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StreetShares Blog - The Resource Center for Veteran Small Businesses

StreetShares Blog

The Resource Center for Veteran Small Businesses



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Creating a Triple Win: The Noble Brewer Story

By StreetShares on December 17, 2015

“Every day of starting a business involves a new challenge. Some days are great, some days are not. But I would say go for it—even in a worst case scenario, you’ll learn a lot.”

Meet Claude Burns, former U.S. Navy Lieutenant, founder and CEO of Noble Brewer and winner of the September Commander’s Call Veteran Business Award. Our team had a chance to catch up with Claude and ask him about his experience starting a business.

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What to Give Your Customers for the Holidays

By StreetShares on December 15, 2015

Yeah, we know—getting gifts for your customers is probably the last thing on your mind during the holidays. That’s why we’re here. We’ve created a list of the top seven (easy) gifts to give your small business’s customers for the holidays. No hassle. No sweat. Just merry wishes and holiday cheer:

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Building Your Personal Brand: A Quick Guide for Small Business Owners

By StreetShares on December 10, 2015

Let’s face it—we’d all much rather conduct business with real, genuine people over corporations or large companies. That’s good news for you as a small business owner, because—almost by default—small businesses already have a personal touch. But you know what can make that personal touch even more powerful? Building a personal brand for you as a small business owner.

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September Winner: Noble Brewer

By StreetShares on December 9, 2015

Entrepreneurship is about creating financial freedom, and we want to help our fellow veterans make it happen! That’s why we created the StreetShares Commander’s Call Veteran Business Award.

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Hiring for the Holidays: What You Need to Know

By StreetShares on November 19, 2015

With the holidays right around the corner, small businesses across the country are taking stock of their inventory, anticipating the inevitable onslaught of hurried customers and preparing everything within their power to manage the mad rush of the season. With the stress and excitement of the season, the last thing you want to worry about is not having enough staff. The hiring of short-term, seasonal employees can be used to your advantage—you can gain the help you need to get you through the season, without the fuss of having to vet and hire long-term staff.

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Former SEC Commissioner Troy A. Paredes Joins StreetShares Board of Advisors

By StreetShares on November 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – November 17, 2015 - Small business marketplace lender StreetShares today announced the appointment of Troy A. Paredes to its Board of Advisors, effective immediately. He joins former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General George Casey, former Deputy Director of the CFPB, Raj Date, and SoFi founding team member, Pete Hartigan, on the Board of Advisors.

From 2008 until 2013, Mr. Paredes served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), having been appointed by President George W. Bush. At the SEC, Mr. Paredes was an advocate for small business and for simplifying the complexities of securities law.

"StreetShares offers an innovative funding solution for small business owners," Mr. Paredes said. "I believe the StreetShares vision for small business lending can lead the industry going forward. I'm excited about joining the team in their efforts."

Mr. Paredes is the founder of Paredes Strategies LLC.  He also is currently the Distinguished Policy Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. He is the author of numerous academic articles and is a co-author (beginning with the 4th edition) of a multi-volume securities regulation treatise with Louis Loss and Joel Seligman.

"We are thrilled and honored to have Troy join the StreetShares team," said StreetShares CEO Mark L. Rockefeller. "His depth of experience will add valuable insight and perspective to our Board of Advisors. And his belief in America's small businesses is perfectly aligned with StreetShares' mission. It's a great fit."

Prior to being appointed SEC Commissioner, Mr. Paredes was a professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis and a professor of business (by courtesy) at Washington University's Olin Business School.

Mr. Paredes holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and earned his J.D. from Yale Law School.

StreetShares is a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) small business marketplace lender that connects small business owners with loans backed by qualified retail and institutional investors. Those investors compete in an online auction to fund portions of the requested loan, with StreetShares then combining the lowest bids into a single small business loan. While open to all small business owners, StreetShares is veteran-owned and has a particular focus on funding veteran-owned small businesses.


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5 Ways to Prepare Your Small Business for the Holidays

By StreetShares on November 10, 2015

There’s a freshness and crispness in the air that’s unmistakable. It can only mean one thing—the holidays are just around the corner. November and December can be the busiest months of the year for small businesses—especially retail businesses—which is why there is no time like the present to prepare. Here are five ways to help you stay on track during the holidays:

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What’s the Difference Between a Business Loan and a Grant?

By StreetShares on November 4, 2015

Congratulations, you’ve decided to grow your small business! Now all you need is financial assistance to get things off the ground for your big project, new hires, holiday inventory or product launch. Small business loans and grants provide great opportunities to make those things happen. Whether your small business has been around for a while or you’re just getting started, we can help you navigate the differences between grants and loans so you can find the ideal funding solution:

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Ask a Vetrepreneur: Article 10

By StreetShares on November 2, 2015

This column is designed to give sound advice on entrepreneurship and business ownership to veteran entrepreneurs and their families.

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5 Inspiring TED Talks for Your Small Business

By StreetShares on October 29, 2015

Whether you’re a thriving small business owner looking for some inspiration to get you through the day, or a fresh-off-the-press entrepreneur seeking a little sage advice, here are 5 TED talks we believe will inspire you to dream bigger, work harder and never give up:

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