Small Businesses and the Federal Reserve
Issues affecting small firms are a priority for the Federal Reserve System. Not only are small businesses critical to the strength of local economies, but collectively they also make important contributions to national economic growth and employment. The Federal Reserve works with intermediaries to support small businesses and microenterprises, especially those in low- and moderate-income communities. Our efforts aim to strengthen collaboration across entities that provide assistance and funding to small businesses as well as support improved access to credit. In addition, we strive to foster a deeper understanding of trends and challenges facing small business owners.
Here at the Cleveland Fed, our work on these issues includes research on small business credit and capital, a survey of small business owners, and ongoing outreach with small business owners, bankers, and community leaders.
Learn more by browsing the resources here. You can find additional Federal Reserve System resources on small businesses at www.fedsmallbusiness.org.
The COVID-19 pandemic affected small businesses across the United States, with few escaping financial and operational challenges. Among the most impacted firms were the smallest businesses—nonemployer firms—which are businesses with no employees other than the owner(s). This report focuses on the experiences of nonemployer firms in the months leading up to the pandemic and the first six months of the crisis. Read more.
Small Business Fintech Lending
- Experiences of Small Businesses that Seek Credit from Online Lenders March 2020 Webinar
- Browsing to Borrow: “Mom & Pop” Small Business Perspectives on Online Lenders
- Uncertain Terms: What Small Business Borrowers Find When Browsing Online Lender Websites
Insights on Credit and Capital
- Consumer & Community Context: Access to Financial Services Matters to Small Businesses
- Why Small Business Lending Isn’t What it Used to Be
- The Rise of Fintech Lending to Small Businesses: Businesses’ Perspectives on Borrowing