Growing concerns about bank failures offset by strong intentions to invest and grow businesses in 2023
ATLANTA, May 5, 2023 /CNW/ - IOU FINANCIAL INC. ("IOU" or "the Company") (TSXV: IOU), a leading online lender to small businesses (IOUFinancial.com), published today their April 2023 State of Small Business Survey revealing a continued positive outlook for the remainder of 2023 despite a slow start to the year.
Key findings from the responses provided by small business owners include:
- 75% rate their current state of business "positive" or "very positive" (vs. 85% in December 2022).
- Concerns regarding inflation, recession, staffing, consumer demand and public health have all increased since January 2023, and bank closures now concern 62% of respondents.
- 69% "definitely" and 24% "maybe" will invest in their business in the 2nd half of 2023.
- Despite all the economic challenges now facing many small business owners the majority believe the worst is behind them and see opportunities to grow in the remainder of the year.
"These survey results highlight the strong entrepreneurial character of small business owners and help explain how they consistently create the majority of all new opportunities in the US," said Carl Brabander, EVP Strategy of IOU Financial. "IOU is proud to fund the future of small business and be a part of their success story."
IOU's latest State of Small Business Survey is based on the responses of 198 small business owners provided in April, providing a margin of error of 7% with a confidence level of 95%. The full report is available in PDF form is available here.
IOU Financial offers term loans of up US$1.5 million over 36 months, as well as the IOU Cash-Back Term Loan that offers a rebate of 3% to clients with a perfect repayment history.
IOU Financial Inc. is a wholesale lender that provides quick and easy access to growth capital to small businesses through a network of preferred brokers across the US and Canada. Built on its proprietary IOU360 technology platform that connects underwriters, merchants and brokers in real time, IOU Financial has become a trusted alternative to banks by originating over US$1 billion in loans to fund small business growth since 2009. IOU was named one of the 50 Best Places to Work in Fintech for 2022 by American Banker and trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol IOU (TSXV: IOU), and on the US OTC markets as IOUFF. To learn more about IOU Financial's corporate history, financial products, or to join our broker network please visit www.IOUFinancial.com.
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SOURCE IOU Financial Inc.