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Best Sources for Small Business Loans Focus of August 3 Economic Perspectives

Posted by Hopeton on August 1, 2009

Even during these turbulent times, many financial institutions are still making small business loans.  Learn about some of the best sources for small business loans on the August 3 edition of Economic Perspectives on KAZI 88.7 FM.  The guests will be Theresa Lee, chief lending officer for the Texas Mezzanine Fund (TMF), Jaime Noyola, director of lending for the PeopleFund, Cindy Solano, Lead Lender Relations Specialist for the San Antonio District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Michelle Frith, outreach and marketing coordinator for the City of Austin Small Business Development Program (SBDP).

Texas Mezzanine Fund

Founded in 1998, TMF is a statewide community development financial institution that provides financing for businesses located in distressed areas, minority-owned businesses, and small businesses that create jobs for low and moderate-income people. It makes loans from $50,000 – $500,000 in tandem with other financial institutions and up to “stand alone” loans up to $300,000.  

PeopleFund

Since 1995 PeopleFund has strive ed to promote lasting economic vitality for low-income people by implementing strategies that create jobs, provide safe and affordable homes, and promote good economic policy decisions for communities.  It provides loans and revolving lines of credit from $20,000 – $200,000.

Small Business Administration

 The San Antonio District Office of the SBA provides financial assistance, business counseling and training and government contracting help to small businesses that are located in its area of operation which covers 55 counties in central and southwest Texas including the cities of Austin and San Antonio.  The SBA ‘s most popular loan program is the 7 (a) program which may guaranty up to 90 perccent of a loan for a participating lender.  The maximum loan eligible for guaranty is $2 million.

City of Austin Small Business Development Program

The City of Austin SBDP provides counseling and assistance to small businesses.  It is hosting the 6th annual Meet the Lender Business Loan Fair on August 6 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.  This is an opportunity to meet, network, and learn from area lenders about the loan process for your small business.

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