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2014 CD Perspectives Report

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Visit FedCommunities.org Lending to small businesses: Better now, worse, or about the same? Several Fed offices have conducted surveys of small businesses to learn more about the state of lending in the post-recession economy. Read "New York Fed Finds Growing Evidence of More Positive Small Business Lending Environment" for results of a survey released in 2014 of small businesses in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. See the results of another Reserve Bank's small business survey from 2014 focused on small businesses in the Southeast. Nontraditional capital sources for small businesses Historically, small businesses have had a more difficult time securing capital than larger, more-established companies. The Great Recession made credit even tougher to get. As a result, small businesses have turned to other sources of capital for help. A Reserve Bank published two articles on this topic, one on alternative resources bridging the gap and another on how CDFIs address the financing needs of small businesses. Hear what national experts have to say about small business trends The Federal Reserve taps national experts to discuss a range of topics related to economic development in the wake of the Great Recession. Check out the Economic Development podcast series, which is a collection of interviews with experts from around the country. Each podcast is available for streaming, downloading, or viewing as a transcript. WANT TO LEARN MORE? 23

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