business intelligence

Small Business Owners Need Financially Intelligent Lenders (Infographic)

Small Business Owners Need Financially Intelligent Lenders (Infographic)

As we've seen with the surge of alternative lenders moving into the banking space, now is a pivotal time for lenders to move towards the next wave of innovation. Small business lending is the largest and fastest growing and one of the most profitable sectors, with total revenues from nonemployers hit $989.6 billion in 2011.

The main bottleneck for many lenders in reaching their goals for this market is the time it takes to gather and organize financial statements from small business owners. The infographic below shows how investing in new business intelligence software systems can increases the productivity and overall success of small business lenders.

Six Steps to Increase SEO for Your Small Business

Six Steps to Increase SEO for Your Small Business

As a small business owner, SEO (search engine optimization) may be the last thing on your mind, especially if you’re not a startup or a software company. However, increasing your Google search ranking is essential to grow your business and create new leads. Yellow pages are old news, the best way to get in front of new customers is by using the power of the internet. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go out and hire an expensive marketing agency. Many of these tactics can be done with slight tweaks to your homepage, a few application submissions and using free online tools. Here are the major steps to up your SEO anti.

From Facebook to In Your Face

From Facebook to In Your Face

Building a portfolio of lucrative clients doesn’t require mass amounts of time spent at networking events, thousands of hours wasted cold calling or dozens of unrequited elevator pitches. Believe it or not, growing your client list can actually be achieved right from your desk via social media. So what’s the secret? Well, it takes some research, brainstorming and a little bit of perspective. Here are three steps to turn your social media friends into tangible, profitable clients.