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Published:June 24th, 2009 10:49 EST
Do You Need $35,000 For Your Business Due to the Recession?

Do You Need $35,000 For Your Business Due to the Recession?

By Joel G. Block (Mentor/Columnist)

The banks got billions of TARP (Troubled Asset Recovery Program) dollars over the past 9 months. And now, the Small Business Administration has announced that TARP dollars will start flowing through to small businesses across the country.

Each small business that has suffered "Economic Injury due to the Recession" is eligible for this "disaster relief" just by filling out a few simple forms at the local bank. $35,000 is waiting for your business if it made money in one of the last two years and if you have bills piled up this year due to the slowdown.

Sounds great. Entrepreneurs are finally going to share the wealth and get some interest free government assistance.

Now stop reading and run to the bank because the program ends when the allotted funds run out or September 2010, whichever comes first. Be sure to come back and finish reading after you visit your bank.

Welcome back. Did you get the money? I didn`t think so. The banks don`t want to make these $35,000 loans. Why not? First, $35,000 is a small number for a bank. Second, the bank is not allowed to charge fees or points for making the loans. (Caution: some con artists are already on the internet illegally charging processing fees to help you prepare your loan documents.)

Bank of America, the bank that was highest on the list of recipients of TARP dollars, has announced that they will not make ARC (America`s Recovery Capital) Loans to small businesses. Many other banks have also declined customers who need this money.

Business owners need to storm into their local banks and demand that these banks accept their application for an ARC loan. (Read about it on the SBA website:

Tell your banker to call my firm if they don`t know about these loans or if they don`t know how to process them. In our effort to continue to advocate for entrepreneurs, we have set up a Banking Services Division that is well staffed and ably prepared to process the ARC loans for the banks. Several banks are preparing to become customers of ours at this time.

I want you to get one of these loans if you need it. I just hope that a TARP recipient will help you to make it happen. Now go out and make it happen.

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About Joel G. Block, President of Growth-Logic, Inc. Often dubbed a "Growth Architect" by his clients, Joel Block advises companies on explosive growth strategies by driving revenue and sales. Well known in the capital markets, Joel is a successful entrepreneur, speaker, advisor and faculty member of the iLearningGlobal community.

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