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Today, more businesses than ever before are seeking loans backed by the Small Business Association. But to receive an SBA-guaranteed loan, you'll have to successfully navigate a series of complex qualifications, documentation, and approvals. The newest edition of Charles Green's invaluable guide will help you find the best loan for your business and assemble all the documentation you'll need to get it. Inside, he breaks down: Why an SBA loan guarantee is a good option in a tough economy How to choose the right bank at a time when many banks have failed and credit is tight What the new rules and regulations say about the paperwork and documentation you must supply Solid financial backing is the key to small business survival. This fully updated guide to SBA loans takes the guesswork out of a complicated application process and increases your odds of securing the money you need.
In today's fast-paced networked economy, professionals must work harder than ever to maintain and improve their business skills and knowledge. But technical mastery of your discipline is not enough, assert world-renowned professional advisors David H. Maister, Charles H. Green, and Robert M. Galford. The key to professional success, they argue, is the ability to earn the trust and confidence of clients. The creation of trust is what earns the right to influence clients; trust is also at the root of client satisfaction and loyalty. The workings of trust are even more critical in the new economy than in the old. Maister, Green, and Galford enrich our understanding of trust -- yet they have also written a deeply practical book. Using their model of "The Trust Equation," they dissect the rational and emotional components of trustworthiness. With precision and clarity, they detail five distinct steps you must take to create a trust-based relationship. Each step -- engage, listen, frame, envision, and commit -- is richly described in distinct chapters. The book is peppered with pragmatic "top ten" lists aimed at improving advisors' effectiveness that can be put to use instantly. It also includes a trust self-diagnostic in the appendix. This immensely readable book will be welcomed by the inexperienced advisor and the most seasoned expert alike. The authors use anecdotes, experiences, and examples -- successes and mistakes, their own and others' -- to great effect. Though they use the professional services advisor/client paradigm throughout the book, their prescriptions have resonance for other trust-reliant situations -- selling, customer relationship management, and internal staff functions like HR and information technology. The result is a tour de force -- brilliant, penetrating, unique. It is essential reading for anyone who must advise, negotiate, or manage complex relationships with others.
A practical guide to being a trusted advisor for leaders in any industryIn this hands-on successor to the popular book The Trusted Advisor, you'll find answers to pervasive questions about trust and leadership--such as how to develop business with trust, nurture trust-based relationships, build and run a trustworthy organization, and develop your trust skill set. This pragmatic workbook delivers everyday tools, exercises, resources, and actionable to-do lists for the wide range of situations a trusted advisor inevitably encounters. The authors speak in concrete terms about how to dramatically improve your results in sales, relationship management, and organizational performance.Your success as a leader will always be based on the degree to which you are trusted by your stakeholders. Each chapter offers specific ways to train your thinking and your habits in order to earn the trust that is necessary to be influential, successful, and known as someone who makes a difference.Self-administered worksheets and coaching questions provide immediate insights into your current business challengesReal-life examples demonstrate proven ways to "walk the talk"Action plans bridge the gap between insights and outcomesPut the knowledge and practices in this fieldbook to work, and you'll be someone who earns trust quickly, consistently, and sustainably--in business and in life.
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