5th Annual National Veterans Small Business Week

November 5-9, 2018 marks the fifth annual National Veterans Small Business Week. NVSBW was created to honor Veteran entrepreneurs who continue to serve our country by starting businesses, creating jobs and fueling economic growth.

U.S. Veterans are an integral part of our business landscape. Veterans own and operate nearly one-tenth of the 27 million small businesses in the United States critical to our nation's economy.

Women-Owned Businesses Still Struggle to Access Capital

October is National Women's Small Business Month, and Community Business Finance recognizes the entrepreneurial women whose talents help sustain our nation's economy. As of January 2018, there are an estimated 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States that employ 9.2 million people and generate more than $1.8 trillion in revenues, according to the "2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report" commissioned by American Express.

504 Loan Prepayment Penalty Explained

A common misconception about the 504 Loan Program is that the prepayment penalty is much higher than for conventional loans. The prepayment penalty is actually based on the loan's debenture rate and not the effective rate. We will explain the difference, as many borrowers are confused as to how the prepayment penalty is calculated. First, however, we want to address why the 504 Loan Program has a prepayment penalty.

Support Veteran-Owned Businesses During Military Appreciation Month

This May, Americans celebrate National Military Appreciation Month. Started by Congress in 1999, this month allows the nation the opportunity to publicly demonstrate its appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by present and past service members. In addition to Memorial Day (May 28), May honors our military with Loyalty Day (May 1), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 11), and Armed Forces Day (May 19).

Celebrating National Small Business Week

Since more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, we celebrate America's small businesses and the big contributions they make in our local communities and to our national economy. Every year since 1963, National Small Business Week, April 29 – May 5, 2018, is our chance to salute the small business owners who create two out of every three jobs for Americans. Despite being the key to our nation's recovery after the recession, many small businesses cannot get the funding they need to expand their operations.

Enjoy the Benefits of Property Ownership in 2018

Before you renew the lease on your building this year, you should consider the many benefits of owning your business property. Ownership provides financial advantages that leasing cannot, while offering control and long-term consistency. Through the 504 Loan Program, you can secure a mortgage with monthly payments that are often lower than your current rental amount, as well as a low down payment.

Thanks for Choosing Community Business Finance

We wish to thank our clients and our lending partners for choosing Community Business Finance in 2017. For more than a decade, Community Business Finance, together with our lending partners, has proudly helped hundreds of businesses borrow more than $200 million to expand their operations and create new jobs in Texas and Louisiana. While we are honored to have helped so many businesses realize their dreams, ultimately our goal is for every business that is eligible for a 504 Loan to have access to a 504 Loan, when it best suits their business needs.