Small Business Loan Program? small ….

Small-business owners applauded when the Small Business Administration unveiled a lending program in May. But … no surprise here … the program is off to a slow start.

With $255 million, the program is prepared to make about 10,000 loans of up to $35,000 each. As of Monday, the agency reported that only 1,127 loans, totaling $36.8 million, had been extended.

Some in the banking industry say the banks are moving slowly because they have little incentive. “There’s not a lot of profit motive in a $35,000 loan stretched over six years,” said Paul Merski, chief economist for the Independent Community Bankers of America, a trade association. Read more about the program here.

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