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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Bank Loan

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Bank Loan

Two leading banks, honored for National Small Business Week, offer their best advice to business owners seeking credit.
The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Recovery

The SBA's Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Recovery

SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills travels the U.S. talking with business owners and bankers. She says she's hearing more talk of expansion compared with three years ago.
Small-Business Lending: Getting Better, Still Not Great

Small-Business Lending: Getting Better, Still Not Great

Small-business lending has been showing signs of life, albeit not the activity seen before the recession.
SBA Chief Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Lending Comeback

SBA Chief Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Lending Comeback

Karen G. Mills, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, talks about the agency's 2011 record year in small-business loan guarantees, helping to fill gaps when banks were reluctant to lend.
SBA Seeks More Money in 2013 for Fewer Loans

SBA Seeks More Money in 2013 for Fewer Loans

The Small Business Administration asked for almost $1.1 billion for fiscal year 2013, but don't get too excited. They also plan to back fewer loans.
Top Sources of Small-Business Financing in 2012

Top Sources of Small-Business Financing in 2012

The lending market for small businesses cratered during the recession and has been on a jagged path of recovery. To help fill the void, entrepreneurs are finding alternative financing sources.
Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan

Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan

SBA franchise loans are on the rise, but you still need seed money and a carefully honed business plan. The SBA's Steve Smits provides advice.
Five Resources for Turning Vets into Entrepreneurs

Five Resources for Turning Vets into Entrepreneurs

For the men and women of the U.S. military, starting a business in this economy can be tricky. Here are the government programs that aim to help veterans strike out on their own.
SBA Lending in 2012 Gets a Haircut

SBA Lending in 2012 Gets a Haircut

The SBA announced a banner year in 2011 -- supporting a record $30 billion in loans. But come 2012, the agency's sights are $1 billion lower.
How Community Banks Are Wooing Small-Business Customers

How Community Banks Are Wooing Small-Business Customers

The money is coming back in business borrowing-- so why don't businesses want it? Here's a look at what some innovative community banks are doing to try to be your lender.
How to Find the Best Local Lender for Your Business

How to Find the Best Local Lender for Your Business

Interested in working with a community bank? Here are a few tips for finding the right one.
Are We on the Verge of a Small-Business Hiring Boom?

Are We on the Verge of a Small-Business Hiring Boom?

A new study shows 40 percent of small business owners plan to make a hire in the next six months. Could this be the start of a turnaround in unemployment?
The State of the SBA

The State of the SBA

SBA chief Karen Mills on how the agency evolved through the economic crisis.
How to Approach Lenders Now

How to Approach Lenders Now

Borrowers should be prepared to talk about how they steered through the downturn.

Getting Started With a Loan From the Small Business Administration

The SBA's got your back. With an SBA-guaranteed loan, they'll guarantee as much as 80 percent of the principle.

Taking Advantage of Government Venture Capital

The SBA doesn't just guarantee loans. It backs venture capital funds, too.
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