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Get a Loan Online With Boefly

 

 

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke: “They will lend the money out won’t they?”

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson: “They will.”

Final Scene of HBO’s “Too Big To Fail

 

How’s that big bank loan working out for you?

Got a return call yet?

Feel like you’re one of a hundred guys asking the same girl out on a date?

What if I told you there was a Match.com for small business lending?

And that all you had to do was visit their website and type in your information ONE TIME and a service would match your compatibilities with hundreds of potential lenders.

And quite possibly in a couple of weeks, you would have that loan you so desperately need. Because after all,  you are just so kick-ass awesome that the only thing holding you back is a little bit of cash.

And suddenly, you’re gettin’ paper.

Boefly is a smart, legitimate solution for small business financing needs.  They make loans anywhere from $25,000 up to $2 million.  If you are an independent check them out.  If you are a franchisee, drop everything and check them out right now.

Del Taco, Car’ls Jr., Dunkin’ Donuts, Arby’s all use their services, and with good reason.

Through Boefly, a franchisor can offer franchisees access to over 600 lenders.

Recently, Boefly launched their Franchise Concierge Team service to address the challenges and difficulties franchisees face trying to access capital.  The site uses a proprietary compatibility matching technology, to connect lenders with borrowers who meet their loan package lending criteria.

Since the Concierge Team service started, over 50 franchisors have signed up with one to two new brands joining every week, including CKE Restaurants (Carl’s Jr, Del Taco) out of Carpinteria.

BoeFly has been featured in Inc Magazine, on the Fox Business Network and recently participated in the International Franchise Association’s invitation-only Small Business Lending Summit in Washington DC, attended by SBA Administrator Karen Mills.

“The response to our Franchisor offering has been overwhelming. We believe this is because of the fact that we are bridging an important gap between franchisors and lenders; helping franchisees connect with compatible lenders who understand the benefits of franchise lending” said Mike Rozman, President of BoeFly.

Sounds pretty good.  What do you think?  Is this a service you would use?

Seth Godin on Marketing Your Small Business

Meet Facebook Expert Rudy The Irvine Police Dog

Rudy The Irvine Police Dog

We sat down (ok, he was lying on the grass) with the Irvine Police Department‘s go-to canine for all things social media and asked him how he has managed to create such an effective Facebook Page.

OCBizBlog: “How many fans do you have on your Facebook Page?”

Rudy: “First of all, it’s not “fans” anymore it’s “likes” and we have 425.”

OCBizBlog: “Right “likes” sorry…wow…that’s pretty good for a d…”

Rudy: “For a dog?”

OCBizBlog: “Yeah.”

Rudy: (pauses, tilts head and squints) “Well…man’s best friend, right?”

OCBizBlog: “Right.  Right Rudy.  That’s exactly right.”

Rudy: (big sigh) “If it were only that easy.  Listen, we employ some pretty basic tactics that most small businesses should be doing on their Facebook page but they either still don’t get it or aren’t willing to do it.  I can promise you if they make an effort, they’re going to see some results.”

OCBizBlog: “Can you expand on that a bit?”

Rudy: “Sure.  Take a look at our page.  Lots of engagement there.  Lots of pictures and comments.  And we have fun too.  We’re the police but we’re not taking ourselves too seriously.  Look at some of the captions on the photos we post.  And we are getting great feedback, great interaction.  I think the big takeaway is it helps to have personality and be passionate about your job.

OCBizBlog: “If you’re not passionate about it why should anyone else be…”

Rudy: “Right.  And then show that passion and you’ll start to attract people.  I think that is something humans have a tough time doing.  I mean look at us.  Dogs are not afraid to share their enthusiasm.  We love being social.  It’s better than chew toys.”

OCBizBlog: “Really?”

Rudy: “No.”

 

 

 

Storage Wars and The Golden Age of Small Business Television

Eric Felton of the Wall Street Journal has a great article out today entitled “Who Needs an MBA When We Have ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’?”

He opens up with the recent arrest of Nicolas Cage and the fact that he was bailed out by Duane Chapman, the above-mentioned bounty hunter and TV star.

Chapman runs a bail bonds business, which is about as far away from the Fortune 500 as you can get.   Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro has a Hoboken, NJ bakery.  The Deadliest Catch boys run crab fishing boats.  The guys from American Chopper make custom motorcycles.  And right here in Orange County, Dave Hester and Jarrod Schultz mix it up on Storage Wars, buying and selling abandoned storage unit items, often at a healthy profit.

You can’t get a much better education on basic small business skills when you watch these shows.  Yes, there are some moments that seem pretty scripted with your classic storytelling cast of characters, but the core idea is people willing to make it the hard way.

Dilbert Creator Scott Adams, again in the Wall Street Journal, wrote an article last Saturday called How to Get a Real Education, which basically told students to forget about art history and calculus and learn to run a business.  It was a spot on assessment from a millionaire cartoonist. We know what most of us are up against in terms of income inequality in this country. So doesn’t it make sense to sharpen your entrepreneurial claws and grab what’s yours?

Nothing has changed more in the U.S. recently than the basic business promise corporations used to make to their employees and the fields of marketing and advertising.

It’s why this blog exists.

Because gone are the days of leisurely lunches and collecting a fat salary with massive benefits.

And running the same print ads and direct mail campaigns you ran last year, and the year before that, and the year before that…

More than ever, it’s all about basic business street smarts adapting like crazy and knowing how to market and sell stuff. You gotta close deals and make things happen. And you gotta do it better, faster, cheaper or friendlier than the next guy to stand out.

Because the hard truth is this – you ARE a small business, whether you know it or not.

 

 

 

Facebook and Amex Want To Help Small Business

So you want to learn all the best practices for using Facebook pages, ads and social plugins?

Well, you’re in luck.

Starting today and until May 20th, small business owners can enter the Facebook Big Break for Small Business contest to win a $20,000 cash prize, free one-on-one consulting and a free two-day marketing boot camp at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto.

To enter the contest, small business owners need to visit Amex’s page on Facebook and provide brief answer about their company.  Amex will pre-select ten finalists and then Facebook fans will vote for five winners.

Amex has done this before.  They teamed up with Facebook for an event called Small Business Saturday, which offered free advertising to 10,000 small business owners who signed up to participate.

 

Social Media Now a Must for Small Business

If marketing types can’t convince you, then this article today from SearchEngineWatch.com should.