All posts by: Cici Anderson

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Last month, Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the Small Business Administration, joined Vice President Kamala Harris to announce reforms to Community Advantage: a pilot loan program through which the agency aims to provide low-income borrowers and individuals from underserved communities with equitable access to capital. Some of the changes include extending the length of the […]

I’ve written before about how people come for the organization’s mission but leave because of their manager when it comes to hiring and retention. That’s why it’s so critical for organizations to constantly monitor how they are training their managers–especially their middle managers and supervisors–because it’s an overlooked area where retention can be won or […]

In a joint announcement today, Vice President Kamala Harris and SBA administrator Isabel Guzman signaled key changes to the loan program, initialized in during the Obama administration to help improve access to SBA programs, among community lending partners including Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Community Development Companies (CDCs), and micro-lenders. Designed to meet the credit, […]

The Small Business Administration (SBA) theme for the upcoming National Small Business Week is “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship.” SBA Director of Strategic Alliances Morning Washburn announced the schedule for the week, May 2-7, which includes a virtual summit, a winner’s event, field office events and a national bus tour. Events of the National […]

Proper cash flow management is a key strategy that every business owner must master for long-term financial success. Managing cash flow can be one of the biggest challenges business owners face. A recent study from Intuit found that 61% of small businesses around the world struggle with cash flow. Nearly one-third of those surveyed are […]

The pandemic accelerated a shift to e-commerce which continues to grow globally. Ecommerce sales are expected to surpass $1 trillion this year and reach $5.1 trillion worldwide by 2026. Today, consumers have many online shopping options to choose from, making the customer experience a key competitive differentiator for e-commerce companies. Read more…

Worldwide, consumers have bought into e-commerce. According to Statista, 2.14 billion people patronized a business online in 2021, with sales totaling a whopping $4.9 trillion USD, and by 2025, those numbers are projected to escalate to over $7.4 trillion. Read more…

Marking National Small Business Week, which is being held this week (May 1st to 7th) in the US, Google has today announced a new scholarship program to help businesses acquire advanced digital marketing knowledge, as well as a new certificate course in digital marketing and eCommerce, designed to address key skills gaps. Which has become […]

In a joint announcement, Vice President Kamala Harris and SBA administrator Isabel Guzman signaled key changes to the loan program, initialized in during the Obama administration to help improve access to SBA programs, among community lending partners including Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Community Development Companies (CDCs), and micro-lenders. Designed to meet the credit, management, […]