Q. What do your bankers do to help a small business when it's turned down for a loan?
A. I don't use the words "turned down." What a banker should be saying to a business owner is, "here's what we need to do to be able to lend you the money and help you grow." Before we say, "we can't lend you the money now," we'll see if there are alternative ways to finance — alternatives like Small Business Administration loans — and see if there's a way we can partner with SBA to give that money. If that doesn't work, then it becomes an advice discussion — let us advise you on what your business needs to look like to expand the way you'd like to. I don't like to use "turn down" as much as I like to use "advice."