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Characteristics of a Responsible Business Lender
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By StreetShares on December 4, 2018

Responsible lending is a term that can get thrown around in the lending industry—it sounds great and certainly makes financial institutions look good when they use it... But practically speaking, what does it mean? And more importantly, how does it affect you as a business owner?

It matters a lot, actually. If you’re looking for business funding to grow your veteran business, you want to work with small business lenders who will set you up for success. It’s in your best interest to work with a lender who practices responsible credit reporting, has an alignment of interests and provides you with the right-sized funding so you won’t default on a loan.

If your small business lender claims to practice fair and responsible lending, here are the top six characteristics you should expect to see in them:

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Cloud Servers Vs Onsite Servers: Which Is Right for Your Business?
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By Mike Jennings, President of BEI on November 30, 2018

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

The digital universe gets more crowded and complicated every day. Many business leaders struggle with knowing what tech to embrace and what tech to move beyond.

Emerging cloud environments options look promising, no doubt about it. But keeping everything in-house means retaining a higher level of control. Like so many things in business, there are benefits and drawbacks to consider for both options.

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4 Secrets to Become a Successful Veteran Government Contractor
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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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Ways to Save on Veteran Small Business Taxes: Deductions & Credits
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By StreetShares on November 27, 2018

Did you know that if you went “green”, hired a veteran, or started a company last year you might be eligible for three important but little known tax deductions?

Small tax deductions and credits take a little extra work, but your savings can really add up. Every dollar counts when it comes to running a veteran small business. We’ve compiled some resources of available credits and deductions your business may qualify for:

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How To Make Your Small Business IT More Reliable, Secure & User Friendly
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By Ellen W. Jennings, CEO of BEI on November 26, 2018

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

There’s a sense in which “every business is a technology business.” After all, IT is central to the operations of every company, large or small. In fact, research and advisory firm Gartner estimates that global IT spending reached a total of $3.5 trillion in 2017.

In order to better serve your customers and beat your rivals, you need to make sure your business technologies are as correct and reliable as possible. Whether you’re a multinational firm or a mom-and-pop store with a website, being able to deliver a consistent, predictable, reliable IT experience is crucial.

This article will go over 4 of the most important strategic methodologies for small business IT network upkeep, support, and stability.

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Your Vote Determines the Winner of the Veteran Small Business Award
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By Aubrey Shwedick on November 20, 2018

The finalists of this cycle of the Veteran Small Business Award, presented by the StreetShares Foundation and Sam Adams Brewing the American Dream, have been announced! Your vote determines which of these businesses will win a total of $25,000 in small business grant money. Learn more about the finalists under the cut, or click here to vote now! Voting ends at midnight Eastern on 11/24/2018.

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How to Protect Your Company From Phishing Scams
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By Katherine Deming, BEI Account Executive on November 19, 2018

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

The invention of the internet paired with email revolutionized business communications. Emails are commonplace in business operations. While email makes business communications easier, it also makes communication less personal.

As a result, it’s easier to fall victim to some email scams, and the results could severely damage your business.

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7 Signs it's Time for Your Business to Hire More Staff
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By StreetShares on November 14, 2018

Business is great. Client orders for your services keep piling up. As a result, your employees are all working extra hours to beat deadlines. Unfortunately, fatigue is slowly kicking in, and you can see that your workforce results are beginning to head in the wrong direction. Is it time to make that critical decision and hire an extra pair of hands? If you hire too early, you might blow your workforce budget. If you don't hire fast enough, work will outpace your capacity and unfinished tasks will become the norm. So, how do you know if your business can afford additional staff? Here are seven signs to keep on your radar.

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StreetShares Co-founders Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2018 National Finalists
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By StreetShares on November 13, 2018

We’re excited to share the news that Mark L. Rockefeller and Mickey Konson of StreetShares
have been selected as national finalists in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 program! They were selected as one of four finalists (out of 23 regional winners) in the financial services category. As the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year has been at the forefront of identifying mold-breaking business leaders for more than 30 years. The program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, John Mackey of Whole Foods Market Inc., Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation and Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc. We're honored to be recognized alongside so many incredible entrepreneurs!

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Happy Veterans Day From The Veterans Of StreetShares!
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By StreetShares on November 9, 2018

We sat down with some of the veterans of StreetShares to talk about the significance of Veterans Day, what its like working with so many different branches in one place, what advice they have for those who are currently transitioning out of the military, and more! Watch the video series after the cut:

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