Repaying the Loan Isn't Enough

Businesses needing short-term credit had better be prepared to offer their banks something in return -- something beyond interest payments

Half of corporate finance officers, from companies both large and small, say they are "required" or "strongly encouraged" to use their banks' other services--checking, savings, and investment accounts--if they want a loan for less than a year, according to a recent survey by the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP).

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