June 24, 2019 By Bob Coleman Editor, Main Street Monday Main Street Monday – SBA Appoints Two New Senior Executives, Deputy District Director The SBA recently announced new appointments: George Koklanaris has been appointed as the Associate Administrator for the Office of Small Business Development Centers. Koklanaris will oversee the SBA’s Small Business Development Centers…

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June 10, 2019 By Mary Miller Contributing Editor, Main Street Monday Main Street Monday – SBA Announces Fifth Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition The U.S. Small Business Administration announced its fifth annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The SBA will award 60 organizations that provide small businesses with opportunities such as securing venture capital, business plan…

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May 20, 2019 By Mary Miller Contributing Editor, Main Street Monday Main Street Monday – Over 57% of Small Business Owners are Baby Boomers Over 57% of small business owners are baby boomers, according to findings from the latest Small Business Trends survey conducted by Guidant Financial and the LendingClub Corporation. The survey, polling more…

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May 6, 2019 By Mary Miller Contributing Editor, Main Street Monday Main Street Monday – Small Business Owners Optimism Down Slightly In the semi-annual survey of small business owners released by Bank of America, it indicates a slight decline in optimism levels. Of 1,504 small business owners surveyed, here are the stats: 48% predicted the…

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April 29, 2019 By Mary Miller Contributing Editor, Main Street Monday Main Street Monday – Small Business Owners Cautiously Optimistic About Economy The release of the latest economic forecasts and surveys to date indicate that while small business owners remain optimistic about the economy, they are cautiously optimistic. The buzz word is “conservative” in terms…

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April 22, 2019 By Mary Miller Contributing Editor, Main Street Monday Main Street Monday — Recession Rumors Gaining Momentum For the last few months, it’s been a wild ride for Main Street. According to the latest CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey, it reflects about 53% of small business owners fear a recession is ahead. Due to…

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March 4, 2019 By Mary Miller Contributing Editor, Main Street Monday Main Street Monday – SBA Celebrates Women’s History Month March is Women’s History Month and the SBA proudly recognizes the many contributions made to economic development and growth pioneered by women-owned small businesses. The official theme for Women’s History Month 2019 is “Visionary Women:…

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March 26, 2018 By Bob Coleman Editor, Coleman Report Main Street Monday — Bank of America Survey Finds Hispanic Entrepreneurs Overwhelmingly Optimistic About Future “Hispanic small business owners expect robust economic growth, higher revenue and increased hiring in 2018,” says Elizabeth Romero, Small Business Central Division executive, Bank of America. “As one of the fastest-growing…

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