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StreetShares Blog - The Resource Center for Veteran Small Businesses

StreetShares Blog

The Resource Center for Veteran Small Businesses


Spotlight Veteran Business: Q&A with Dr. Joni Johnson of Pediatric Partners

By StreetShares on February 26, 2018

February is Black History Month, also known as African American History Month. It’s an entire month dedicated to African American men and women who have made significant achievements and contributions to the American society. In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to recognize one of our African American veteran small business owners – Dr. Joni Johnson of Pediatric Partners for Attention and Learning, Inc.

Dr. Joni has a strong military background that has spanned more than 25 years. She has spent most of her medical career passionately advocating for military children and families as a physician both in the military and in private practice. She continues her military service as a Colonel with a local Combat Support Hospital and also as the Pediatric Consultant for the U.S. Army Reserves. Her final mobilization was the reason for contacting StreetShares for small business funding.

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Comparing Accounting Software Products for Your Small Business

By Michele Lorah on February 23, 2018

Everyone has a different level of organization for their small business expenses and receipts, ranging from shoe boxes full of receipts, to clumps of receipts pinned together with the total on a post-it note, to some sort of formal filing system. The good news is that accounting software can help your small business get organized no matter your natural tendency.

Accounting software is not a one size fits all solution, every small business owner has specific reporting needs. It can be overwhelming to find the right accounting software to fit those needs. So where do you start? The best place to start is to consider your current and potential future needs to find the right accounting software for your small business. And when you're ready for small business funding, your books will be in order. 

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7 Ways to Reduce Overhead Costs For Your Veteran-owned Small Business

By StreetShares on February 22, 2018
Having a veteran-owned small business can feel like a money pit. Whether you are paying invoices, fixing broken equipment or sending Uncle Sam his portion, you are always writing a check to someone. There are smart and simple ways that go a long ways towards reducing overhead costs that can add up to big savings in the long term. 

What are overhead costs? Those are the things you pay for so that you can do business. It includes rent, salaries, taxes, marketing, office supplies, cleaning service, equipment upkeep, utilities, travel, convention expenses – in short,  everything that is not directly billed to your customers. Minimizing these costs allows you to better allocate funds in your budget. For example, the $5,000 you saved per year by making a few tiny changes could go to buying more online ads to get acquire customers or to a raise for your hard working receptionist. Watching your pennies, especially in things that compound, will add major dollars to your bottom line. Knowing where your money is going can also help when looking for small business funding

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3 Pre-Award Acquisition Process Terms Government Contractors Should Know

By StreetShares on February 21, 2018

When working with government contracts, understanding some very specific phrases and terms is crucial to successfully navigating the process. Remembering all of these acronyms and definitions can feel like a full-time job for the upcoming government contractor.

With that in mind, we’ll define common phrases and acronyms you’ll see repeated as you research your point of entry into the govcon world.

Today we’ll go over three of the most common requests to contractors the government makes in the pre-award phase: Request for Information, Request for Quote, and Request for Proposal.  


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5 Inventory Management Hacks that Will Boost your Vet-owned Business

By StreetShares on February 20, 2018

For many servicemen coming into the private sector, manufacturing is a natural fit. Serving in the U.S. military requires the same rigorous attention to detail, results-oriented thinking, and action that makes raw materials into finished products and gets them out to customers all over the world. 

If your business revolves around manufacturing, supplying, or distribution, you know how rapidly these chains need to move in order to compete in a global economy. The problem that many businesses face is that they are so myopically focused on ingrained methods and simply trying to keep the lights on that they are unaware of ways they can economize, reorganize, and upgrade. This includes exploring business financing options such as the Patriot Express® Line of Credit.

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12 Things Every New Government Subcontractor Should Consider

By StreetShares on February 19, 2018

Are you looking for a way to expand your business? Government contracts can be very lucrative, offering exposure and the potential for future work. However, they can also be complex to navigate and it helps to know the lay of the land before you start. Let's walk through the things you should know before submitting your first bid. 

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9 Ways to Create a Personal Budget – and Stick to It

By StreetShares on February 16, 2018
Everyone knows that a personal budget is key to financial success, but getting started can feel overwhelming. If you’re tired of getting to the end of your budget before you get to the end of the month, we’re here to help.

Money management is tricky but with discipline and determination, you can make your money work for you. There are several steps to take to create a successful personal budget. Creating a successful and manageable budget will keep you in the green and help you better understand where all your money goes. A personal budget will also help you when you ask for a raise or looking to make more money in your career. You will want to look at two to three months of your spending habits to get an idea of your current spending habits versus your income. This will make it easier to understand how savings will factor into your future. Whether you want to save money for a big trip or retirement, you’ll be able to calculate what you need to save and how long it will take. There are several tools you can use or you can go old school with spreadsheets and a traditional bank account. 

Download a monthly personal budget spreadsheet now.

Create a simple budget that you can actually stick to. Here are nine simple things to take into account:

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5 Things All Vet-Owned Small Businesses Need to Know about the New Tax Laws

By StreetShares on February 15, 2018
How will the latest tax bill affect your veteran-owned small business?

There's a lot of confusion and concern about how much, how little or if any money at all will be saved by the new tax laws. Here's a quick look at five things you need to know about the new tax bill for your vet-owned small business. We're not tax or financial advisors so this is just for your information and is not meant to be professional financial advice. However, this informative article can be a great conversation starter over coffee with your accountant or lawyer.

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8 Social Media Marketing Strategies to Foster Your Veteran-owned Small Business 

By StreetShares on February 14, 2018

Even for veteran small business owners who are accustomed to multi-tasking and problem-solving, the entrepreneurial quagmire is still a reality. Entrepreneurs don't want to stop creating products and enhancing their services in order to spend time marketing. Running a business is a juggling act that requires developing the product or service, attending to administrative demands, and managing professional relationships. So where does that leave time to trumpet the company value propositions with a social media marketing strategy?   

In order for a business to stay vibrant in today's economy, it’s necessary to establish your brand, create brand awareness and get the word out. Even if your business is brick and mortar, it’s even more important to stay relevant and promote your business online.

Learn more marketing trends in the ebook, "5 Small Business Trends for  Vet-owned Businesses." Download now.

The idea of utilizing social media to promote your business might seem tedious but think of it this way: online presence isn't just shameless promotion if approached correctly, it's an opportunity to connect with your customers, other servicemembers, veterans and veteran business owners and to start smart and helpful conversations. Here's a basic social media strategy that will boost your company visibility without investing a ton of time or money. 

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5 Small Business Trends for Vet-owned Businesses

By Virginia Newell on February 13, 2018

As your veteran-owned small business enters into a new calendar year, you should be aware of some of the trends on the rise for small businesses in 2018. Rethinking your business strategies and examining current trends are great ways to refresh your business outlook, reestablish your goals, and ultimately make your small business even more successful. Here are three of five small business trends to get your started. To get the other two, which include marketing strategies and company culture, download the ebook now

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