June 11, 2013 |
Thousands of stunned small-business owners call Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. each week after they're turned down for loans. Jeff Stibel, CEO of the business credit-reporting company, has a message for them: Don't blame the bank. Instead, he said, find out how you contributed to that rejection and work to improve your company's credit rating so that, next time, the answer is yes. Small-business owners need to be just as savvy about their companies' credit reports as they are about their personal credit files.
December 11, 2012
D EAR HARRY: I know that you have answered questions about reverse mortgages before, but I don't fully understand how they work. Some experts say that they are great, and others say to avoid them completely. My husband is in his 70s and not in the best of health. I am in my 60s and presently out of work. Our home is worth about $300,000 with $600 monthly mortgage payments that go out to 2035. We're both on Social Security, getting about $1,300 together. We were told that we could get a reverse-mortgage arrangement that would give us $60,000 now, without us ever having to pay anything on any mortgage forever.
June 14, 2013
A 37-year-old South Jersey man pleaded guilty Thursday to loan sharking on behalf of the Philadelphia mob, federal prosecutors said. Robert Ranieri, of Glendora, admitted that he conspired with Philadelphia mobster Anthony Staino and others to make a usurious loan to an undercover FBI agent and then threatened violence to collect on the loan, according to federal prosecutors. Ranieri's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25 and he faces a maximum 40 years in prison. - Robert Moran
September 25, 2012 |
In the tight-money world of small business owners, the occasion seemed more worthy of a bottle of bubbly than a steaming cup of Honduran dark roast. But java is the specialty of Green Street Coffee Roasters, the 17-month-old South Philadelphia company owned by brothers Chris and Tom Molieri. Early last week, the Molieris were celebrating a $10,000 loan for equipment they had just secured. They were also raising a cup to the entity that made it happen – Entrepreneur Works. It is a community development financial institution, or CDFI, one of a network of nearly 1,000 mostly nonprofit entities nationwide devoted to helping entrepreneurs overcome what stymies so many of them: access to capital.
October 10, 1991 |
The Chester County Commissioners on Tuesday approved giving a $1 million below-market-rate loan to UB Foods U.S. to further encourage the firm to establish a plant in Oxford Borough. Officials from UB Foods, which makes Keebler snacks, told borough residents last Thursday that the firm intends to buy the former Pepsico Unibev plant, which has been empty for three years. The commissioner's action follows a recommendation by the county's Industrial Development Authority, which actually is making the loan.
January 12, 1989 |
The Abington school board took less than a minute to borrow $3 million last week, voting without discussion to borrow the money from CoreStates Capital Markets Group. "And not a person here knows what it's for," grumbled Joseph Polya, a persistent board critic who attended the Tuesday night meeting. Actually, the board spelled out its plans for the loan as far back as June. It will go for repairs and improvements throughout the district, including purchase of computers, buses and windows, and for repairs to roofs, tennis courts and sidewalks.
March 3, 1988 |
Philadelphia Sheriff John Green said bar owner Sidney Booker gave him an $11,000 personal loan and then made him an offer he had to refuse. "He wanted a job, and in exchange I did not have to pay back the note," recalled Green. "I told him I don't sell jobs, and after that, he stopped speaking to me," added Green, who took over the 290-member Sheriff's Department in January. Green made his comments after reporters discovered that Booker had filed two suits in Small Claims Court alleging that Green failed to repay a total of $11,000 worth of loans that he was supposed to start repaying on Dec. 1. Booker, owner of the Stinger Bar on Broad Street near Belfield, said he would have no comment until after the suit is heard on Tuesday.
November 29, 2012 |
The Inquirer reported this week on the Delaware River Port Authority's role in financing the redevelopment of the RCA Victor building in Camden. As a strong advocate of the Camden waterfront and one of the first developers to participate in its revitalization, I have a perspective that differs dramatically from that of the report. In the late 1990s, when I first saw the RCA Victor building, I didn't just see a boarded-up, vandalized symbol of the blight that had come to define Camden.
March 5, 2012
The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has begun to take complaints about student loans, it said Monday. The bureau will assist all borrowers experiencing problems taking out or repaying a private loan or managing one in default and referred to a debt collector. Complaints may be submitted through 1-855-411-2372; at www.consumerfinance.gov ; faxed at 1-855-237-2392, or mailed to the bureau at P.O. Box 4503, Iowa City, Iowa 52244. - Alan J. Heavens
December 9, 1999 |
A Chester County agency is suing a Philadelphia eye doctor in an effort to recover a $180,000 loan it made to the physician four years ago to open a health-care center in downtown West Chester. The center, which was to be a multidisciplinary practice owned and operated by minority physicians, never opened, and the building at 16 E. Gay St. stands empty. The loan was made to Neal E. Hall by the county Office of Housing and Community Development using federal Community Development Block Grant money.