26 03-2014

SBA Provides Fee Relief and Savings for Small Business Borrowers

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:14+00:00 March 26th, 2014|

"Small Businesses have saved more than $6.3M nationwide in fees that were eliminated," says the SBA. Small business borrowers who receive SBA 7(a) guaranteed loans of $150,000 or less during Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014) are the main benefactors of the SBA Small Loan Guaranty Fee Relief Initiative, but SBA Lenders will [...]

26 02-2014

SBA Provides Relief to Businesses Affected by California Drought

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:16+00:00 February 26th, 2014|

The drought in California may have started long ago, but on January 15, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack declared the California drought to be an agricultural disaster, opening up the doors for the Small Business Administration to start offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs). These new loans will be eligible for nonfarm small businesses and non-profit [...]

16 01-2014

5 Facts about Maria Contreras-Sweet: What You Should Know

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:17+00:00 January 16th, 2014|

President Obama announced Maria Contreras-Sweet as his nominee to lead the Small Business Administration on Wednesday.  A businesswoman who has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, Contreras-Sweet makes a great candidate to fill Obama’s final cabinet seat.  Here are five reasons why her nomination is a step in the right direction for [...]

19 12-2013

2013: The Year in Review for Small Business

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:17+00:00 December 19th, 2013|

While we spent the year planning and on the road for the 2013 Access to Capital Tour, small business owners were experiencing a year of change due, in large part, to the federal government. Healthcare reform, deep budget cuts and a government shutdown, the hiring climate and more access to capital were a few of [...]

11 12-2013

SEC’s Crowdfunding Rules Open for Public Comment

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:17+00:00 December 11th, 2013|

Almost two years after President Obama signed the JOBS Act, the Securities Exchange Commission formally released its proposed rules for equity crowdfunding on Oct. 23. These rules mimic those originally proposed in the JOBS Act and are currently in a 90-day public commenting period before the finalized version is issued. AEO, an organization that creates economic [...]

6 12-2013

Talking Access to Capital with Congress

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:17+00:00 December 6th, 2013|

Jeff Stibel, CEO and Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., testified in front of the House of Representative’s Subcommittee for Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access to examine the post-recession state of small business in the U.S. yesterday, Dec. 5. As the nation’s leading provider of credit building and credibility solutions for small businesses, [...]

22 11-2013

2014 SBA Small Business Week Awards Open for Nominations

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:18+00:00 November 22nd, 2013|

Last year, Jill Blankenship, CEO of Frontline Call Center and panelist at Access to Capital Seattle, was the recipient of the SBA’s Small Business of the Year award in Washington State. Frontline Call Center is first and foremost a call center that provides call support for a selection of businesses, but Jill founded the business [...]

6 11-2013

SBA Announces $0 Loan Fees on Smaller Dollar Loans

By | 2017-09-14T11:21:18+00:00 November 6th, 2013|

It’s always exciting to hear about the new, unique solutions to small business finance that pop up: Lendio, an online loan matching service; Merchant Cash & Capital, coining the phrase “funding made simple” with its one-two-three cash advance service; Craft3, the Northwest’s non-profit lender that pairs CDFI loans with small business resources; and many, many [...]