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National and state job numbers return to pre-recession levels, with more hiring expected in 2015

 —Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet surveyed more than 2800 small and medium-sized businesses nationwide, with 278 in California. Two thirds (66%) of small businesses in California said they plan to hire more workers in the next six months.

Read more at SCPR.org.

Mid-sized Companies Have Greater Access to Capital and Ability to Grow

 —U.S. mid-sized firms are increasingly able to access capital today, and are generally more optimistic now than at any other time in the last three years, according to results of the latest Dun & Bradstreet and Pepperdine Private Capital Access Index, released in July.

Read more at ChiefExecutive.net.

Survey: Most balk at equity crowdfunding

 —While equity crowdfunding has become accessible to average folk, California businesses are not chomping at the bit to use it to fund their companies, a study released this week found. Of some 407 California business owners surveyed by Pepperdine University, 26 percent said they were interested in equity crowdfunding campaigns, while 74 percent said they wouldn’t or were unsure of whether they would want to make shares of their company available to a broad swath of investors. Pepperdine used the survey to assess the demand and accessibility of private capital for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Read more at OCRegister.com.

Tighter loan rules frustrate small firms

 —Small businesses in Texas are full of optimism and ripe for growth, but a recent report shows they are having trouble getting the necessary funding through conventional means, such as bank loans. The study, by the business research firm Dun & Bradstreet and Pepperdine University in California, showed that small businesses on the local and national levels are gearing up for growth but are facing decreased access to capital.

Read more at DallasNews.com.

Small-Business Loans: More Owners Seeking and Getting Funds

 —Good news on small-business loans. Entrepreneurs are demanding more capital — and getting more of it — than they have in the last three years, according to a new survey. The news is evidence of a stronger economy and an expanding market for small-business financing. Both demand and access to small-business financing have hit their highest rate since the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a quarterly survey by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet, a business research firm.

Read more at NerdWallet.com.

California Small Businesses Experience Success

 —The Pepperdine Private Capital Access Index and business information company Dun & Bradstreet, have released a report detailing the success of California small businesses in comparison to small businesses nationwide. The report details how “California’s small businesses stack up against the national average for accessing capital,” according to a release from Dun & Bradstreet.

Read more at MalibuTimes.com.

Main Street Waits for Sales, Profit Lift – Not Interest Rate Hike

 —As investors sift through Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s latest comments for clues about when interest rates might climb, one group is more muted about a potential rate hike: Main Street businesses…. About 65 percent of small businesses surveyed say they have enough cash flow, and 33 percent cite sufficient funding, according to Dun and Bradstreet Credibility’s Q1 2015 Pepperdine Private Capital Index. Plus over the past 12 quarters, demand for capital has fallen 12 percent, according to the index.

Read more at CNBC.com.

Recession Not Over Yet for Retailers, Other Small Businesses

 — The recession isn’t a dim memory for many small businesses…. Small companies’ struggle to get loans was clear in a first-quarter survey by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Sixty-three percent of small companies said it was difficult to get loans, while only 36 percent of larger businesses said it was difficult.

Read more at abcNews.go.com.

Credibility Capital Enters the Digital Age of SME Lending

 — Credibility Capital isn’t new to the small business lending world, having launched as a provider of loans to prime credit SME borrowers through the leadership of Brett Baris, with nearly two decades of financial services experience. On Monday (April 13), Credibility Capital entered a new era of small business lending through the launch of its online matchmaking tool…. Credibility Capital cited recent research from Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp, in conjunction with Pepperdine University, which found that in the first quarter of 2015, 63 percent of businesses surveyed said they find it challenging to access equity financing, while 61 percent said it is difficult to access debt financing.

Read more at PYMNTS.com.

After Capital Famine, New Data Shows LA Businesses Are Looking to Feast

 — Post-recession LA tech company investment has reached new heights. Built In LA’s funding report showed that funding was 188 percent higher in 2014, than it was in 2013, totaling $3.041 billion. With numbers like that it’s easy to assume Los Angeles has long been a destination for investors. But the truth is startups in Los Angeles County are only now feasting after years of famine.

Read more at BuiltInLA.com.

Why Small Businesses Don’t Want a Loan

 — Fed Chair Janet Yellen revealed to Congress this week that demand is not “very high” for small business loans, adding that some of this may be due to uncertainties caused by the financial crisis and the fact that home values have fallen so much.

Read more at Entrepreneur.com.

Why Small Businesses Don’t Want a Loan

 — Fed Chair Janet Yellen revealed to Congress this week that demand is not “very high” for small business loans, adding that some of this may be due to uncertainties caused by the financial crisis and the fact that home values have fallen so much.

Read more at CNBC.com.

Small Business Optimism Rises with Expectation to Hire in 2015

 — Small and medium-sized businesses expect to hire more employees in the next six months and perform better in 2015, according to Q1 2015 results from the latest Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. and Pepperdine Private Capital Access (PCA) Index. However, respondents report that raising financing for operations continues to be difficult.

Read more at BusinessWire.com.

Loans Have Been Harder to Come By for Small Businesses

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Small businesses found it harder to get bank loans as the economy slowed at the end of 2014. Just 35 percent of small companies surveyed in late January and early February by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. said they were able to get loans during the preceding three months.

Read more at Inc.com.

The Strategies 4 CEOs Used to Raise $50 Million in Venture Capital

— How do some companies raise millions of dollars in venture capital, whereas others can’t raise a single round? Zack Cutler asked the CEOs of four successful companies how they raised $50 million or more in venture capital and the challenges they faced to reaching their fundraising goals.

Read more at Entrepreneur.com.

Small-business lender OnDeck raises $200 million in IPO

— If there’s any doubt about the growth of alternative lending, look no further than the IPO market. For the second time in two weeks, an alternative lending company has gone public. New York City-based OnDeck Capital rose in its debut earlier Wednesday on the the New York Stock Exchange. OnDeck Capital’s shares opened at $26.50, and touched a high of around $28.

Read more at cnbc.com.

Private Capital Access Index Finds Demand for Capital Increased for Small Businesses in Fourth Quarter

— Small and medium sized businesses’ optimism about raising capital has increased since last quarter according to results from the latest Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. and Pepperdine’s Private Capital Access (PCA) Index. The fourth quarter (Q4) also saw an increase in confidence about business growth in 2015.

Read more at Fort Mill Times.

Small businesses warm up to idea of borrowing

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses are warming up to the idea of taking out bank loans. A survey conducted from mid-October to early November found that the number of companies that had tried to get bank loans during the previous three months rose to 56.7 percent. That was up from 55.8 percent in a survey taken during the summer.

Read more at Yahoo.

The Holidays May Be Bright, But Your Outlook Is Likely Dimming

A new poll from Pepperdine University shows softening demand for capital, but strong holiday hiring prospects. At least small businesses plan to hire more for the holiday selling season this year. That’s the bright side of Pepperdine University’s Capital Access Index study for the third quarter. It turns out about 8 percent of businesses plan to add more employees for the upcoming holiday season–including full-time, contract, part-time and temporary employees. That’s double the percentage for the 2013 holiday season.

Read more at inc.com.

Wild Wild West of Lending

November 19, 2014 — When a 24 percent loan rate is a good deal, with CNBC’s Kate Rogers. Insight to shadow banks, which are unregulated companies that will lend small businesses money quickly with punishing interest rates.

Watch the video on cnbc.com.

The growing danger on Main Street: shadow banking on Wednesday, November 19th

LOS ANGELES — Six years since the financial meltdown, Main Street hasn’t yet fully recovered and businesses are still being impacted by tighter lending standards. Even amid historically low-interest rates, start-ups aren’t rushing to traditional banks for capital. More entrepreneurs are instead turning to alternative lenders, a group of nontraditional lending options sometimes called shadow banking. But looser lending standards for quick cash come with risks, as shadow lenders aren’t regulated and related fees can be steep. Industry watchers also note easier cash can be addictive, and some entrepreneurs spiral into a vicious cycle of mounting loans.

Read more at cnbc.com.

With Alternative Lenders, Flexibility and Speed Come at a Cost
August 25th, 2014

Silicon Valley has cooked up digital inventions to simplify everything from dating to hailing cabs. Now it’s looking to “disrupt” another field—how small companies borrow money.

Over the past few years, conventional banks have tightened their standards and left more small firms out in the cold. Sometimes the borrowers’ personal credit history is less than stellar, or they’re looking for deals that are too small for most banks to consider.

Save the Date: Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Brings 2014 Access to Capital Event to San Diego on Thursday, June 5th

LOS ANGELES — Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., the leading provider of credit building and credibility solutions for businesses, today announced its second stop of the 2014 Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet tour will be held in San Diego at the Marriott Marquis and Marina on Thursday, June 5th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The company’s Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet events were created to foster lending and educate small business owners about the many types of financing that may be available to them. The one-day event provides expert panels and speakers, as well as on-site, one-on-one meetings with a wide spectrum of business lenders.

Read more at heraldonline.com.

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Kicks off 2013 Access to Capital Tour May 22 in Chicago

April 29, 2013 – Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., the leading provider of credit building and credibility solutions for businesses, today announced that registration is open for its Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet Event which will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Navy Pier in Chicago. Additional stops on the tour include Atlanta on August 14(th) and Seattle on November 12(th) . These events are designed to foster lending and educate small businesses about the various types of funding that are available through expert panels and on-site 1:1 meetings with a broad spectrum of debt and equity providers.

 

Over 500 Southern California Small Businesses Take First Steps To Accessing More Capital At Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. “Money to Main Street” Event

OCTOBER 18, 2012 – Over 500 small business owners from throughout Southern California gathered today in downtown Los Angeles to get educated on a radically changing funding landscape in one of the largest small business financing events ever held. The “Access to Capital: Money to Main Street” event, hosted by Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., the leading provider of credit building and credibility solutions for businesses, was aimed at bridging the funding gap for small businesses and give them the tools to help secure additional financing.

Read more at Yahoo! Finance.

Over 400 L.A. Small Businesses To Attend Largest Access To Capital Event Featuring One-On-One Meetings With Lenders

OCTOBER 16, 2012 – Los Angeles has seen large scale clinics for mortgage re-financings and free health care, now it will see the largest one-day event for over 400 small business owners to access capital featuring a powerhouse line-up of lending companies and small business experts, including remarks by Los Angeles City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

Read more at heraldonline.com.