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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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Small Business Impact on the U.S. Economy & How Business Funding Helps

Do you realize how much our big economy relies on small business? As we celebrate National Small Business Week, let’s take a look at exactly how much small businesses impact the U.S. economy and more specifically how StreetShares small business owners and veteran business owners make an impact.

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Celebrating Small Business, Military Service and Veteran Entrepreneurs

It’s National Small Business Week and the beginning of National Military Appreciation Month! We’re honored to be associated with these two special celebrations and to get the Professional Services Innovator of the year award ourselves from the Greater Washington Innovation Awards.

At StreetShares, we recognize small businesses, military members and veterans every week as they are who we serve every day. The U.S. Small Business Administration has declared this week as National Small Business Week to highlight the impact of exceptional entrepreneurs and small business owners who fuel the U.S. economy by creating jobs and innovation. 

Senator John McCain designated May as National Military Appreciation Month. During this month, it’s encouraged for Americans to recognize U.S. service members. There are six national observance days to help everyone get involved.

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4 Secrets to Become a Successful Veteran Government Contractor

The U.S. Government constantly adjusts and grows as new needs arise with changes in technology and resources. As the nation's largest consumer, the government needs an army of contractors to support its massive consumption requirements. As a result, the benefits available through government contracts are abounding. Veteran contractors are perfect candidates to fill this growing landscape because of your previous employment by the government. You’ve also learned lessons, acquired tools, and made contacts from your military experience that could be valuable in the government contracting space.

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How to Read an OnDeck Loan Offer and Prepayment Discount Fine Print



Not everyone has enough time to apply for a traditional bank or a SBA business loan or can pass the stringent underwriting criteria. So, many veteran business owners turn to online lenders who make it quick and easy to get business funding. However, small business lending doesn’t have near as much regulation as mortgage or student lending. So, some lenders find ways to explain their terms that may be confusing to any small business owner. Understanding the terrain of business loan offers is a challenge and we want to help you discern the differences and the fine print.

A few weeks ago, we provided loan calculators that presented the true cost of capital for a Kabbage loan offer. Today, we’d like to do the same for an OnDeck business loan offer as well as help you understand their prepayment charges.

OnDeck Loan Offers

Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is the main number you’ll want to look at to understand the true cost of capital. The APR takes every fee into consideration, including the factor rate, interest rate and other fees, and calculates it into a complete annual calculation.

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Earn 5% Interest While Helping Veteran Small Business

By StreetShares on April 19, 2017

Did you know that you can invest in small business loans even if you’re a ‘little guy’ retail investor? It’s true, you can.

Individual retail investors can back the small business loans we fund at StreetShares. Our investment product, called Veteran Business Bonds1, is open to retail investors thanks to our Regulation A+ offering, which is approved by the SEC.

StreetShares is the only company that allows unaccredited investors to invest in loans that help small businesses. You don’t have to be a veteran either. Any individual investor in the United States can participate.

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How Your Tax Refund Can Help You Score Better Credit

By StreetShares on April 12, 2017
If you’re getting a tax refund this year, you’ve got three major options when it comes to using the money: You can save it. You can invest it. Or you can splurge. But break things down a little further, and that check (back) from Uncle Sam can help you build credit, too. For serious.

Here are six ways your tax refund could help you build — or even establish — your credit scores.

1. Pay Down Credit Card Balances

Second rule of credit scores: Keep your debt level below at least 30% (and ideally 10%) of your total available credit. Anything beyond that is bad for your credit utilization ratio. If you’re over that limit or, worse yet, bumping up against your limits, putting your tax refund toward your credit card balances can help improve your credit score. Better yet …

2. Pay Off High-Interest Credit Card Debt

Because those balances are going to spike pretty fast. Plus, you’ll be saving money in the long run. Good rule of thumb when it comes to dealing with multiple credit card balances: Make all your minimums, but put more money toward either the smallest (because motivation) or the one with the highest annual percentage rate (because, like we said, it’ll cost you less). You can see how your credit card use is affecting your credit by viewing two of your scores, updated every 14 days, on Credit.com.

See also: How to Improve Your Personal Credit Score

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Highlighting Our Heroes, Featuring StreetShares Members with iHeart Media

Honoring our veterans, active duty military service members and their families who support them is something we do every day at StreetShares. Now, together with iHeart Media, we’re ‘Highlighting Our Heroes’ through a campaign featuring 25 exceptional StreetShares members. We’ve partnered with iHeart Media to tell stories over the next few months of our members, including veteran and military spouse business owners, military members, veterans and families who support them.

As a veteran-owned and veteran-run company, we’re dedicated to serving veterans through our financial solutions such as veteran business loans, the Patriot Express* Line of Credit, and government contract financing.

“Veterans, military service members and their families sacrifice for our country. We’re honored and humbled to help share their stories through the ‘Highlighting Our Heroes’ campaign with iHeart Media,” said Mark Rockefeller, CEO and Co-Founder of StreetShares and Iraq war veteran. 

Tune in to BIG 100 in the Washington, DC metro region each weekday at 5:00pm EDT or stream online at iheartmedia.com to hear stories of our veterans, service members and military families. You can also subscribe to the StreetShares blog to be the first to know who we’re featuring or visit highlightingourheroes.com to see who's featured.

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April 2017 Veteran Small Business Award Finalists

The Veteran Small Business Award continues! We have 10 great veteran business owners with very unique companies from 3D printing, recruiting services to children’s technology enrichment programs. Take a quick peak at the finalists below and remember to cast your vote on the StreetShares Foundation voting page. Vote now and help three veteran business owners get grant funding.

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StreetShares Foundation Dedicates May to Military Spouse Business Owners

May 12, 2017 is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. On this day, Americans celebrate the backbone of the families who support our military service members during mission, deployment and reintegration.

The StreetShares Foundation is dedicating the full month of May to appreciate Military Spouse business owners through the Veteran Small Business Award. Military Spouses have a unique position as business owners. We’re looking forward to rewarding three exceptional Military Spouse business owners with $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000.

For the month of April, we will be accepting applicants from ONLY Military Spouse business owners. Eligibility requirements are the same, except you must be married to a member of the military, reserves, National Guard, or a veteran of these services and must prove it. To get started, download the ebook exclusively designed to give Military Spouse business owners resources to help them get started and to grow, all in one place. Then, apply with a 300-word summary of your business and a short video.

>> CLICK HERE TO APPLY <<

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How to Calculate True Cost of Capital for a Kabbage Loan Offer

By StreetShares on March 30, 2017

As a small business owner, you’re most likely aware of a lot of lending options such as applying at a traditional bank, asking friends and family members or bootstrapping. If you’re here visiting the StreetShares blog, you’re obviously aware that online lending is also a great option for small businesses who need up to a $100,000 loan or a line of credit or $500,000 for government contractor invoice factoring. 

However, understanding your different loan offers can be overwhelming. Over the next several weeks, we’re going to provide examples of how each online lender, including Kabbage and OnDeck, break down their loan offers. These blog posts will help veteran business owners conduct your own apples-to-apples comparison of different business loan offers.

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