Helping Small Businesses Recover

We are a couple of months into this COVID journey and, for some, the closures will continue for at least a bit longer. It seems like we’ve lived a lifetime during this relatively short period of time though. Major disaster assistance initiatives have been...

Refinance Commercial Mortgage Debt

A question we get asked often is, “Can I refinance my commercial mortgage with an SBA Loan?”  There are many reasons to consider refinancing an existing commercial mortgage loan. You might have a balloon payment coming up, you might be hoping to take...

Preparing Your Business for a Post-Pandemic Restart

The SBA 504 Loan Program should be your first consideration as you look beyond today’s adversity and prepare for a post-pandemic restart.   Preparing for a Post-Pandemic Restart Let’s face it, the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown even the most prepared businesses...

Commitment to Small Businesses

To our small business community, take a breath and give yourself some major credit for what you’re doing.  Seemingly overnight, you were dealt unprecedented challenges in the form of shut-downs, HR issues, technological advancements and disaster leadership.  Some of...

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the CARES Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain...

Illinois Businesses Can Now Apply for Disaster Assistance Loans

Illinois has been added to the list of Presidential and SBA Agency Declared Disaster States.  Illinois businesses and non-profits statewide are now eligible to apply for disaster assistance loans via the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a program...

Disaster Assistance Updates – March 17, 2020

We understand your concerns amid these ever-changing circumstances…but you are not alone. We’re here to help you sort through the Disaster Assistance Updates as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is taking action to address the challenges faced...

SBA Disaster Assistance – Coronavirus

You are not alone.  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering disaster assistance and taking action to address the challenges small businesses face due to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19). While the situation is rapidly evolving, I’d like to...

Illinois Lender Forums 2020 – Growth Corp

Don’t miss this year’s Illinois Lender Forums…your chance to get caught up on SBA Loan Program updates and training opportunities! SBA’s Illinois District Office and Illinois’ SBDC Network are holding a series of free lender forums to...

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...