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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.

Kiva Partners with Small Business Majority to Help Small Businesses Grow

Small Business Majority and Kiva are working together to help entrepreneurs access the capital and resources they need to successfully grow their businesses. Read on to learn about Kiva and see how you can leverage Kiva’s network to get 0% interest capital for your business. And to learn more about funding options for your small business, join us on October 5 for a free webinar with Kiva.

Five Common Misperceptions About Regulation Crowdfunding

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Regulation Crowdfunding has been the law of the land for a few weeks now. But if you’re still unsure whether it can help your business, you’re surely not alone. The rules surrounding this new exemption are complex, in part because it allows companies to market their securities to the general public. As such, there is a lot of uncertainty and misinformation surrounding the new law, also known as Title III of the JOBS Act, that can scare entrepreneurs away.

USDA Helps Small Business Grow Into Something Big

Corwin Heatwole describes himself as quite the stubborn – though innovative – teenager. Leaving home at 17 years of age, this hardworking young man from Harrisonburg, Va. started several successful businesses in his early 20s before he discovered that there was a growing demand for organic chicken in the U.S. In 2013 he bought 300 chickens with not one buyer yet in sight. Now, with the help of USDA, he has more demand than he can handle.

Bipartisan House Letter Cautions Treasury on Business Lending

Business lending is fundamentally different from consumer lending, and regulations should not treat them similarly, a bipartisan group of 20 House members told Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in a letter yesterday. Led by Reps. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) and Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), the lawmakers cautioned the Treasury Department not to make any recommendations that would stifle small business credit.

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