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A standby letter of credit can help your business grow

In business, deals don't always go as intended, so having a backup plan can save the day. If you're in a tough financial or contractual situation, such as doing business internationally or on a large construction project, a standby letter of credit—the backup plan—can open up opportunities for your business that might not otherwise be available. Read More >

5 ideas for managing an aging workforce

In California and across the country, the baby boom generation has been a force to be reckoned with since it first arrived on the scene following World War II. Cities built schools to accommodate the unprecedented numbers of children. Then, as children became adults, manufacturers designed products and retailers created ad campaigns with them in mind. Read More >

Loan or line: Which funding method is right for your business?

Every business needs cash to either sustain inventory, expand into new markets, purchase equipment or invest in marketing Sometimes that means borrowing money. Here's a look at two popular funding methods and how to pick the right option for your business. Read More >

Consider key person insurance to help mitigate your business risks

While your business is likely insured against property damage or theft, have you also protected your business’s most important asset, its key employees? Lost furnishings and fixtures are likely easily replaced, but key employees can be nearly irreplaceable. That’s why forward-thinking business owners purchase what’s called key person insurance to cover themselves against financial loss if a key employee were to die or became unable to work due to disability or illness. Read More >

Why you should know your business credit rating

If your small business is like many that responded to a 2015 Small Business Credit Survey by the Federal Reserve Bank, you may need a business loan or line of credit to expand your business or meet operating expenses. Almost half (47 percent) of the businesses surveyed had applied for credit in the past 12 months. Read More >

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