Hoping to reach out to some business owners. I'm in the beginning stages of starting my own business. About 90% done with my business plan, just finishing up the details so I can submit it to a bank.
First question is, can anyone recommend a bank to go through for a small loan? I'm trying to stay away from BIG banks like Bank Of America and such. The loan amount I'm looking at is smaller then what they typically deal with and I've been told I'm too small of a fish to show up on their radar.
Business insurance providers? There are so many out there, and so many review sites that I'm not sure which sites to trust. I'm hoping a member here has had a good experience with a provider.
And last but not least, and probably most important, general advice from those who have started their own business? The ups, downs and surprises while doing so. Things to avoid? Things you wish you did first time around?