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Business Loan Approvals Rise as Optimism Soars

Feb 14th, 2018 @ 4:25 PM by Amber Nelson

Large and small U.S. banks approved a greater percentage of business loan applications in January, according to new data from At the same time, small business owners are feeling more optimistic than ever about the economic environment. “Despite some recent bumps, the economy has done well during President Trump’s first year in office, and […]

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Business Borrowing Demand Rises in 3rd Quarter, Supply Remains Subdued

Jan 3rd, 2018 @ 9:34 PM by Amber Nelson

The U.S. economy is making consistent progress, causing more business owners to seek loans to grow their companies but the supply of credit is not keeping pace. According to the quarterly small business survey from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet Corp. released last week, demand for business financing […]

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Small Business Loan Approvals by Big Banks Hit Post-Recession High

Nov 22nd, 2017 @ 9:33 PM by Amber Nelson

America’s big banks approved 25% of all small business loan requests in October, according to data from Biz2Credit, the highest level since the end of the Great Recession. The Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index rose two-tenths of a percent from 24.8% in September. One year ago, the approval rate among big banks (those with $10 billion […]

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Small Business Loan Approvals Hit Post-Recession High

Aug 31st, 2017 @ 9:13 AM by Amber Nelson

Big and small banks alike approved record numbers of small business loan applications in July, according to data from, a sign of stronger confidence in the economy. The Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index showed that big banks (those with $10 billion or more in assets) approved almost a quarter (24.5 percent) of all loans […]

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Small Business Borrowing Hits High As Economy Grows

Jul 12th, 2017 @ 9:01 PM by Amber Nelson

Small business borrowing in the U.S. picked up in May rising to an 11-month high, according to new data, a good sign that demand is increasing and that small firms are feeling more confident about the economic environment. The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, a measure of small business loan volume, increased to 137 […]

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Federal Reserve Raises Rates to 9-Year High

Jun 15th, 2017 @ 8:49 PM by Amber Nelson

The Federal Reserve increased its target interest rate to a range of 1 percent to 1.25 percent Wednesday, the first time in nine years the rate has been over 1 percent. The rise could affect everything from credit card rates to mortgage loans to savings rates. As promised, the Fed raised rates for the second […]

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Most Millennials Want to be Small Business Owners

May 31st, 2017 @ 7:47 PM by Amber Nelson

Young Americans have a greater desire than past generations to have their own businesses, but are held back by a lack of funding and knowledge of resources, according to a new study. America’s Small Business Development Centers (America’s SBDC) released a study of generational attitudes towards entrepreneurship and found that 54 percent of Millennials –those born […]

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Small Businesses Press Pause on Borrowing in March

May 3rd, 2017 @ 8:49 PM by Amber Nelson

U.S. small businesses held off on borrowing more money in March, waiting out the uncertainties of the domestic policies. According to the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, business borrowing slipped in March to a reading of 134, down 1 percent from a year earlier. Compared with February though, the Business Lending Index rose 4 […]

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Small Business Loan Approval Rates Remain Strong in March

Apr 12th, 2017 @ 9:16 PM by Amber Nelson

Small banks and institutional investors approved more U.S. small business loan applications in March , according to data from the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, although approval rates fell among credit unions and alternative lenders. Small banks – those with less than $10 billion in assets – approved 48.9 percent of all small business loan […]

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Business Borrowing Fell in January but Still Up from Last Year

Mar 8th, 2017 @ 8:50 PM by Amber Nelson

U.S. small businesses borrowed less money in January, with borrowing falling to a three-month low, but it increased on an annual basis. The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index declined in January to 123.3, down 8 percent from 134 in December. That is the lowest level since October’s 119.8 reading. However, PayNet sees the dip as […]

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