Small Business

Why Small Businesses Are Susceptible to Predatory Lending

July 13, 2022  • Joyce Klein & Business Ownership Initiative

On July 13, 2022, Business Ownership Initiative Senior Director Joyce Klein testified at a congressional hearing on Fintech and Transparency in Small Business Lending. This is a portion of her remarks to the House Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations. Videos in this series include:

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In this clip, Joyce Klein (@Aspen_BOI / @TheRBLC) testifies to @HouseSmallBiz on the need to ensure that loans to small businesses are transparent and fair, and that entrepreneurs are protected from predatory practices.

Video: “Why Small Businesses Are Susceptible to Predatory Lending.” Featuring Joyce Klein (Senior Director @Aspen_BOI, Executive Committee Chair @TheRBLC) speaking to @HouseSmallBiz.


About the Responsible Business Lending Coalition

​The Responsible Business Lending Coalition (RBLC) is the leading cross-sector voice on small business financial protection. The coalition includes nonprofit and for-profit CDFIs, fintechs, investors, and small business advocates that share a commitment to innovation in small business lending and serious concerns about the rise of irresponsible small business lending. The coalition created the Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights, the first cross-sector consensus on the rights that small business owners deserve and what financing providers, brokers and lead generators can do to uphold those rights. Over 110 small business lenders, brokers and lead generators, and advocacy organizations have endorsed these standards. Members of the Responsible Business Lending Coalition include Accion Opportunity Fund, Camino Financial, Community Investment Management, Funding Circle, LendingClub, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, Opportunity Finance Network, Small Business Majority, and the Aspen Institute. For more information, visit www.borrowersbillofrights.org.


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