Terry Badger
Aug 3, 2021

Michael Innis-Thompson, the head of community lending at TD Bank, joins us to talk about TD's $105-million fund to help minority-owned small businesses and an even bolder initiative that the bank is undertaking.

There exists a world of criminals who hide behind thousands of shadowy companies.

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The banking industry knows by now that it’s missing major opportunities to tap the small business lending market.

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In today’s competitive lending environment, a leading temptation for financial organizations is this: to focus on interest rates and terms to secure the small business customer.

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Growth remains a universal, timeless goal for financial institutions and many pursue loan growth to offset rising compliance costs and maintain profits.

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More and more, transparency occupies the online lending industry spotlight—but it’s no highlight.

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It’s little wonder that small businesses mean big business for today’s banks and credit unions.

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There are 28 million small businesses in the United States.

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Make no mistake: Competition for small businesses is heating up among big banks, credit unions, alternative lenders and every institution in between.

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The 29 million small businesses in the U.

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Small businesses have long mystified banks.

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Thousands of small businesses emerge nationwide every day.

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The banking industry is in the midst of another good run.

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A small business owner doesn’t want to wait weeks for a decision—and today, they know they don’t have to.

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Bank marketing is no longer just a matter of pushing credit via traditional advertising.

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It’s no secret that small business loans historically offer small profit; in fact, there is little economic difference in funding a $100,000 loan versus a $1 million loan.

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Although small businesses have generated two-thirds of the economic growth in the United States since 1995, few financial institutions offer products or services built specifically to meet the needs of this vast and potentially profitable segment.

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Over the past year, the alternative lending industry has taken several steps forward and, then, a big leap backward.

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Microbusinesses, defined as firms with annual revenues of less than $1 million, constitute 90% of all businesses and thus represent a significant opportunity for banks.

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“Why should we bother with small businesses? Your own numbers say most banks lose money from small business loans.

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In recent years, many banks have made significant investments in the commercial business to drive growth and to deepen customer relationships.

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