Wednesday, December 30, 2009
NEW YORK – Economic experts agree that small-business lending is crucial to the economy’s full economy, and Fox Business News released results of its investigation that asked the nation’s biggest banks how much they loaned to small businesses in 2009.
Among the respondents to Fox’s survey:
* Bank of America: Facilitated $12 billion in credit to small businesses, incurring $2.5 billion in loan losses. Since September the company has modified loans to 49,000 clients.
* JPMorgan Chase: Loaned $6 billion to companies with sales of less than $20 million with plans to increase lending in 2010 by 67 percent.
* PNC Financial Services: Originated nearly $10 billion in loans.
* Wells Fargo: Said it is on track to loan small businesses $13 billion in 2009. The company plans to increase its workforce of bankers on the small-business front by five percent in 2010.
Fox’s investigation came as a Senate committee passed two bills this month — the Small Business Job Creation and Access to Capital Act of 2009 and the Small Business Export Enhancement and International Trade Act — that aim to increase loan limits and foster small businesses to grow exports.
“America ’s 29 million small businesses are really struggling with skyrocketing health insurance premiums and a tight credit market. Now that we have stabilized Wall Street, it is time to jump-start Main Street, and these bills will do just that," said Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chairwoman Mary Landrieu.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
As always, if you have any questions that pertain to PR (public relations), SEO or other marketing tools feel free to contact me through my site at www.prdepotchicago.com, or simply send me a DM through one of my profiles such as Twitter ( @mamapr ) and Facebook at www.facebook.com/mamapr and I'd be more than happy to go over some options for you that will not only be within budget but also very effective.
It's been a long week, but I felt like jotting a few things down before Christmas arrives.
With the new year just around the corner, your attention as a business owner should be on marketing strategies in 2010.
The game of online marketing, whether small business marketing, kitchen table entrepreneur or a large corporation, has changed quite a bit and no one method will no longer do the job.
If you're not familiar with SEO (search engine optimization), public relations and social media - You'll need to start educating yourself on each, and learn them well, for each of these marketing methods holds a valuable benefit when utilized properly - and with the right leverage can take your business from making small profits to large profits.
SEO is the art of improving your search engine rankings, and is also applied to your actual website so big search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing can find your site easier and properly index it for future references when your site is optimized.
Optimizing your website with enough keywords and phrases will help improve where you are on search engines, but that's not all.
Links to your site also play an important role when it comes to search engine rankings. The more sites that link up to your website, the better!
With the popularity of Social Media it's no wonder more and more large corporations are using this medium to reach new customers as well as communicate with current ones.
Everything from new products, sales and company info is funneled through social media channels from #Twitter to #Facebook and many others.
The instant contact helps companies to stay in touch with it's communities and allows for a more personal approach to marketing.
The benefits of social media out-weigh traditional advertising, and is virtually free if cost. Something many business owners are just now discovering.
Looking for free publicity to help get your business out there to the masses, be seen as an industry expert and help add some credibility to your business? Start using PR!
PR Campaigns are not only more affordable than advertising, but also more effective in building your brand.
With a press release and some solid media distribution, your business can be introduced to thousands of journalists and used in featured stories without costing you a dime.
While advertising needs constant funding, your PR Campaign continues to give back and circulate through the very channels that cam help you get that wonderful free publicity.
Journalists are always searching for story ideas, and by having your press release on circulation you give yourself, and your business, the opportunity to be featured in a magazine, newspaper, television and radio.
So before you invest in any advertising for 2010, try using these methods to grow your company and start building your business.
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Friday, December 4, 2009
As the Christmas holiday season fastly approaches, there's always much activity and personal business to attend to that it is easy to forget to thank our valued customers and friends, like you, for their time, referrals and business.
So, before I forget, I would like to extend my gratitude and to thank you personally for your support, it is much appreciated.
May this holiday season bring to you and your family all of the joy and happiness that you deserve.
All the best,
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Chocolate Chip, Macadamia Nuts and Cherry Cookies
* 1 cup butter, softened
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 cup packed brown sugar
* 2 eggs
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 2 teaspoons hot water
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
* 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
* 3/4 cup dry cherries
Mix all dry ingredients together then work in the butter, eggs and water.
Toss in chips, nuts and cherries. Mix until all is blended but don't over mix.
I usually place in fridge for 15 minutes.
Grab a cookie sheet and lightly spray with butter Pam.
Remove from fridge, then grab a small ice cream scooper
to make even sized cookies.
350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
Let cool and serve!