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SCORE Offers Valuable Business Opportunities for New and Existing Businesses

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By , May 17, 2016 9:41 am


Planning a start-up business or just need to help with an existing business SCORE, offers SBA’s Free Business Program just for you.

Carts Blanche has many business opportunities and with our VendaCarts, automated retail stores, and we offer business assistance with your trailer needs, vending equipment.  But SCORE helps with business plans, developing your business strategy, acquiring financing, they can help you with your business opportunities.  They are knowledgeable with  financial, legal and professional questions that pertain to you running a successful business.  Check them out, offices are available in major cities and online resources are plentiful.

Welcome to SCORE — Your Helping Hand, For The Life of Your Business

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Hats Off to the Heroes of America: Small Business

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By , May 2, 2016 9:12 am

Hats Off to the Heroes of America: Small Businesses topleft-header

May 1st – 7th

All of these are accessible from Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles webpage,
www.sba.gov/advocacy/small-business                                                            2014
28,443,856 Small Businesses
5,707,941 Small Businesses with Employees
22,735,915 Small Businesses without Employees (Nonemployers)
56,062,893 Workers Employed by Small Businesses
 While small businesses may not generate as much money as large corporations, they are a critical component of and major contributor to the strength of local economies.
Small businesses present new employment opportunities and serve as the building blocks of the United States’ largest corporations.
A small business is defined as a business (corporation, limited liability company or proprietorship) with 500 employees or less. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
Since 1995, small businesses have generated 64 percent of new jobs, and paid 44 percent of the total United States private payroll, according to the SBA.


SBA Expanding Startup America

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By , February 11, 2016 1:20 pm

SBA, White House and other governmental agencies and went around the country asking entrepreneurs for proposed solutions to their greatest challenges. Here is what we heard:  https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/Startup%20America%20Reducing%20Barriers%20Report.pdf

Startup America: Reducing Barriers Roundtables

The SBA released feedback from a 1000+ entrepreneurs in the Startup America: Reducing Barriers report to highlight ways we can make government work better, such as making federal programs and processes more entrepreneur-friendly. Karen Mills, the SBA Administrator, commented on its release on the SBA blog and a fact sheet has also been posted.  Check out Small Business Admin. Startup America


Carts Blanche Announces “Veterans 4 Vending” Model Business Program and Offering 10% Discount on VendaCarts

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By , November 11, 2013 11:48 am


“Carts Blanche, LLC Announces Veterans 4 Vending Turn-Key Business Model, Offering 10% Discount on Purchase of VendaCarts Trailers through February 2014”6836 JOFEMAR PICTURES_04

 Mobile, AL – November 10th, 2013  Veterans 4 Vending turn-key mobile automated business model has been designed to assist U.S. military veterans, and their families in the development of successful mobile vending businesses. In acknowledgement for the contributions of the U.S. military and their families, Carts Blanche, LLC is offering a 10% discount on the purchase of VendaCarts Trailers through February 2014.

Annette A. Nolan, CEO of Carts Blanche states, “through this program each client is mentored from the point of design, consultation and funding to established business.”

Our heroes have been trained as leaders to direct, delegate, motivate and inspire others; they are our new industry leaders.

To fully support each new “Veterans 4 Vending” turn-key business model, Carts Blanche has established a support division – Entrepreneurial, Research and Consultation. ERC service consultants offer customers customized consultation and research support providing 4 areas of expertise:

1.         Turn-key Business Design

2.         Product and Equipment Procurement

3.         Business Industry Resource Links

4.         Operational Support Services

This service is offered completely free, no franchise fees.

Carts Blanche’s stated goal is to expand our veteran’s competitive edge and save them 12 to 18 months of research and development time as they build their new profitable business through our Veterans 4 Vending Business Model. Additionally there are government programs in place that can assist veterans in developing a business plan and sourcing finance. Carts Blanche works with the SBA

VendaCarts mobile automated stores expand the marketplace for sales of vendible products into locations that are not traditionally served: Outdoor Venues, Universities, Disaster Relief Areas, Military Installations, Construction/Building and Shut Downs. The trailers range in size from 16’ to 24’ holding from four to eight vending machines.

Consider the combination of benefits: unattended sales, mobile real-estate, machine interchangeability, venue versatility and immediate return on investment.

“Carts Blanche Veterans 4 Vending Turn-Key Business Model offers a tremendous opportunity,” Nolan says, “I want the new client to understand the streamlined approach to establishing a vending business through our turn-key program.”

SBA’s Small Business for Veterans – Patriot Express Program

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By , November 8, 2013 10:36 am

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Patriot Express

The Patriot Express Program is designed for small businesses that are 51 percent or more owned/controlled by veterans or members of the military community.
About the Program
Maximum Loan Amount: $500,000
Maximum SBA Guaranty %: Follows SBA standard 7(a) guarantee percentages
Interest Rate: Rate may be fixed or variable; lenders and borrowers can negotiate interest rate, but lenders may not charge more than 2.25 % over prime rate for loans of less than seven years and 2.75 % over prime for loans greater than seven years; lenders may charge 1 % more for loans of $50,000 or less and 2 % more for loans of $25,000 or less.
Eligibility Decision: Must meet standard SBA 7(a) loan eligibility and must be 51 % or more owned/controlled by:

  • Veteran (other than dishonorably discharged);
  • Active Duty Military: potential retiree within 24 months of separation and discharging Active Duty member within 12 months of discharge (TAP eligible);
  • Reservist and National Guard;
  • Current spouse of above or spouse of service member or veteran who died of a service-connected disability.
Revolving Lines of Credit: Up to seven years with maturity extensions permitted at the outset.
SBA Turnaround Time Within 36 hours
Forms: Streamlined: Lender primarily uses own forms and procedures.
Collateral: Lenders are not required to take collateral for loans up to $25,000; may use their existing collateral policy for loans over $25,000 up to $350,000, but must take available collateral for loans greater than $350,000.
Credit Decision By lender.
Purchase May request expedited SBA purchase on small loans or in situations where liquidation may be delayed.

Loans made under this program generally follow SBA’s standards for the 7(a) Loan Program.


A lender may be eligible to participate in Patriot Express if it currently participates with SBA and meets certain performance standards. There are no minimum SBA loan volume requirements to begin making Patriot Express loans. A non-SBA lender that makes a reasonable number of commercial loans of $50,000 or less may be eligible to participate, but must apply for SBA loan authority.

For More Information

For more information, contact your local SBA District Office.

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