Updated: Jan 26

Dun and Bradstreet can be the single largest obstacle in the path of small business and entrepreneurial success. They have been described many ways over the years – big business giant, credit monopoly, self-proclaimed overseer, and my all-time favorite, “pimple on the ass of progress”– but in all reality, they truly are the most trusted resource businesses and lenders have when it comes to determining who should be awarded credit and how much.

Can your business clear the obstacles to creditworthiness?

Every child will eventually become a teenager, surviving skinned knees, first kisses, and all the trials of adolescence. Each teenager then overcomes even greater challenges, sleepless pre-test nights, a driver’s license road test, graduation, and leaving home for college. If, at any point, the challenge proves too difficult or the environment too precarious, the weak will fail and the strong will succeed to the next step in the process, finally moving out into a big bright world to prove their value to the planet.

Just as we all must grow and conquer the difficult obstacles in our personal lives to reach adulthood, every small business must pass the D&B test to grow and succeed in the business credit world.

No child endures the path from birth to adulthood without the help of others who have already successfully overcome the obstacles before them. While every parent dreams that their child will have an easier go of it than they did, that they will not have to go down the same daunting