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Lennon Cole

About Lennon Cole

Online Marketing Coordinator. When he's not writing about business, he's hiking the wee hills of Los Angeles and writing creative nonfiction, for which he's won a Dominic J. Bazzannella Award. Connect with him via Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.

New iOS App Puts the SBA in Your Pocket

Seems there's an app for everything these days, but the SBA, in partnership with Palo Alto Software (which built and donated the app), recently launched their own app. And, I must say, it's pretty nifty - and free. It's only available for iOS right now, but I wouldn't be surprised if an Android version arrives in the future. [...]

By | May 28th, 2014|

Budget Deal Could Put Government Contractors Back In Business

The bipartisan budget deal concocted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.) could increase contracts for small businesses that work with the government. Though it does not replace all the spending the sequester cut earlier this year, it does increase spending by $60 billion, with most of it directed toward domestic purchases [...]

By | December 13th, 2013|

What makes your business great? It might just get you recognized by the SBA

Own your own business? Have a favorite Mom & Pop Shop? Proud superhero advocate for USA's backbone? "YO...Microphone check one, two, what is this?" The Small Business Administration (SBA) is looking for small businesses with awesome stories to tell. Naturally, in our opinion, that's all of you! Whether you've turned a long-time dream into a [...]

By | December 6th, 2013|

When Words Aren’t Enough, Draw Pictures

Every iteration of our Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet event has been roughly the same, intentionally so: We wanted to ensure attendees of each event received the same high level experience and information. However, we felt there was something missing in the Town Hall section of the event. The content of the panels was [...]

By | December 3rd, 2013|

Giving Wichita Business Owners the Means to Protect Their Business Credit

As you may well know, the city of Wichita, Kansas, was the target of a cyber attack in October. Their electronic procurement website was hacked, which exposed the personal and financial information of over 29,000 local businesses. Social Security, tax identification, and banking numbers were among the information stolen. The city has worked to notify those whose [...]

By | November 27th, 2013|

Access to Capital: Making It Rain (Funding) In Seattle

Get updates for Access to Capital Seattle by following @Accesstocapital and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. on Twitter. Use the hashtag #GetA2C to follow and join the conversation! There's a single event responsible for millions of dollars of loan originations for small business owners. It's created bursts of successfully funded ventures in three cities [...]

By | October 28th, 2013|

The Results of Q4 Hackweek & Why We Do It

Last week wrapped up our Q4 hackweek, a week during which team members from various departments broke into even more teams to concentrate on a single, specialized project. Seven grueling days, in some cases weekends, full of coffee and energy drinks, late nights and short naps. Some teams squeezed over 100 hours of work into that [...]

By | October 23rd, 2013|

Bumping Up Against the Debt Ceiling: What’s a Small Business Owner to Do?

The reaction of one small business owner I have to think that Congress would go back in time to the beginning of 2013 if they could. Then they were dealing with the debt ceiling issue for the first time. I bet, were they to go back, they would take the time to fully deal with [...]

By | October 14th, 2013|

Santa Monica 5000: Run for Education

Yesterday, the Santa Monica 5000 run took place primarily along Ocean Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA. Among the hundreds of people who turned out for the run was a group of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. employees (myself included) from our Malibu headquarters. The run, the proceeds of which went to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, [...]

By | October 7th, 2013|

Can Your Business Afford the Government Shutdown?

You've no doubt heard that our Federal Government is shut down. Every news source is covering it, and everyone on Twitter is jabbering away. Of course there's good reason to be outraged: It seems our government is better at creating problems than finding solutions. No matter whose fault the current crisis is, it's imperative that [...]

By | October 2nd, 2013|