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Commercial Mortgage Bankers Are Doing Deals As the Real Estate Market Breathes New Signs of Life

Jerry Chautin | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Rental apartments are back in demand, financing for hotels and motels is loosening up a bit and investors are stepping off the sidelines with wads of cash to do deals.

Janean Chun

Are Big Banks Really Lending More To Small Businesses?

HuffingtonPost.com | Janean Chun | Posted 03.31.2012 | Small Business

Big banks' reputations have taken a hit over the last few years, starting with the financial crisis and culminating with the Occupy Wall Street protes...

The State of Small Business: Credit and Jobs Must be Addressed

John Arensmeyer | Posted 03.31.2012 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

For too long, small businesses have been struggling to bear the brunt of the recession. Lending has all but dried up, and too many lawmakers are spending more time playing politics than working to pass smart legislation to help them. How do we know small business owners feel this way? We asked them.

Small Business Lending Rises At Chase, Citi

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Global lending giants Chase (JPM.N) and Citi (C.N) said they substantially increased loans to U.S. small businesses last year, both exceed...

Janean Chun

Is Bank Of America Really Cutting Off Small Businesses?

HuffingtonPost.com | Janean Chun | Posted 08.14.2012 | Small Business

In an economy where every bit of capital can help or hurt a small business, is Bank of America cutting credit lines to some small businesses? That ...

Is It Getting Easier To Get A Loan?

Reuters | Posted 03.03.2012 | Small Business

* Rising borrowing points to underlying economic strength * Loan delinquencies ebbing By Lucia Mutikani WASH...

Catherine New

Saving, Not Spending, For the Holiday

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 12.21.2011 | Business

FLUSHING, N.Y. -- On the Wednesday morning before Christmas, there were no fir trees for sale in New York City's Flushing, Queens. The sidewalks were ...

Students Create Microloan Institutions, Tackle Community Issues

Anna Bahr | Posted 12.16.2011 | Impact

The Campus Microfinance Alliance, a coalition of student-run microfinance groups, recently launched a new campaign to spur job growth for budding entr...

Small Business Borrowing Is Up: Paynet

Reuters | Posted 12.12.2011 | Small Business

(By Lynn Adler - Reuters) - Small businesses re-engineered themselves during the recession and are now more confident and profitable, with lower-risk ...

Janean Chun

Too Big To Lend? Why Small Businesses Are Getting Denied By Big Banks

HuffingtonPost.com | Janean Chun | Posted 12.16.2011 | Small Business

Politicians and banking executives are quick to hail small businesses as key to economic expansion and job creation. That message was front and center...

$5 Billion For Michigan Small Businesses, Consumers

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.18.2011 | Detroit

Fifth Third Bank has pledged to make $5 billion in loans available in Michigan in 2012. That includes $2.5 billion for the Pure Michigan Business C...

SBA is Making Lines of Credit More Available --- Maybe

Jerry Chautin | Posted 01.11.2012 | Small Business
Jerry Chautin

To provide the much-needed liquidity, the U. S. Small Business Administration is revising its CAPLine program to make lines of credit more acceptable to lenders and more available to small-business owners. However, banks would rather make conventional LOCs rather than hassle with some of the SBA's requirements.

To Increase Small Business Loans, Revive What Has Already Worked

Steve Grossman | Posted 01.04.2012 | Small Business
Steve Grossman

The Small Business Administration's loan incentive program worked brilliantly, and it will work again. Washington should act -- and act now -- to provide another $2 billion to help small businesses, their workers and the taxpayers.

Small Business Lending Rises: Paynet

Reuters | Posted 01.02.2012 | Small Business

(By Ann Saphir) - The growth of borrowing among small U.S. businesses moderated in September but the overall level still registered a 14th monthly dou...

Creating Jobs, One Latte at a Time

Judith Samuelson | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Starbucks is sticking to its knitting, using point of purchase and marketing genius to do some good in the world. If the plan works, we might see more jobs created and more lattes sold.

Small Business Lending 'Finally Turning The Corner': PayNet

Reuters | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen) - Startup activity is expected to pick up this year and into 2012 as sectors such as amusement and recreation services continue ...

Small Business Borrowing Jumps: Paynet

Reuters | Posted 12.03.2011 | Small Business

(By Ann Saphir) - Borrowing by small U.S. businesses jumped in August, a bright spot in an economy whose weaknesses are so pronounced that the Federal...

Alicia Ciccone

Citi Pledges $24 Billion In Small Business Lending

HuffingtonPost.com | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 11.27.2011 | Small Business

Citi has announced that it will commit $24 billion to small-business lending over the next three years. The bank plans to lend $7 billion in 2011, $8 ...

Small Business Administration: the Most Important Agency in Washington Today

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

It is time for anti-small business elements in Washington to be run out of town, and time for President Obama and Congress to develop a real jobs program based on the Small Business Act and the SBA.

Hope in Sight for Credit-Starved Small Businesses?

John Arensmeyer | Posted 10.19.2011 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Although Heidi's business was booming, credit for small businesses had dried up and she couldn't get a loan -- that is, until she gave a bank everything she owned and signed her and her husband's life insurance over as collateral.

Lender "Screws Up," Others Can Learn From Its Mistakes

Jerry Chautin | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Every bank has its own sweet spot for small-business loans and will look at your application somewhat differently. Find the right one and form a business relationship before applying.

Small Business Borrowing Hits 3-Year High

Reuters | Ann Saphir | Posted 10.01.2011 | Small Business

By Ann Saphir CHICAGO (Reuters) - Borrowing by small U.S. businesses jumped in June to the highest level in more than three years, a si...

Geithner Defends Small Business Loan Fund

Reuters | Posted 08.23.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (David Lawder) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended the Obama administration's initiative to aid small business lending on We...

Small Business Borrowing Rises: PayNet

Reuters | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business

(Ann Saphir) - Borrowing by small businesses surged in April, data released by PayNet Inc on Wednesday showed, providing some evidence the economy...

Entrepreneurs Are Stopped Cold for Lack of "Skin in the Game"

Jerry Chautin | Posted 06.18.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Passion and a great idea are not enough to start a business. In my last two columns, I wrote that you must demonstrate enough predictable cash flow an...