Nearly 90% of CFO respondents to a survey by CohnReznick are willing to use a capital infusion to add employees, while 28% of respondents say they are "somewhat or very comfortable" with crowdfunding to raise capital. The survey indicates increased comfort with being able to secure financing this year.
Small-business loans outstanding increased in the fourth quarter compared with Q3, the first gain since the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. began tracking loans quarterly in 2010. The amount reached $586 billion, up from $584 billion in Q3. Still, the overall level suggests small-business lending is weak, and other surveys indicate continued cautiousness among borrowers.