract. There are many types of companies that can benefit from contract financing including, fast growing companies, companies that receive a large unexpected order, companies with limited or no credit,...
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Common Cash Flow Management Mistakes

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Managing cash flow is perhaps the hardest aspect of growing a small business. Even successful and profitable businesses run into periodic cash flow challenges. There are some common mistakes that business owners often make as they try to manage their cash flow. Understanding these simple mistakes and how to avoid them can make the difference between a business being successful ...
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