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SBA-backed Loans Set Record Pace in Q1 2005
American small businesses set a record pace of borrowing to start and expand their companies over the first three months of the current fiscal year, securing backing from the U.S. Small Business Administration on 23 percent more loans than in the same period a year ago.
About U.S. Aid to Asian Tsunami Victims
U.S. aid to victims of the Asian tsunami disaster now totals $35 million. Where do the funds come from, why does the United States contribute relief to disaster victims around the world and how can you help the tsunami victims?
How to Comment on SBA Size Regulation Changes
The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking comments from the general public on key issues relating to its current small business size standards, the rules used by the SBA and other federal agencies to determine whether a business is "small" enough to qualify for SBA loans.
SBA Loan Programs Get $21 Billion Boost
New legislation signed by President Bush will make more than $21 billion available to small businesses through the SBA's two main small business loan programs.
Missing a Tax Refund? Find It Online
Nearly 90,000 Americans are missing out on $73 million in federal income tax refunds they're legally owed, but an online database from the non-profit National Taxpayers Union (NTU) that is quicker and much easier to use than the IRS online version can help people find out if there is money waiting for them.
Demand for SBA Small Business Loans Soaring
Does anybody really get those SBA small business loans? As a matter of fact, the SBA approved about $50 million-a-day in 7(a) program loans during just the first 21 days of fiscal year 2005. During 2004, the SBA disbursed a record 74,825 loans for $12.5 billion in the 7(a) program.
Two Thirds Feel American Dream Harder to Achieve
Two-thirds of the American people say the American Dream is becoming harder to achieve, especially for young families, and they point to financial insecurity and poor quality public education as the most significant barriers, according to a new survey released today by the National League of Cities (NLC).
SBA Offers Online 8(a) Program Application
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has unveiled a new electronic online application that will make it easier, faster and less expensive for small companies to apply for 8(a) Business Development and Small Disadvantaged Business certification directly from SBA's Web site.
Don't Let Presidential Winner Rule Your Portfolio
Investors should not let their investment decisions be overly swayed by who wins, or who they think will win, the White House this November, says a columnist in the August 2004 issue of the Journal of Financial Planning, published monthly by the Financial Planning Association (FPA®).
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