Small Biz Resource Blog

August 1, 2020
Three Reasons Why a PPP Loan Could Be a Good Option For Your Small Biz

By now, we’ve all heard plenty about the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – including stories, good and bad – about small business owners’ experiences with it. Despite some of…

July 1, 2020
Introduction to Initiate Prosperity, Powered by CEF – CEF’s Full Library of Small Business Resources

  Did you know CEF has a full library of small business resource tools, guides, worksheets, and more that you can access for free as a CEF customer? This video…

June 10, 2020
90 Day Financial Scenario Analysis Guide

In this guide, you will map out three-month scenarios to compare side-by-side in order to better understand profits, break-even, and cash flow based on percentage of sales.      CEF’s…

May 29, 2020
How to Prepare Now for Maximum PPP Loan Forgiveness – CEF Webinar Materials

Webinar Recording:      Additional webinar materials: CEF PPP Loan Forgiveness Summary Q&A on Maximizing PPP Loan Forgiveness American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) COVID-19 Resource Center AICPA’s PPP Loan Forgiveness…

May 26, 2020
Preparing To Reopen Your Business After COVID-19: A Restaurant Case Study

Use this case study to learn how to prepare your business for recovering from an emergency. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and out of control during a crisis. It…

May 20, 2020
Preparing To Reopen Your Business After COVID-19 Checklist

This checklist can be used as a resource to assist you in preparing your business to reopen after COVID-19.     Financial Considerations Establish a Break-Even Target Profit for both best-case and…

May 15, 2020
Intro to PPP Loan Forgiveness + Documentation You Can Start Preparing TODAY

Note: CEF bases our PPP guidance on US Treasury Department and Small Business Administration guidelines. Federal guidance will change. When guidance changes, CEF will keep you updated. CEF’s guidance is…

April 17, 2020
Why, “We’re Open!” Is Not Enough – How to Make Your Food Business Stand Out During COVID-19

  COVID-19 had changed the way food services everywhere are doing business. But even with ordered shutdowns, your food service has a chance to survive. You probably are taking delivery…

April 16, 2020
Three Tips on Managing Employees During COVID-19

Employees are a vital part of all businesses. With states taking various steps to combat the coronavirus, your business operations may need to change. Whether your business is seeing a…

April 15, 2020
Three Tips to Maintaining Manufacturing in Light of COVID-19

  Being prepared for the unexpected can be a challenge. When disaster strikes, it is easy to get focused on one aspect of business and it can take time to…

April 13, 2020
7 Tips for Restaurants in Response to COVID-19

As gathering places are being forced to shut down or drastically modify their operations and people are changing their day-to-day routines, restaurants need to adapt.   These tips will help…

April 8, 2020
How-To: Limit Cash Out by Negotiating Your Lease Payment During COVID-19

  Historically, small business tenants have had limited bargaining power when negotiating with landlords, leaving the power in the hands of the landlord and the small business owner at his…

April 6, 2020
Tips For Leveraging Technology During COVID-19

Whether your state has a stay-in-place order in effect or not, you may find yourself needing to find new ways to connect with team members, customers, and suppliers. Don’t be…

April 2, 2020
Social Distancing in the Workplace

One recommendation you may be hearing about in response to COVID-19 is social distancing. But what exactly is “social distancing”? According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, social…

February 27, 2020
Using a Brand to Make Your Business Stand Out

You run a great small business.  People love your product or service and keep coming back for more.  But how can people who do not know your business learn to…