USDA Announces Higher Limits Available for Farm Loans

Under the new Farm Bill, farmers can receive up to $100,000 through multiple microloan programs that provide flexible access to credit for small, beginning, niche, and non-traditional farms.

Source: ABC KHGI-TV Nebraska

Sen. Ben Cardin Proposes Legislation to Help Returning Citizens Start Businesses

The NEW START Act would create an SBA grant program for organizations that provide business counseling and entrepreneurial training to recently incarcerated individuals.

Source: Technically Media

How a North Carolina Startup Became the Nation’s Largest SBA Lender

Live Oak Bank, a $3.6B institution based in North Carolina, has earned a reputation as an innovator with a high-touch, high-tech approach to small business lending.

Source: ABA Banking Journal

Small Business Loan Approvals at Big Banks Hit New High

The approval percentage for small business loan applicants hit a record high of 27.3% at big banks, according to the latest Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index.

Source: Forbes

CUNA Addresses Credit Union Priorities for Federal Agency Budget Hearings

In the past week, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has raised advocacy priorities for America’s 115 million credit union members in three appropriations letters and one resolution letter.