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So You Want to Buy a Business?

May 09, 2018 by Tom Maiale

One of the most widely used loan types the SBA offers are business acquisition loans. Much like my February commercial real estate article explained, SBA loans for business acquisitions generally allow for lower down payments, longer loan terms, and less restrictive loan requirements than a commercial loan. That said, generally, if you do not...

Topics: Business Banking, Small Business Lending

How CBC National Bank Can Help Your Small Business

May 04, 2018 by Mike Brooks

For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has honored small businesses and their contributions in the United States. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. CBC National Bank recognizes and appreciates the importance of small businesses and there are numerous ways that we can help your small business...

Topics: Small Business Lending

7 Tips to Improve the SBA Borrowing Experience

April 13, 2018 by Mike Brooks

A small business can be the most rewarding challenge of a lifetime. However, such a challenge brings with it an inevitable amount of stress at the company’s inception and as the business grows. The last thing any business owner wants is more anxiety over financing.

Topics: Small Business Lending

50 Years of Fair Housing

April 11, 2018 by Mike Brooks

April is Fair Housing Month, and this month is of particular import because it marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act is a vital piece of legislation that helps to protect the civil rights of groups that are discriminated against while seeking housing.


Topics: Mortgage Lending, Trending

First Federal Bancorp, Inc., Completes Merger With Coastal Banking Company, Inc.

April 04, 2018 by Mike Brooks

LAKE CITY, Fla., April 2, 2018First Federal Bancorp, Inc. (“FFBI”), the holding company of First Federal Bank of Florida (“First Federal”) today announced that it has completed the merger with Coastal Banking Company, Inc. (OTCQX: CBCO), the holding company of CBC National Bank (“CBC”).

Topics: Company News

7 Tips to Improve Your Credit for Buying a Home

March 30, 2018 by Mike Brooks

Tracking and maintaining credit is a vital but extremely difficult task. Large purchases such as buying a home are exponentially more challenging with poor credit. March is Credit Education Month, making it an ideal time to revisit your credit and start taking the steps to improving it. Try these 7 tips to improve your credit so you can buy a...

Topics: Mortgage Lending

What You Should Know About Rising Interest Rates

March 28, 2018 by Mike Brooks

Interest rates are rising, and in some ways, that’s a good thing. The Federal Reserve slashed rates to near zero years ago when the economy plunged. Now employers are hiring, and unemployment is consistently low. Americans have more money in their pockets, so they’re more willing to spend. Companies are investing in growth, which stimulates the...

Topics: Mortgage Lending

What You Need to Know About the Apple Email Phishing Scam

March 07, 2018 by Mike Brooks

All over social media, users are asking their friends about an email they received from iTunes claiming they made a purchase they don’t know about. Individuals feel confusion at first, since the email looks like it came from Apple and asks for their personal and financial information. One user reports the email claimed he spent $103 on a game,...

Topics: Fraud Alerts/Scams

Safeguard Against Identity Theft

March 05, 2018 by Mike Brooks

The prevalence of personal digital technology has ushered in an era of unprecedented convenience for everyone who has a smartphone in their pocket, or a laptop tucked into their bag. Yet these exciting portable gadgets, and the systems they have inspired, have also created a hothouse for people who would like to steal what does not belong to...

Topics: Fraud Alerts/Scams

SBA Loans vs. Conventional Financing

February 15, 2018 by Tom Maiale

To a novice borrower, the SBA lending world can oftentimes be quite confusing, and borrowing can seem a daunting task. But, with the right SBA lender, the process can be manageable and, in most cases, very similar to that of a conventional loan. In this article, I will be discussing commercial real estate purchases; however, many of these...

Topics: Small Business Lending