Heard on the Street – here’s what we were reading last week:

Lendistry SBLC, LLC Becomes Nation’s Only African American-Led SBA Small Business Lending Company: The largest African American-led capital deployer in the country can now offer more access to capital choices than any other lender of its kind

Groundbreaking Small Business Loan Program Gets Long-Awaited Expansion: Nonprofit loan funds like Accompany Capital enable minority-owned businesses to thrive. The recent program expansion will allow them to give out more loans but will it be enough?

Small Business Finance Industry Mulls What’s in The Rearview, Is Optimistic For Rest of 2022: The small business finance industry is looking ahead to anticipated growth for the remainder of the year, despite new challenges ahead.

For small businesses, optimism about the future continues to wane: Small business owners’ optimism about the economy fell in March, according to a new survey from the National Federation of Independent Business.