Leading The Conversation

25 Aug 2017
Ben Davis

3 Keys to Success As an Entrepreneurial Franchisee

When it comes to running a franchise, 95 percent of the factors of success are the same factors that any small business owner is thinking about: maintaining cash flow, finding…
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7 Jun 2017
Ethan Hanson

A Lending Marketplace’s Take on Consumer Protection and Regulatory Reform

Regulators are once again taking a deeper look into small business lending as they seek to understand how to encourage transparency and best practices in the small business sector of…
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2 Jun 2017
Jim Granat

Are Small Business Borrowers Bank-Loyal to a Fault?

This article first appeared in deBanked. Applying for a small business loan is easier than it’s ever been. Online lenders have streamlined the process, brought it all online and whittled…
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20 Apr 2017
Brock Blake

The Road Less Traveled: Opportunities in Unconventional Funding

Recently I participated in the 11th annual Governor’s Utah Economic Summit here in my home state. Each year, the summit brings together top leaders and decision-makers in the business, government…
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6 Apr 2017
Jim Granat

How to Tee Up Your Business for a Hole in One (and Other Ubiquitous Golf Metaphors for Success)

Sports metaphors abound in business (and in life). You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Swing for the fences. Be a team player. Corporate lingo is laced…
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29 Mar 2017
Brock Blake

7 Ways to Set Your Business Up for Success While Waiting for Washington

After just a few months in office, Trump’s presidency has brought controversy and uncertainty to the nation, and politicians in Washington D.C. For small business owners, regulatory changes could alter…
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22 Mar 2017
Ethan Hanson

More Than a Code of Ethics: Building a United and Transparent Fintech Landscape

Small business financing is more expansive and inclusive than ever before thanks to technological advances in online lending. Industry leaders have streamlined and expedited the application and approval processes giving…
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6 Mar 2017
Jim Granat

Top 4 Small Business Trends for 2017

With a turbulent election season in the rear-view mirror, entrepreneurs are moving forward with confidence in 2017. A reported increase in optimism among the business community is creating an environment…
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17 Feb 2017
Ethan Hanson

Sunny Outlook for Small Businesses In Spite of Low Presidential Approval

Surveys across the board show small business owners’ optimism has skyrocketed in 2017. The promise of better business conditions and deregulation by the Trump Administration is building confidence among entrepreneurs,…
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