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Dear New Small Business Owner: Five Accounting Habits That Seasoned Entrepreneurs Practice
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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.

Congratulations! Not everyone has the heart or perseverance to take their big idea to the next level. As a new small business owner, prepare yourself a never-ending list of tasks and problem-solving. When so many obligations start to come at you, it’s tempting to just fly by the seat of your pants. However, seasoned entrepreneurs will tell you to establish practices, policies, and good habits early on in your journey.

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How Do I Start My Own Franchise?
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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.

According to the International Franchise Association, franchises have not only created 7.6 million jobs, but they have also added over $400 billion to our economy. Depending on what your business goals are or what your business model entails, franchising can be your path for continued business growth. Saying that you want to franchise your business is one thing. Knowing where to start is quite another. While the process is one that requires focus and attention to detail, the process will become streamlined if you come out of the gate with your best foot forward. Here are things to consider before deciding to go the path of franchising.

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And the Winners Are...
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By StreetShares on August 30, 2018

Congrats to the winners of the food & beverage edition of the StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Award! These finalists will receive a trip to Orlando to pitch their business live at the Military Influencer's Conference, where first, second, and third place will be determined. Without further ado, the winners are....

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Two Secrets to Being a Great Leader
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By Ben Killoy, Blog Contributor on August 29, 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.

When you step into the role of a leader for the first time after transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce, it can seem a little bit overwhelming. Your gut says that you need to be more military-like, but your surroundings are reminding you to need to be more civilian-like. The truth is we just need to be more human. 

The most important principle of being a great leader is that the people you lead have two fundamental needs: to be heard, and to be understood

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The Chicken or the Egg of Past Performance
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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.

Stuck in the past performance loop? You can't get federal contracts without past performance, but you can't get past performance because you can't get federal contracts.

How do you break into this cycle?

The first part is understanding why past performance is so important in federal contracting:

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What Is A FICO Score And How Is It Calculated?
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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.

If you’ve ever needed to make a financial decision and thought to yourself, “how will this affect my credit score?”, we salute you. For the majority of Americans, the world of credit seems to be shrouded in secrecy and myth. Terms like credit score, credit report, and FICO score are thrown around without consumers knowing their true meaning. Understanding your FICO Credit Score and why it matters is important, but it doesn’t need to be complicated.

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What Government Contractors Need to Know About the 2019 NDAA
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This article is republished with permission from Heather Mims and Centre Law & Consulting. See the original publication of this piece on their website at http://www.centrelawgroup.com/what-government-contractors-need-to-know-about-the-2019-ndaa. 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.

On August 13, 2018, President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (2019 NDAA), which sets funding levels and outlines policy priorities for the Department of Defense (DoD). The 2019 NDAA allocated $616.9 billion for the DoD’s base budget, $69 billion for overseas contingency operations funding, $8.9 billion for mandatory defense spending, and $21.9 billion for nuclear weapons programs under the Department of Energy.

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The Ultimate Business Loan Readiness Tool
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By Thomas Moody II, Head of Marketing on August 21, 2018

Could you use additional funding to expand your business? Are you ready for a business loan? Are you intimidated by the application process or scared you won't get approved? If you've screamed "YES!" in your head to any of these questions, Lendability+ may be the perfect tool for you. Your Lendability Report takes the guesswork out of your loan decision by showing you how you look to lenders and assessing your readiness to take the plunge and apply for that loan. 

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How Do I Find a Business Mentor or Coach?
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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.

$1.02 billion. That is the 2016 valuation of the professional coaching industry in the United States. According to the International Coach Federation the United States has approximately 17,500 coaches actively coaching- and this number continues to grow. With numbers like that, you think it’d be easy to find yourself a professional coach- but it’s often not! In fact, the intimidation people feel seeking the help of a complete stranger is enough to stop them before they start.

Here's the good news if you're the timid kind; coaches and mentors are all about you. You don't need to be a member of a fancy organization to find them either. Whether you have a budget for coaching or cannot spend a cent, we’re about to dive into ways to find one and start changing your life and business.

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Impact Investing: How to Make Your Dollar Do More
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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.

Wall Street gets a bad rap in the media. Stories of greed and corruption seem to fight their way to the top of the headlines every day. However, there is a new valiant knight on Wall Street: enter “Impact Investing”. It’s not just another buzzwordy term either, impact investing has been around for over ten years, although it’s finally starting to gain traction with individual investors for reasons that go above and beyond potential profits.

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