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Credit Scoring for Small Businesses: A love-hate relationship

Posted by Nathan Streeter

Wed, Nov 27, 2019 @ 10:02 AM

I have a love-hate relationship with credit scoring for small business clients. Having started my career in banking, where we moved from traditional underwriting to credit scoring, I have seen both the good and bad of scoring models. Over the past 20 years there have been numerous shifts in how financial institutions attract and attain small businesses. One of the primary transformations is due to credit scoring.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, Small Business, Financial Institution

Commercial Lending in the Palm of Your Hand

Posted by Vicki Lewis

Fri, Oct 18, 2019 @ 08:30 AM

Today’s lenders are challenged by balancing the pursuit of new business with all the administrative tasks competing for their attention back at the office. How do you ensure they are able to spend the amount of quality time with their business customers needed to strengthen those relationships and discover new financing opportunities?

The answer is: technology.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, Small Business, openness

Tailwinds Shifting to Headwinds for Trucking Industry

Posted by Kenneth Bolte

Wed, Oct 09, 2019 @ 10:29 AM

Since the end of the great recession of 2008, the trucking Industry has been on a roll, and 2018 was, by any measure, a banner year. Revenues for the 50 largest companies rose by 12.2%. Tonnage across all segments was up 6.6%. Though 2019 is predicted to be slower, overall growth is expected to continue through 2023. But the winds of change are beginning to blow.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, Small Business

Embracing Receivables for Deeper Client Relationships

Posted by Catherine Killam

Fri, Oct 04, 2019 @ 10:30 AM

Every financial institution (FI) has good customers and prospects who don’t quite qualify for a commercial line of credit. Reasons abound: they haven’t been in business long enough, their concentration ratio has changed since their last review, they’ve been downgraded, etc. They aren’t necessarily a failing business − in fact they may even be growing − but for whatever reason, they don’t meet your financial institution’s requirements and traditional financing is not an option.

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Topics: AR Financing, Commercial Lending, Small Business

Best-In-Class Series, Part One - Attracting Small Business Clients

Posted by Bill Roen

Fri, May 17, 2019 @ 12:36 PM

 A common goal of every financial institution in the country is to attract and retain good clients. For many, this includes a focus on the small business community. There are more than 30 million small businesses in the United States. How do you attract them to your institution?

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Topics: Commercial Lending, Small Business, FI Operations

Tools of the Trade Series, Part Five - Financing Accounts Receivable

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Mar 22, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Non-employer businesses, 24 million strong here in the United States, are critically important to the nation’s economy, comprising 81% of all small businesses, employing 17% of the American workforce, and generating $1.2 trillion in annual sales.* But how are these businesses doing, really? The Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS), a national collaboration of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks, revealed last year that non-employer firms are performing positively overall… despite “notable financial challenges.”

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Topics: AR Financing, Commercial Lending, Small Business, Community Banks

Six Steps for Loan Officer Success in 2019

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Dec 14, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

 

In late 2015, I published a blog that explored six steps financial institutions could take to ensure loan officer success in business development. While demand has shifted since that time, the six steps are as critical today as they were four years ago. When that original blog was written, the primary lending industry driver was commercial real estate (CRE).

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Topics: Commercial Lending, Small Business, FI Operations

Understand Small Business Cash Challenges and Turbocharge Your C&I Efforts

Posted by Susan Griffin

Fri, Nov 30, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

 

There are currently more than 30 million small businesses operating in the US. While the large majority of these are non-employer businesses, approximately six million are firms with more than one employee. Small businesses account for more than 47% of the US workforce—which is almost 60 million people. As the economy has continued to expand, many of these businesses have sought working capital facilities in recent years.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, Small Business

True Community in Financial Services

Posted by Danny Payne

Wed, Oct 03, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

For those people that know me or follow me on social media … I am a long-time Cleveland sports fanatic. Outside of the 2016 NBA Championship by the Cleveland Cavaliers, it has been a life of suffering through some heartbreak and some bad teams. The team I love and give the most to is the Cleveland Browns. I am laughed at, the target of jokes, and often just asked, “Why?”

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Topics: Credit Unions, Small Business, Community Banks, FI Operations, User Centricity

That Pesky Doorbell

Posted by Tammy Bangs

Wed, Aug 08, 2018 @ 11:00 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: Small Business, Financial Institution, Partnership, Community Banks, FI Operations

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