Bank Loans, Working from Home, and Seven Entrepreneurs Verging on Greatness: March 5

Small business’s share of private sector employment continues to fall, and four other things economist Scott Shane learned from a recent Small Business Administration report. [Small Business Trends]

Americans are having an easier time getting bank loans, writes Shobhana Chandra, citing data from the Federal Reserve, and looser lending is fueling consumer spending and employment. [Bloomberg]

SoMoLend founder Candace Klein says her company is like the EHarmony of online financing platforms: “We provide a more personalized experience for both borrower and lender,” she tells Michelle Goodman. [Entrepreneur]

Seven entrepreneurs on the brink of greatness. [Business Insider]

“Do you enjoy pornography?” and 10 further questions Gene Marks says you should ask employees who want to work from home. [The Huffington Post]

The 83-year-old inventor of a machine that extrudes components for low-cost 3D printing won the $40,000 top prize in a competition sponsored in part by the Maker Education Initiative, which seeks to “create more opportunities for young people” to become interested in science, technology, and engineering. [Kauffman Foundation]

Deven Parekh, a managing director at Insight Venture Partners, talks about investing in online education companies. [Bloomberg Television]

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