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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
It’s officially been one year since the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act was passed into law. While some good has come from it, there are a few things that have been pretty ineffective so far. The two things that frustrate me the most are the First Mortgage Lien Pool (FMLP) Program and the SBA ...
09/30/2011
By now, you surely know I’m a HUGE advocate for America’s small businesses — the very people we finance daily all over this county. When it comes to politics, I don’t consider myself especially partisan; I just want results. I’m not an ideologue, so I vote for the political candidates who promise...
09/16/2011
There may never be a better time than now for small business owners to buy already discounted commercial property, while financing it with the lowest interest rates on record! This is how America’s courageous business owners can better create wealth for themselves…and get our economy back on trac...
09/08/2011
Our office is buzzing today after being closed for the Labor Day holiday. I hope you had a nice, long weekend and were able to enjoy an extra day away from the office. I’m pretty sure everyone here at Mercantile spent yesterday relaxing and recharging since we just finished the most productive mo...
09/06/2011
You and I both know that the SBA is a helpful resource for small businesses. Many, many business owners have gotten a financial “hand-up” from this government agency, and these small businesses have long been the “backbone of the American economy” (pardon the cliché, but it’s true).   Despite the...
08/19/2011
It’s been a rough week, economically speaking. On Monday “The Downgrade” happened, the stock market has been on a rollercoaster ride all week, and things are looking tenuous at best. All that said, there is STILL some good news (especially for small business owners), and I want to share it with Y...
08/15/2011
I wrote an article that was published on American Banker’s BANKTHINK blog last Friday. It’s about the redundancy that continues to plague the SBA’s flagship loan programs and why it’s hurting our economy. In my opinion (which you’re probably aware of if you’ve read this blog for any length of tim...
08/09/2011
  I’ve been a staunch supporter of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for years. I believe that this government agency has done quite a lot of good for small business owners and our economy, and it continues to do good in many respects.   Recently, however, I (along with lots of small b...
08/02/2011
George LeMieux is campaigning for election to the U.S. Senate here in Florida. He was appointed to the Senate in 2009, following Mel Martinez’s resignation, and he’s now running against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson as well as several Republican candidates.   I got the chance to sit down with Ge...
07/26/2011
In my previous post (part 1), we established that the economic “recovery” we keep hearing about in the news isn’t exactly living up to expectations. It has stalled, and there’s a lot of uncertainty among small business owners and their advisors as to what is the best course of action from here.  ...
07/26/2011
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