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Mortgage and Lending - Mercantile Capital Corporation
I regularly comment on things of interest to my target audience of business owners and entrepreneurs. Typically, you'll find the most current information on SBA loan programs, economic and entrepreneurial ideas and discussion, and much, much more.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
We had a very soggy weekend here in Florida. Tropical Storm Debby hit us with lots of rain and some pretty strong winds, and we came to the office yesterday to find that our phone system was fried sometime over the weekend. I recorded a video blog yesterday (see below) hoping that we’d have all t...
06/26/2012
So, we’ve made it through the qualifying stage of Social Madness, and Round One starts today! Thanks for voting for us — it really means a lot to everybody here at Mercantile that we got as many votes as we did and are the second seed in Round One (it’s bracketed, like March Madness…hence the nam...
06/19/2012
Have you heard of Social Madness? It’s a contest, hosted by American Business Journals and sponsored by Capital One, to find out which companies across the nation have the best social media chops. I’d like to think that we do a pretty good job with the social media, and I hope you do, too. Watch ...
06/08/2012
If you’ve ever wondered what I’d look like dressed up as Ben Franklin (and who hasn’t, really?), today’s your day. I’ve donned colonial-esque gear to channel one of my favorite Founding Fathers and bring you a special message as we wind down National Small Business Week.To find out what Ben think...
05/25/2012
Lately, I’ve been doing a little more traveling that I would like to. When I was younger, it wasn’t as big a deal…but now I’d much rather be home to spend time with my family. I was in Los Angeles about six weeks ago on one of these recent business trips, and it happened to coincide with my kids’...
05/08/2012
I’m not one for superstitions (unless it has to do with sports, primarily soccer) so I don’t buy all the hullabaloo about Friday the 13th being “unlucky.” The whole idea of luck is something I try to stay away from. Sure, some happenstances seem downright serendipitous, but I think we make our ow...
04/13/2012
It took a little longer than expected, but we finally have the video of my testimony before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on March 29th. Believe it or not, I’ve taken a lot of heat for what I said at this Senate Hearing two weeks ago. Some of my comments have been ta...
04/11/2012
It’s done. I testified earlier today before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. It turns out things were a little rushed at the hearing — I was only given about three minutes to deliver my verbal testimony (which is very short, especially given the length of my written te...
03/29/2012
I’m on my way to Washington!  Late last week I got an invitation to speak before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship this Thursday (tomorrow). They want me to discuss the FY 2013 SBA budget request, and I’m going to primarily talk about how to get the 504 program back to i...
03/28/2012
First of all, if you’re not up to speed on the JOBS Act (H.R. 3606) and the Reed-Landrieu-Levin Amendment, you ought to watch the video I posted yesterday. Now, here’s an UPDATE on what’s transpired regarding this legislation. Late yesterday, cloture (motion to limit debate) failed on the Reed-La...
03/22/2012
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