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The SBA’s Role as Home Lender, Post-Oklahoma Tornado

The SBA’s Role as Home Lender, Post-Oklahoma Tornado

Photograph by Scott Olson/Getty Images Workers repair power lines damaged by a tornado on May 23, 2013, in Moore, Okla. In the aftermath of a natural disaster like the tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., this week, the Small Business Administration fills an unexpected function: home lender. Due to politics surrounding the formation of the […]

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What Do a Chemical Engineer and a Pizza Maker Have in Common?

What Do a Chemical Engineer and a Pizza Maker Have in Common?

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg Governments around the world are short-circuiting some of their most promising entrepreneurs. Their mistake? Crafting policies that treat small businesses across industries like one monolithic group that’s more interested in eking out a living than creating a venture that could eventually employ hundreds or thousands. That’s the point of a paper […]

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Fraud Charges Won’t Help Small Business Lending Pioneers

Fraud Charges Won’t Help Small Business Lending Pioneers

Photograph by Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg Candace Klein, founder and CEO of SoMoLend LLC, speaks at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Apr. 29 Since launching SoMoLend, a startup that connects small businesses seeking loans with banks and individual lenders, Candace Klein has been an outspoken proponent of the JOBS Act, touting the law’s […]

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Impact Investing: Lots of Interest, but Where’s the Big Money?

Impact Investing: Lots of Interest, but Where’s the Big Money?

Photograph by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images Categories too risky for many investors include women entrepreneurs and agricultural businesses There’s plenty of interest in supporting entrepreneurs in the developing world these days, from the elite hobnobbing at Davos, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the G-8 summit. Last year, financial institutions devoted to development, foundations, and other entities […]

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Back in the Startup Game After Billion-Dollar Exits

Back in the Startup Game After Billion-Dollar Exits

Photograph by Adrianna Williams/Getty Images What would you do if you sold your business for more than $1 billion—yes, that’s billion, with a “b.” Spend more time with your kids? Buy a half-dozen cars? Invest in business ideas? In March 2007, Cisco Systems (CSCO) bought Subrah Iyar’s Internet conferencing company, WebEx Communications, in a deal […]

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Home Is Where the Hope Is for Midsize Companies

Home Is Where the Hope Is for Midsize Companies

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg A Jamba Juice store in Emeryville, Calif. Given economists’ expectations that the U.S. economy accelerated during the first three months of the year, it’s not surprising that executives at medium-size companies are growing more confident about future growth, as reported by a survey published on Wednesday by the National Center […]

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A Pinterest Investor Describes His Worst Deal Ever

A Pinterest Investor Describes His Worst Deal Ever

Photograph by Sadeugra/Getty Images Angels and venture capitalists strike out much more often than they hit home runs. Before Brian Cohen became one of Pinterest’s early investors, he bought into a business marketing insurance policies to pet owners to cover veterinary care. Cohen, now chairman of the New York Angels, has just published What Every […]

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