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Why Free Samples Work (and how to use them)
Small Business Trends columnist Rieva Lesonsky authored this article about how and why to use a free-sample station in your store. Learn the four keys to making this worthwhile here.
In-Depth Study: Payroll Record-Keeping Requirements
Lisa Nagele-Piazza has this after her name: SHRM-SCP, J.D. So we advise you take her advice. She says that you need to follow the most employee-friendly among your applicable federal, state and local laws. Be prepared to take some time and read this three-part series at Society for Human Resource Management website here.
SBA Rolls Out New Lender Match Tool to Connect Small Businesses and Lenders
The U.S. Small Business Association announced the launch of Lender Match, the SBA’s online referral tool connecting small business borrowers with participating SBA lenders. Lender Match is an upgrade to LINC (Leveraging Information and Networks to access Capital), introduced as a pilot in 2015.
“The SBA’s mission to help small businesses grow, create jobs and help our economy thrive is strengthened by the new Lender Match tool. It essentially serves as a matchmaker, making it easier for small businesses to find lenders,” McMahon said. “I want to help get more capital in the hands of small business owners and entrepreneurs, and I encourage them to tap into the SBA’s resources for start-up and growth solutions.”
Lender Match brings together entrepreneurs and SBA lenders to help increase access to capital. It is an upgrade from LINC in its function, design and user experience, making it easier for entrepreneurs to use and connect with potential lenders. Get started here.
5 Types Of Fraud To Watch For (and it’s only Identity Fraud)
Insert comment about Equifax here. That situation reminds us that identify theft is not the only type of fraud you need to protect yourself against. Forbes created this list of five types of fraud for small business owners to keep an eye on.