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That Pesky Doorbell

Posted by Tammy Bangs

Aug 8, 2018 11:00:00 AM

The other day, my doorbell rang. I work from home and take several conference calls every day – so when the doorbell rings (pardon me), all hell breaks loose. The dogs go bonkers. My child’s home on summer break. There’s yelling. If I’m on the phone, I have to scramble to mute myself, sequester the dogs, and try to contain the chaos.

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Topics: Relationship Management, small business, third-party vendors, banking, financial institution, sales, relationships, partnership

Big Business in Small-Dollars

Posted by Mark Messick

Jul 11, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

Perhaps you saw the bulletin issued recently by the OCC encouraging financial institutions to make small-dollar, short-term, consumer loans.  I did and for me it points to a big hole in the traditional lending net that needs to be mended (and not by credit card offers).  While our topic today doesn’t deal with consumer lending outright, the bulletin reminded me of three great reasons why today’s financial institutions should consider offering small-dollar loans to businesses.

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Topics: Financial Services Industry, Commercial Lending, Loan Pricing, Small Business Market, Credit Unions, small business, banking, financial institution, loans, consumer

Small Businesses … Big Opportunities

Posted by Susan Griffin

May 31, 2018 8:23:15 AM

 

Small to midsize businesses (SMBs) have finally caught the attention of financial institutions (FIs), which now realize that serving this market provides an opportunity to generate untapped revenue. There are 30.2 million small businesses, which represents 99.9% of all businesses in the U.S; and according to the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, they employ 47.5% of the U.S. workforce.

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Topics: Credit Unions, small business, banking, financial institution

Playing with Giants – How to Compete with the "Bank of Amazon"

Posted by Susan Griffin

Apr 20, 2018 11:50:00 AM

 

A buzz term we hear a lot these days is GAFA – an acronym for Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple. The expansion of services offered by these tech giants (and others) is considered one of the biggest threats facing the financial services market. For the sake of this blog, I’m going to pick on Amazon, since it seems to have successfully moved into the small business lending space. 

"We've had three big ideas at Amazon that we've stuck with for 18 years, and they're the reason we're successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient." Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon 

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Topics: Relationship Management, Commercial Lending, small business, digital survival, banking, financial institution, GAFA, Amazon

Closing the Loop as Our Commercial Lending Suite Evolves

Posted by Patrick True

Mar 9, 2018 1:40:00 PM

Throughout 2017, the ProfitStars Lending Solutions team used the "S-curve graphic" to demonstrate the function of each system component. The S-curve followed the borrower’s journey through the lending process. While our competitors were building end-to-end functionality, our systems were designed to cover the full scope of small business lending, which went beyond end-to-end to include post-funding collateral management, portfolio management, renewals, and more.

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Topics: Relationship Management, Commercial Lending, Lending, fintech, loan origination, software, small business

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