Small business owners in Hamilton County could be at risk of a national trend involving business loans. Unless you own a business with a strong, consistent cash flow and years of financial statements to offer to lenders, getting a business loan from a bank can be a daunting experience that frequently ends with a rejection.
The decision to file for bankruptcy is a difficult one, particularly for small business owners. When a business owner does make the decision to declare bankruptcy, the owner must then choose the type of bankruptcy to file. There are a few different types of bankruptcy for businesses, and each type has pros and cons.
Some people associate business bankruptcy with failure, but this is far from the truth. Donald Trump's net worth has been reported as somewhere between $4.1 billion and $8.7 billion which is hardly a sign of a failure. Yet, Trump, who has never filed for personal bankruptcy, has seen four of his business ventures file for business bankruptcy.
It's no secret that small businesses often fail. No matter how great of an idea you had, if the community simply is not interested, it can become very difficult to keep the doors open. The end of a business does not have to be the end of you, however. There are options to get a fresh start. Businesses have four different bankruptcy options to settle their debts and move on.
Starting, building and running a business is a continuous act of courage. It takes courage to overcome self-doubt or the doubts of others about your idea. It takes courage to put your money on the line, or possibly even your property as collateral to secure start-up funding. It takes courage to keep going even if the profits do not start rolling in right away. It takes courage to keep from second-guessing the wisdom of your decision to become an entrepreneur.
Hamilton County is like other communities throughout Ohio that depend upon the success of small business owners to keep their economies strong. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses are responsible for 54 percent of total sales in the U.S. and 55 percent of the jobs. Cash flow challenges and mounting debt can put a squeeze on the financial stability of even a well-managed company.
Starting a small business is an undertaking like few others. You often hear small business owners refer to their business as, "their baby." The reason for this affectionate characterization is because the business owner spends so much time, money and energy into working towards making the venture a success.
It is the nature of competitive business that some companies will struggle to run their operations effectively. It is often not enough to simply break even financially, but rather to make enough sales to earn a profit.
Mahogany's restaurant at The Banks promises to catch up on its financial obligations and keep its doors open through a cold winter that has depressed businesses. The small business received a $300,000 loan and an almost $700,000 grant from the city of Cincinnati to help get it off the ground in 2012. Now, the owner vows that her small business debt will not force the soul food restaurant to go under.
Meeting customer expectations is a primary objective for any business. A retail chain that became popular by offering stylish women’s apparel and clothing recently discovered this fact firsthand. In recent years, Dots LLC changed its merchandise offerings from chic clothing to youthful fad pieces. This caused their most important demographic, young career-oriented women who wanted to look fashionable both in and out of the workplace, to stop shopping at their stores. Before this recent downturn the retailer had grown to over 400 stores nationwide, including locations here in Ohio.