Back to the Future: Blockchain and Trade Finance

February 16, 2017

The World Economic Forum reports that globally, small to medium-sized businesses have one major pain point: dealing with their finances and ensuring appropriate funding. Due to the complexity and low scale that characterize most small business funding needs, traditional lenders such as banks often find extending credit too costly. The global financial crisis of 2007-2008, combined with greater regulatory compliance costs have made it even more difficult for small businesses to access funding. Some hope since the crisis has come in the form of innovative and disruptive financial technologies, particularly for trade finance. One of the most promising for trade finance is Blockchain.

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6 Free ‘Easy To Use’ Marketing Tools for Small Businesses

February 14, 2017

Currently, there are hundreds of online marketing tools out there and some of these tools are free to help get small businesses off the ground within minutes. At times, finding the right marketing tool for your business can be an overwhelming task because of the range of options, especially when trying to consider how each tool helps improve every piece of your marketing plan such as digital content, social media, email, search engine optimization (SEO), etc.

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Grow Your Business: Following the Northern Lights

February 09, 2017

For many small U.S. business exporters, Canada is often the first port of call and a good place to begin exporting if not already doing so. Canada was the United States' largest goods export market in 2015.  Each day, almost $1.8 billion in U.S. goods and services are exported to Canada. Canada is currently the U.S.’ second largest goods trading partner with $575 billion in total bilateral goods trade last year.

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