Small business lending gets boost
The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released a report showing that Colorado banks have increased small business lending by $79.4 million since receiving capital through Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF).
The SBLF, which was established as part of the Small Business Jobs Act that President Obama signed into law, encourages community banks to increase their lending to small businesses to help them grow and create new jobs. The U.S. Treasury invested more than $4 billion in 332 institutions, located in over 3,000 communities in 48 states, through the SBLF.
“This report shows that the Small Business Lending Fund is having a powerful impact,“ said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal Wolin. “The program is helping spark new lending to local entrepreneurs looking to invest in their businesses and create new jobs.”
Small businesses play a critical role in the U.S. economy and are central to growth and job creation. Small businesses employ roughly one-half of all Americans and account for about 60 percent of gross job creation. But small business owners faced disproportionate challenges in the aftermath of the recession and credit crisis, including difficulty accessing capital.
The SBLF helps small businesses meet this challenge by providing capital to community banks that hold under $10 billion in assets. The dividend rate a community bank pays on SBLF funding is reduced as that bank increases its small business lending, providing a strong incentive for new lending to small businesses so they can expand and create jobs. For more details on SBLF, visit www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sb-programs/Pages/Small-Business-Lending-Fund.aspx.