Category: Small Business

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IRS Standard Mileage Rates: What They Are and What Options You Have

With tax season now in full swing and gas prices making it pricier to fill your tank, contractors, self-employed individuals, and small business owners may be wondering about how the IRS's standard business mileage rates work. Furthermore, since these rates are set before the year begins, there's also the chance that your actual expenses may exceed what their standard rate offers. With that in mind, let's take a look at...

PayPal Launches Small Business Credit Card with Flat 2% Cashback

The popular platform PayPal is rolling out a new product built specifically for small businesses. Today, the FinTech announced the launch of The PayPal Business Cashback Mastercard. The new card will be issued by WebBank and marks the first time PayPal has offered a business credit card. With the PayPal Business Cashback card, business owners will be able to earn 2% cashback on all purchases. This earning rate is not...

Amazon Announces Small Business Support Efforts for Prime Day 2022

While Black Friday may still be several months away, there's another retail day of note on the horizon: Prime Day. This year, Prime Day will be celebrated on July 12th and 13th in more than a dozen countries. Plus, for the first time, Poland and Sweden will get in on the fun. Meanwhile, later this year, India, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt will have their own Prime...

Square Announces Early Access Program for Apple Tap to Pay Feature

Back in February, when Apple announced its Tap to Pay feature that would allow business owners to easily accept card and mobile payments on their iPhone, many immediately thought of Square's long-used credit card readers. Now, the FinTech has announced that it will be partnering with Apple to bring Tap to Pay technology into Square's Point of Sale app. While the compatibility will roll out to all customers later this...

Small Businesses Note Long-Term Optimism Despite Current Challenges

With 2022 nearly halfway done already, this year has proven to be a volatile one for small business owners. Yet, a recent Chase survey of 1,000 small business owners found that, on the whole, these entrepreneurs are still feeling fairly positive about the future. That said, the 2022 Small Business Survey also highlighted some of the current challenges business owners face along with some of the actions they're taking as...

Credit Strong for Business Overview

For small business owners, business credit can be a bit of a mystery. Not only are there separate business credit bureaus but they often have different scoring models than those consumers are familiar with.  Further complicating matters is that, in some cases, business owners will rely on their personal credit to obtain financing for their businesses, perhaps leading them to not even know that business credit exists. However, with Credit...

Progressive Announces "Driving Small Business Forward" Grant Program

Small business owners hoping to add some wheels to their operation may have a chance to do so thanks to a newly-announced grant opportunity. The well-known insurance provider Progressive has announced the launch of its Driving Small Business Forward grant program. Partnering with the accelerator Hello Alice, this program is specifically aimed at Hispanic entrepreneurs and will include 10 $25,000 grant winners. These funds can then be used toward the...

Barclays Announces Winners of "Small Business Big Wins" Promotion

Earlier this year, Barclays announced another round of its "Small Business Big Win" promotion after successfully giving more than $200,000 to small businesses in 2020. In total, the bank says that more than 4,750 small businesses applied to participate in the 2021 edition of the contest. Now, the 10 finalists and top winners have been revealed. Taking home the $60,000 grand prize was Wisconsin's Ashland Birth Center, which provides midwife...