Entrepreneurial

SBA says small business lending up, but some feeling left out

September 28, 2012

This week Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills gave America’s top banks a pat on the back for boosting their lending to small businesses over the last 12 months, while separate data showed that funding for the most needy small businesses actually contracted.

Small Business Week heads to D.C.

By John Peabody
May 22, 2012

It’s Small Business Week, and here are a few links to help you know what’s going on.

Big banks see slow recovery for small business

May 27, 2011

Marc Bernstein’s response to reports of loan facilitators advising small business clients to avoid big banks: “It’s simply bad information.”

7 tips for landing an SBA loan

By Guest Contributor
December 3, 2010

– Rachel Zippwald is the vice president of California Bank & Trust, a major SBA lender. The views expressed are her own. –

Small business bill passes, now what?

September 27, 2010

As President Obama gets set to sign off on the $30-billion small business lending bill, people want to know one thing: how will it help me?

Save the pelicans and small businesses

June 29, 2010

– George A. Cloutier is the founder and CEO of American Management Services and the author of the bestselling book “Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing”. The opinions expressed are his own. –

National Small Business Week: Who cares?

May 25, 2010

– George A. Cloutier, a graduate of Harvard Business School, is the founder and CEO of American Management Services, one of the nation’s largest turnaround and management services firms specializing in small and mid-sized companies. He is also the author of the bestselling book “Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing”. The opinions expressed are his own. –

Small Talk: Parsing Geithner’s speech to small business

November 19, 2009

It appears the magic number for American small businesses is 10, as in the sudden urgency to help smaller companies after the U.S. unemployment rate jumped over 10 percent last month for the first time in a quarter century. After a year with Wall Street at the top of everyone’s agenda, Main Street is now taking center stage.

from The Great Debate:

Obama fails small businesses

November 12, 2009

georgecloutier1-- George A. Cloutier, a graduate of Harvard Business School, is the founder and CEO of American Management Services, one of the nation’s largest turnaround and management services firms specializing in small and mid-size companies. The opinions of George Cloutier are his own and do not represent those of the United States Conference of Mayors or Partner America. --

Small Talk: Jobs data contradictory

November 10, 2009

Over the last week there have been some wins and losses for small businesses in terms of new job data.