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Consider these key questions before applying for a small business loan

Are you considering taking out a loan for your small business? Financing your business is a serious undertaking, and it’s important to make well-informed decisions about your need for capital at the onset. Below, we’ll review some key steps to take and questions to ask when seeking funding.

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. 

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?

Financing Tips for Women Entrepreneurs

Women-led small businesses have a tremendously positive impact not only within their own communities, but across the small business landscape nationwide.

Even so, many obstacles remain, particularly in the area of financing. Because adequate capitalization is vital in operating and growing a company, this is a challenge which must be faced head-on for the business to succeed.

Fortunately, there are a number of steps women entrepreneurs can take to address this issue and help ensure that it doesn't become a stumbling block.

Colorado Small Businesses Strongly Oppose Raising Loan Interest Rates

Colorado small business owners soundly reject efforts to increase the interest rates lenders can charge on certain consumer loans, and the results of a new Small Business Majority poll of state small business owners strongly suggest state legislators who support such increases would pay the price at the election booth. According to the scientific poll, an overwhelming 90% oppose allowing lenders to increase the interest they can charge on a $3,000 consumer loan from 28% a year to 30% a year and allow increases based on inflation for each subsequent year.

Opinion Survey: Small Business Owner Opinions on Access to Credit and Proposals to Boost the Economy

Small business owners are suffering from weak sales and decreased customer demand, and on top of that, a lack of access to credit. It is difficult for small business owners to access the credit that will help them grow, hire and jumpstart the economy. Our new opinion polling shows an overwhelming 90% of small business owners nationwide agree the availability of credit for small businesses is a problem, and 61% agree it’s harder to get a loan now than it was four years ago.

Small business credit still a problem: Expanding credit union member lending authority a much-needed first step

American small businesses create 65 percent of all net new jobs and employ roughly half of all workers in the private sector. According to the Kauffman Foundation, businesses founded between 1970 and 2000 (some of which grew into large businesses during those years) provided all net private sector job growth during that timeframe.