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What Angel Investing Looks Like Now

What Angel Investing Looks Like Now

Photograph by Felbert Eickenberg/Getty Images The picture of the angel investing world has always been sparse. Wealthy individuals—alone or in groups—who put money into young, private companies often don’t seek or get a lot of attention, especially compared to venture capitalists. A report released on Tuesday, April 16, based on about 800 U.S. angel group […]

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Despite Bubble-Spotting, Business Owners Aren’t Buoyant

Despite Bubble-Spotting, Business Owners Aren’t Buoyant

Photograph by Corey Holms/Getty Images Small business owners are losing confidence in the economy, according to recent surveys by Vistage International and SurePayroll. Confidence among executives at midsize companies with $10 million to $1 billion in annual revenue has “leveled off,” according to a quarterly survey published this week by the National Center for the […]

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Why the U.S. Should Get More Credit From Entrepreneurs

Why the U.S. Should Get More Credit From Entrepreneurs

Photograph by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images Guitar maker David Berkowitz in his Washington (D.C.) workshop on Nov. 11, 2011 U.S. policymakers are often chided to take action—to pass immigration reform, say, or invest in math and science education—to make sure the country remains a hotbed for innovation. Critics often frame those arguments […]

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New Research Indicates Microloans Don’t Solve Poverty

New Research Indicates Microloans Don’t Solve Poverty

Photograph by Mahesh Kumar A./AP Photo In this Feb. 28, 2011, photo, police detain women activists protesting against alleged harassments by microfinance companies in Hyderabad, India Here’s the main argument for microfinance: Making small loans to poor women in developing countries will help them start businesses and escape poverty. A new, rigorous analysis of microfinance […]

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Why It’s Riskier to Lend to East Coast Small Businesses

Why It’s Riskier to Lend to East Coast Small Businesses

Getty Images Small business credit quality improved in the first quarter of 2013, according to a study published on Tuesday by Experian (EXPN:LN) and Moody’s Analytics (MCO). That’s welcome news, especially given continued reports of small businesses’ struggles to get bank loans. But improved credit conditions haven’t been evenly distributed; East Coast states lag their […]

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Small Business Lending Shrank Again Last Year, Says SBA

Small Business Lending Shrank Again Last Year, Says SBA

Photograph by Steven Puetzer Five years after the financial crisis and ensuing credit crunch, small businesses are still struggling to get bank loans, even as large companies are having an easier time borrowing. That’s the commonly told story, anyway, and one that’s borne out by research published (PDF) yesterday by the Small Business Administration’s Office […]

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IPO Boom Leaves Smaller Companies Behind

IPO Boom Leaves Smaller Companies Behind

Photograph by Jin Lee/Bloomberg Juan Ramon Alaix (second right), chief executive officer of Zoetis, applauds after ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 1, 2013 Initial public offerings are booming, according to data compiled by Bloomberg: U.S. companies raised $8.91 billion in the first quarter of the year, up 44 […]

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