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April Fools’ Day 2013 Video Roundup…

As I said last week, we’ve been stretched a little too thin to work up a good April Fools’ Day hoax this year. We’ve had a lot of fun seeing what others have done, though. Here’s a mid-day roundup of my favorite video pranks for 2013 from Google, the White House, YouTube, and more:

Foolin’ Around with the Un-Bankers…
  • Thursday, March 28th, 2013 at 11:01 am
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April Fools’ Day is usually a pretty interesting day around Mercantile Headquarters. Robin is our chief prankster, and she’s gotten some of us pretty good over the years. There was the time she told me Jorge Bouche called from 202-456-1111 and asked that I call him back. Turns out that’s the White House phone number, Read More »

Good News/Bad News for Small Business Lending in 2013…

The last two years have seen record-shattering levels of government-guaranteed lending, which includes the SBA 504 loan program (aka the SmartChoice® Commercial Loan). In terms of loan volume, 2011 and 2012 were the biggest and second biggest years (respectively) in the history of the SBA. Since the SBA has done the lion’s share of small Read More »

Small Business Lending: 2012 Year In Review…

Well, it’s taken me 17 days to get my act together and update you on how Mercantile did in 2012, but the numbers are finally in. We said all along that last year was going to be a record-shattering one for us, and we were proven right. Between January 1st and December 31st of 2012, Read More »

Lessons from Capitol Hill: How NOT to Negotiate…
  • Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 at 1:46 pm
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Even though 2013 is now three days old, let me officially wish you a Happy New Year! Like me, I’m sure you can look back at 2012 and see the varying highs and lows that have brought us to where we are now, but let’s not dwell too long on the past. Let’s learn what Read More »