New website provides information and advice
on starting and growing a business
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 2, 2012--
Small business owners are driven by a passion to succeed and grow, but
from time to time they also seek fresh ideas, answers to unexpected
challenges or a place to connect with other small business owners. U.S.
Bank is addressing this need by launching a new site with helpful advice
and useful ideas called, “Connect” at usbankconnect.com.
Connect provides business owners with the tools and resources they need
to help start, run and grow their businesses. The site’s articles,
blogs, workshops and videos demystify many of the financial issues
business owners face – such as writing a business plan, conducting
market analysis, using social media effectively or preventing fraud –
and offer real, practical solutions relevant to businesses at any stage.
“Our nation’s economic recovery depends on the success of American small
businesses,” said Rick Hartnack, vice chairman and head of consumer and
small business banking at U.S. Bank. “There tends to be an increase in
self-employment and new business generation after a recession, as
individuals who lost their jobs or wish to add to their income decide to
start their own business. Our goal is to provide the advice and guidance
entrepreneurs need to either get started or continue to grow.”
Connect is a resource for any small business owner whether they are
starting a new business, planning for expansion or getting ready to
retire. With content provided by sources such as the writers at Entrepreneur
magazine, Connect offers clear information, useful ideas, helpful
advice, videos, and a community of business owners to provide support
and inspiration. Business owners can follow Connect on Twitter
@usbankconnect and on Facebook facebook.com/usbankconnect.
U.S. Bank has provided financing, education and banking services to
businesses of all types and sizes for generations. In addition to a
comprehensive suite of small business products, including award-winning
credit cards, U.S. Bank is also one of the nation’s top providers of
Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, with a record lending year in
2011 and continued growth in small business lending across the company.
In 2011, U.S. Bank invited small business owners to tell their story on
Facebook for a chance to win money in the “Look Up with US” sweepstakes.
Keeping a finger on the pulse of small businesses, U.S. Bank reports
annually on the attitudes and opinions of business owners nationwide
with its U.S. Bank Small Business Annual Survey.
About U.S. Bank
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $340 billion
in assets as of Dec. 31, 2011, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the
fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates
3,085 banking offices in 25 states and 5,053 ATMs, and provides a
comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment,
mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses
and institutions. U.S. Bancorp and its employees are dedicated to
improving the communities they serve, for which the company earned the
2011 Spirit of America Award, the highest honor bestowed on a company by
United Way. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
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Source: U.S. Bancorp
Teri Charest, U.S. Bank Public Relations
(612) 303-0732, firstname.lastname@example.org