A Leading Lender Drops SBA Loans

Heller Financial pulls out of the market, saying it couldn't compete with community banks

When nonbank lenders exploded onto the small-business credit market, the buzz was that they would swallow community banks' share of Small Business Administration loans. But as competition intensifies, it's the nonbank lenders that are being pushed out of the market. Case in Point: Chicago-based Heller Financial announced on Feb. 20 that it will no longer be involved in the origination of SBA loans.

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