Results of the The Small Business Advocate Poll from March 14:
The Question: As you grow your business over the next year, it’s likely that you’ll need a working capital loan to augment operating cash flows. If so, which of these options are you more likely to choose?
13% - National or large regional bank
31% - Independent community bank
22% - Credit Union
34% - “We don’t need no shtinking bank loan!”
Jim’s comment: For over a decade, I’ve been telling small business owners that their most reliable banking relationships, through thick and thin, would be one with a locally owned bank or credit union that practiced relationship banking. It’s good to see that of those who would currently consider using financial leverage, 80% would choose an option where relationships are valued more than a computer generated credit score.
Recently on The Small Business Advocate Show, Jim discussed the importance of having a relationship with an independent community bank with Gary Moore, founder of The Financial Seminary and author of several books, including Faithful Finances 101 and Spiritual Investments. It’ll only take 8 minutes to listen to what Gary has to say, he’s a pretty smart guy, and tell us your banking experiences - good and bad.