Category Archives: Community Advantage

New Study Concludes: Latino Entrepreneurs Face Hurdles in Accessing Capital to Grow their Businesses

September 12, 2017 | Community

If you’re one of the more than 815,000 Latino-owned small businesses in California, there’s a 40 percent chance you’ve been denied capital by a bank or other commercial lender because of lower credit scores and other perceived risks, according to a new study released Sept. 7 by the Small Business…

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What you need to know about rising interest rates

The Federal Reserve has raised the prime rate twice this year and experts predict another increase is coming before the end of 2017 and project three more hikes in 2018. The prime rate is among the most widely used benchmarks in setting bank loan rates for small businesses. When the…

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New Financing Available for Underserved Small Businesses in Los Angeles

March 24, 2017 | Community Advantage

Access to capital continues to be a major challenge to African American and Hispanic small business owners. There are more than 8 million minority-owned small businesses in the U.S., accounting for $1.3 trillion in annual sales of goods and services, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA…

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California, Arizona Metro Areas Rank High for Small Businesses Seeking Growth

August 26, 2016 | Community Advantage

Seven California and Arizona metro areas are among the best in the nation for helping small businesses gain access to financing to help them grow. In a study sponsored by CNBC, 261 metro areas were evaluated by the total dollar value of business loans approved. The California and Arizona areas…

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Craft Beer Industry Grows with SBA Financing

August 23, 2016 | Commercial Real Estate Loans

California is a national hotbed for the craft beer industry, spawning over 500 small businesses breweries and generating over 48,000 jobs. According to the California Craft Brewers Association, craft beer is a $6.5 billion industry in the golden state, providing the largest economic impact of any state. Over the years,…

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Cruz Joins CDC Small Business Finance

August 19, 2016 | Community Advantage

Anna Marie Cruz, has joined the not-for-profit CDC Small Business Finance as a loan officer to provide SBA financing to small businesses in the Los Angeles region. Cruz will encourage small business owners to take advantage of SBA Community Advantage financing (up to $250,000) and SBA microloans (up to $50,000)…

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Honoring Vets through celebration & savings!

This weekend which rolls into Monday, 4th of July, America celebrates their independence. It is also a day that many reflect on the men and women that have served in our Nation’s military to help allow us our freedom. In honor of these Veterans of the United States Military, the VetLoan…

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So you want to start your own business and need cash…

So you want to start your own business and need cash. What do you do? “We needed capital for inventory and cash flow and the Community Advantage loan provided the springboard to a successful launch of our restaurant” Many small businesses are getting lured by alternative lenders who charge exorbitant…

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Leverage SBA financing to grow small businesses, create jobs

May 4, 2016 | Community Advantage

Many small business owners in California are thriving after tapping into low-interest Small Business Administration (SBA) financing programs. In celebration of National Small Business Week (May 1-7), here’s a small business entrepreneur who took advantage of one of SBA’s core lending programs to grow his company and create jobs. Maurice…

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