It is great to see you posting again!!! Things have not been the same without you. Glad to hear that life is settling down a bit for you.
I don't know about others, but with the economy floundering I've pretty much just been maintaining what I have vs. actively pursuing anymore credit, but I'll add whatever two cents I can think of.
no SSN/PG is pretty much a goner. HDMC is in fact history, and from what I can tell HD still hasn't lined up an alternative for Biz CC with the HD brand (Lowes has a new Amex though). Key's underwriting is moving to Elan from Citi so new KeyMC can still be had but they'll require a PG now (I gather from others posts that they may or may not actually pull personal credit depending on the strength of the biz credit they find). Citi still has CitiBusiness for sure (I can't speak to the others) and its definitely gonna be personal score driven. If you were gonna give in to any bank card Bank Atlantic would be a good starting point because of gracious credit lines and no interest starting promotions.
I never felt a need for the Dell, and most of the newbies haven't figured out how to work the Dell process ever since Citi dropped out, thus there is not much recent experience to share. The constant is that CIT is quirky and phone verification is critical when you place your order or they'll shut your account down.
no new HSBC BB accounts, but Costco is still alive and kicking.
Despite all the prognostications that Equifax is bound to become bigger player in the Biz Credit arena it seems like the status quo is still in effect. GEMB and bank CC's seem to still be the only ones looking at or reporting to EQ for the most part. So EQ Biz files are still sparse, EXP Biz files are still incorrect (and it takes forever to get them to correct), and DnB is still just as slimy as usual and likely still the biggest player. DnB hasn't had to develop any new tricks because the same suckers in a rush to build Biz Credit files still fall for the old tricks :-)
Don't have any clue about this one but would love to hear any info from someone.
The only thing that has changed is that some of the traditional net 30's nowadays might want you to prepay your first order, but whether you prepay or bill to an account they'll still report. Staples isn't quite as easy as before, but for the most part if you have you DnB and EXP files in place, directory listing in place, and at least something reporting to your file it will be pretty easy to get. However, they will take at least 6 months before they'll ever report anywhere so its nothing to worry to much about unless you actually need the account. OD is still nominally harder that Staples.
Once you get your credit files all setup it might not be a bad idea to start out with the usual net 30's and some gas cards Valero, BP, and Shell. Once those simmer you'd probably be best suited to keep us posted about what changes you notice compared to your last go around. We all know credit has restricted but I suspect that with a methodical approach you will still do fairly well with building. Hope to keep seeing you around!! Maybe some other older posters will come out of lurking mode :-)