SMALL BUSINESS ALTERNATIVE LENDING: Alternative roads to capital will add billions to the …

Small businesses are the backbone of the US economy. Small businesses — businesses with less than 500 employees — represent 99% of US companies, 54% of total sales, and 55% of all jobs, according to the US Small Business Administration. And these businesses need capital in order to grow. BI Intelligence But small businesses are underfunded — only half of small businesses with $100,000 to $1 million of annual revenue received at least some of the financing they applied for from large banks in late 2015. This is partially because banks have retreated from this segment because issuing loans to small businesses using the traditional underwriting model is expensive. This leaves a massive amount of unfulfilled loans that we estimate reached $96.5 billion in Q4 2015. Alternative lending companies have stepped…


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