CIT A 'Wake-Up Call' for small businesses

  CIT A 'Wake-Up Call' For Small Businesses   The troubles at CIT Group Inc., a key…

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CIT A 'Wake-Up Call' For Small Businesses
The troubles at CIT Group Inc., a key lender to small businesses, underscore the importance of developing back-up plans for borrowing. CIT's financial struggles, which have sent manufacturers and retailers scrambling for alternative sources of credit since they came to light, are a stark reminder for all small business owners not to put all their eggs in one borrowing-basket. If they haven't already, entrepreneurs should be considering loans from credit unions and exploring financing programs backed by the federal or local governments … Leveraging relationships with other, successful small businesses can help. "You get them to call their banker. That way, they aren't just saying 'no' to you, but they have to say 'no' to a valuable existing client," says Joseph H. Astrachan, executive director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.



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