Despite Improved Access to Capital, Small Businesses Still Heavily Dependent on Personal Resources, According to Private Capital Access Study
The study showed a 13 percent increase in access to capital for small businesses (revenues less than
Seventy-seven percent of the small business respondents qualified for personal credit cards for financing in the last three months, 70 percent qualified for business credit cards, and 68 percent relied on friends and family. By comparison, only 38 percent of small business respondents qualified for a bank loan within the last three months, compared to 70 percent of mid-sized businesses.
Crowdfunding, a process of raising funds from many people across an online platform, is emerging as a major alternative source for small businesses seeking capital. Nineteen percent of small businesses that sought financing in the past three months utilized crowdfunding as a funding source, compared to seven percent of mid-sized businesses.
"When we began the study four years ago, small businesses were reeling from the effects of the Great Recession," said
While the study shows access to capital has increased for small and mid-sized businesses over the past four years, overall demand for capital is down. Among small businesses, demand dropped sharply between Q1 2016 and Q2 2016 (38% versus 32%), while for mid-sized businesses, demand decreased from 23 percent in Q1 to 21 percent in Q2. Since Q2 2012, the demand index among small businesses has dropped 19 percent (39 points versus 32 points) and 37 percent among mid-sized businesses (32 points versus 21 points).
Researchers observed that despite an increase in operational stability, the economic climate remains uncertain for small businesses. Fifty-two percent of small business respondents indicated that the current business financing environment is hindering their businesses' growth opportunities, compared to 33 percent of mid-sized businesses in Q2 2016. However, 56 percent of small business respondents in Q2 2016 indicated a desire for financing in the next six months for planned growth or expansion, compared to 41 percent of mid-sized businesses.
"Business borrowing habits suggest owners may not see a need for an immediate infusion of capital," said Dr.
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