The Coalition for Responsible Business Finance Adds Yet Another Perspective on Small Business Lending Advocacy

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Is three a crowd? The Coalition for Responsible Business Finance (CRBF) seeks to improve small business finance.

As a new advocacy organization, the CRBF is dedicated to bolstering the credibility, reliability and security of the growing non-traditional small-business lending industry, they say. Spearheaded by Tom Sullivan, former Chief Counsel for Advocacy in the Small Business Administration, CRBF Advisory Board executives include representatives from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the National Small Business Association (NSBA), and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council).

“CRBF was created to educate state and federal policymakers, media, and communities on how technology and innovation are providing small businesses access to capital that is necessary for growth,” Sullivan said in an organization announcement this morning.

Coalition for Responsible Business FinanceThe organization has been developing for some time, but its official pronouncement nearly coincides with that of the Commercial Finance Coalition, another group with a similar goal.

And it’s shaping up to be quite the Spring here in 2016 because the Small Business Finance Association, yet another organization, is preparing to unveil a white paper of guiding industry principles.

And so that makes three, yet each appear to be bringing their own unique perspectives to the table. That is perhaps better than hundreds of unorganized perspectives under no collaborative banners, some industry vets are saying.

“Small business owners expect and deserve choices for credit,” Sullivan said. “And we at the [CRBF] believe that a better understanding of non-traditional small business lending will lead to greater acceptance by customers, regulators, and local, state, and federal elected officials.”

Touché.

Last modified: March 29, 2016
Sean Murray


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