Finance for Small Businesses

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  • Unclaimed Property Rules and Time Limits for Illinois

    Learn the unclaimed property rules and their time limits for the state of Illinois.

  • Daily Recording of Business Transactions

    While few entrepreneurs start their own businesses because they're fond of paperwork, recording your day-to-day sales, purchases and other transactions is a must. Learn where to record what, and how often to do so.

  • Accounting for Cash Transactions

    Keeping track of your cash, payables, and records can challenging. Find out the most efficient ways to keep your money and your records in line and updated appropriately.

  • Merchants: “Chip” In or Prepare to Shell Out

    October 1, 2015 is the EMV liability-shift date, a game-changing deadline for brick-and-mortar retailers, restauranteurs, and service providers that take credit cards. This means merchants who aren't equipped to accept chip-enabled credit cards will be liable for fraudulent charges.

  • Types of Trusts: Revocable, Irrevocable, Living, and Testamentary

    Many types of trusts are used in estate planning. Common trust aspects include revocable vs. irrevocable, and, living vs. testamentary.

  • The Basics of Trusts in Estate Planning

    Business owners should be familiar with trusts, which are commonly used in estate planning. Trusts provide a great amount of flexibility and are extremely useful in planning to provide for loved ones.

  • Need Business Capital? Advertise for Investors

    While equity crowdfunding is still in the future, company's needing capital now can begin to explore advertising as a means to reach potential investors.

  • Federal Court Wants Lower Debit Card Fees for Merchants

    The 21-cent swipe fee that bites into your profits each time a customer pays with a debit card will be replaced with a fee that more accurately represents the actual cost of the transaction. A federal district court judge found the calculation of the amount to be fundamentally flawed and vacated the Federal Reserve Board regulations that established it. However, the regulations will remain in effect until a new fee structure can be put into place.

  • The Business and Loved Ones Without You? Good Planning Makes Good Sense

    Planning should be done not only for tax reasons, but also for nontax reasons. A failure to plan can make a stressful situation even worse for loved ones and family. Getting acquainted with some commonly used documents in estate tax planning can help facilitate discussions with advisors about available options.

  • Taking the Temperature of Your Small Business's Financial Health

    With the year more than half over, now is the time for a business check-up. Follow these five guidelines to see how your business’ finances check out—and how you can improve them.

  • SBA Increases Funding for SBIC's Early Stage Innovation and Social Impact Programs

    Finding investors and funding for start-ups and for social impact businesses can be difficult. The Small Business Administration recognizes this and has pledged increased funding in fiscal year 2013 for the Small Business Investment Company's Early Innovation and Social Impact programs.

  • Your Startup's Financing and Business Entity Choice

    A startup’s entity choice and financing options affect other aspects of the business, including its long-term fate. Familiarizing yourself with some differences among various entities should help when talking with your professional advisors about how to set up and finance your business.

  • Crowdfunding: A Rainbow of Opportunities ... With a Pot of Gold at the End?

    Crowdfunding involves many people contributing toward the funding of a specific project or goal. Because it involves small contributions from a large number of people, it provides a creative alternative to seeking large contributions from only a few sources. People contribute to crowdfunding campaigns for a variety of reasons, such as helping someone achieve a dream or complete a valuable and worthwhile endeavor. This "cash from the crowd" concept has been used to fund projects ranging from artwork to building renovations.

  • A Look Ahead: Improving Your Books for 2014 Bookkeeping & Reporting

    As the new year approaches, take a few simple steps to ensure your bookkeeping practices are up to par.

  • Using Q3 Numbers to Make Q4 Notable

    The end of Q3 is the ideal time to learn where your business stands, whether it’s on target to hit predictions and what common business mistakes you might be making.

  • Proposed Settlement Could Bring Big Changes to Credit Card Transactions

    Now that business owners may be able to charge customers for charging their purchases, entrepreneurs need to evaluate their credit card policies.

  • SBA 504 Refinance Loan Program Ends Soon

    If you are struggling under the terms of your existing commercial mortgage or want an infusion of working capital into your business, the SBA 504 refinancing program might provide the answer you need. But you must act by mid-August if you want to have your paperwork approved before the program ends September 27, 2012.

  • Saving on Small Expenses Can Add Up

    Watching the bottom line on seemingly minor expenses can add up to big savings over time.

  • Learn the Basics of Closing Your Books

    An overview of the accounting principles and practices that small business owners need to be aware of when preparing financial statements and tax returns, whether done monthly or annually.

  • Improving Your Debt Collection Practices

    'Improving Your Debt Collection Practices' gives an overview of different methods to use when chasing down debtors and the overdue bills owed to you.

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