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The Stearns Bank Small Business blog has you covered from relevant industry topics to guidance on big business banking decisions. Read our latest articles that might give you the advice you’ve been looking for to help your small business succeed.

Stearns Bank Lender Lays Out Cost Scenarios For Starting Up A Business

Stearns Bank Lender Lays Out Cost Scenarios For Starting Up A Business

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Aug 14, 2020

There are always costs involved with starting a business. Stearns Bank SBA lender Josh Villa gives advice for what to look out for.

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5 Ways To Help Your Business Survive Tough Economic Times

5 Ways To Help Your Business Survive Tough Economic Times

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Jul 11, 2019

If the economy is slowing down, these tips on how to get through a downturn will help you make the best decisions possible.

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Five Steps to Evaluate Your Business’s Health

Five Steps to Evaluate Your Business’s Health

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Apr 25, 2019

Go beyond the top-line financial picture and take stock of these other factors. It may save you from trouble down the line.

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Tactics for Handling Customer Complaints

Tactics for Handling Customer Complaints

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Apr 18, 2019

Customers are eventually bound to share a complaint about your business. Therefore, it’s good to stay ahead of things and prep yourself for it happening.

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Seven Common Marketing Mistakes To Avoid For Your Small Business

Seven Common Marketing Mistakes To Avoid For Your Small Business

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Apr 11, 2019

Find out what to avoid from these marketing mishaps and how to steer clear of them.

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Seven Steps To Take In Franchising Your Business Concept

Seven Steps To Take In Franchising Your Business Concept

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Mar 21, 2019

So, what’s it going to take to make your small business a franchise concept? It will require self-evaluation, but also perseverance and patience.

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Women-Owned Small Businesses Are Building Momentum

Women-Owned Small Businesses Are Building Momentum

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Dec 13, 2018

Women-owned businesses generated $1.7 trillion in sales and employed nearly nine million people as of 2017 and now account for 39 percent of all U.S. firms.

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Five Behaviors of Successful Business Owners

Five Behaviors of Successful Business Owners

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Nov 15, 2018

Many small business owners are born with an entrepreneurial spirit, possibly tasting success with their first lemonade stand.

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Five Ways To Avoid Franchisee Failure

Five Ways To Avoid Franchisee Failure

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Jul 26, 2018

These five tips will help you recognize what you’re jumping into and how to plan out your journey.

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Six Signs That You’re Ready To Hire Additional Employees

Six Signs That You’re Ready To Hire Additional Employees

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Jul 19, 2018

For small business owners, it’s not always easy to know when the right time to hire new employees might be.

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