COSTA MESA, Calif., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Experian®, the leading global information services company, today announced it has joined forces with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help small businesses in key SBA programs. The collaboration provides all Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) firms and small businesses considered to be socially and economically disadvantaged under the SBAs 8(a) business development program with full access to BusinessIQ ExpressSM, compliments of the SBA.
"In the current economic climate, small-business owners find themselves under immense pressure to maintain profitability and grow their business," said Allen Anderson, president of Experian's Business Information Services. "We are especially thrilled to team up with the SBA to provide these firms with access to BusinessIQ Express because it can help alleviate this pressure by providing comprehensive, actionable information so they can make more strategic business decisions."
The SBAs HUBZone program helps small businesses located in economically depressed areas get contract help, thus promoting job growth, capital investment and economic development. The 8(a) program helps socially and economically disadvantaged firms develop and grow their businesses through one-to-one counseling. With Business IQ Express, these firms will now have a powerful resource at their fingertips to help them meet their business obligations and improve profitability.
BusinessIQ Express is an online tool that improves cash flow by providing small businesses with the resources they need to better manage their business relationships quickly and easily. It does this in three key ways:
- Evaluate — BusinessIQ Express users can evaluate prospects, customers, suppliers and partners on their likelihood to pay or deliver on time.
- Monitor — Users can easily monitor their business relationships with alerts and notifications of key changes, allowing them to take appropriate account actions and maintain beneficial relationships.
- Collect — The tool offers small-business users unique options that may have been never before easily accessible to them to help collect on outstanding debts and avoid future losses.
For more information about BusinessIQ Express, visit www.BusinessIQexpress.com.
About Experian's Business Information Services
Experian's Business Information Services is a leader in providing data and predictive insights to organizations, helping them mitigate risk and improve profitability. The company's business database provides comprehensive, third-party-verified information on 99.9 percent of all U.S. companies. Experian provides market-leading tools that assist clients of all sizes in making real-time decisions, processing new applications, managing customer relationships and collecting on delinquent accounts. For more information about Experian's advanced business-to-business products and services, visit www.experian.com/b2b.
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.
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