Small business

SmartBiz Loans® Survey: Tidal Wave of Demand for Additional Small Business Funding After PPP

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 2:00pm

This survey illustrates that there is a tidal wave of demand coming from small business owners for continued access to low-cost capital, says Evan Singer, CEO of SmartBiz Loans.

Key Points: 
  • This survey illustrates that there is a tidal wave of demand coming from small business owners for continued access to low-cost capital, says Evan Singer, CEO of SmartBiz Loans.
  • Also, 48% of the businesses say they intend to apply for additional funding with their PPP lender or primary bank, suggesting there is a large opportunity for banks and PPP lenders to help their small business clients with funding after PPP.
  • 50% of the responses came from SurveyMonkeys national panel of small and medium size business owners and 50% came from an internal sample of SmartBiz small business customers funded with a PPP loan by a bank in the SmartBiz network.
  • SmartBiz Loans (www.smartbizloans.com) is the #1 online platform for traditional SBA 7(a) loans under $350,000 helping banks and their clients streamline the SBA and small business lending process.

BitPay Named Atlanta Inno’s “50 on Fire” Winner

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 2:30pm

BitPay , the worlds largest provider of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency payment services, today announced the company is one of Atlanta Innos 50 on Fire ( https://www.americaninno.com/atlanta/inno-on-fire-atlanta/meet-atlanta-i... ).

Key Points: 
  • BitPay , the worlds largest provider of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency payment services, today announced the company is one of Atlanta Innos 50 on Fire ( https://www.americaninno.com/atlanta/inno-on-fire-atlanta/meet-atlanta-i... ).
  • Atlanta Inno is celebrating companies like BitPay that are consistently innovating and disrupting traditional markets with technological advancement.
  • For the second year in a row, Atlanta Inno is announcing the 50 people and companies that are crushing it in Atlanta.
  • In selecting BitPay in the Fintech category, Atlanta Inno wrote, Atlanta blockchain payments provider BitPay has grown at a rapid pace in the last two years.

Best Upon Request Announces New Board of Advisors

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 2:00pm

Best Upon Request (BEST), a national provider of concierge services for employees and patients, has added three new members to its Board of Advisors: Karen Carnahan, Jim Rolfes and Teresa Tanner.

Key Points: 
  • Best Upon Request (BEST), a national provider of concierge services for employees and patients, has added three new members to its Board of Advisors: Karen Carnahan, Jim Rolfes and Teresa Tanner.
  • Rolfes shared, I have known Tillie and the Best Upon Request team for several years and am honored and excited about the opportunity to serve on their board of advisors.
  • The new board members will serve three-year terms, with potential renewals, and board meetings are held four times a year.
  • Best Upon Request partners with organizations nationwide to provide concierge services to its employees as an employer-paid benefit.

iPipeline Appoints Kevin Baer Chief People Officer to Focus on Employee Experience

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 2:00pm

iPipeline, a leading provider of cloud-based software solutions for the life insurance and financial services industry, today announced the appointment of Kevin Baer as Chief People Officer, who will play a critical role in guiding the employee experience at iPipeline to strengthen its transformative growth.

Key Points: 
  • iPipeline, a leading provider of cloud-based software solutions for the life insurance and financial services industry, today announced the appointment of Kevin Baer as Chief People Officer, who will play a critical role in guiding the employee experience at iPipeline to strengthen its transformative growth.
  • Baer has more than 35 years of experience designing people strategies and building high-performance organizations for clients including ConocoPhillips, Phillips66, United Airlines, and Constellation Energy.
  • I am pleased to welcome Kevin into this new role as Chief People Officer.
  • My focus will be on selection, engagement and development of our people and continued improvement of our culture to make iPipeline a destination company for top performers, said Kevin Baer, Chief People Officer, iPipeline.

AICPA PFP Conference at ENGAGE 2020 Focuses on Financial Planning During COVID-19

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 12:00pm

The CARES Act, market volatility, Social Security strategies and the impact of COVID-19 on financial planning have brought numerous challenges and opportunities to the ever-changing financial planning landscape.

Key Points: 
  • The CARES Act, market volatility, Social Security strategies and the impact of COVID-19 on financial planning have brought numerous challenges and opportunities to the ever-changing financial planning landscape.
  • The best practices and cutting-edge strategies emerging from these uncertain times will be shared at the AICPAs Advanced Personal Financial Planning (PFP) Conference at ENGAGE 2020.
  • The 33rd annual conference will take place online from July 20-22, 2020.
  • This years conference has added virtual networking events and other new features to enhance interaction and build a sense of community among attendees, said Lauren Minch, CPA, CFA, CGMA, co-chair of the 2020 PFP Conference Planning Committee.

SBA Holds a Virtual Workshop July 16 on Applying for Women's Business Center Grants

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 8:31pm

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold a virtual roundtable session on Thursday, July 16, to train organizations in Mississippi on best practices regarding the Women's Business Center (WBC) grant application process.

Key Points: 
  • WASHINGTON, July 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold a virtual roundtable session on Thursday, July 16, to train organizations in Mississippi on best practices regarding the Women's Business Center (WBC) grant application process.
  • The date and link to RSVP for the roundtable are as follows:
    To register, RSVP to the following link:
    The roundtable will explain how to apply for SBA Women's Business Center grants and get the funding needed to reach more women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Organizations interested in learning more should contact SBA Mississippi District Director Janita.Stewart@sba.gov (601) 672-4436 or Mississippi District Office Public Information Officer Bridget Johnson-Fells bridget.johnson@sba.gov (228) 863-4449.
  • Eligible applicants for the WBC grant must be private, nonprofit organizations with 501(c) tax-exempt status from the U.S. Treasury/Internal Revenue Service in Mississippi.

SoCalGas Launches The "Fueling Our Communities" Program to Feed Vulnerable Groups in Rural Parts of Central and Southern California

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 7:00pm

The program will span over the summer season in 44 cities and will feed seniors, students, families and migrant farm workers while stimulating local small businesses.

Key Points: 
  • The program will span over the summer season in 44 cities and will feed seniors, students, families and migrant farm workers while stimulating local small businesses.
  • "Through the 'Fueling Our Communities' initiative, SoCalGas hopes to help fill an essential need by providing meals while helping local businesses as well.
  • SoCalGas' vision is to be the cleanest gas utility inNorth America , delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers.
  • For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.

SBA and Treasury Announce Release of Paycheck Protection Program Loan Data

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 5:37pm

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today announced it was releasing detailed loan-level data regarding the loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

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  • WASHINGTON, July 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today announced it was releasing detailed loan-level data regarding the loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
  • The average loan size is approximately $100,000, demonstrating that the program is serving the smallest of businesses," he continued.
  • Today's data shows that small businesses of all types and across all industries benefited from this unprecedented program.
  • Today's release includes loan-level data, including business names, addresses, NAICS codes, zip codes, business type, demographic data, non-profit information, name of lender, jobs supported, and loan amount ranges as follows:

HICOOL Launches Global Entrepreneur Summit and Entrepreneurship Competition

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 5:15pm

HICOOL Global Entrepreneur Summit and Entrepreneurship Competition was launched on May 15 in Beijing, China.

Key Points: 
  • HICOOL Global Entrepreneur Summit and Entrepreneurship Competition was launched on May 15 in Beijing, China.
  • It provides a complete entrepreneurial eco-system for global entrepreneurs, through a series of world leading tech events to motivate daring founders to challenge and envision the future.
  • HICOOL is operating a global pitch competition in four territories, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and China, focused in Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Financial Technology, Medicine and Health, Next-Generation Information Technology, New Energy, New Materials, Smart Equipment, Cultural Innovation, and other fields.
  • May 15 to July 15, Global Project Registration
    July 16 to July 19, Review Participating Project
    July 25 to August 20: Global Preliminary Round (TBD)
    HICOOL Global Entrepreneur Summit will be held in Shunyi district in Beijing, creating a leading tech event in China in 2020, igniting the entrepreneurship spirit and attracting the world class technology projects to the entrepreneurial eco-system, establishing an optimal industrial ecological empowerment in China.