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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.

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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 finance expansions with internal cash flows rather than take on more debt. So banks are again turning their attention to small businesses, offering them friendlier smiles, new products and more money for the asking.

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