Archive for the ‘Small Business’ Category

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Need cash fast? A bridge loan may be a practical solution for your business

May 13th, 2016 Chase Stafford

Whether your business is growing quickly or just getting started, you need cash to stay afloat. The trouble is that negotiating with investors or securing a traditional loan can take time – time that you sometimes just don’t have. That’s where a bridge loan can come in handy. A bridge loan is a short-term loan […]

Small business owner accounting

Best of the blog – 5 most popular small business articles

May 5th, 2016 madmin

Who says it needs to be the end of the year to take a look at the most popular articles on a blog? This month, we dug deep into our blog stats to highlight the five most visited posts about small business money management on the MidWestOne blog. Whether you’re an entrepreneur who’s just starting […]

Questions you should be able to answer during a pitch

Basic questions you should be prepared to answer before meeting with investors

April 7th, 2016 Cathy Rottinghaus

Pitching investors is one of the most important tasks you’ll face in building a successful business. No matter how great your idea, if you can’t get someone to invest in the launch of your business or help it grow, you don’t have much of a chance at success. As an entrepreneur, you should prepare carefully […]

Rent commercial space

6 things to consider when renting commercial space

March 10th, 2016 Chase Stafford

Finding a space you can lease for your business is no walk in the park. The commercial real estate market is very different from the residential one and it can quickly turn into an overwhelming experience. Nevertheless, leasing a commercial office space is one of the largest expenses incurred by new and expanding businesses, so […]

AppyHour

MidWestOne customer spotlight: AppyHour

March 10th, 2016 madmin

When Neil Jirele graduates from the University of Iowa in 2016 his list of achievements won’t be limited to a degree in Finance and a minor in Spanish. During his tenure at Iowa, he also became a business owner, founding AppyHour, a mobile technology app that connects local businesses to their customers. Having just released […]

Small business finances

5 tips to keep your small business finances in order

February 4th, 2016 Luke Lesyshen

Accounting is a necessary evil in the small business world. It’s one of those tasks all entrepreneurs know is part of running a business but few realize how easily it can suck up your day and make operating a successful business harder than imagined. Although it can be a tedious task to keep your finances […]

Position yourself as a fundable entrepreneur

Are you presenting yourself as a fundable entrepreneur?

January 7th, 2016 Cathy Rottinghaus

Raising money to start a business takes more than just a good idea. Lenders – banks, venture capitalists, angel investors and others – consider many other things in deciding to financially support a company, especially a startup. In this blog post you can find ideas to help present yourself as a fundable entrepreneur. Demonstrate focus […]

Holiday bonus

Own a business? Your guide to holiday bonuses

December 4th, 2015 Cindi Schrock

‘Tis the holiday season and for many business owners, that means figuring out how to treat hard-working employees to extra vacation time, a holiday party and the most important of all holiday indulgences – the holiday bonus. When it comes to holiday bonuses, small business owners operate in the sometimes confusing space of personal discretion. […]

Small business owner accounting

Understanding your business’ critical numbers – 6 key metrics

November 20th, 2015 Chase Stafford

Running a small business is no small feat. In addition to the experience you need in your area of specialty, you’ll be forced to take on the financial aspect of operating a business, too. Although you can, of course, always hire expert help in the form of an accountant, leaning on that person too much […]

Mike Draper

MidWestOne Customer Spotlight: RAYGUN

November 5th, 2015 madmin

If you’ve lived in Iowa long enough, you’re probably familiar with Mike Draper’s work. The owner of the Des Moines-based RAYGUN store has brought t-shirts like “Des Moines: Hell Yes” and “Iowa University, Idaho City, Ohio” to the masses. What started as a single storefront in Des Moines has since blossomed into a successful online […]

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