HBR : Use Data to Fix the Small Business Lending Gap

Access to credit is a key constraint for entrepreneurs. And limited credit is in part caused by the difficulty of predicting which small businesses will and won’t succeed. In the past, a community bank would have a relationship with the businesses on Main Street, and when it came time for a loan, there would be a wealth of informal information to augment the loan application. Today, community banks are being consolidated and larger banks are relying more and more on data-driven credit scoring to make small business loans—if they are making them at all.

 

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