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Square Introduces Debit Card for Small Business Customers

Square may have built its main brand on offering payment solutions to small business owners but its latest product actually takes a page from one of the company's other ventures. This week the brand unveiled the Square Card — a free Mastercard debit card product for small business owners. While...

Ongoing Shut Down Affects $200 Million in SBA Loans Per Day

It's official: the current federal government shutdown now ranks as the longest in history, topping the previous record of 21 days (which occurred during the Clinton administration). So far the shutdown has resulted in furloughs for many "non-essential" federal employees and work without pay for others. As we previously reported, among...

Study: One-Third of Small Business are Started for Less than $5,000 2

When it comes to starting a new business, one of the largest and most daunting aspects is raising enough capital. However, while having capital is certainly essential for any small business, a new study finds that it might not take as much upfront money to get off the ground as...

Small Business Hiring Soars in December

Despite months of reported skilled labor shortages that left many small businesses with job positions they couldn't fill, new numbers from the payroll company ADP show that small business hiring surged in the last month of 2019. As Orlando's WFTV reports, ADP found that its small businesses customers added 89,000...

Partial Government Shutdown Impacts Small Business Administration

This holiday season has proven to be drama-filled one for Washington as a partial federal government shut down is currently in effect. The move comes after Congress and the President were unable to reach a budget deal, with border wall funding proving to the be the crux of the dispute....

Small Business Sentiment Slides on Economic Uncertainty 1

For the past two years, small business optimism has remained at historic highs. While that was still the case in November, the National Federation of Independent Business's Small Business Optimism Index did see a slide, reaching a seven-month low. Although the 2.6 point decline wasn't massive by any means, as...

Percentage of Small Businesses Looking to Expand Rises

All this year, we've talked repeatedly about small business optimism and the historic highs that positive sentiment among entrepreneurs has reached. Now yet another study has found that small business owners are feeling cheery about their prospects, with more businesses looking to expand in the year ahead. Additionally, according to...

Small Business Saturday Spending Reported to Be Record $17.8 Billion 2

On November 24th, the 2018 edition of Small Business Saturday took place — and it seems that consumer's across the country came out for the occasion. According to the just-released 2018 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey from American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business, it is estimated that...