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Growth of online lending options for small business - healthy or harmful?


Small businesses – including those in Colorado – are suffering the consequences of increased and burdensome regulations on banks. Because of new rules put in place post-recession, banks often are forced to tell worthy borrowers ‘no,’ when just a few years ago, they would have been able to say ‘yes.’ In response, more borrowers are turning to largely unregulated online lenders, some of them predatory, that boast fast and simple approval processes.

 

But is this trend a healthy one for small business, especially in Colorado where 97% of all employers are small businesses?

 

With access to credit for small businesses down nationwide by 38% since the recession due to tighter banking regulations and the community bank sector shrinking to half its size since the 1980s, the proportionate rise in availability of online business lending, in tandem with advances in financial technology (fintech), was inevitable and the popularity of online lending has grown exponentially. Although it has its place, such as for very short-term, quick repayment needs that a business might encounter, in exchange for quick-click funding, small business owners are often, unknowingly, committing to exorbitant rates and fees that can run as high as 80%. 

 

At Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF), we see the consequences of decreased bank lending and increased access to online capital on the small businesses we serve. Many business owners who seek  loans online and get approved quickly for these predatory loans eventually come to CEF and other nonprofit lenders to refinance their debt when onerous fixed payments required on a daily or weekly basis begin to crush their cash flow. Payments are electronically drawn directly from their bank accounts without regard to the salaries, purchase orders or utilities that need to be paid, thus jeopardizing business and employee relationships if cash flow is tight. In some cases, these business owners may also endanger the security of their personal and business information by providing sensitive data to online business lenders who require this information for direct access to business bank accounts to secure rapid repayment.

 

Despite its explosive growth and potential to negatively impact the US small business sector, online lending remains largely unregulated. In response, the Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization, developed a Small Business Borrowers Bill of Rights in 2015, as part of a national coalition of community development financial institutions (CDFIs), microlenders, brokers and advocates to recommend best practices on how to lend responsibly to small businesses. This industry-led effort to expand awareness of small business predatory lending, by working directly with small business owners and partners, establishes the following rights for small business lending:

 

·         The Right to Transparent Pricing and Terms

·         The Right to Non-Abusive Products

·         The Right to Responsible Underwriting

·         The Right to Fair Treatment from Brokers

·         The Right to Inclusive Credit Access

·         The Right to Fair Collection Practices

 

In addition, mission-driven small business lenders and those in the CDFI industry, including lenders like CEF, are combining efforts to educate our small business communities on how best to access and evaluate financing options in the context of online business lending.

 

·         The US Small Business Administration has created an online loan matchmaking service called LINC (Leveraging Information and Networks to access Capital) to make it easier for entrepreneurs to obtain the credit they need working with local lenders.

·         Within the CDFI industry, some nonprofit small business lenders are partnering with reputable online lenders to merge fintech platforms with low-cost capital to finance small businesses residing in under-resourced communities.

·         The Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), a national membership organization of CDFIs, has spearheaded the Small Business Finance Initiative to address the rapidly changing small business lending landscape and how mission-driven lenders like CEF can incorporate advancements in fintech and affordable loan capital to meet the needs of more small businesses.

 

CEF is partnering with Colorado banks to proactively inform our small business sector about the opportunities and challenges presented by online business lending, and how CEF effectively works with local banks to get to that ‘yes.’  Together, we can ensure Colorado’s small businesses and their communities will be stronger, and our state’s thriving economy more sustainable as we continue to advocate for responsible, transparent and supportive practices in all forms of small business lending.

 

Ceyl Prinster, President and CEO

Colorado Enterprise Fund

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April 2017

We're hiring: Special Assistant to the President and CEO/ Executive Office Coordinator - 04/27/2017
CEF Celebrates National Small Business Week 2017 with Free Workshop and SBA Colorado Community Lender of the Year Award - 04/13/2017
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Colorado Enterprise Fund Receives $2 Million Award from US Treasury Department's CDFI Fund - 09/11/2015
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July 2015

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Colorado Enterprise Fund Receives $30K Grant from The Denver Foundation - 01/12/2015
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Welcome New Clients! As of November 30, 2014 - 12/09/2014
Colorado Enterprise Fund Announces New Board Appointments - 12/04/2014
Where to find Colorado Enterprise Fund - December 2014 - 12/01/2014

November 2014

Borrower Buzz: Basket World & Supplies - Embracing Change to Succeed - 11/21/2014
Pay It Forward - 11/19/2014
Welcome New Clients! As of October 31, 2014 - 11/13/2014
Introducing Small Biz Builder - our new tool for borrowers - 11/10/2014
Saluting Veteran-Owned Small Businesses - 11/06/2014
Where to find Colorado Enterprise Fund - November 2014 - 11/03/2014

October 2014

Diversifying Our Impact - 10/31/2014
Small Biz Insider - Opportunity for All - 10/31/2014
Colorado Enterprise Fund is Hiring - Commercial Loan Processor/Closer - 10/21/2014
Colorado Enterprise Fund Clients Mondo Guerra and Let Em Have It Salon Featured in Westword's Top Denver Draws - 10/20/2014
Colorado Enterprise Fund CEO and other Top Company Award Winners Gather in Napa to Highlight Best Practices - 10/20/2014
Colorado Enterprise Fund's Black Shirt Brewing Company Shares Steps to Success in the Denver Post - 10/17/2014
Colorado Enterprise Fund Hosts Sold-Out Microbrewery Tour for 2014 OFN Conference - 10/14/2014
Hear Ceyl's interview for the 2014 OFN Board - 10/10/2014
Q&A with CEO Ceyl Prinster Before 2014 OFN Conference in Denver - 10/09/2014
Colorado Enterprise Fund Featured in Three Sessions at 2014 OFN Conference - 10/07/2014
Welcome New Clients! As of September 30, 2014 - 10/02/2014
Where to find Colorado Enterprise Fund - October 2014 - 10/01/2014
Borrower Buzz: Brown Water Coffee - Changing Lives a Cup at a Time - 10/01/2014

September 2014

Small Biz Insider - Coming Together - 09/30/2014
Our Collective Bounty - 09/26/2014
Borrower Buzz: Mondo Guerra - Creating Compassion through Fashion - 09/24/2014
Welcome New Clients! As of August 31, 2014 - 09/23/2014
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Where to Find Colorado Enterprise Fund - September 2014 - 09/09/2014

August 2014

CEF Receives 2014 Top Company-Nonprofit Award from ColoradoBiz Magazine - 08/29/2014
It Takes a Community - 08/28/2014
Borrower Buzz: Cranelli's - Success is a Family Affair - 08/27/2014
Welcome New Clients! As of July 31, 2014 - 08/27/2014
CEF is Nonprofit Finalist - 08/12/2014
An Intern's Impressions of CEF - 08/07/2014

July 2014

Batting a 1000 - 07/30/2014
Welcome New Clients! As of June 30, 2014 - 07/30/2014
CEF is helping small businesses in Longmont, too! - 07/21/2014
Borrower Buzz: Let Em Have It Salon - Mentoring Success - 07/01/2014

June 2014

Borrower Buzz: RollinGreens - Comfort Food - 06/30/2014
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