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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Greg Ulankiewicz

November 24 is Small Business Saturday, so now is a good time to recognize the vital force of small businesses for our nation’s economy. Defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as having fewer than 500 paid employees, U.S. small businesses employ almost half (48 percent) of the civilian population. These 5.9 million non-sole-proprietorships also are responsible for 41 cents of every dollar earned by American workers. In essence, 40 percent of consumer spending power is a function of small business employment.

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Andrew Vahrenkamp

We are approaching strategic planning season again, and the competitive environment has not simplified for most financial institutions.  This business never seems to get easier, does it?  As institutions try to balance growth and profitability, here are five big questions to consider.  To get our full insights in each of these areas and much more, consider attending our second annual Raddon Conference this November 5-7 in Chicago!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Marcus Rothaar

Small business optimism has remained elevated in 2018 as business owners look to capitalize on improved economic and market conditions. This optimism is welcome news for financial institutions that are in a position to assist these businesses in meeting their growth goals.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Marcus Rothaar

Raddon Research Insights explores the outlook for the small business market and the opportunities for financial institutions to increase market share.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Marcus Rothaar

Small businesses that use community-based financial institutions are typically more loyal – and exhibit higher levels of satisfaction – than those that use larger national banks, according to Raddon Research Insights data. While many small businesses that use community-based institutions are likely to recommend their institution to others, mega-banks still dominate the small business market. Communication of capabilities is one way community banks and credit unions can help boost future market share.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Marcus Rothaar

Small business optimism entered 2017 at levels not seen in more than a decade.  According to the National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index, the December 2016 index score of 105.8 was an increase of 7.4 points above the November measurement (the NFIB scores are based on a 1986 average score of 100).  The large jump was driven by significantly more business owners expecting “better business conditions”.

Taking Care of Business
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Marcus Rothaar

Consumers aren’t the only ones turning to mobile banking for anytime, anywhere access to financial services. According to the Fall 2015 Small Business National Research report by Raddon, nearly half of small businesses are using mobile to add a new dimension to their day-to-day operations, including on-the-go approvals and decision making.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Marcus Rothaar

In the process of gathering research and analyzing data for Raddon’s most recent report on the small business market, a number of interesting trends emerged that highlight just how different small business owners are from their retail banking counterparts.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Marcus Rothaar

Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® annually encourages support of small and local businesses. It’s also a good time to look at what’s changed for small businesses – and what hasn’t – since Small Business Saturday was introduced five years ago.

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Marcus Rothaar

Raddon’s most recent survey of 1,200 small businesses reveals an intersection of lending attitudes and needs, which alternative lenders are taking advantage of. One out of 10 small business owners feel credit has dried up and financial institutions have stopped lending to small businesses.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Lynne Cornelison

Developing deeper relationships with the customer is certainly not a new concept, but definitely an approach financial institutions should embrace in an effort to meet growth and earnings goals. This is particularly true for business customers’ needs.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Marcus Rothaar

Of all the challenges facing small businesses today, the general health of the economy and the ability to continually attract new customers are the top two concerns, according to Raddon's Fall 2014 Small Business National Research survey.

Friday, January 31, 2014
Marcus Rothaar

When competing with other financial institutions for new commercial loan business, what are the primary factors that allow you to win the business?  Is the strength of your business bankers’ rolodex the primary driver of new business?