Small Business Banking – Thinking Outside the Box

Are you a commercial lender focused on small business banking?   If so, let’s look at how a little “thinking outside the box” can help you approve more deals. We all recognize Netflix, Apple, Uber, and Airbnb as industry change agents.  These are...

SMART Goals for 2020

Do you ever feel like you’re working harder but not really getting anywhere?  Setting SMART goals for 2020 will align your team toward an important target while helping to alleviate the natural tendency to fall off-track along the way. Whether you’re in...

Achieve Exponential Growth in 2020

With the new year almost upon us, it’s time to think about seizing new opportunities for exponential growth in 2020.  That’s why the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) developed the 504 Loan Program…to offer business owners a more affordable and accessible way...

Improve Your Chances of Securing a Business Loan

One of the most commonly asked questions we hear from small business owners is, “How can I improve my chances of securing a business loan?” We recommend approaching the financing process the same as you would approach dating.  There are things you can do that improve...

Small Business Saturday is November 30, 2019

This November 30th, you can be a part of the 10th annual holiday shopping tradition called Small Business Saturday that helps to bring communities together in support of their favorite small businesses. Are you ready to Shop Small® and make a big impact in your...

SBA 504 Loans for Veterans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is dedicated to honoring the veterans that served in our country’s military and recognize the vast business potential they represent.  SBA 504 Loans for Veterans is just one of the many measures SBA has taken to help...

SBA 504 Loan Volume Up in FY 2019

Access to capital is consistently one of the top challenges entrepreneurs and small businesses encounter, making the SBA 504 Loan Program a vital resource to economic growth and job creation.  We’re happy to report SBA 504 Loan Volume was up in...

Lower Fees for SBA 504 Loans – Effective October 1, 2019

SBA has announced lower fees for the SBA 504 Loan Program during Fiscal Year 2020 that will become effective October 1, 2019.     Ongoing SBA Borrower Fee The Ongoing Borrower Fee for standard 504 loans is decreasing from 0.368% to 0.3205% of the outstanding...

Common Myths About SBA 504 Loans

Every year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans secure billions of dollars in financing so they can start or grow a business. However, we still hear many common myths about SBA 504 loans. While some are harmless misunderstandings, others can...

Very Low SBA 504 Interest Rates

With the September 2019 debenture pricing, we are seeing very low interest rates for SBA 504 loans.  Also, SBA 504 effective rates are sharply lower than Prime Rate despite the Federal rate cut in July.  While no one knows where interest rates will go, the fiscal...