4 Benefits of Monitoring Your Business Credit

October 15, 2018

By Connor Wilson –

Monitoring business creditYou don’t need a new year to resolve to work on your credit. It’s a common goal, and as people look to buy a home or a new car or get out of debt, credit monitoring becomes a hot topic. If you’re a small business owner, you might be surprised to know that you don’t just have a personal credit score, you also have a business credit score to think about. In a Nav survey, 45% of responding small business owners did not realize they had a business credit score, 72% didn’t know where to find information on their business credit score, and 82% had no idea how to interpret their score. If you fall under any of those categories, it’s definitely time to learn more about your business credit score.

Running a business means time is at a premium, so why should you invest time in monitoring your business credit? Here are 4 benefits of keeping an eye on your business credit score.

1. More timely dispute incorrect information

Credit bureaus are far from perfect, and they make mistakes. This is true for personal credit, but almost more so for business credit. Having an incorrect tradeline on your credit report can wreak havoc if not taken care of promptly, and often they are left for months or even years, much to the surprise of the impacted individuals.  (more…)

How to Get Enough Inventory to Make Black Friday Wildly Successful

October 9, 2018

By Jennifer Lobb –

ShoppingBefore long, the air will be cooler, evergreen and twinkling lights will deck homes and storefronts, and holiday music will begin to play – albeit earlier than seems necessary. Though the holiday season begins as soon as Jack-o-Lanterns end their month-long reign, when it comes to planning and sales most small businesses focus on what many consider to be the biggest shopping day of the year – Black Friday.

Business owners and managers alike plan meticulously for the big day, with efforts covering everything from staffing and business hour updates to marketing and sales initiatives. However, as you likely already know, when it comes to Black Friday, inventory is often the make-or-break factor.

So, how do you have a wildly successful Black Friday? Take these inventory tips into consideration as you plan for the biggest shopping day of the year.  (more…)

An Energy Engineer Overcomes Obstacles to Bring Business to Light

October 1, 2018

Success Story: Idaho –

Idaho SBDC success - RetroluxRetrolux was founded by Leif Elgethun, a self-described serial clean energy entrepreneur and advocate for a world as a carbon neutral society. After building software and honing workflows that greatly reduced the time and cost required to sell and install commercial building lighting retrofits for a former employer, Leif decided to found Retrolux.

This company seeks to accelerate the adoption of market-ready technologies that decrease fossil fuel usage and toxic materials in the lighting market by providing software that brings products to consumers faster and cheaper than ever before. With his background in energy engineering and project management, the first major obstacle was learning how to build a software company. The next obstacle was raising the capital required to build enterprise-grade software and bring it to market.

The SBA and SBDC were very influential in Leif & co-founder Brett Adler’s preparation for pitching to angel investors and making sure they had the supporting documentation they required. Retrolux was able to raise $600k in May, 2016, to help the company build the software and get it to market.  (more…)

Proceed with Caution: Important Considerations Before Terminating an Employee

September 24, 2018

By ComplyRight –

ComplyRight Tip SheetDetermining whether or not to fire an employee can be complicated. There are numerous personnel factors to consider, as well as critically important legal considerations. A single misstep can complicate the process and expose you to a potential lawsuit.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! With an eye toward proper progressive discipline in the workplace – and by following some important precautions — you can make the best choices for your business.

How to Document Performance Issues

Lack of solid documentation is the single most common mistake employers make when handling disciplinary situations or terminating an employee. Good records, on the other hand, can mean the difference between winning and losing a legal dispute.  (more…)

This New Service Can Help You Build Business Credit Faster

September 17, 2018

By Gerri Detweiler –

ArrowsMany entrepreneurs find the process of building business credit frustrating. It’s not terribly difficult, but it does involve a few steps, the most important of which is to obtain accounts that report to commercial credit agencies. By paying those bills on time (or early) and keeping your debt in check, you can help build strong business credit. But because many small business bills aren’t reported to commercial credit reporting agencies, business owners may find themselves with little credit data on their reports.

But there’s a new simple solution that can help business owners build credit using accounts they already pay, and it’s fast and easy. Here’s how it works.

You set up an account with eCredable, a service designed to help small business owners build credit using bills they already pay. You can link specific types of bills (see below) to eCredable, which then reports that information to commercial credit reporting agencies. Those accounts, when reported and paid on time, can help build business credit. Currently eCredable works with Experian and Ansonia and expects to report to another major business credit reporting agency in the coming months.  (more…)