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A Loan Time

With small-business lending up across the board, now's a great time to get the capital you need.

This story appears in the November 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If you went looking for a bank loan a year ago and were given the courteous-but-cold shoulder, try giving it another go this fall. You might get a very different reception.

Just a quick glance at the numbers shows lending to small businesses is way up compared with a year ago. Larger companies, still hunkered down, are skittish, preferring to expansions with internal cash flows rather than take on more . So banks are again turning their attention to , offering them friendlier smiles, new products and more for the asking.

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