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Exploring alternative funding options: What is a CDFI?

Community Development Financial Institutions, or CDFIs, are financial institutions that cater specifically to underserved entrepreneurs and low-income communities.

Consider these key questions before applying for a small business loan

In this video, we review some key questions to ask when seeking funding. And when you’re ready to apply for a loan, we have partners in your area who can help you through the process.

Boost your loan application by learning the 5 Cs of Credit

In this tutorial, we review the “5 Cs of credit,” which will give you insight into what lenders look for and how you can strengthen your loan application.

Know your rights as a small business borrower

The Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights outlines six key principles that promote transparency and fairness, and put the rights of borrowers at the center of the lending process. Additionally, our Borrowers’ Bill of Rights Checklist will help empower you as you navigate your lending options.

Positives and Pitfalls of Online Lending

A new breed of online lenders is expanding traditional lending and providing new financing options for small businesses. In this video, we review four different types of online lenders and the potential risks associated with this loan type.

What small business owners need to know about SBA’s loan guarantee program

Are you a small business owner who’s had trouble securing a traditional bank loan? Find out if you would be a good candidate for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s loan guarantee program. For information, visit sba.gov or check out www.sba.gov/tools/linc to find an SBA lender near you.