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Know your rights as a small business borrower

The way small businesses borrow money is being completely transformed by the rise in online lending. Innovators are providing faster and easier ways to borrow and increasing access to credit in communities that have historically been underserved. But this transformation will only achieve its potential if it is built on transparency, fairness, and putting the rights of borrowers at the center of the lending process. 

Preparing for a Small Business Loan: A Checklist

A small business loan can be a powerful tool for growing your business, or just meeting day to day expenses. Deciding that you need a loan may be easy but the real challenge is making sure you're ready to apply for financing.

Before approaching a lender, it pays to make sure you're putting your best foot forward. This checklist serves as a handy guide for getting your business prepped for a loan.

Know Your Debt Service Coverage Ratio

Are you a small business owner ready to seek outside funding? You might think that finding a lender is the initial step. However, there’s an important financial ratio you should understand first. The debt-service coverage ratio (DSCR)helps determine whether or not your business can take on a loan and the size of small business loan you can handle. Additionally, lenders frequently use DSCR as a way to evaluate whether they should lend money to a business. Having a good debt service coverage ratio can be critical to getting low-cost funds for your business.

Does Your Small Business Need a Loan?

There are certain elements that you need to run a successful small business. A solid business plan and determination can take you far, but if you really want to grow, you'll need capital to fund your expansion plans.

If you don't want to drain your cash reserves, a loan may be just what you need to pursue your next phase of growth. Before you can advance your business using a loan, however, you have to be sure that it's the right move.

What can a small business use a loan for?

Exploring alternative funding options: What is a CDFI?

Are you a small business owner looking for alternative funding options beyond a traditional bank loan? A CDFI loan might be the answer you’ve been looking for.

While traditional bank lending is down, organizations called community development financial institutions, or CDFIs, are stepping up to fill the void by focusing on supporting small businesses and local economies in a holistic way. So what is a CDFI?

Boost Your Loan Application by Learning the 5C’s of Credit

If you’ve been looking for financing for your small business, you’ve most likely considered taking out a loan. Unfortunately, most banks view small businesses as a risky investment, but one way to boost your chances to secure a loan is to understand what lenders will analyze when considering your application. Lenders use the 5 C’s of credit to measure your “creditworthiness” and your ability to repay a loan.

2016 Small Business Credit Survey Highlights the Lending Landscape

Timely information on small business financing needs, decisions and outcomes is critical to understanding and fostering the sector’s health and growth.

To provide these insights to policymakers, researchers and service providers, the Small Business Credit Survey is a national collaboration among the 12 Reserve Banks of the Federal Reserve System. In 2016, it yielded 10,303 responses from small businesses with employees, or employer firms across the country.

Philly Lenders Take New Approach on Small Business Loans

The Philadelphia Capital Consortium, an initiative of the Philadelphia Department of Commerce, was launched last summer to help improve access to capital for small businesses throughout Philadelphia. The consortium is taking an innovative approach to getting capital into the hands of small business owners. Read more here.

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