Small businesses create more jobs than any other industry sector. In fact, over half of Americans either own their business or work for a startup, and two of every three jobs made available in the country every year are possible because of small business. Enacting any needed future regulation at the federal level – vs. a patchwork of statebystate regulations – is the best way to make sure small businesses are in a position to continue creating the jobs America needs.
A majority of small business owners seek loans of less than $250,000 in order to start or grow their business. Unfortunately, after the market crash of 2008, most traditional lenders moved upstream to target loan sizes greater than $1 million. The result created a void in small loan funding that left many small businesses without access to capital.
In order to fill this funding gap, various online marketplaces have sought to create innovative underwriting platforms and technologies to provide working capital, making it possible for small businesses to find the funding they need – even at the smaller loan sizes that vanished from the landscape. As a marketplace that works to match business owners to a variety of lenders and loan products, Lendio utilized our lending data* from April 2015 to April 2016 to identify the top ten states for small business lending.
The top ten states for small business lending are:
- Vermont ?
- California ?
- Utah ?
- Washington ?
- New Hampshire ?
- Texas ?
- Florida ?
- Georgia ?
- Colorado ?
Among the top five states, the average loan size ranged from $14,500 in Vermont to $39,000 in Utah. The approval ratio for loans ranged from 52 percent in California to 68 percent in Vermont, compared to [33 percent] to [34 percent] at large banks in each state, according to the 2015 Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS).
In a recent survey of small business owners who secured capital from a lender on Lendio’s platform, entrepreneurs told us they used the working capital to increase their marketing efforts, pay their employees, purchase needed inventory and equipment, and hire additional employees. This capital is what entrepreneurs need to help grow their small business, ultimately supporting our economy.
In general, specific states have not been concerned with marketplace lending, viewing it as a beneficial technology involving many of the same steps as traditional lending with statutes and regulations adequately protecting borrowers from risk. However, marketplace lending is subject to various federal/state regulations and licensing authorities are increasingly turning their attention to the small business side as the sector continues to grow. Such requirements may have a significant impact since each lender must either obtain a required license or qualify for a federal or statespecific exemption.
Licenses are typically granted on a statebystate basis and the requirements vary. In some states, the licensing process is fairly simple and straightforward. However, in other states it is quite complex and the process can take months.
Known for being the eighth largest economy in the world, California came in at number two on our list of Best States for Small Business Lending. As reported by the Office of Advocacy at the US Small Business Administration, 99.2% or $3.7 million of the total commerce in California is generated by small companies and startups. These businesses employ close to half of the workforce, or in other words, 6.7 million are working in this sector alone in the state.